CISRUL is proud to host the conference Conceptualizing Difference. The idea of ‘difference’ governs today’s political thinking. Struggles for equality and justice are generally concerned with recognizing and protecting differences, not least because varieties of difference, including gender, sexuality, race, class, religion and language are used to justify political oppression, discrimination and exclusion. In short, difference has become axiomatic to political debate.

This interdisciplinary conference and hopes to critically interrogate ‘difference’ as a political category, reflect on its repercussions for thinking and acting, and explore whether it is possible to go beyond ‘difference’. You can find the Call for Papers here.

Confirmed speakers include Lewis R. Gordon, Jane Anna Gordon, Sabine Hark, Gurpreet Mahajan and Anya Topolski. Initially scheduled for June 2020, this event has been postponed due to COVID-19. It will now take place online from 13-16 April 2021. To register as an audience, please click here.

The conference programme and book of abstracts can be downloaded here.

Click here for more information on the keynote speakers

Find the Talking Difference Interview series here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754326.

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