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A Question of Trust

The age-old question of what holds our societies together re-emerges periodically, particularly in times of crisis. In a world ever more globalised and virtual, the answer is often cast in terms of "trust", with its pivotal role as regularly called upon as its health called into question. How has trust risen to this centrality, and is it all as straightforward as it seems?
Dr Uta Staiger
13 August 2014
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Starts: Aug 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM

"A bad day for Europe"?

Juncker’s nomination was not a sudden, not an unexpected and not even a distinct event. Neither does it spell an end to the European Council’s dominance in constitutional politics or make EU reform less likely.
Dr Christine Reh
2 July 2014
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Starts: Jul 1, 2014 12:00:00 AM

When anger masks apathy

As a closer look at the European Parliament Elections in Central and Eastern Europe suggests, it may be non-voting, rather than populist protest voting, which could prove the real long-term threat to sustainability of the EU’s troubled democratic institutions.
Dr Sean Hanley
2 June 2014 More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Unity/Disunity: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19:46 AM

Start: Jun 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Jun 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM

27-28 June 2013

When:
27-28 June 2013

Where:
Masaryk Room
4th Floor, UCL SSEES
16 Taviton St
London WC1H 0BW

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unity-disunity

A Postgraduate Conference of the UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof Charles Lock (Professor of English at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Senior Lecturer of European Thought and Culture, UCL SSEES)

The conference features papers by UK-based postgraduate students across a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines whose work offers us perspectives relating to concepts of unity and disunity. In particular, these are papers that interrogate notions of unity and disunity in an interdisciplinary manner and explore the critical possibilities of the theme.

We invite graduate researchers working in fields related to European languages, cultures & society to respond to this critical interrogation, and in doing so, reflect on how concepts of unity and disunity operate in different theoretical contexts, and whether interconnections between various fields may be achieved or disconnections rendered productive.

The conference will be structured into chaired panels whose organisation reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the conference and an attempt to approach ideas of unity and disunity from a variety of theoretical perspectives and across orthodox disciplinary boundaries.

The panels are as follows:
•    Science, Psychology and the (Dis)unified Self
•    Social hierarchies across cultures – uniting or dividing?
•    Disunified time and space
•    Literary Endeavours Towards Dis/Unity
•    A unified heritage?
•    Crisis, Chaos, and Conflict: European Identities in Disarray

Additionally, a selection of papers from the conference will be published online in the inaugural edition of the Journal of European Languages, Cultures, and Society, a multidisiplinary peer-reviewed academic journal based in UCL.

This event is supported under the UCL European Institute Call for Proposals 2012-13, and by the Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies (FIGS).