We invite you to join us for a series of online interviews to talk about difference. Our keynotes will engage in live online conversation with CISRUL colleagues, followed by questions from the audience. These sessions will take place over the next months, starting in June and picking up again after the summer holidays.


Episode 3: Talking Difference with Jane Gordon

Jane Anna Gordon
Jane Anna Gordon

In our third interview session, Jane Anna Gordon, professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut with affiliations in Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will discuss her approach to ‘difference’. She will be interviewed by Nadia Kiwan, professor in French Studies at the University of Aberdeen, followed by questions from the audience.

The session will take place December 9th, 1pm BST on Zoom. A recording will be made available afterwards.

If you are interested in joining the live interview session, please send a message to Sophie or Fredericke for the Zoom details.


Episode 2: Talking Difference with Gurpreet Mahajan

Gurpreet Mahajan at the European University Institute
Gurpreet Mahajan at the European University Institute

In our second session on September 1st, Gurpreet Mahajan, professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Jawaharlal Nehru University talked to University of Aberdeen anthropologist Trevor Stack and law professor Tamas Gyorfi about ‘difference’.

See the recording below.


Episode 1: Talking Difference with Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis Gordon | Photo: Simeon Mark Cofie
Lewis Gordon | Photo: Simeon Mark Cofie

On June 10th, keynote speaker Lewis Gordon, professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut, shared his take on ‘difference’ with Ritu Vij, professor in International Political Economy at the University of Aberdeen.

See the recording of the event below.

“This has been a masterclass in how to begin to think about conceptualizing ‘difference’ differently. In the span of two hours, you’ve walked us through the limits of liberal abstractions, post-modern, post-structural intertextualities, the limits of Afropessimist thought, post-colonial and de-colonial negations, insufficient to the task. And I think what you’ve left us with is a lot to think about.”

– Ritu Vij