UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Global Encyclopaedia of Informality Book Launch

22 March 2018, 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

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SSEES Professor Alena Ledeneva invites you on a voyage of discovery, to explore society’s open secrets, unwritten rules and know-how practices.

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing

Join the FRINGE Centre for this launch, which marks the first publication in the FRINGE Series.

Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment and entrepreneurship), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. The paradox, or not, of the invisibility of these informal practices is their ubiquity. Expertly practised by insiders but often hidden from outsiders, informal practices are, as this book shows, deeply rooted all over the world, yet underestimated in policy. Entries from the five continents presented in this volume are samples of the truly global and ever-growing collection, made possible by a remarkable collaboration of over 200 scholars across disciplines and area studies.  Read more about the Encyclopaedia here.

The evening will be comprised of a panel discussion by contributors to the book and then a drinks reception:

16:00-17:30: Presentation & discussion

17:30-20:00: Drinks Reception

Registration is free but essential, Please register via Eventbrite.