In political, media but also academic discourses, conflicts about difference are often simplified, for instance when clashes are explained by referring to essentially different qualities of humans and social groups (notably ‘gender’ or ‘racial’ characteristics). This international congress (1.- 3. July 2009) confounds such generalisations with a critical, historical, process-oriented and comparative perspective. It brings together insights from international scholars of many disciplines (history, sociology, pedagogy, literature and religious studies among others) who will discuss different functions and meanings of difference in specific conflict constellations and dynamics.
Structured around the central idea of integration and defiance strategies by underprivileged groups, a total of seven panels attend to (1) the relationship between conflicts and various forms of resolution (legal or violent), (2) the relevant theoretical approaches and concepts, (3) strategies of inclusion and exclusion in times of dictatorship, (4) the opportunities for and conditions of mobility seen from the actors’ perspectives, (5) the different responses to social hierarchising, (6) the impacts of civilising missions and (7) the manifestations of culture as a category of difference.
By connecting interdisciplinarity with international scholarly expertise that spans historical times and world regions, this congress will expand and cultivate a complex analysis of difference and conflict. Within the framework of a final round table, the conclusions shall be discussed with a view to designing a new research agenda.
The congress is public and free of charge. The official language is English. Please register with Dr. Janou Vorderwuelbecke by 22 June 2009.
Werkhof Hannover Nordstadt
Schaufelder Straße 11
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