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The Return of the Subject


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Editor's note: There was a fire alarm test at the venue on the night of the event. This has been edited out of the recording and consequently there is short break 10 minutes into the podcast.

Speaker(s): Ash Amin, Michel Wieviorka, Claire Alexander, Richard Sennett
Chair: Craig Calhoun

Recorded on 30 April 2012 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

This event will launch two new books on the society of strangers discussing issues of hyper-subjectivity and desubjectification as the causes of contemporary escalations of violence. Ash Amin’s Land of Strangers offers a diagnosis of attitudes towards the stranger in the West after 9/11, while Michel Wieviorka’s Evil develops a sociological analysis of evil phenomena presenting us with a fresh approach to the understanding of the darker regions of human behaviour. Both authors will be joined by Claire Alexander, Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett to discuss the analytical challenges posed by the return of the Subject, and the nature of a politics of solidarity.

Ash Amin is 1931 Chair of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

Craig Calhoun is director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and professor in the departments of Sociology and Media, Culture and Communications at New York University.

Richard Sennett is the School Professor of Social and Cultural Theory emeritus at the LSE and University Professor of the Humanities at New York University.

Michel Wieviorka is president of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales.

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