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The Cultural Work of Violence


22-23 March 2019

Responsable de l'activité

Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet


Mme Cécile Heim,UNIL

Prof. Valérie Cossy, UNIL


Prof. David Schmid, SUNY at Buffalo

Prof. Mishuana Goeman, University of California Los Angeles



This two-day workshop aims to explore the role, function, place, origins, and forms of violence in culture. There are two main investigative strands that motivate this choice of topic: firstly, what kind of cultural work does violence do when it becomes a form of entertainment or cultural expression? What is its role? What does it achieve? What does it (de-)construct? What is it connected to and how? These are questions which are central to Prof. David Schmid's work, who is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, we are invested in analyzing how cultural productions and works of art can help us understand how violence works. When talking about past or present, violent socio-political realities like the consequences of settler-colonialism in the shape of disproportionately frequent and excessive violence against Indigenous women, how can art and popular culture help us grasp the reality, extent, and consequences of the endured violence? What can we learn about violence through culture? And, most importantly, how can we resist violence through culture? To help us explore this second investigative strand, we will be joined by Prof. Mishuana Goeman, tribal member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as affiliated faculty of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. Her work focuses on spatial re-imaginations in literature by Indigenous women writers and how these literary re-mappings resist past and on-going settler-colonial violence through their literature.








Deadline for registration 20.03.2019
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