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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Home Symposia

26th September 2008, 09:00 to 27th September 2008, 17:00, Birley Room, Hatfield College

This one-and-a-half day interdisciplinary symposium inaugurates the IAS sub-theme on ‘Home'. It honours the work of Professor David E Cooper by exploring a theme central to his work, namely the relation between being human and being at home in the world.

The question of what it means to be human is in these respects closely related to the question of what it means to feel at home in the world. These are philosophical issues, yet they raise a host of more concrete questions for an interdisciplinary audience. How have conceptions of what it means to be at home in the world changed over the course of human (pre)history? What is the role of cultural memory in these transformations? How have other peoples understood the relations between their cultural identity and their land? Do current government policies do justice to the felt attachments of the displaced and dispossessed? In addressing these wider issues, the symposium will engage the interests of researchers in a variety of disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geography and law. By so doing, it will provide a philosophical base for the remaining symposia in this series.

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