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Is Hope the Answer? Dialogue, Empire and Intercommunal Solidarity 
Yulia Egorova (Durham University)
Sami Everett (University of Southampton)
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Yulia Egorova (Durham University)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 02/025
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

If hope is politically generative it has also become instrumentalized in post-imperial initiatives of promoting 'dialogue' and 'peace-building' among minoritized groups. We will explore what socialized milieux provide spaces of intercommunal hope and solidarity beyond these institutional narratives.

Long Abstract:

If hope is politically generative it is also instrumentalized, particularly perhaps when considered in conjunction with post-imperial initiatives that give credence to the term "dialogue" embedded within ideas of "peace-building" amongst vulnerable but nevertheless suspect minoritized individuals, groups or communities. Where in society therefore can we find/What socialized milieux provide legitimate spaces of intercommunal hope and solidarity beyond these institutional narratives that continue to mediate the minoritized? How does Lustick's thesis of post-imperial context in France-North Africa, Britain-Ireland and Israel-Palestine shape the anthropological present of intercommunal interaction? As scholars whose research has been embedded in post-imperial contexts (the UK, France but also South Asia and North Africa) and as scholars particularly concerned with the Muslim-Jewish pair and the state's response to managing it and/or individuals representing institutions and how they have become entangled in post-imperial political discursive legacies over the last decade (see Corbyn's Labour in the UK and antisemitism or Zemmour in France and Islamophobia) we seek to open up a conversation about the following:

• Decolonized spaces of hope and solidarity beyond the instrumental or politically generative; spaces of hope that draw on narratives unrelated to peace/conflict

• Interreligious and/or intercommunal dynamics and their internal structuring and external messaging as related to narratives of empire and post-empire

• Etymologies of hope and their theological/ethical/imperial pre-histories and linguistic and vernacular alternatives to the word Hope

We invite contributions from different ethnographic and geographical contexts.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -