Hybridity: Exploring power, social structures, and institutions beyond the liberal west

58 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RT, Nettlefold Room, Nicolson Building
Thursday 13 March 2014 (09:30-18:30)

Workshop Leaders: Dr Rosa Freedman and Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hébert  



In an era of globalisation, superdiversity and transnationality the traditional mono-disciplinary, Western-centric, approaches to understanding power, social structures and institutions have been questioned and calls been made for new approaches to be developed to help increase understanding of various fields, ranging from peace-building, sovereignty and state recognition to human rights paradigms. Building on the success of the past IAS workshop on Territorial and Non-Territorial Autonomies, this workshop will develop this time an innovative research agenda around theories of hybridity, which are being increasingly discussed at the academic level.

The workshop will bridge the theoretical gap that divides the different disciplines by bringing together scholars and practitioners from political sciences, sociology, development studies, philosophy, international law, and archaeology, in order to focus on hybridity and its potential impact and challenges over the coming years. The workshop will provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions that will fuse the theory and practice of hybridity during this embryonic phase. We will explore precisely but not exclusively issues of contested sovereignty and supervised independence, human rights paradigms and other law traditions, and peace-building and local resistance.

The workshop will further contribute to develop and consolidate the research agenda of the ICCS cluster “civil wars, intervention and statebuilding” (co-led by Dr. Lemay-Hébert and Dr. Newman), while increasing the collaboration between the IASS, IRiS and the ICCS.

Attendance at this workshop is free, but registration is essential.

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