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The massacre and its intimacy: violence among neighbors 
Alexander Horstmann (University of Bielefeld)
Lyndsay McLean (University of Sussex)
Start time:
2 August, 2014 at
Time zone: Europe/Tallinn
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

The panel probes into the intimacy of violence among neighbors. It asks about the involvement and situational context of local members , the organization, building up and in the spread of hate as well as the reflection about the violence and the living with its consequences.

Long Abstract:

This panel builds on a European scholarly network that is concerned with emphatic violence and emotions, violence and intimacy and enmeshed with PACSA and the PACSA journal, Conflict and Society. Intimacy here stands for social knowledge, memory and informal law among neighbors who know each other intimately. Intimacy is located at the intersections of private lives and public institutions and the power relations between them. The crucial aspect of intimacy is the embodiment of the violence and processes in which private lives such as inter-marriage are politicized and become the object of hate mobilization in spectacular forms. The panel invites contributions about the responses of neighbors to the violence and how local actors talk about it. The theoretical concept of situationalism is used to see how people believe that they are caught in situations and have to react to it. It is hoped that this concept helps us to avoid essentialist explanations of violence as a result of unavoidable or long-lasting resentments.

The panel is taking into account how the situations of the massacre are politically instigated, mobilized and the political interests driving the violence and how the violence is mediated to make a symbolic impact on the audience. Using the concept of mediation, attention is given to the media transporting the violence and advertizing for it, such as rumor and in particular the use of social media, like yutube and facebook well as fake letters.

Accepted papers:

Session 1