Events 2010 - 2012


Acts of Love: Cinema and the Sociality of Time

16th May 2012, 4.00 - 6.00pm, 12th Floor Room 4, Warmington Tower 12th Floor

The late French filmmaker Francois Truffaut suggested that future of cinema will evolve through acts of love. How can we imagine this cinematic practice and the implications for the social today? In some recent collaborative work with the German filmmaker Wim Wenders and myself, we explore these acts of love and the ethical questions that surround the future of seeing. In this seminar paper, I will explore some of our thoughts on the future of seeing drawing on classic cinematic texts as well as our working notes toward the relationship between new cinema technologies, the idea of social time and everyday experience.;

Dr Mary Zournazi is senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of New South Wales. Her new book co-authored with Wim Wenders, Inventing Peace is forthcoming with Columbia University Press.


Seeds of Democracy: Europe and the Balkans-Panel Discussion

19th May 2012, 6.00 - 8.00pm 

Since the end of the violent conflicts which dominated the recent history of the Western Balkans, the promotion of peace and stability, and the consolidation of democratic institutions and the rule of law have been a priority for the EU in the region, as a precondition for accession. Disparities in the progress made by individual countries in this regard are evident – while Croatia is set to join the EU in 2013; Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia enjoy candidate status; and Bosnia and Herzegovina still faces numerous hurdles as it struggles to satisfy EU criteria. The event, ʻSeeds Of Democracy: Europe and the Balkansʼ will bring together academics, politicians, and representatives of civil society from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia to discuss the path of each of these countries towards the EU, including the obstacles they face as they aim to strengthen the role of civil society, ensure the full implementation of the rule of law and consolidate their fledgling democracies.

This event is supported by the Centre for the Study of the Balkans and the Unit for Global Justice.

Panelllists: Daliborka Uljarevic, Ian Bancroft, Kemal Pervanic, Zdravko Cimbljevic, Andrej Nosov
Moderator: Olga Vukovic


Cities in Conflict

20th June 2011, 9.00am - 6.00pm, Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA)

With the rapid intensification of urbanisation, cities have increasingly become targets, terrains, and territories of conflict. Cities are now seen as spaces of conflict, ranging from urban violence to warfare. Yet the city is also seen as a space of consociation, a place for rebuilding and for making new urban ties, lives and associations.

  • How do we map and document cities in and after conflict?
  • What is the relation between the material city and conflict?
  • Have new urban forms produced new forms of violence?
  • How do we understand violence in everyday urban life?
  • Is it possible to construct new forms of urban life after conflict?

This event is supported by the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Speakers include
Mark Cousins, Martin Coward, Costas Douzinas, Michael Keith, Carole Moser, Shirpa Narang Suri, Eyal Weizman, Ania Dabrowska, Paul Lowe, Jenni Matthews.

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Non-Governmental Memory- Prof Andrew Herscher

21st June 2011, 4.00 pm, WT1204, Warmington Tower

Prof. Andrew Herscher Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 
University of Michigan

Amidst their post-conflict “transition,” the Yugoslav successor states have been deeply invested in the reconstruction of cultural heritage—the memorials, monuments and historic sites that were a frequent target of violence during Yugoslavia’s dissolution.

This reconstruction, however, comprises far more than an attempt to return a pre-existing patrimony to its pre-conflict condition. Rather, state-sponsored heritage reconstruction programs appropriate their objects as components of an official national culture and interpellate their subjects as that culture’s beneficiaries, custodians and/or heirs. Yet the interpellation of imagined or imaginary national communities around a posited cultural heritage has sponsored a variety of subject positions in the Yugoslav successor states, with state-sponsored preservation and reconstruction campaigns sponsoring not only identifications with heritage, but also counter-identifications and disidentifications.

These latter relations to heritage correlate to non-governmental political agencies that diverge from the obedient recognition and preservative respect sought by the state; this paper will explore these agencies, along with some of the political projects advanced through them.

This event is supported by the Department of Anthropology and the Unit for Global Justice.


Theorising Abuse

27th April 2010

An ethnographic perspective on drugs in the US inner city, Professor Philippe Bourgois

Respondent: Dr Claire Alexander, London School of Economics

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