This workshop will contribute to the study of violence by focusing on narratives of violence and exploring and discussing different ethnographic examples and analytical perspectives on 'violent expressions'.
This workshop will contribute to the study of violence by focusing on narratives of violence and discussing different ethnographic examples and analytical perspectives on 'violent expressions'. Living in a continuous state of violence, how do people publicly (re)construct, redefine and remember traumatic events? What forms of narratives do they use or refrain from using, what are the political motivations behind? How can we decipher these narratives? The workshop invites empirically driven as well as theoretically informed papers which discuss the anthropological approaches to violence (eg Das 2007; Whitehead (ed) 2004; Schmidt and Schröder 2003, Malkki 1995; Feldman 1991). Proposals may include narratives of individuals, victims of domestic violence and state terror, structural and political violence in recent and historical fields. We are interested in community studies: how do post-war violence and trauma inflict a society, how does a community deal with violence and violent memories (community suffering, public acts of witnessing and confessing, ritualisation and renarration)? How are violent actions of one's own community and those of the enemy constructed and represented? We also strongly encourage contributions that look at how perpetrators express and comment on their own violent actions. Contributions which address the following themes are especially welcome: - Gendered violence and gendered differences in coping with violent experiences and how they affect everyday life and 'folds itself into the recesses of the ordinary' (Das 2007) - Relation between violence, pain and language - Violence and somaticised symptoms - Researching in emotionally distressful fields - (in)sufficiency of anthropological methods.