9th Global Conference: Violence - Probing the Boundaries

Venue: Salzburg

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Event Date/Time: Mar 12, 2010 End Date/Time: Mar 12, 2010
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9th Global Conference Violence - Probing the Boundaries Friday 12th March - Sunday 14th March 2010 Salzburg, Austria Call for Papers This conference is one of a continuing series that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to focus on a centrally significant aspect of our social lives: violence. On this multi- and inter-disciplinary basis we aim to produce an evolving body of thought as a contribution to the attempt to understand the nature and place of violence in our lives. The main themes for the 2010 conference are outlined below: however, we are also pleased to receive proposals that extend or complement these. 1. What Counts as Violence and What’s Wrong with it? ~ Is violence best understood as necessarily physical? ~ If not - if, for example, mental violence is not merely a metaphor - then how might the concept be sufficiently restricted so as not to lose all meaning? ~ Violence and force: physical force and the force of argument. ~ Violence and violation - of the person, of our identity, of our integrity; of the environment? ~ Why is violence wrong? Is it always wrong? ~ What does the phenomenon of human violence tell us about the nature of human social life? What does it imply about our understanding of ourselves as rational animals? 2. Contexts of Violence ~ Domestic violence; everyday violence ~ Offender groups and victim groups: how do these come to be configured? ~ Community violence: ethnicity and race; nationalism; political violence; religious violence ~ Institutional violence: the military - recruitment, conscription and training; varieties of law enforcement; educational institutions; hospitals and homes; the workplace ~ State violence - internal: the violence of punishment; economic violence?; surveillance and repression; detention without trial ~ State violence - external: pre-emption; self-defence; humanitarian intervention; economic sanctions? ~ Violence for peace: resistance movements; human/animal rights extremism; assassination and targeted killing; collateral damage 3. Explaining and Understanding Violence ~ Does violence require explanation? Are there forms of violence - eg torture, genocide, extreme cruelty - that are beyond explanation? ~ What do different forms of explanation of violence - eg cultural, historical, psychological, religious, social - explain; and how might they be combined? ~ What are we doing when we try to understand the phenomenon of violence? 4. Representing Violence ~ How do representations of violence function in relation to acts of violence? ~ Whose image is it? Ethical issues around consent, violation and the greater good in relation to making, exhibiting, publishing and curating images of suffering ~ Humour in the context of violence: catharsis or insult? ~ The aesthetics of violence; aestheticisation, incongruity and integrity ~ Violence, heritage, tradition and the creation of (national) identity ~ Heroism and martyrdom: terrorism and suicide bombers (eg Japanese pilots) The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 25th September 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 5th February 2010. 300 word abstract