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Applications now open for GJA 2018 Summer School!

Applications now open for  GJA 2018 Summer School!

In June 2018, the University of Edinburgh is hosting an interdisciplinary Summer School entitled “Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity.”

This event, sponsored by the Global Justice Academy, targets PhD students and early career researchers (within 4 years of obtaining their doctorate). It will explore the complexities of complicity in and resistance to systemic human rights violations.

Bringing together perspectives from political theory, political science, law, history, sociology, cultural studies, aesthetics and art, the main goal is to give participants the opportunity to interact across disciplinary boundaries with several international experts and to receive critical feedback on their own projects in a friendly environment.

The list of confirmed speakers includes:

  • Danielle Celermajer, Sociology, University of Sydney
  • Vikki Bell, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Margaret Atack, French, University of Leeds
  • Paul Gready, Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York
  • Bronwyn Leebaw, Political Science, University of California
  • Cynthia Milton, History, University of Montreal

Papers that examine the following issues are invited:

  • Conceptualisations of complicity, resistance and solidarity in relation to systemic political violence;
  • The grey zone as a challenge to political memory, identity, and history;
  • The epistemic, moral and political value of artistic engagements with painful pasts;
  • Broader theoretical and practical challenges raised by the complexities of complicity, including issues of moral, political and legal judgement and agency, guilt and responsibility, forgiveness and revenge, justice and reconciliation;
  • The relationship between state-sponsored and artistic engagements with the grey zones of complicity and resistance;
  • The value and effects of artworks on public debates about/institutional responses to past violence;
  • Ethical and political dilemmas regarding the status of truth, the possibility of representation and the value of testimony in relation to the grey zones of political violence.

We encourage applications from various disciplinary backgrounds, including philosophy, political, social and legal theory, history, political science, cultural studies and aesthetics. We welcome contributions from normative, historical, conceptual, case-based and comparative perspectives.

Important Dates

The deadline for applications is the 15th of December 2017. Notification of acceptance will be given in January 2018. The selected participants will have to register and pay the registration fee by the 28th of February 2018. They will be asked to submit their papers by the 18th of June 2018.

Apply here now:

To apply please fill in this online form. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Summer School is organized by Dr Mihaela Mihai (Politics and International Relations) and her Greyzone project team.

Please direct all your queries to: summerschool2018greyzone@gmail.com.

The registration fee is £100.


1. The Summer School is part of the interdisciplinary ERC research Project GREYZONE.

2. The organisers can offer some financial support to some of the selected applicants. Please indicate in your application if you wish to be considered.

3. Unfortunately, the Summer School organisers cannot assist participants in arranging visas to travel to the UK, but will provide you with an official invitation letter provided your application has been accepted.

4. The Summer School is sponsored by the European Research Council and the Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh.