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Congreso Internacional The Meaning of Violence

THE MEANING OF VIOLENCE

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

PUERTA DE TOLEDO CAMPUS

SALÓN DE GRADOS, DÍAS 8 Y 9 DE MARZO

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.

For further information: https://meaningofviolence.wordpress.com/

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  1. Mercedes Expósito - Responder

    ¿Por qué utilizan exclusivamente el inglés en todo lo que envían sobre este Congreso? ¿es un intento de excluir a quienes no manejan esta lengua o es una sumisión explícita al ejercicio de poder colonial del inglés en el mundo académico?
    No crean que digo esto porque no manejo ese idioma. Lo digo por destacar la violencia del lenguaje. La violencia simbólica de vivir en un país donde la Academia, con los impuestos de todas y todos, decide unilateralmente utilizar una lengua no oficial como el inglés. Barthes cree que el lenguaje es una piel con la que nos rozamos con los demás. El imperialismo lingüìstico, recuerden, no roza, impone.

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