Mutuality and its Limits

Hosted by University of Witswatersrand, South Africa

6 – 3 September 2013

How do people take others into account? What do we find interesting in other lives, and how do they become valuable, trivial, threatening, obscure or puzzling to us? How do our capacities for recognizing other lives depend on the work of particular kinds of social forms, relations, mediations and representations? A renewed interest in these elementary questions about mutuality has produced a wealth of new thinking in the humanities and human sciences in recent years. Questions about the conditions and the limits of mutuality are also of major importance for our understanding of pressing issues to do with inequality, solidarity, hospitality and violence. Call for abstracts.

Keynote was given by Virginia R. Dominguez "Glimpses beyond our comfort zones: Risk, love, distance"

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