P08
Violence and affective states in contemporary Latin America

Convenors:
Frank Smith
Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck, University of London)
Location:
ATB G209
Start time:
12 April, 2013 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The panel aims to explore connections between situated experiences of violence and shifting affective states in contemporary Latin America. It considers the way people redefine their socio-cultural and emotional life and how affect permeates the body politics in the context of violence.

Long abstract:

This panel seeks to bring together scholars focusing on Latin America who have studied the social, cultural and emotional impact of violence to explore connections between situated experiences of violence and shifting affective states in contemporary Latin America. The aim of the panel is to consider the way people continually redefine their socio-cultural and emotional life and how affect permeates and circuits through the body politics in the context of violence and its complex aftermath/s. The panel will explore how violence has impacted on the social organization and expression of emotions in order to both give meaning to violence and to account for individual and collective responses to it. This could include analyses of the way violence has generated specific affective states and public feelings; how violence has redefined traditional socio-cultural categories, everyday social relations and/or psychosocial, psychoanalytic and/or social theory constructs; how affective states and dispositions may be produced and rearticulated in the context of violence and in its immediate aftermath, and what consequences this may yield for subjectivities and sociality. This panel aims to broaden understandings of both the immediate and the longer terms meanings and implications of violence in Latin America. We welcome papers with an ethnographic focus from a diverse range of theoretical traditions and disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of enquiry, including anthropology, sociology and cultural studies as well as perspectives from gender, sexuality, critical race and indigenous studies.