Department of Social Anthropology

International Conference on the Anthropology of Political Violence

Fri 10th June 2011 to Sun 12th June 2011

Keynote Speakers: Andrews Strathern and Pamela Stewart, University of Pittsburg; Stef Jansen, University of Manchester; Stan Frankland, University of St Andrews


Friday 10th June 2011

09:00 Registration

09:30-10:00 Welcome

10:00-11:00 25 Years from David Riches' 'Anthropology of Violence'

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session 1 –Witnessing Violence

  • Christos Lynteris, St Andrews, Contested Witnesses: the Case of the Biological Warfare Attack Against China.
  • Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti, St Andrews, 'Civilised' Peacekeepers or Bloodthirsty Assassins? Ashaninka Ronderos and the moral 'grey zone' of violence in the Peruvian Internal War.
  • Ruth Marsden, Edinburgh, Living 'in between': ambiguity and the politics of loss for wives of the disappeared in Nepal.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Session 2 –Exception: State, Ethnicity and Race

  • Jan Grill, St Andrews, Gypsies with(out) an angel of history? State of exception, violence and movements of Slovakian Roma.
  • Christopher Kaplonski, Cambridge, The slow extermination of the Buddhist establishment in early socialist Mongolia.

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Keynote Lecture 1

  • Andrew Strathern & Pamela Stewart, University of Pittsburgh, The Dialectics and Aesthetics of War and Peace: Extending Riches' Triangle.

17:00 Wine Reception

Saturday 11th June 2011

09:30-11:00 Session 3 – Resistance and/or Freedom

  • Srila Roy, Nottingham, Sexual violence in/and the logic of revolutionary resistance (Naxalites in West Bengal).
  • Caroline Ifeka, UCL, 'God's Wars': Bourgeois Democracy and Subaltern Resistance in West-North Africa.
  • Moises Lino e Silva, St Andrews, Poverty and Freedom in a Brazilian Favela: Whose Subjection? Whose Violence?


11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Keynote Lecture 2

  • Stef Jansen, University of Manchester, A Farewell to 'Identity' Through the War in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 4 – Techniques and Aesthetics of Violence

  • Ioannis Kalianos, St Andrews, Bachala: politics and aesthetics of violence in Athens.
  • Mantas Kvedaravicius, Cambridge, Absence of Death: disappearance and torture in Chechnya.
  • Meike Schmidt-Gleim, Piedmont Oriental, Spielraum and the Red Shirts in Thailand.

15:30-20:00 Free time to explore St Andrews

20:15 Dinner

Sunday 12th June 2011

09:00-10:30 Keynote Lecture 3

  • Stan Frankland, University of St Andrews, Legitimate witnesses? The systemic violence of development in Uganda

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 5 – Materiality and Materialism

  • Marc Berdet, Potsdam, Remnants and Power in Modernity; Phantasmagoria between Anthropology and History.
  • Dimitris Dalakoglou, Sussex, Rethinking Reification and Subjectivity during Public Eruptions of Political Violence in Athens.
  • Sami Khatib, Berlin, Vengeance, Hatred, and the Spirit of Sacrifice - Towards the Temporality of Political Affect in Benjamin's Theses on the Concept of History.

12:30-13:00 Closing Discussion

13:00 Closing Lunch

The International Conference on the Anthropology of Political Violence is generously supported by the Ladislav Holy Memorial Trust, the Russell Trust, and the School Of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies.


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