AL(L)ONE - Solitude and what it tells us about Community
Aarhus University, Richard Mortensen-stuen, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C
12-13 December 2019
What may we learn about community and being-with through studying solitude, the state or situation of being alone?
Solitude is quite often associated with isolation, loneliness, anomie and social disorder. But solitude may also be deliberatively sought out and valued for the ways it may offer privacy and experiences of freedom from oppressive social bonds, and spaces for or spirituality, reflection and creativity. In this interdisciplinary seminar we want to explore the joys and pains of being alone: The various ways solitude may be practiced, experienced and conceptualized; the potentials it offers those who seek it out, and the suffering it brings to those who find themselves involuntarily thrown in it.