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In this paper, Marie Kolkenbrock (King’s College London) will introduce the key hypotheses of her project on the cultural history of ‘distance’ and give an account of this concept in twentieth century and contemporary political ethics, showing that ‘distance’ is not a neutral concept but functions as a shifting metaphor in different ideological contexts. As we now are forced to cultivate several new forms of distancing practices, it may be worth taking a look at some examples from the cultural theory and history of distance in order to reflect on their potential impact on our sense of ‘togetherness’ in private relationships, within our societies, and across nation states.

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