IICE presents, supports and co-hosts a rich programme of events, lectures and conversations with internationally recognised and local experts, researchers cultural practitioners and other collaborators at the forefront of contemporary thought. Take a look at our forthcoming and previous events below to find out more and get involved.

Forthcoming Events-

*** Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been Postponed. We will be in touch with those who registered once a revised date has been confirmed. ***

What explanatory power does the concept of race yield for the question of

 Palestine? Specifically, upon what epistemic center do ideas about racism and anti-Palestinian racism find legibility in Western law and politics?

This lecture engages the conceptual and genealogical foreclosures that prohibit naming violence against Palestinians as a form of racism. While there is a burgeoning scholarship that engages race and racism as analytical registers to examine asymmetrical relations of power in Israel/Palestine, these interventions have at times heavily imported repertoires anchored in the Global North. Further, oftentimes, these works have delimited and flattened the category of race and the question of difference as a self-evident critique organized around identity claims, rather than situating the analysis in a critique of racial power.

Against this context, and expanding upon Barnor Hesse’s (2004) critique of what he terms, ‘racism’s conceptual double bind,’  Dr Shaira Vadasaria will discuss where and how the subject of anti-Palestinian racism becomes unsayable and the interpretive grids upon which such omissions lie […] and consider what it means to approach race and racism in Palestine/Israel on its own terms, rather than through a mode of critique imposed by Euro-American scholarship.

Find out more . *

*Registered attendees will be contacted when we have a revised date.  

Global Lecture Series (coming soon…)

What does it mean to be a global university? This lecture and discussion series presents research-led viewpoints from the humanities to reflect on how universities can better conduct their global activities and be agents of positive change.

Coming soon…

Previous Events:

Report Launch – Tackling some of the most significant topics in policy making: climate change, racial justice and rural policy.

Climate change, racial justice and rural policy are three of the biggest policy challenges we face today. These pressing social issues require urgent, focused engagement from the Humanities and Social Sciences in order to find credible solutions.

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry team invites you to our upcoming launch event  which will present the findings.  We welcome you to join the ongoing conversations on how together we can action some of the recommendations in these reports.  We hope the event will also offer an interesting and relevant networking opportunity over refreshments.


Architecture & Design: Sandpit 2

Tuesday 7th Sept 2021 – (10 am to 12 noon) Queen’s MR2 + 3.

IICE looks forward to welcoming colleagues and postgraduate researchersphotograph of two symmetrical skyscrapers, taken from below. with an interest in any aspect of “Architecture & Design” to join us for our second exploratory sandpit. We are an informal group, drawn from all Colleges and campuses, with a shared commitment to exploring one or more of the following (or related) themes: 
  • Sustainable architecture & design (incl. renewables), technology and innovation
  • Urban and rural studies, landscape, heritage, and tourism
  • Spatial practices including in AI/digital and in the exploration of embodied experience
  • Architecture & design for wellbeing
  • Theory and practice of architecture & design, including historical and contemporary methodologies
  • Architecture & design cultures and discourses (incl. in film, literature and theatre).
In this, our second sandpit, we will review current teaching and research practice across the University in Architecture & Design; we will consider future funding and partnership opportunities and discuss next steps for this informal network.

National Syndromes: A one-day symposium on the interface of nationalism and health in the situation of Covid-19.

  • Tuesday  1st July 2021 (14:00 – 17:00 BST) online– With Alexandre White (Johns Hopkins), Amy Hinterberger (KCL), Des Fitzgerald (Exeter), John Narayan (KCL), Lara Choksey (Exeter), Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins) andRos Williams (Sheffield).

This one-day symposium explores intersections of health and biomedicine, racism and racialisation, and renewed imperial and colonial legacies in the conjoined context of COVID-19, Brexit and related international disasters. The symposium will draw together a range of different interventions in this critical space, to seek shared ground, develop new perspectives, and forge interdisciplinary research agendas. Referring to the paper “Brexit as Heredity Redux: Imperialism, biomedicine, and the NHS in Britain” (2020) by Fitzgerald, Hinterberger, Narayan and Williams, the symposium will consider topics such as nationalism and health in the situation of Covid-19, biomedical ethics and empire, and the racialisation of urban environments as sites of contamination.

Find out more and register. *

This event is developed in partnership between IICE, the Wellcome Centre For The Cultures + Environments of Health,  Exeter Decolonising Network  and the University of Exeter.

*The email address you supply when you register for your free place will be used to invite you to the online seminar closer to the event. This email will also contain instructions on how to join the online seminar.

Queering the Global South: an IICE Roundtable.

How useful is queer theory for analysing the cultural and political dynamics of the Global South? Is it too bound to a European experience to provide a workable framework for researching the Global South? Join us for this lunchtime roundtable.

Towards an Environmental Humanities: a Joint Seminar Between IICE, ESI & Penryn Humanities.

  • Mon, 21 June 2021 (12:30 – 14:00 BST) in person and online– Joshua Wells will be joined in conversation by Professor Nicola Whyte (Associate Professor in Landscape and Social History) and Dr Ilya Maclean (Associate Professor of Global Change Biology). The discussion will be chaired by Professor Rob Gleave (Director of the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry and Professor of Arabic Studies).

    Climate Change is one of the most pressing concerns we face in the contemporary moment, and one which requires urgent, radical attention. This seminar will bring together voices from the International Institute for Cultural Enquiry, the Environment and Sustainability Institute and Penryn Humanities to discuss the galvanising potential of Environmental Humanities in Cornwall and beyond, and launch ‘Public Policy and Climate Change: The Contribution of the Arts and Humanities’ by Dr. Joshua Wells- a new research paper forthcoming publication by IICE.

Find out more and register*

*This seminar will have an in-person element for those with access to the Environment and Sustainability Institute at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus. Those who attend will receive a complimentary lunch offering. We will also deliver this seminar online for those who do not secure an in-person place or who wish to attend online.

IICE in collaboration with the Exeter Decolonising Network :  Lunchtime Seminar Series (May 2021)

Addressing the monumental imperative to reckon with structural racism, this series will consider the possibilities of social justice in the current moment from cross-disciplinary perspectives, across different organisations and economies of violence, and in forms of resistance, survival, and endurance.

Join Dr Dhanveer Singh Brar, Lecturer in Black British History in the School of History at University of Leeds in conversation with Dr Lara Choksey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter.

A paper will be shared with registered participants a week in advance to facilitate a workshop discussion.

“Knowing Manufacture of an RnB Feeling” is an essay on RnB as an aesthetic structure of thinking. Based around a response to the work of Free.Yard, in particular their piece REGNORTS (N22 MOMENTATION MIX) , the essay moves through debates in the field of black diasporic intellectual production concerning the politics of class, form and gender.

Find out more and register for a (free) space.*

*Attendees must register for this event by 5pm on 25th May. The event is open to all once registration is approved.  University of Exeter participants use their UoE email for registration.


March 25th 2021 (15.30-17.30) – Andrew Clappison, Policy@Exeter IICE event ‘(Re-)imagining the ‘rural’ and (re-)shaping policy: Capturing and communicating contested narratives and hidden histories’ 

Interdisciplinary and practitioner workshop hosted by International Institute of Cultural Enquiry.  Despite extensive research on the contested nature of rural culture(s) and acknowledgment in policy of the diversity of rural economies we seem to have reached an impasse, with dominant narratives of ‘the rural’ continuing to shape decision-making and accentuate the hidden realities of ‘rural’ life and culture. This workshop seeks to bring this issue back into focus by exploring how to bring greater agency to ‘rural’ society and explore how capturing and communicating contested narratives and hidden histories could be used more systematically to challenge this ongoing issue.

March 16th 2021 – Dr Ghee Bowman –  “In Joseph Emidy’s footsteps: Cultural Contributions by People of Colour in the West Country” The Joseph Emidy Workshop

February 16th (16:00-18:00)- Sabiha Allouche (Politics), Susannah Cornwall (Theology and Religion), João Florêncio (Art History and Visual Culture), Jana Funke (English), Ting Guo (Modern Languages) and Ina Linge (Modern Languages). “Queering the Humanities” Seminar

LGBT+ History Month gives researchers a chance to reflect on the opportunities opened up by Queer Studies, and how Queer Studies and Theory has contributed – and will continue to contribute to the humanities research base in Exeter and beyond.  In this 2-hour seminar, IICE brings together University of Exeter researchers using queer methodologies and approaches to discuss their research approaches and investigate both the history and the future of Queer Studies.  The event included the discussion of research papers and a roundtable.

January 19th 2021-  Architecture and Design Sandpit, coordinated by Jo Gill (English/PVC-Dean Humanities)

This was the first of hopefully a series of networking meetings, bringing together researchers working at the interface of design, architecture and humanities research. Areas of focus will include sustainability and renewables, urban, rural and heritage studies, design for wellbeing and spatial practices.

November 27th 2020 (12:30)-  #BringBackOurGirls and Humanitarian Advocacy: Analysing Race, Gender, and Childhood in Local and Global Child-Saving Campaigns’ 

November 20th 2020  ( 12:30) – Dr Michael Pearce – to understanding and addressing racialised barriers to participation in nature tourism and conservation in South Africa. 

November 13th 2020  (12:30) – Christine Robins, ‘Fragile Faiths: Endangered Religious Cultures in Dialogue’, a free online seminar

Exeter Decolonising Network 

April 22nd  2021 (18:00-19:30)- IAIS, IICE the European Centre for Palestine Studies and the Exeter Decolonising Network:  A conversation with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé: On impasse, internationalism and radical change

From internationalism and the fight against racial capitalism, to creating strategies for climate justice and decolonisation, we invited Professors Chomsky and Pappé to speak to us about activism, discontent, resistance and responsibility.  This conversation engages with the violence of the present, while moving toward liberation and justice in the future.

March  25th (12:00-14:00) – Dr Akanksha Mehta, Lecturer in Gender, Race and Cultural Studies Goldsmiths, University of Exeter – ‘Is This an Anti-Racist Occupation or Noh?’ Lessons on Discomfort and Solidarity from Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action (GARA) 

In this talk, Dr Akanksha Mehta will discuss how GARA and the occupation strengthened solidarity and survived as a movement because members routinely made space for intentional uncomfortable conversations within the collective. These conversations addressed the perpetuation and reproduction of forms of oppression within their organising focussed on dismantling and de-centring whiteness in non-performative ways, and were crucial to building a common agenda and fight towards structural racism within and outside the university.

30th March – Professor Byony Onciul, Associate Professor of Museology and Heritage Studies, University of Exeter – Connecting Strands on Current Indigenous Realities in the Americas 

The talk intends to frame our discussions by beginning with Prof Bill Cohen, who will share a Syilx Okanagan approach to being a good ancestor. Following his Coyote Stories, we will have a round table discussion and questions from the audience. The event builds upon collaborative interdisciplinary work developed through multiple research projects with University of Exeter colleagues Prof Bryony Onciul and Dr Marisa Lazzari and University of British Columbia colleagues Prof Karen Ragoonaden and Prof Virginie Magnat.

November 5th (12:30) – Josie Gill (Bristol), ‘Race, Science, and Literary Studies in the 21st Century’. 

December 10th (16:30) – Hazel Carby (Yale University): ‘Imperial Sexual Economies’.