Queen’s to host virtual conference on sensing divisions in human societies…

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University will host a virtual conference exploring human divisions in society on 21-22 May.

This free conference aims to investigate the nature of troubling and persistent divisions in human societies that often keep societies from producing stable governance.

Some societies which will be explored are Northern Ireland, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, India and Nigeria to name but a few. In these places, a special kind of ‘affective relatedness’ connects people on one side of these divides, while separating them from those on the outside.

Split into five different panels, the conference will explore the themes of:

  • Sensing the State
  • Sound and Resistance
  • Authenticity as Sensorial Politics and Experience
  • Place, Memory and the Senses
  • Sensing (Across) Borders.

Guest speakers include:

  • Professor John Connelly, University of California at Berkeley
  • Dickson Ajisafe, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Seun Bamidele, Chrisland University, Nigeria
  • Dr Prashant Khattri, University of Allahabad, India
  • Dr Milena Komarova and Dr Katy Hayward, Queen’s University Belfast

The conference has been organised by Dr Maruška Svašek, Reader in Anthropology at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s; and John Connelly, Professor in History at the Department of History, University of California at Berkeley.

Tickets are free. To register please visit Eventbrite.


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