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The Open University Law School Symposium: Belonging

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An interdisciplinary Symposium on Belonging hosted by the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area will take place at The Open University Law School on 18 - 19 April 2018, where a series of papers related to the subject of Belonging will be presented by invited speakers from a range of UK and European universities, as well as academics across disciplines from The Open University.

A combination of factors and events has contributed to a feeling of a crisis of belonging among some groups, and a concomitant upsurge in a sense of belonging among other groups, in Europe and the Americas. The 2014 election of President Erdogan in Turkey, the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote in the EU referendum in June 2016, the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency in November 2016, and the rise of populism across the western world in recent years are all well recognised occurrences that nevertheless are the source of reflection on what it means to belong to a state, nationality, institution, group or society, and the ‘other’ side of the coin of belonging: exclusion.

In the current environment, a number of questions have once again come to the fore:

  • what does it mean to belong?
  • how is belonging fostered?
  • who belongs to which nation, society or group? 
  • what happens to those who are judged not to belong? 
  • must belonging always lead to exclusion?

This symposium aims to tackle such questions by exploring four broad aspects of belonging: dominance, governance, identity and memory.

Due to limitations on space, this initial Symposium is by invitation only. Please contact Simon Lavis or Simon Lee  if you have an interest in attending or in the work of the group.

Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers will be announced shortly.

Contact the Citizenship and Governance event team for more information.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:30 to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 17:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Citizenship and Governance Event Team

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