Uncertainty: Theory in the 21st Century

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Royal Holloway, University of London
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Uncertainty: Theory in the 21st Century
Royal Holloway Postgraduate Symposium
Saturday 11th June 2011
Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG
Keynote speakers: Professor Martin McQuillan (Kingston) and Professor Mark Currie (QMUL)

‘The most harrowing contemporary fears are born of existential uncertainty’
– Zygmunt Bauman

We enter the second decade of the 21st Century less certain than ever about who ‘we’ are, where we are heading, or what kind of a society we want to be. The economy is in crisis, the war on terror has no end in sight, and global warming threatens the sustainability of our everyday lives. On the other hand, an increased uncertainty about identity has opened new spaces of social inclusion, and technological advances have redefined the limits of communication. Most recently, a new wave of protest has threatened the stability of unpopular governments around the world.

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to interrogate the role of theory – literary, political, philosophical and sociological – in an uncertain time. In doing so, it hopes to render the very concept of uncertainty uncertain: that is, to place it under examination in a way that might help us think our way into a more ethically responsible future.

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