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What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
1 August 2016
Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM
On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
18 July 2016 More...
Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM
In addition to marking a politically decisive moment in British history, the campaigns in advance of the referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU were exciting objects of study for Classicists in terms of the political use of oratory.
11 July 2016 More...
Starts: Jul 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM
Unity-Disunity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 27-28 June
27 February 2013
"In union there is strength." Aesop
"You cannot conceive the many without the one." Plato "The principle of contradiction makes the thought of unity the measure of heterogeneity." Theodor W. Adorno "In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance." Jeanette Winterson
The conference organisers invite proposals for papers relating to the connected themes of unity and disunity from scholars across a wide spectrum of disciplines. We welcome papers dealing with historical as well as contemporary sources from Europe and beyond, from any disciplinary or inter- disciplinary perspective.
Proposals for panel discussions, performances, artistic installations and workshops are also welcome. The aim of the conference is to interrogate the concepts of unity and disunity from a variety of perspectives. These perspectives might encompass the following, though other interpretations are of course gladly received:
- Does unity mean homogenisation or the harmonious coexistence of different voices?
- Does disunity mean opposition and conflict, or is it a space for creative difference?
- How have models of unity and disunity, of order and chaos, influenced creative works?
- What fractures and disunities exist within apparent unity?
Submissions may deal with the theme of unity/disunity as a concept in itself, or with unity/disunity in relation to other topics, including but not limited to:
- Identity/cultural heritage
- Creativity & the arts
- Religion, ethics and morality
- International/regional politics
- The global economy
- Interdisciplinarity as a discipline
- Physical/psychological space
Please send in an abstract (250 words), 5 keywords and a brief biographical statement (50 words) to Thoughts Forward. Deadline for submissions is 28th March 2013.
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For further information contact Elizabeth Harvey