P06
Subjectivity and victimhood: exploring the constitutive relationship between states and victims in the aftermath of violence

Convenors:
Ashley Greenwood (University of Adelaide)
Location:
Ligertwood 214 Piper Alderman Room
Start time:
15 December, 2017 at 11:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel invites papers that discuss the ways in which states that have committed abuses against marginalised people continue to assert authority over those marginal identities in the post-violence era and themselves become constructed by discourse around violence.

Long abstract:

This panel invites papers that use ethnographic and theoretical analysis to discuss the ways in which states that have committed abuses against marginalised people continue to assert authority over those marginal identities in the post-violence era. Processes involved in transitional justice initiatives, legislation, health and social services, and the archiving of material can manipulate groups' ways of living, knowing and articulating themselves. The panel will therefore interrogate questions of how state-driven abuses are managed by the state in the post-colonial/post-violence period and what impact these management strategies have on the lives of individuals and groups in the reconciliation age. While violence itself has a profound impact on subjectivities, its aftermath often compels reconciliation, reparation and rebirth. Looking beyond the complexities of the politics of recognition the papers in the panel will explore the constitutive relationship between the state and disenfranchised groups after violence. How do states manipulate and control memories, bodies and identities at the local level? What does this relationship mean for the stateless? How do marginalised groups operate within state constructions and to what degree does the role of 'victim' empower people to construct the new state? This panel seeks papers dealing with these questions and others relating to violence and victimhood in communities around the world.