This panel aims to understand the role of ordinary violence and its dynamics in the reordering of social relationships in our interconnected and uncertain societies : conflicts and related ordinary violence expressions in different social settings in different parts of the world.
This panel is concerned with the role of ordinary social violence in the emergence of what one could characterize as a "culture of uncertainty" that deeply sways social bonds and the individual conception of future, wealth or work of people. It is fashionable to say that new forms of intimacy are generated through intensified interconnected modes of cooperation. But, should it be assumed that these interconnections favour quiet and informed interrelations? In contemporary societies — characterized by sharp economic inequalities, social fragmentation and cultural heterogeneity — uncertainty also arise from the interconnection with the rest of the world. One of the main issues about the "intimacy of interconnected worlds" concerns consent: is it wanted by both sides and chosen with free consent ? If not really consented, intimacy can generate tensions and conflicts revealing power inequalities and interests discrepancies giving way to ordinary violence. The objective is to understand the role of ordinary violence and its dynamics in the reordering of social relationships in interconnected and uncertain societies. One of the issues concerns its potentiality: does ordinary violence open opportunities for the re-ordering of social relationships and world visions? Or, does it have disruptive and uncontrollable effects on social order? The contributions expected in this panel should be grounded on fieldwork records of uncertainty conceptions, conflicts and related ordinary violence expressions in different social settings in different parts of the world: life histories, case studies of witchcraft accusation, land tenure and inheritance conflicts, conflicts between neighbours, parents, friends or colleagues, etc.
Violence, witchcraft and justice in Central Africa: the uncertainty of proof of guilty and innocence in witchcraft accusations (R.D. Congo, Central African Republic)
Coming to terms with the present: land disputes as social spaces for redefining the rules of living together in the aftermath of the Sierra Leonean war