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Conceptualising Violence: An Exploration of its Representations and Dynamics

Conceptualiser la violence : une exploration de ses représentations et dynamiques

XXIV International and Interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Association des Étudiant(e)s Diplômé(e)s du Département d’Histoire de l’Université de Montréal (AÉDDHUM)

XXIVe colloque international interdisciplinaire de l’Association des étudiant(e)s diplômé(e)s du département d’histoire de l’université de Montréal (AÉDDHUM)

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Published on Monday, November 28, 2016 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

La violence sous sa forme physique a toujours été présente dans l’historiographie, ne serait-ce qu’à travers de l’histoire de la guerre. L’analyse de celle-ci s’est largement agrandie dans les dernières années, à la fois à d’autres formes de violence, mais aussi à d’autres « lieux » où elle s’articule. Lié au concept de « lieux de mémoire » la violence prend un autre sens. Interprété et réinterprété dans le temps et dans les discours, le legs de la violence s’altère et change au gré des époques. Des évènements violents s’institutionnalisent et se banalisent ; des évènements pacifiques sont violemment réinterprétés a posteriori par des opposants. De véritables combats de la mémoire naissent autour de l’interprétation à la suite d’évènements traumatiques. La discipline peut bénéficier de ces nouveaux défis en considérant les approches interdisciplinaires (anthropologie, archéologie, sociologie, etc.) ainsi que les nouvelles sources (images, art) et méthodologies.

Announcement

Argument

The study of physical violence has largely been present in historical research, exemplified, for instance, in the history of warfare, but its conceptual analysis has taken a new turn in recent years. Other forms of less overt violence are taken into account by historians who reconsider the subjective as well as objective places where it is expressed. When conceived of in personal memories, or in collective lieux de mémoire, the notion of violence expands. Through its interpretation and reinterpretation, the impacts of violence through time and space are constantly being revised; institutional violence occurs through social consent, while events of a non-physical nature are shown to be initiated with coercion and power. Memory of traumatic events are contested and reinterpreted by victims and perpetrators alike, much to the disarray of many historians who attempt to reach an understanding of more recent events. The discipline can grow from these new challenges by considering interdisciplinary approaches (anthropology, archaeology, sociology, etc.) as well as new sources (images, art, etc.) and methodologies.

The organising committee is currently accepting proposals for its XXIV International and Interdisciplinary colloquium. Although potential research questions are undoubtedly diverse, here are some examples of what would be of interest: How is violence understood at a certain time? How is violence conceptualised in memory and in the social collective? How can a violent event be reinterpreted through time, in private or public discourse, and in commemoration or remembrance? And what does this express about the individuals or societies who hold these memories and discourses? How can the concept of violence be understood through the use of concepts of race, gender, class relations, etc.? Following are three larger questions which researchers may want to explore:

  • Considering violence through time as well as its various representations (ideological, physical, psychological, verbal, etc.)
  • Exploring violence as it is (re)interpreted and through its formation and structure in memory and through acts of remembrance (speech, acts of violence, legal violence, literature, cinema, commemoration, environment of, historiography, etc.)
  • Case studies which explore the dynamics of violence in history: Memory (collective or individual), national and identity construction, justice, war and post-war, as well as in relation to the Other (race, gender, class relations, religion, family, international relations, etc.)

Submission guidelines

We cordially invite researchers interested by the theme, starting at the graduate levels of all disciplines, to submit a proposal in order to present their research at the XXIV International and Interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Association des Étudiant(e)s Diplômé(e)s du Département d’Histoire de l’Université de Montréal (AÉDDHUM). This event offers an opportunity to present your research in front of peers, exchange with colleagues and professors, as well as publish your results.

Proposals can be sent in English or in French (maximum of 250 words)

by December 11th, 2016 at midnight,

to the following address: xxiv.colloque.aeddhum@gmail.com with a duplicate (c.c.) to cussonjeanchristophe@gmail.com.

Please indicate your full name and institution, as well as any requests for funding, with the estimated trip cost, if necessary. 

Conference : March 29-30-31 2017

Scientifi committee

  • Philippe Genequand (Professeur agrégé, Université de Montréal)
  • Cynthia Milton (Professeur titulaire, Université de Montréal)
  • Jean-Christophe Cusson (étudiant à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal)
  • Yanick Turcotte (étudiant à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal)
  • Catherine Paulin (étudiante à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal)
  • David Cadieux (étudiant à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal)
  • Rosalie Grimard-Mongrain (étudiante à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal)
  • Jean-Noël Rolland (doctorant, Université de Montréal)

Places

  • 6e étage, local C-6145 - 3150, rue Jean-Brillant
    Montreal, Canada (H3T 1N8)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, December 11, 2016

Keywords

  • violence, mémoire, rapport à l'autre

Contact(s)

  • Jean-Christophe Cusson
    courriel : administration [at] cahiershistoire [dot] org
  • Jean-Christophe Cusson
    courriel : administration [at] cahiershistoire [dot] org

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Jean-Noël Rolland
    courriel : rollandjeannoel [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Conceptualising Violence: An Exploration of its Representations and Dynamics », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, November 28, 2016, https://calenda.org/385084

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