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Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity

Event Name Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity
Start Date 25th Jun 2018
End Date 27th Jun 2018
Duration 3 days

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

The summer school is sponsored by the European Research Council and the Global Justice Academy at the University of Edinburgh.

This event targets PhD students and early career researchers (within 4 years of obtaining their doctorate). We will explore the complexities of complicity in and resistance to systemic human rights violations. Moreover, we will consider the ethical and political value of art for shedding light on the ambiguous reality of political responsibility and fostering relations of political solidarity.

The Summer School is part of the interdisciplinary ERC research Project GREYZONE, and we aim to bring 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.

The Summer School will involve extended scholarly discussions as well as social activities, allowing the participants to exchange ideas and initiate academic collaborations in a friendly environment.Participants will include a diverse mix of senior and junior scholars, PhD students and artists, who will work together on problematising the many faces of complicity, resistance and solidarity.

List of Confirmed Speakers:

  • 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


    The programme will feature morning lectures by expert speakers,followed by presentations from participants in the afternoon. Our speakers will attend and comment on the afternoon presentations. To facilitate productive discussions, all participants are expected to read the assigned readings for each morning session and to share their papers at least one week before the Summer School starts.

    The Call for Papers and all further details for this Summer School can be linked to here.


    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 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.