April 17 (Fri) (All day) - April 18 (Sat) (All day)
Friday, 10:00am - 6:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00 pm

Anthropology Colloquium Room (Building 50, Room 51A)
450 Serra Mall, Stanford University

This two-day conference starts with the premise that 'civility' is a normative value, a cultural practice, and a form of political life. It aims to foster discussions bringing into focus the ethical charges and political implications of attempts to act 'civilly'.  The following questions will be explored: How might one conceptualize civility and its associated concepts in new ways and/or with new histories? What are the forms practices and claims about civility that shape people's everyday interactions? Which actors have particular stakes, and why, in claims about civility? What normative frames and forms of accountability are involved in such practices? How do claims of civility relate to wider inequalities and violence? The focus shall particularly be on forms of urban civility or the relationship between urbanity and civility.

Conference Schedule

Co-sponsored by Center for South Asia, Stanford Global Studies, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Center for African Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology.

Free and open to the public.