Physical Violence in Late Socialism: (Dis-)Entangling Statehood, Labor, and the Nation. Date: 19-21.04.2012. Site: Regensburg, Germany. Deadline: 31.10.2011
Organiser: Institute for East and South East European Studies (IOS)
Topics: By stressing the notion of physical violence and its significance for state legitimacy, the project seeks to contribute to the general discussion of late socialist societies. The first annual conference will explore physical violence within two core fields related to the legitimatory strategies and discourses of communist statehood: the social and the national. By contextualizing physical violence within these highly ambiguous fields, the organizer aims to contribute to the dismantling of powerful stereotypical narrations and images of state socialism; for example, the remnants of binary mental maps coined by the Cold War or interpretations that have emerged on the grounds of post-socialist nation-(re)building. 1. Violence in Labour and Social Relations; 2. The National Factor in Shaping Violence.
The organizer invites proposals striving for a situational and contextualised “thick description” of practices, experiences, and representations of physical violence from the perspective of the historical actors, both in terms of subversive strategies and the expression of state authority. Violence is to be approached through a quadruple lens as exercised, suffered, observed and/or imagined.
Deadline: October 31, 2011
Contact: Dr. Sabine Rutar, Südost-Institut, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, Germany