Conference: The Meaning of Violence, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, 8-9th March 2017

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March 8, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Humanities, Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology



Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Puerta de Toledo Campus

Salón de Grados,

8-9th March 2017


0900-0930hrs: Welcome and Registration

0930-0945hrs: Opening Remarks

0950-1120hrs Session 1: The Ontology of Violence

Chair: Gavin Rae

The Original Polemos: Phenomenology and Violence in Jacques Derrida

Valeria Campos-Salvaterra (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile)

Violence, Biopolitics and Resistance: The meaning of Violence in the work of Giorgio Agamben

German Primera (University of Brighton, England)

The Violence of “ought to” towards being: Heidegger and the Normative Power of Facticity

Manuela Massa (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany/ Husserl Archive, Leuven, Belgium)

Coffee Break: 1120-1145hrs

1145-1315hrs Session 2: The Violence of Subjectivity

Chair: Valeria Campos-Salvaterra

Surviving Violence: Three Moments in the Constitution of the Lacanian Subject

Emma Ingala (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Taming the Little Screaming Monster: Castoriadis on Violence and the Creation of the Individual

Gavin Rae (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Violence and the 'Civilizing Process'

Sinkwan Cheng (University College London, England)

Lunch: 1315-1515hrs

1515-1615hrs Session 3: Structural Violence

Chair: Dietrich Schotte

Right and Violence: Freud, Einstein, and Kelsen on the Violence of Right

Jens De Vleminck (Ghent University, Belgium)

From Structural to Ontological Violence: Violence as Restriction of Human Potentiality

Valentina Ricci (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Sartre’s Later Work: Towards a notion of Institutional Violence

Marieke Mueller (Université Paris Nanterre, France)

1900hrs: Conference Dinner, Restaurante Ginger, Plaza del Ángel, 12, Madrid.


0900-0930hrs Registration and Welcome

0930-1100hrs Session 5: Divine Violence

Chair: Emma Ingala

The Divine Violence of Learning: Walter Benjamin and the Redemptive Potential of Education

Benjamin Chwistek (University of York, England)

Solution and Redemption: Benjamin on the Temporalities of Violence

Mijael Jiménez (Kingston University, England)

Violence, divine or otherwise: Myth, violence, and history in the Schmitt-Benjamin debate

Hjalmar Falk (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Coffee Break: 1100-1130hrs

1130-1300hrs Session 6: Social Violence

Chair: Hjalmar Falk

Suffering and Social Order: Critical Remarks on Arendt's Concept of Violence

Dietrich Schotte (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany)

Violence, Cruelty and Politics: On Arendt’s and Shklar’s analyses of Politics

Carlos Thiebault (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Understanding Suffering from Social Violence: Arendt’s and Adorno’s Legacy

Emanuel John (University of Potsdam, Germany)

Lunch: 1300-1515hrs

1515-1615hrs Session 7: Vulnerability and Violence

Chair: Rob Jackson

The Violence of Meaning and the Limits of Judgment

Antonio Gomez Ramos (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)

Nothing to See Here: On Violence, Vulnerability and Witnessing in Judith Butler’s Work

Miri Rozmarin (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Coffee Break: 1615-1630hrs

1630-1800hrs Session 8: Violence, Terror, and Suffering

Chair: Gavin Rae

Violence and Civilization: Gramsci, Machiavelli and Sorel

Rob Jackson (Manchester Metropolitan University, England)

The World and the Embodied Subject: Humanism, Terror, and Violence

Stephen Noble (Université Paris-Est: Créteil, France)

Adorno, Suffering and Epistemic Violence: Critique of Progress

Mariam Matar (New School for Social Research, USA)

1800-1815hrs Closing Remarks.

Attendance is free and more information can be found at the conference website.

The conference forms part of the activities for the Conex Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Project ‘Sovereignty and Law: Between Ethics and Politics’ co-funded by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement 600371, The Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitivity (COFUND2013-40258), The Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture, and Sport (CEI-15-17), and Banco Santander. More information about the research project can be found here. Support is also being provided by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where the conference forms part of the activities for the research project ‘Pensamiento y Representación Literaria y Artística Digital ante la Crisis de Europa y el Mediterráneo’ PR26/16-6B-3.