Violence, the body and movement
Sandra Fernandez (University of St Andrews )
Nasim Basiri (Bucharest University)
Relational movements: Crossroads, Places and Violences/Mouvements relationnels: Carrefours, Lieux et Violences
TBT 309
Start time:
4 May, 2017 at 14:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to explore the impact of political violence on how bodies move and are moved. The panel also examines the impact of the media on how violence is internalised, normalised and how some bodies are rendered visible or invisible.

Long abstract:

Many governments around the world use what Fanon referred to as 'the language of pure violence' in order to intimidate their populace into acquiescence. Governments have also used violence or threats of force in self defense, to coerce other governments or conquer territory. Violence in this sense becomes a political tool in the hands of individuals, groups or governments. This panel seeks to explore the impact of political violence as something that both moves and moves others and also examines this idea through bodies as moving in reaction to or against violence. In this sense violence is seen as a discourse of power; it can be equally uncontrollable and unpredictable. The body acts and is acted upon, and engages in a dialogue with violence. Violence creates victims, revolutionaries, terrorists, freedom fighters, witnesses and many other 'types of bodies'. The panel also invites critique on how the media funnels and narrates events to shape how violence is consumed by the masses. As such, the same violent acts are held as almost global tragedies in some instances (France, Belgium) and almost go unnoticed in others (Ivory Coast, Yemen). How does the body experience violence? How does the body move with or against violent acts? How does the discourse of violence shape specific bodies? Whose bodies are rendered visible and invisible through acts of violence? How does the media play into the discourse of power with regards to internalizing violence? This panel welcomes all papers related to the above questions.