THE SEX OF VIOLENCE(S)
The plurality of violence, or more precisely armed violence, appears in spiral-form and as continuum. Frequently, the violence of war involves a hyper-concentration of everyday and socially accepted violent acts. It is fundamental to question the filters with which we analyse the distinction between war and peace, defying micro-macro and public-private dichotomies and highlighting the dissemination of violence at various levels. The analysis of the typology and characteristics of these forms of violence reveals the degree to which definitions of peace, war and post-war can be incomplete or artificial. The expressions of these forms of violence alternate between situations as distinct as armed conflicts, violent criminality or domestic violence.
In this course we seek to:
- analyse transversally – through cases in Colombia, Brasil, El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Portugal – the relations between masculinities, femininities and forms of violence (their agents, their strategies and their victims), which affect countries and societies living in contexts of war and/or peace;
- identify the consequences of the segmented hyper-visibility of violence in the silencing of the manifestations and agents of these forms of violence and in the formulation of politics and mechanisms of prevention and response to these forms of violence.
promote the interrelationship between research and action and among different publics/agents.
Dates: September 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2009