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Trust and Violence in Times of Political Transformation I 
Melina Kalfelis (University of Bayreuth)
Rossye Alvarez (Queen Mary University of London)
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Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/006B
Wednesday 27 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel scrutinizes trust dynamics in contexts of conflict, violence, and global inequality. We invite scholars to reflect on trust in historical and recent processes of (un)commoning and explore to what extent violence not only refutes but also changes, drives, and determines trust.

Long Abstract:

The British philosopher Thomas Hobbes considered state monopolization of violence indispensable for citizens' trust in the prospect of nonviolent interaction. However, in countries of today's world, duress, injustice, and exclusion are still part and parcel of many human lifeworlds. How are people trusting in such circumstances? While scholarship primarily associates violence and conflict with distrust and its corrosive effects, we ask instead how they shape and change the ways people trust. What do political formations like vigilantism, secessionism, extremism, post-truth politics, state resistance, and many more tell us about the interplay of trust and violence in everyday life? How are trust and distrust diverging and converging throughout conflict?

This panel invites scholars to reflect on trust dynamics in historical and recent processes of (un)commoning and explores violence not only as a refutation, but also as a condition, driver, or basis of trust. If we understand trust informed by the past, present, and future, how do enduring experiences of harm and inequality determine and affect trust and its connections with violence? How are political projects of (un)commoning in different contexts creating, destroying or maintaining trust? What is the role of trust in conflicts manifesting through senses of belonging or identity? And how are governments incapable to protect their citizens from crime and hardship creating the conditions for a changed sense of justice?

The panel opens a reflexive space to discuss these and other questions about trust as an ongoing process in the context of conflict, violence, and global inequality.

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Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -