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Aesthetics and Subjectivity

21 October 2009 – speakers: Professor Hugh Grady, Professor Andrew Bowie, Professor Ahuvia Kahane and Professor Richard Alston

Peregrine Horden – What’s Wrong with Medieval Medicine?

Royal Holloway History Department Research Seminar Series Date: 20 October 2009 Peregrine Horden – What’s Wrong with Medieval Medicine? As the late great Roy Porter observed, we in the developed world have never have it so good. By any measure we have never been healthier. And yet we have also never been so anxious about our health, or so critical …

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Andrew Bowie – Background Capabilities and Prereflexive Awareness

7 October 2009 – Accounts of human action in many parts of philosophy tend to depend on the idea that action is to be characterised in terms of following norms or rules. This gives considerable emphasis to the idea of self-consciously determining yourself to do something. According to a rule. This model has considerable consequences for how procedures are codified in many areas of social and professional life.
However, there are serious reasons to think that this model is inadequate as an account of how we actually do many things. This is because, even though rules are essential, so much that we need to do these things cannot come immediately to consciousness when we do them. Examples of what is involved here range from the ways in which we carry out conversations, to the example used for the talk: jazz improvisation.

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Susan Howe and David Grubbs Seminar

7 October 2009 – Susan Howe and David Grubbs will speak about the ideas that have nourished their collaboration as poet and musician. HARC event

Sarah Ansari – Children, Citizenship and the State in 1950s Pakistan

Sarah Ansari, Royal Holloway University of London Children, citizenship and the state in 1950s Pakistan This paper explores the position of children in 1950s Pakistan at the time when the new state was still in the process of working out its citizenship rules and responsibilities. It considers the evolution of Pakistan’s citizenship laws in the early 1950s; individual cases in …

Uditi Sen – Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’

Uditi Sen, University of Cambridge Rehabilitation’s Residue: Recasting Refugee Women as ‘Permanent Liabilities’ This paper explores the position of refugee women within the regime of refugee rehabilitation in post-colonial India. In order to rehabilitate or restore to normalcy millions of partition refugees, the independent Indian state was forced to articulate its vision of a normative social order. The anxiety caused …

Ravinder Kaur – Bodies of Partition: Gendered Subjects, ‘Social’ Work and the Limits of Moral Citizenship

12 August 2009 Ravinder Kaur, University of Copenhagen Bodies of Partition: Gendered Subjects, ‘Social’ Work and the Limits of Moral Citizenship This paper is about dislocation – of female bodies dislocated from the realm of the ‘domestic’ to the realm of the public. In India’s contemporary history, the moment of Partition is also the moment when ‘women’ appear in a …