The Politics-Violence Frontier

Room: 
City Hall - Memorial Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 30th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary University of London)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Lucy Abbott (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Kimberly Hutchings (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Dr Mathias Thaler (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mr Mladen Jakopovic (University of Cambridge)
  • Dr Elizabeth Frazer (University of Oxford)

The distinction and relation between politics and violence has long been the focus of argument within different traditions of political thought. Realist and revolutionary political thinkers have defined violence as an instrument of politics, and argued that politics is underpinned by, and always liable to lapse into violence. Arendt famously contested realist and revolutionary views in her argument for the antithetical relation between politics and violence. The contributors to this panel reject the view that there can be any permanent settlement of the question as to where the line between violence and politics should be drawn. Instead, the papers focus specifically on how the distinction and relation between politics and violence is reproduced and negotiated conceptually and practically in distinctive ways within the work of political thinkers and political activists.