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.
BOOK NOW – 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.
- May 27th 2021 (12:30-14:00) – Dr Dhanveer Brar, Lecturer in Black British History in the School of History at University of Leeds. Knowing Manufacture of an RnB Feeling
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.
*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.
- POSTPONED – Dr Shaira Vadasaria, Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies, University of Edinburgh Anti-Palestinian Racism: Re-examining Race and Racism’s ‘Conceptual Double-Bind’
*** 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.
*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.
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’.