November 13, 2007

Violence, Bodies, Selves: A UK Conference

Violence, Bodies, Selves: Feminist Engagements in International Politics
University of Manchester
23 May 2008

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Gender & IR in Britain this workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and organisations to discuss the multitude of violent practices in international politics and how these practices operate on particular bodies. We aim to explore the ways in which feminist theories of international politics have (re)conceptualised and challenged dominant categories in the field, such as war, conflict and peace. In particular, the workshop will seek to think through how the rendering of particular gendered subjectivities make possible particular violent practices in international politics. In so doing, participants will be encouraged to reflect on feminist political and philosophical interventions in the field over the past twenty years and how these interventions are valuable and can make a difference in thinking through our contemporary contexts.

Considering the pervasiveness of violence in the practices of international politics, Violence, Bodies, Selves asks participants to share their work on gender and violence in order to consider the affects/effects on who we are, and importantly, on who we may become, in the world we live in. Potential questions to explore in thinking through the theme, Violence, Bodies, Selves are:

How have feminist scholars fundamentally shifted the terrain of debate on practices of violence?
• How have bodies-in-violence and bodies-of-violence been rethought by feminist scholars?
• Do academic analytic categories produce obstacles to understanding the production of violence?

The workshop will be open to academics (we especially welcome postgraduates), researchers, painters, photographers, poets, and activists. We are especially keen to work with ‘art’ and ‘artists’ (widely conceived). We follow Picasso in his view that, ‘painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war against brutality and darkness’. We want to explore what role ‘art’ performs/plays in relation to understanding international violence.

Keynote Speaker: Christine Sylvester (Lancaster University)
Film Screening: Cynthia Weber (Lancaster University)
Art Exhibit: John Keane

Please send abstracts to Cristina Masters at cristina.masters@manchester.ac.uk. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2007.


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