Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


FRINGE Centre Global Atlas of Social and Cultural Complexity Launch

17 March 2016, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

FRINGE Centre Global Atlas of Social and Cultural Complexity

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

The FRINGE Centre (UCL's Centre for the Study of Social & Cultural Complexity) invites you to attend the launch of The Global Atlas of Social and Cultural Complexity.  This will be the first multimedia online resource focused on under-researched practices across which are often seen as non-transparent or hidden to an outsider. 

The launch will provide a taster of informality, with short introductions that illuminate informal and invisible practices from across the globe.  

Confirmed speakers:

  • Alena Ledeneva, Professor of Politics & Sociology, SSEES
  • Claudia Baez-Camargo, Head of Governance Research, Basel Institute on Governance
  • Fredrik Galtung, Chief Executive of Integrity Action
  • Eric Gordy, Senior Lecturer in Southeast European Politics, SSEES
  • Ellen Filor, Junior Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Akosua Bonsu, PhD Candidate, UCL Philosophy

The event is hosted by UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies.

What is the FRINGE Centre?

The FRINGE Centre explores the roles that complexity, ambivalence and immeasurability play in social and cultural phenomena. A cross-disciplinary initiative bringing together scholars from the humanities and social sciences, FRINGE examines how seemingly opposed notions such as centrality and marginality, clarity and ambiguity, can shift and converge when embedded in everyday practices. Our interest lies in the hidden complexity of all embedded practices, taken-for-granted and otherwise invisible subjects. Illuminating the 'fringe' thus puts the 'centre' in a new light. 

The FRINGE Centre is an initiative founded and funded by the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies and housed at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies. 

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