Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Critical Dialogues on Violence: Foundations and Current debates

Date: 31 October 2017 - 15 December 2017
Location: Wageningen

The course “Critical Dialogues on Violence: Foundations and Current Debates” offers an in-depth engagement with foundational texts presenting different conceptualizations and theoretical framings of violence. Increasingly, different forms of conflict and violence permeate everyday-day dynamics of social life. PhD students who study topics related to resource management, social-economic change and governance, may encounter multiple contradictions, conflicts, and overt or covert forms of violence in dynamic research settings. While few PhD projects directly study the causes and effects of violence, most PhD students working on these issues need to develop an adequate conceptualization of conflict and violence as they tend to form an integral part of their research context. This course offers students a theoretical basis to approach processes of conflict and violence in their research projects, touching upon questions such as: What is violence? How does it come about? How is violence organised, socially and politically? More practically, the course asks: in what ways does violence permeate our research projects?

The course particularly explores the (re-) production of violence, focusing on conceptualizations of violent behaviour, the social and political organisation of violence, and violence as communication. It draws on different disciplines (history, philosophy, political sociology, geography, economics). The course combines thorough reading of foundational texts with readings of more recent key thinkers. We will trace how some of the foundational readings found their way into current debates that problematize the nature of violence.

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