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Senior Research Seminar: Professor Tobias Kelly

When Feb 26, 2016
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Seminar Room, Social Anthropology
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Professor Tobias Kelly (University of Edinburgh)

Conscientious Love?: British Pacifists in the Second World War

This paper examines the hazards of trying to live at peace in a time of war. It does so through a focus on conscientious objectors in Second World War Britain. Unable to prevent violence, and defenceless in the face of fascism, pacifists tried to show it was still possible to live a life of mutual non-violent self-sacrifice. They did so through through participating in various forms of humanitarian work, as well as forming communal farms. The paper explores the relationship between means and ends as central to the pacifist dilemma, and the implications of a tragic sensibility in the encounter with violence.

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