International conference: The meaning of violence

Event Date: March 8, 2017

International conference: The meaning of violence

8-9 March 2017, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

While it has long been noted that violence has, in one form or another, been inherent to the history of human being, little work was done historically to identify what ‘violence’ means and entails. This changed in the 20th century as a number of thinkers, especially within critical theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, existentialism, post-structuralism, and feminist thought, turned to the topic. Contemporary thinkers have continued to be influenced by these attempts, with Walter Benjamin’s famous essay ‘Critique of Violence’ being particularly important to their re-engagement with the nature and meaning of violence and its relationship to ethics and politics, a re-thinking that has also necessitated a critique and re-evaluation of the meaning of and relationship between the ethical and political.

The purpose of this two-day international conference is to gather a range of scholars to discuss the nature and meaning of violence within and from these ‘traditions.’ Suitable contributions may engage with the meaning of violence in Benjamin, Schmitt, Freud, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, Levinas, Deleuze, Derrida, Lacan, Girard, Butler, Critchley, and/or Žižek. Alternative perspectives and figures are also welcome so long as they aim to provide insights into the meaning of violence. [more]