>From: "Dr Rob Fisher" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Violence, Contexts and the Construction of Enemies
>(Hungary) (1/22/07; 5/2/07-5/5/07)
>6th Global Conference
>Violence, Contexts and the Construction of Enemies
>Wednesday 2nd May - Saturday 5th May 2007
>Call for Papers
>This multi- and inter-disciplinary research and publications
>conference aims to identify and understand violence in contemporary
>life. The project will pay particular attention to the different
>contexts and places where violence develops, occurs and where its
>effects are felt; from the interpersonal to the international, from
>the empirical to the symbolic. Attention will also focus on
>uncovering the motives, dynamics and functions that violence has for
>individuals, groups, populations and societies, as well as for bonds
>and social relations in the private, institutional and public
>spheres of life. Exploring and understanding representations of
>violence in media, art and literature is a key part of the
>Violence has been part of societies and used as a political tool in
>multiple ways: to unite or divide, to produce fear and compliance,
>to incite or neutralize mobilization, to resist domination or to
>impose subordination. It has been touted as the only path for
>liberation or the inevitable road to annihilation and destruction,
>as a necessary means for transformation or as the ultimate form to
>avoid change and defend the status quo. And despite global, national
>and local efforts to minimize, reduce or eliminate it
>violence remains a horrifying feature of today's world and life.
>The conference will be structured around seven main themes; papers,
>presentations, reports and workshops are invited on the following:
>1. Perspectives for Understanding Violence
>Exploring the methodologies available for uncovering the underlying
>factors which contribute to violence, the perspectives provided by
>all disciplines and field practitioners for attempting to understand
>violence and the models available for developing interdisciplinary
>studies for comprehending the complexities of violence.
>2. Motives and Goals of Violence
>Assessing the impulses, motivations, invitations and the allure of
>violence; analysing the motives and goals of violent attitudes, acts
> * Being and becoming violent
> * Rage, anger, hatred and violence.
> * Ideas, images and ideologies of hatred
> * The "hard" and "soft" violence of discrimination
> * Alienation, isolation, marginality
> * Mental illness, deviance and violence
> * Violence as a social pathology
> * The discursive logic of social pathologies
> * Discourse, ethics and legitimacy: When is violence justified?
> * From the "top-down"
> * From the "bottom-up"
> * As defence and protection
> * As resistance to domination
>3. Generating Enemies, Being Violent
>Understanding the construction of enemies and the production of
>violence; identifying the processes that generate and establish
>violence as part of life and as normal.
> * Fostering, nurturing and socialising for violence
> * Allowing and consenting to violence
> * Justifying, reinforcing and rationalising
> * Education and violence; educating for violence
> * The logic and rationality of violence
> * Views of human nature in the disciplines as naturally violent
> * Dichotomies that confront people: friend and foe, neighbour and stranger
> * Dichotomies that divide minds: love and hate, empathy and
>disdain, trust and fear
> * How to identify elusive forms of violence?
> * The violent process of normalisation and the normality of violence
>4. Contexts of Violence
>Situating the specific contexts where violence emerges, develops and
>affects the lives of people; capturing the links between time,
>space, frames of mind and social institutions.
> * Domestic violence directed toward families, women, men and children
> * Community violence directed toward ethnic and minority groups,
>racialised groups, issues of nationalism, youth and gang violence,
> * Institutional violence - violence in the workplace, schools,
>hospitals, police and law enforcement agencies
> * State violence - as both an internal phenomenon (against
>citizenry - civil war, terrorism and the metropolis; repression;
>'surveillance' culture post 9/11; legitimation of violence through
>the law, punishment and capital punishment) as well as an external
>phenomenon (cultures of war and militarism, 'intervention' and
>'pre-emptive' policies, cultures of societies that develop into
>warlike states, religion, religious institutions, and their role in
>curtailing or propelling violence; religious fundamentalism and
> * The use of violence to achieve peace (e.g., the human/animal
>rights agenda, resistance movements), anti-globalisation violence,
>5. Violence, Victims and Others
>Understanding violence by understanding the impact it has on its
>victims. Understanding the subjects that produce violence and
>violence that produce subjects or the mutually constitutive link
>between subjects and violence.
> * Violence, trauma and victim-hood
> * Violence over bodies, psyches, sensibilities
> * Othering, pathologising, stygmatising, scape-goating
> * Problematic inventions of the "other"
> * The politics and dialectics of fear and violence
> * Violence intertwined with:
> - Love and care
> - Sex and desire
> - Taste and the aesthetic
> - Distinction and privilege
> * Inequality, marginalization and injustice
> * Symbolic violence
> * Forms of non-recognition and cultural exclusion
> * Social structures and violence or the violence of social structures
>6. Resisting, Countering and Preventing Violence
>How to promote, foster and develop counter cultures to violence?
>Knowledge, systems of meaning, movements and organizations that work
>to counter, neutralise and prevent violence.
> * Peace is to war, as "what" is to violence?
> * The constitution of the not-violent person
> * Identifying and embracing the "other" within the "self"
> * De-naturalising and be-essentialising violence
> * Respect and recognition of diversity and radical difference
> * Extending and embracing hospitality
> * Systems of meaning that destabilize, neutralize and nullify violence
> * Knowing how to handle and counter violence
> * The work and role of NGO's and other social organizations that
> * The role of normative standards and law, enforcement and prosecution
> * The promotion of education and educative strategies
> * Counter, neutralising and prevention strategies
>7. Representations of Violence
>Gauging the role of media in recording, portraying, disseminating
>and reflecting on violence. All forms of media are included - radio,
>television, cinema, theatre, graffiti, internet, music, art,
>sculpture, books, propaganda. The methods and intentions of
>portrayal and the symbolic effects will be assessed.
>Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word
>abstracts should be submitted by Monday 22nd January 2007. If an
>abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should
>be submitted by Friday 13th April 2007.
>300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Joint
>Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
>Joint Organising Chairs:
>Department of Sociology & Anthropology
>University of Mary Washington,
>Fredericksburg, VA, USA
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>The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of
>research projects. It aims to bring together people from different
>areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions
>which are innovative and exciting.
>The first Diversity within Unity was held in Prague in 1999 and
>focused on the theme of Human Community and Civil Society. The
>second conference was held in Oxford in 2000 and focused on the
>theme of Culture, Conflict, and Belonging. The third conference met
>in Prague in 2002 and looked at Cultures of Violence; the theme has
>been carried over to subsequent conferences held in Oxford.
>Multiple eBooks and volumes of themed papers have been published or
>are in press from the previous conference meetings of this project.
>All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be
>eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted
>for and presented at the conference will be
>published in a themed hard copy volume.
>For further details about this project please visit:
>For further details about the conference please visit:
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