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Conference: Binding and Breaking: Creating Communities of Friendship and Patronage

 Binding and Breaking: Creating Communities of Friendship and Patronage (04.10. - 06.10.12)




         What are the constitutive elements of different forms of social relationships? What practices of inclusion and exclusion come into play in the formation and preservation of groups and how are they maintained and negotiated symbolically? How are bonds of trust and loyalty established and sustained? How do communities deal with discord and conflict? How is discontinuity dealt with?


          The second conference organized by the research group ‘Friends, Patrons, Clients’ aims to shift the focus from the perspective of dyadic relationships to communities and groups. The conference is subdivided into four panels, focusing on emotions, conflict, trust and loyalties. Our conference includes contributions from a range of academic disciplines and case studies drawn from different cultures, time periods and geographical spaces.


          Within the context of research on friendship and patronage, this conference does not only focus on practices and semantics of belonging but also takes a closer look at how communities and individual bonds are constantly re-negotiated and disrupted. Current research widely agrees that trust, loyalty and mutual/shared emotions are the common ground/basis of symmetrical and asymmetrical social relations. We want to discuss how communities come into being, what sustains them and gives them coherence, how they negotiate identities and in how they deal with conflicts and challenges to their underlying structures and modes of self-representation.

  • Postadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    c/o Historisches Seminar
    Rempartstr. 15 - KG IV
    79085 Freiburg 
  • Besuchsadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    Erbprinzenstraße 13
    79098 Freiburg
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