Violence is central to various perspectives associated with poststructuralism. It comes in many forms, including though not limited to: patriarchy; the foundational violence of sovereignty; the exclusionary violence of the state of emergency; the logocentric violence of language; the violence of difference and differentiation; the violence of exploitation and discrimination associated with forms of colonisation and domination. In short: violence comprises many forms of exclusion, domination, exploitation, inequality, and injury. It ranges from historical oppression to the performative exclusions of the metaphysics of presence. But it can also be seen as productive. A focus on the multiple, heterogeneous manifestations and dimensions of violence highlights the political stakes of analyses inspired by, or associated with, poststructuralism. The task of the empirical is to draw out the messiness of violent moments and phenomena. The task of theory is to understand the exclusions and injuries performed by a variety of conceptual and institutional discourses in order that political and ethical alternatives might be offered.
The PPWG invites panels and papers on the multiple violences of global politics broadly construed. This theme aims to explore both the nature of violence as well as its various historical and contemporary manifestations. The former could encompass understandings of differentiation and exclusion as well as the affects that accompany them. The latter can encompass a range of phenomena including, but not restricted to, colonial exploitation, gender inequality, discrimination on the basis of race and/or sexuality, environmental degradation and the various harms caused by military/security apparatus. The aim is to foster a wide ranging discussion about the multiple forms violence might take, the political stakes of such violences and the insights scholarship inspired by poststructuralism can bring to bear.
Topics might include (this list is indicative and not exhaustive):
- The dynamics of gendering and the violence enacted in such dynamics
- Migration and the violences experienced by bodies in motion that do not conform to the narrow territorial structures of the inter-state system
- The various ways in which the violences experienced by LGBTQI+ subjects shape the global politics of sexuality
- The violent politics of contemporary global political economy, not least austerity and its acceleration of precarity
- The constitutive role of the violence of colonial domination in postcolonial, decolonial and indigenous thought
- The discriminatory assemblages of racial politics, not least resurgent nativism and alt-right thinking
- The material artefacts that make or unmake violence
- The violent degradation of the environment, the injury it causes to the biosphere and the unequal ways in which its impacts will be felt
- The affective states associated with violence - violent affects such as rage, and states of injury such as grief
- The visual regimes of violence - both the scopic regimes that enable the destruction of life and the various ways in which that violence is visualised
- The ontopolitics of violence - the various ways in which conceptualising what is excludes, limits, or degrades what is taken to be abnormal, other or simply different
The online submission system for papers, panels, and roundtables will open in September, 2018. Please prepare to submit to the BISA website’s electronic submission system.