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Key forthcoming presentations in conferences


International Conference 'Antisemitism and the emergence of sociological theory'

University of Manchester, Sunday November 2 & Monday November 3, 2008 Hosted by the Jewish Studies Centre, Manchester University, with support from the Leo Baeck Institute, London, and the British Sociological Association Theory Study Group. Modern antisemitism and modern sociological theory not only emerged in the same period: as much as both discourses might have been antagonistic or even hostile to each other, they also overlapped and complemented each other. This international conference will explore and test the hypothesis that the emergence of sociology and that of antisemitism are related while at the same time competing, or even antagonistic phenomena. For further information see



Enlightenment Cosmopolitanism

20-21 November 2008 at the University of Manchester (Second Floor Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building)

This is the first of a number of joint research initiatives undertaken by the new Faculty-wide Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures in close collaboration with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. By examining discourses ranging from literature, historiography, music and opera to anthropology and political philosophy, we aim to explore 18th-century ideas of universal peace, progress, wealth, human nature and values as the foundation of future debates on cosmopolitanism. At the same time, we wish to analyse examples of counter-reaction to these ideas, and to talk about the relevance of the Enlightenment for subsequent polemics on cosmopolitanism, including discussions that take us into the 21st century. We wish to do that from a perspective that encourages a comparative and interdisciplinary treatment of these issues. For further information


Racism and Antisemitism: mid-term conference of the Research Network “Ethnic Relations, Racism and Antisemitism” of the European Sociological Association.

15th December 2008, Paris

Created in the beginning of 2008, this Research Network is the result of several meetings around these topics at ESA conference in 2005 in Torun, Poland and redone in 2007 in Glasgow, as well as in Paris, 2007 (day workshop, IESR). It aims at responding to the need to connect academics working in the field of ethnic relations, racism and antisemitism, in order to explore sociologically those crucial issues in contemporary societies. For further information see provisional list of abstracts or email Véronique Altglas at



 Afterlives of Postcolonialism
Goldsmiths University of London 25-26 October 2008
In recent times some scholars have proclaimed that postcolonial theory has exhausted its critical energies- at the very time that it has been taken up by scholars and activists not located in English or Literature departments, the area where postcolonial theory made its early impact and sometimes found an institutional home. The Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Goldsmiths is organising a conference on the “Afterlives of Postcolonialism”- the ‘after’ referring both to its life/lives after the proclamation of its death, and also to its life after/outside the study of literature. In what ways can/has postcolonial theory been taken up by artists, architects and scholars of art and architecture, by those who study politics, anthropology and sociology, and area studies, and to what effects? Does it merely provide another way of ‘reading’ texts, to does it have the potential to destabilize and reconfigure practices and disciplines? And what happens to postcolonial theory when it moves into politics, art, sociology, and area studies; what mutations does it undergo, or need to undergo? Drawing upon speakers from a range of geographical (India, the U.S., South Africa, Palestine, the U.K.) and disciplinary locations (everything from architecture to art, film, music, politics…), involving practitioners as well as theorists, this conference asks whether postcolonial theory still has any life in it- and what sorts of lives it is leading once it travels outside of literature. For further information