March 21st and 22nd 2016 at Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield
Concepts of community have long since been grappled with by scholars across departments and disciplines. Communities are not simply confined by physical walls, institutional allegiances or geographical proximity. The concept that often defines the proximate community, that of sharing common ideas and beliefs, can transcend studies of locality. Political, devotional, emotional or imagined communities, for example, are instilled and defined through words, images, ideals and practices. Social network theory provides a means to conceptualise communities that cut across the organisational structures of life. Through the study of these different concepts of community scholars are offered new ways of addressing existing scholarly frameworks, studies of cultural boundaries, and group and individual identities.
This two-day conference aims to address the ways in which these concepts of community are addressed and analysed through panels and round-table discussion. We invite contributions that discuss the role of interdisciplinary methodology in conceptualising wider communities, to assert the difficulties in defining community away from local boundaries and to understand the various ways in which the concepts of communities are created, reaffirmed and connected. How are concepts of community addressed in your field? How does this study of community re-imagine scholarly precedents and offer new perspectives? Does the concept of ‘community’ prevent the intricacies of tension and conflict from being addressed? In what ways does the study of these communities cross disciplines, time periods and perspectives?
We welcome 15-20 minute papers from post-graduate and early career researchers who study community and communities.
To express interest in attending or giving a paper, please email Elizabeth Goodwin and Laura Alston at email@example.com with your name and a 250-word abstract by Friday 5th February.