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The AKC Course in 2024/5

The AKC programme is comprised of two separate lecture series. This year all of the AKC lectures will first be delivered in-person on the dates listed below in the Safra Lecture Theatre on the Strand Campus. However, if you wish to follow the AKC programme online then you can access the course material via our KEATS page. Each lecture will be released on the KEATS page one week after it is delivered in person. For example, Lecture 1, which will be delivered at 12:00 midday on Monday 30 September on campus, will be released at 12:00 midday (UK time) on Monday 7 October on our KEATS page. The KEATS quizzes will open on the day of the live lecture and will close at 12:00 midday three weeks later. For example, the quiz for Lecture 1 will open at 12:00 midday on Monday 30 September and will close at 12:00 midday (UK time) on Monday 7 October.

Below you can find the outline of the 2024/5 AKC lecture series. 

Semester 1: 2024/5

Why War? Living with Peace and Violence, curated by Dr Taushif Kara

Conflict has been a constant feature of history. But our present moment seems to be defined by civil war, renewed forms of state violence and genocide, and the sustained persecution of minorities around the world. Must conflict be resolved by recourse to violence? What are the consequences of war? And what makes peace possible? This AKC series invites intellectuals and artists to reflect on the causes and effects of violence both past and present, as well as the possibilities for peace, peacebuilding, and nonviolence in our own times. Drawing together a range of perspectives – from religion, philosophy, and political science to law and contemporary art – this series asks: why must we live with war?

Semester 1 Lecture Dates 

Monday 30 Sep 2024 – 

Monday 7 Oct 2024 – 

Monday 14 Oct 2024 – 

Monday 21 Oct 2024 – 

Monday 28 Oct 2024 – READING WEEK (No live lecture)

Monday 4 Nov 2024 – 

Monday 11 Nov 2024 – 

Monday 18 Nov 2024 – 

Monday 25 Nov 2024 – 

Monday 2 Dec 2024 – 

Semester 2:  2024/5

Enduring love? Intimacies and Care in Turbulent Times, curated by Dr Ruth Sheldon

This AKC series will explore a universal human concern that takes radically different forms across times and places: what is love and how can we love well? Bringing together diverse academic, activist, and practitioner voices, we will grapple with the contemporary challenges of sustaining love in the face of the violence, and injustices affecting people and planet. Our topics will take in the ethics and politics of marriage, belonging in marginalised communities, subversive cultures of intimacy, love in times of environmental extinction, and possibilities of care in the university itself.

Semester 2 Lecture Dates 

Mon 13 Jan 2025  

Mon 20 Jan 2025  

Mon 27 Jan 2025  

Mon 3 Feb 2025  

Mon 10 Feb 2025  

Mon 17 Feb 2025  READING WEEK (No live lecture)

Mon 24 Feb 2025  

Mon 3 March 2025  

Mon 10 March 2025  

Mon 17 March 2025  

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