Call for application: Conceptualizing Difference

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The call for applications for this year’s annual CISRUL Conference and PhD Summer School Conceptualizing Difference featuring keynotes by Lewis R. Gordon (University of Connecticut), Sabine Hark (TU Berlin), Gurpreet Mahajan (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Anya Topolski (Radboud University Nijmegen) is now open!

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, religion and language are used to justify political oppression, discrimination and exclusion. This conference aims to explore and interrogate ‘difference’ as a political category.

All information on the conference and the application procedure can be found here.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the organisers, Anna Sophie Lauwers and Fredericke Weiner.

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

Workshop: Approaches to Political Concepts II

CISRUL starts the new year with a workshop bringing together scholars from various disciplines to explain how they have dealt in their work with one or more political concepts. The objective is to generate debate on different approaches to political concepts, as well as showcasing the range of research associated with CISRUL/POLITICO.

The workshop takes place Thursday, 9 January, in Library Meeting Room 1 & Friday, 10 January, in Library Seminar Room 224.

More information and the full schedule

Organised by Michael Brown

Movie Screening: Sorry We Missed You

We will be hosting a movie screening of “Sorry we missed you” by Ken Loach and a discussion on “precarious lives in the gig economy” on 12 November, 5.55pm, at Belmont Filmhouse.

After his highly acclaimed socio-political drama “I, Daniel Blake”, Ken Loach releases another striking timely tragedy, where on-demand platforms force people into self-entrepreneurship, irregular employment and precarious living conditions. In his new Cannes-celebrated film “Sorry we missed you”, the 83-year old director dives into the reality of working in the so-called ‘gig economy’, the peak of our contemporary neoliberal work culture.

More information about the Movie Screening and Discussion

Co-organized by the Sociology Society and Vicky Kluzik

Impressions from the Inter-Disciplinary Conference “Decolonising Political Concepts”

From 19 to 20 September 2019 CISRUL hosted the inter-disciplinary conference “Decolonising Political Concepts” organized by Marie Wuth and Valentin Clavé-Mercier.

The conference featured presentations by academics from the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. The topics discussed ranged from knowledge and power to language and resistance, to agency and sexuality.

The various regional and disciplinary backgrounds made for exciting and insightful exchanges facilitated by a shared commitment to the project of decolonising the Western academic canon.

See below for photos or click here for more information on the conference.


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