A two-day conference organised by the Understanding Conflict research cluster, exploring the issue of complicity.
College of Arts and Humanities, University of Brighton Tuesday 31st March - Wednesday 1st April 2015
The problem of complicity is a longstanding feature of everyday moral experience, and yet comparatively little work focuses explicitly on it. In an increasingly neo-liberal world it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid complicity both in its creation of a particular model of the person and with its attendant demands on how we live on what we do and do not do and how we think. If Georgio Agamben is right to insist that "Today's man ... has become blind not to his capacities but to his incapacities, no to what he can do but to what he cannot, or can not, do", then complicity is taking centre stage in our everyday lives.
In this two-day conference the Understanding Conflict research cluster will explore issues of complicity in terms both of practice and of theorisation. We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to a wide range of people working in and studying, among other areas, cultural studies, philosophy, political theory, media studies, photography, journalism and post-colonialism, health studies and the NHS, queer theory, women's studies and women and the family.
Thomas Docherty Keynote Address
Debate on the Academic Boycott of Israeli Institutions with Tom Hickey and Robert Fine
Dates: Tuesday 31st March - Wednesday 1st April 2015