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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, 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
  • Language
  • 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.

Visit the blog for updates and practical information: unitydisunity.wordpress.com

For further information contact Elizabeth Harvey

UCL School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)