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Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity
June 25 - June 27
The University of Edinburgh is hosting an interdisciplinary Summer School entitled “Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity.” This event targets PhD students and early career researchers (within 4 years of obtaining their doctorate). We will explore the complexities of complicity in and resistance to systemic human rights violations. Moreover, we will consider the ethical and political value of art for shedding light on the ambiguous reality of political responsibility and fostering relations of political solidarity. The Summer School is part of the interdisciplinary ERC research Project GREYZONE.
List of Confirmed Speakers:
- Danielle Celermajer, Sociology, University of Sydney
- Vikki Bell, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
- Margaret Atack, French, University of Leeds
- Paul Gready, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York
- Bronwyn Leebaw, Political Science, University of California
- Cynthia Milton, History, University of Montreal
The programme features morning lectures by expert speakers, followed by presentations from participants in the afternoon. Our speakers will attend and comment on the afternoon presentations. To facilitate productive discussions, all participants are expected to read the assigned readings for each morning session and to share their papers at least one week before the Summer School starts.
Participant papers will cover various disciplinary backgrounds, including philosophy, political, social and legal theory, history, political science, cultural studies and aesthetics. The papers are expected to examine among the following issues:
- Conceptualisations of complicity, resistance and solidarity in relation to systemic political violence;
- The grey zone as a challenge to political memory, identity, and history;
- The epistemic, moral and political value of artistic engagements with painful pasts;
- Broader theoretical and practical challenges raised by the complexities of complicity, including issues of moral, political and legal judgement and agency, guilt and responsibility, forgiveness and revenge, justice and reconciliation;
- The relationship between state-sponsored and artistic engagements with the grey zones of complicity and resistance;
- The value and effects of artworks on public debates about/institutional responses to past violence;
- Ethical and political dilemmas regarding the status of truth, the possibility of representation and the value of testimony in relation to the grey zones of political violence.