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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Who are “We the People”? Community beyond the state - Workshop - “Community Beyond the (Nation) State”

Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University

Workshop B: “Community Beyond the (Nation) State”

A workshop co-organized by Dr Amy Russell (Classics) and Dr Henry Jones (History), as part of the IAS Major Project ‘Who are “We the People”? Community Beyond the State’.

What other forms of legally or culturally defined community exist, and how do they relate to the legal entities defined by the state? How should we understand communities larger or smaller than the state, or not defined by state boundaries? What is the range of possibilities for citizenship, community, and belonging?

This informal, international, and interdisciplinary workshop will explore a range of questions relating to the people and peoplehood, as part of the IAS Major Project ‘Who are “We the People”? Community Beyond the State’. For more information on the project, see

Papers will be short and informal, and discussion is encouraged.

All welcome, but registration required. Registration is free and includes tea/coffee and snacks during the workshop. To register, please email by 25 February 2019.

Participants include:

  • Dr Rosa Andújar (Classics, King’s College London);
  • Dr Grietje Baars (Law, City, University of London);
  • Dr Erin Johnson-Williams (Music, Durham University);
  • Dr Cherry Leonardi (History, Durham University);
  • Dr Devyani Prabhat (Law, University of Bristol);
  • Jake Richards (History, University of Cambridge);
  • Tom Sparks (Law, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law);
  • Professor LyndseyStonebridge (English Literature, University of Birmingham);
  • Craig Whittall (SGIA, Durham University)

Thursday 7 March, 2pm

Sub-states and separatisms in an age of new nationalisms

2.10 Aoife O’Donoghue (Law, Durham):
Performing identities: Post-brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st Century governance

2.40 Tom Sparks (Law, MPIL Heidelberg):
Secessionary self-determination in the contemporary world: legality and legitimacy

3.10 Cherry Leonardi (History, Durham):
Patchwork states? Local territoriality and citizenship in South Sudan and Uganda'

3.40 coffee

Peoples beyond the state

4.10 Jake Richards (History, Cambridge):
Law and liberated Africans in the Atlantic world, c. 1839-1870

4.40 Craig Whittall (SGIA, Durham):
Colonial India’s “Criminal Tribes”: The past and present of communities beyond ‘The People’

5.10 Rose Parfitt (Law, Melbourne):
“Our slim peninsula is swollen with creative genius and has the right to govern the world.” Spazzio vitale/Lebensraum and “vital” populations beyond the state

Friday 8 March, 9am

Cultures of inclusion and exclusion

9.10 Kaius Tuori (Classics and Law, Helsinki):
The dark side of white marble: The classics in European identity politics and the far right in the age of Brexit

9.40 Rosa Andújar (Classics, KCL):
Hellenism and a Hispanic-American magna patria: Greek visions of a pan-Latin American future in the 19th and early 20th centuries

10.10 Erin Johnson-Williams (Music, Durham):
Hymnic identities: degenerate hymns: singing and suffering in Boer War concentration camps

10.40 coffee

Belonging and not belonging

11.10 Devyani Prabhat (Law, Bristol):
From subjecthood to citizenship and beyond: membership now and then

11.40 Lyndsay Stonebridge (Humanities and Human Rights, Birmingham):
Hannah Arendt in Baddawi

12.10 Closing discussion

1.00 Workshop closes

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