25 Apr 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm Seminar Room SG1, Alison Richard Building


Professor Hallvard Lillehammer (Philosophy, Birkbeck)
in conversation with
Dr Matei Candea (Social Anthropology, Cambridge)

Chaired by Jonas Tinius (University of Cambridge)


This session problematises the role of ‘detachment’, ‘indifference’, and ‘disconnection’ in our conceptualisation of relations and interactivity from anthropological and philosophical points of view. 

Hallvard Lillehammer is Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. He was educated at UCL and at Cambridge, where he taught for thirteen years before joining Birkbeck in 2013. At Cambridge he was at one time or other the Sidgwick Lecturer in Philosophy, Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy at King’s College, Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College, and Fellow of the Judge Business School. He has also held appointments at KCL and Reading University. Author of ‘Who Is My Neighbour? Understanding Indifference as a Vice’, Philosophy, 2014 & ‘Minding Your Own Business? Understanding Indifference as a Virtue’, Philosophical Perspectives, 2014

Matei Candea is lecturer in the Division of Social Anthropology and Fellow of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. His doctoral research focused on identity, alterity and belonging on the island of Corsica. This ethnographic research led him to reconsider a number of classic methodological and theoretical questions: in particular, the practice of bounding and extending ethnographic field-sites; the effect of current anthropological understandings of the category of ‘the political’; the question of what it might mean to ‘take seriously’ the people one is working with. His more recent work has taken the question of knowledge and alterity to a different field: that of inter-species relations in scientific research. A key theme running through this research has been the role of detachment as a simultaneously ethical and epistemic goal. He is editor of Detachment. Essays on the limits of relational thinking, Manchester University Press, 2016; edited with Thomas Yarrow, Catherine Trundle and Jo Cook.

Jonas Tinius is one of the convenors of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network




Open to all.  No registration required.
Part of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network (CIPN), series.

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