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"Abetting Everyday Harms" reading group: 1st meeting of 2024

Following on from last semester, the Abetting Everyday Harms reading group will continue this spring. The reading group is a joint initiative by the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), CEH, and the Australian National University. All are welcome to join in.

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Tuesday 27 February 2024,  at 21:00 - 22:30




Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), CEH, and Australian National University (ANU)

The Abetting Everyday Harms reading group will continue in 2024.

This year, the format will be a little different than last semester. More specifically, there will be local in-person group meetings in several locations, including Aarhus, Canberra, and Oxford, followed by an online plenary meeting for all the groups. Dates and readings will be set continuously from one meeting to the next.

Please note that for this meeting, the Aarhus group will only attend the online session (link below). There will be no separate in person event in Aarhus for February.

If you would like to join the Aarhus-based group, please reach out to organizer Bridget Claire Maynard Vincent for more information. You can read more about the reading group in general here.

Readings for the first session this year

For the first meeting this semester, we will read the following two texts:

  • Caroline Levine. 2023. "Towards an Affirmative Instrumentality," in The Activist Humanist: Form and Method in the Climate Crisis. New Haven: Princeton University Press. Pages 1-21. Available through https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691250816/the-activist-humanist#preview.
  • Linda Tuhiwai Smith. 2021. "Imperialism, History, Writing and Theory," in Decolonizing Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples. London: Zed Books. Pages 1-30.

If you have problems accessing the text, please reach out to Bridget Claire Maynard Vincent.

Zoom link for the first online session:

Past readings from 2023 sessions

For background infomation only. Not required to participate in 2024 sessions.

  • Michael Rothberg. 2019. “The Transmission Belt of Domination Theorizing the Implicated Subject”, The Implicated Subject: Beyond Victims and Perpetrators, Stanford University Press.
  • Crownshaw, Rick. 2019. ”Climate Change Perpetrators: Ecocriticism, Implicated Subjects, and Anthropocene Fiction.” Susanne C. Knittel and Zachary J. Goldberg (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Perpetrator Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Audrey Bryan. 2022. "Pedagogy of the implicated: advancing a social ecology of responsibility framework to promote deeper understanding of the climate crisis" Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 30 (3): 329-348.
  • Nicole Fleetwood. 2020. "Fraught imaginaries: Collaborative Art in Prisons." Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Harvard University Press.
  • Rosiek, J. L., Snyder, J., & Pratt, S. L. 2020. "The New Materialisms and Indigenous Theories of Non-Human Agency: Making the Case for Respectful Anti-Colonial Engagement." Qualitative Inquiry, 26 (3-4): 331-346. 
  • Michael Rothberg. 2013. “Multidirectional Memory and the Implicated Subject: On Sebald and Kentridge”. Liedeke Plate and Anneke Smelik (eds.), Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture. Taylor & Francis Group. 
  • Humphrey, Caroline. 2008. "Reassembling individual subjects: Events and decisions in troubled times." Anthropological Theory, 8 (4): 357-380. 
  • Das, Veena. 2015. "What Does Ordinary Ethics Look Like?" Four Lectures in Ethics: Anthropological Perspectives. HAU Books.
  • Lambek, Michael. 2013. "The continuous and discontinuous person: two dimensions of ethical life." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 19 (4):837-858.