The society runs an annual conference, which has now been running for three years and attracts an international cast of speakers and participants.
Following on from the inaugural conference Fragile Realities (6th July 2012, proceedings published by Opticon1826, Special Issue 13, Autumn 2012), ‘Unity/Disunity’ was the second annual interdisciplinary conference organised by a group of students from the School of European Language, Culture, and Societies (SELCS), the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), and the Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry (CMII). Unity/Disunity featured postgraduate speakers from across the UK as well as keynote addresses from Prof Charles Lock of Copenhagen University and Dr Tim Beasley-Murray of UCL. The research presented at the conference drew on a range of disciplines, and examined a wide variety of subjects, from the role of metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and what neurology can teach us about the unity of consciousness to the challenges of Indian nationalism and the problem of cinematic temporality. A selected We were delighted to partake in the lively and stimulating response provoked by the conference theme and are pleased to be able to share a small portion of it with you here. A selection of these contributions formed the first issue of Tropos, the journal run by the Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry.
The conference series continued in 2014 with Distance & Proximity on 26-27 June, which was held at University College London and organised by the Society for Comparative Cultural Inquiry. A selection of contributions to the conference will be soon published on the second issue of Tropos.
Distance & Proximity: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 26-27 June 2014, UCL, London
Unity/Disunity, 27th & 28th June, 2013, UCL, London
Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real, 6 July 2012, UCL, London