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April 17, 2015 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Anthropology Colloquium Rm, Bldg 50, Room 51A

In the midst of apparent political dissension or social conflict, the call ‘to be civil’ is powerful. This workshop starts with the premise that civility is a normative value, a cultural practice, and a form of political life. We aim to foster discussions bringing into focus the ethical charges and political implications of attempts to act civilly. The workshop will ask some of the following questions: How might one conceptualize civility and its associated concepts in new ways and/or with new histories? What are the forms, practices and claims about civility that shape people’s everyday interactions? Which actors have particular stakes, and why, in claims about civility? What normative frames and forms of accountability are involved in such practices? How do claims of civility relate to wider inequalities and violence? What is the relationship between urbanity and civility? 

Co-sponsored by Center for South Asia, Stanford Global Studies, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, CREES, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology 

9:45-10am         Sharika Thiranagama and Tobias Kelly

Panel 1: Civility as a Norm

Chair: Dilshanie Perera (Stanford)

10-10:30am- Laurent Gayer (CNRS/CERI-Sciences Po, Paris) Drawing the Line: Bonds and Boundaries of Civility in a Karachi katchi abadi

10:30-11am- Tobias Kelly  (University of Edinburgh) The Incivility of Peace: British Pacifists in the Second World War

11-11:30am- Kabir Tambar (Stanford University) Negative Historicity and the Ethics of the Minority Question in Turkey

11:30-12:30 Discussion chaired by Dilshanie Perera (Stanford)

Panel 2: Civility and Intimacy

Chair: Jess Auerbach (Stanford)

1:45- 2:15pm- Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University) Civility, Cultural Intimacy and Racial Difference after Apartheid

2:15- 2:45pm- Helene Risor (Catholic University of Chile)Civility, Victimhood and Citizenship in Post-dictatorship Chile

2:45 -3:30pm- Discussion

Panel 3:  New Political Genealogies

Chair: Byron Gray (Stanford)

4-4:30pm- Lisa Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania) Recognition and the Conditions of Listening: Civility, Criminality, and the Political in South Asia

4:30-5:00pm- Carlos Forment (New School for Social Research) Recycling Civility: Urban Scavengers and Urbanity in Contemporary Buenos Aires

5-5:45pm- Discussion

Event Sponsor: 
Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Anthropology, Center for South Asia, History Department, Center for African Studies, Stanford Global Studies Division, CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
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