Confirmed Keynotes: Prof. Sara Ahmed, Prof. Timothy Brennan, Prof. Elleke Boehmer, Prof. Rey Chow.
The concepts of commitment and complicity come into play when scholars engage with tensions between knowledge, world politics and everyday life. For example, if one asks how knowledge and methodologies in the humanities can travel to make a difference in everyday politics and vice versa. Although the two concepts are widely used in colloquial language, their intellectual trajectories have often been under-illuminated. Sparked by an interest in commitment as a form of self-reflexive, engaged and responsible knowledge production, while haunted by the hidden or explicit complicity of the theories and concepts with which we work, this workshop sets out to examine both concepts within their situated trajectories. In order not to turn blind – methodologically and conceptually – at the very moment we use commitment and complicity, both concepts need to remain subject to critical examination. Thus, the question is not whether one is a committed or a complicit scholar, but how the twin concepts crystallize and manifest themselves at the intersections of knowledge, politics and cultural production, and how they travel through space and time, institutions, and methods of analysis.
We encourage contributions surrounding, but by no means limited to, the following questions:
Trajectories in Cultural Production:
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