Rethinking Violence in Humanitarian Research

Abstract

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Discussions around violence have of course proven central to the development of academic inquiry into humanitarian affairs over decades. Such has been the case across various disciplines including anthropology, geography, politics and international relations and sociology. The presence of violence has also been explored across a variety of research sites; from operational practice and the arrangement of institutions to the experience of communities amidst crises and the inscription of violence into aspects of humanitarian law. Whilst violence's ubiquity demonstrates the concept’s ongoing worth, it simultaneously begs questions about how the language of violence might be harbouring within it more potential as a field of analysis than has heretofore been rendered explicit. A humanitarian focus on the spectacle of armed conflict, for instance, may sideline thinking on pervasive forms of violence that operate in different registers of time, space, causality, and affect. As such, the panel seeks to generate discussion to extend conceptualisations of violence in lieu of its ongoing importance for humanitarian research.

Abstracts for 15 minute presentations would be welcome on a range of issues including but certainly not limited to:
- Violence and Affects
- Structural Violence
- Spatialities of Violence
- Violence and Temporality
- Violence amid crisesand crises
- Violence and Anthropocenes
- Violence and governance

Date(s) & Time(s)

November 4th, 2021
13:30 (GMT +1)
Room 24
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Organiser(s)

Nat O'grady
Pedro Silva Rocha Lima

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