Georgetown University, in collaboration with Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India and King’s College, London, UK
Human violence is generally understood as either an incomprehensible aberration or an unfortunate rupture. Such an understanding of violence presumes it to be an episodic phenomenon bound by space and time and one associated with baser human instincts. The logic of violence grasped in this manner tends to homogenize all forms of its articulations and flattens them into dead abstraction. It also confines the study of violence into a series of binaries – before and after, war and peace, right and wrong, good and evil, legal and illegal, and progress and decline etc. In understanding violence as a fount and product of human action we need to go beyond a simplistic understanding of violence as merely physical violence and to see it as a taxonomical device, a human condition and as a symbolic, imagined, epistemic, philosophical and experiential category. This workshop is an effort to understand how cultures of violence are constituted, reproduced, perpetuated and normalized through institutions, memories, and discursive practices. By examining the cultures of violence this workshop seeks new conceptualizations of violence and methodologies for study. The two-day workshop will have interdisciplinary panels on the institutions, practices and spaces of violence; memories, experiences and narratives of violence; and discourses, philosophies and imaginations of violence.
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