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AIAS and CEH Reading Group: Abetting Everyday Harms

A joint semester-long initiative by AIAS and CEH, the Abetting Everyday Harms reading group at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies

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Friday 27 October 2023,  at 12:15 - 13:45


AIAS, Building 1630 room 301

On the Abetting Everyday Harms reading group

This reading group will explore the concepts of moral complicity (and implication, its close cousin) by bringing together writings from multiple disciplines such as literary studies, law, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, and history. We are seeking similarly interdisciplinary reading group participants from all levels of seniority within and beyond the university.

Climate Change-related Complicity and Conceptual Complicity

Our exploration of complicity is focused on climate change, but at the same time draws from a broad and foundational conceptual base. This mixture is reflected in the readings, some of which are devoted to the concept of complicity itself and some of which are focused on climate in particular. The aim is to set a moderate and achievable amount of reading for shared interdisciplinary discussion which can act as a framework for further individual reading.

The initial few sessions will have set content but the organisers will welcome suggestions for additions later in the semester so that the program reflects collective interests as they develop.

Unexpected Complicity

We are particularly interested in the ways in which complicity shows up in unexpected ways in our life and work, and hope to think about what less complicit processes could look like. We are particularly interested in the role of cultural production and intellectual methodologies as sites of complicity and of its representation.

We aim to develop a framework for interdisciplinary discussion both of the problem of complicity and of how we might move beyond, through, or past it. We are interested not only in why we necessarily abet everyday harms, but also in how we might learn to abet them a little less.

Times and dates of sessions

Friday 22 September 2023, 12:15 - 13:45

Friday 27 October 2023, 12:15 - 13:45

Wednesday 29 November 2023, 10:00 - 12:00

Friday 8 December 2023, 12:15 - 13:45

Friday 12 January 2024, 12:15 - 13:45


The material for the session on Friday 27 October can be accesed through the links below:

Audrey Bryan (2022) Pedagogy of the implicated: advancing a social ecology of responsibility framework to promote deeper understanding of the climate crisis, Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 30:3, 329-348, DOI: 10.1080/14681366.2021.1977979

Michael Rothberg (2019), “The Transmission Belt of Domination Theorizing the Implicated Subject”, The Implicated Subject : Beyond Victims and Perpetrators, Stanford University Press, 2019

Michael Rothberg (2013), “Multidirectional Memory and the Implicated Subject: On Sebald and Kentridge”. Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture, edited by Liedeke Plate, and Anneke Smelik, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), room 301; except for the first session: please meet at the entrance of AIAS and we will go together to the third floor informal meeting space.


Co-organised by AIAS-COFUND MSCA Fellow Bridget Vincent in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Humanities (CEH: https://ceh.au.dk/).


Dr Bridget Vincent, AIAS-COFUND II Fellow

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies