UCL European Institute


FIGS Shame

20 March 2015, 12:00 am

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20 March 2015
This interdisciplinary workshop will present the original work of UCL graduate students and staff on the topic of shame. 

20 March 2015
Followed by wine reception

Arts & Humanities Common Room, Foster Court, Room G24, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JG

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The FIGS Friday Forum is an interdisciplinary conference held at UCL for Graduate Students and Staff. It aims to provide a friendly atmosphere for researchers from different disciplines to present work on the same topic. The topic to be discussed is shame.

Programme information 

10am - 10:15am Tea, coffee and biscuits
10:15am - 10:30am

Introduction by conference convener

Akosua Bonsu, Philosophy PhD Candidate

10:30am - 11:30am

Shame and Social Equality

Shame and Relative Poverty

Professor Jonathan Wolff, Professor of Philosophy

Is it a Shame if Gay People aren't allowed to Marry?

Jennifer Brown, PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy

White Citizens' Councils in their opposition to racial desegregation

Bradley Phipps, MA student studying US Studies

11:30am - 12:15pm

Shaming as a political tool

Shaming as an outlet for political anger

Dieuwertje Dyi Huijg, Teaching Fellow, Political Science

Squadristi's actions during the fascist regime in Italy.

Nicola Cacciatore, MA Candidate, Department of history

12:15pm - 1pm

Reflective shame through literature

The stickiness of the South Atlantic War

Dr Claire Lindsay, Reader in Latin American Literature and Culture

The Matrix of Shame, Nationalism and Sexuality in Yu Dafu's Short Stories

Shi Donglai, MA Comparative Literature  

1pm - 2pm Lunch
A selection of sandwiches and desserts will be provided
2pm - 2:30pm

Screening of extracts from 'Shame' directed by Steve McQueen

There will be a short screening of shame, framed around a discussion of St. Augustinian's theory of sexual shame.

2:30pm - 3:15pm

Shame and knowledge and art

On the shame of finding out something everyone else already knew

Natasha Silver, PhD Candidate, CMII

Representing shame

(Awaiting confirmation from external speaker)

3:15pm - 3:30pm Coffee

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Shame as motivator: practical and theoretical

Shame and honor in compliance (case study)

Victoria Fajemilehin, MSc International Public Policy

Shame, Perpetrators and the Question of Morality

Dr Stephanie Bird (CMII)

4:15pm - 5:15pm   

Facing shameful actions

Shame, sex and sinful clerics

Josephine Billingham, PhD candidate English Literature

White Shame and White Shamelessness

Dr Nathaniel Coleman, Research Associate, Philosophy

5:15pm - 5:45pm

Closing discussion

Led by Dr Stephanie Bird 

An opportunity to reflect on any of the presentations made during the day.

5:45pm - 6:30pm 
Wine reception