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States of Mind, States of Being

Date: 19 April 2007 Time: 9.00 am

States of Mind, States of Being

Discussion Group on the State, 19-21 April 2007

Sponsored by the Journal of Historical Sociology

The Discussion Group on the State began life at St. Peter's College in Oxford in 1982 as a small semi-formal seminar and discussion group, bringing together Historians and Sociologists to explore the social, cultural and political dynamics of the British state and state formation, from the ninth to the twentieth century. In the words of Steve Hindle, its 'idiosyncratic format has contributed to a sense of an on-going conversation between new and old friends over the ways in which "state forms" have been manifested and appropriated in English political culture. Over the years, the eclectic tone of the group expanded to embrace those from anthropology, geography, political science and more, with interests beyond the British isles. Histories encountered theories, and geographies expanded.'

In 2002, after twenty years in Oxford, a hiatus was called. We aim to reconvene the group this year with the title 'States of Mind, States of Being', to explore the materialities and imaginaries of the state - even its phantasies. As ever, the format of the workshop depends strongly on open particpation with pre-circulated papers, thus enabling brief presentations and greater discussion.

Presenters and Participants: James Campbell (History, Oxford), David Nugent (Anthropology, Emory), Edward Higgs (History, Essex), Keith Stringer (History, Lancaster) Zarena Aslami (English, Michigan), Derek Sayer (History, Lancaster) Francis Dodsworth (Sociology, Open University), William Gould (Leeds), Nayanika Mookherjee (Sociology, Lancaster), Paolo Palladino (History, Lancaster), Deborah Sutton (History, Lancaster), Steve Hindle (History, Warwick).

There are no registration fees, and food is paid for but we do expect those who attend to participate for the entire duration of the workshop. If you would like to participate, please e-mail: a.kuntsman@lancaster.ac.uk. If coming from outside Lancaster, please indicate so and request for accommodation and travel information.

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