Time Slot: 
Monday 21st March 14:15 - 15:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Andrew Schaap (University of Exeter)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Dr Lucy Abbott (University of Oxford)
Panel Members: 
  • Mr Udit Bhatia (University of Oxford )
  • Dr Elizabeth Frazer (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Aggie Hirst (City, University of London)

Violence is often treated as a default position by political thinkers who have considered ways that the violence and uncertainty of the 'state of nature' can be overcome by political power and socialised relationships.  However, many positions in social theory examine the ways in which 'violent' conduct has to be taught and learned, and is itself the product of socialisation and political construction.  For this panel, we focus on 'political violence' construed as violence that is engaged in in political contexts or for explicit political purposes; 'political' here is widely construed, so that forms of sexual violence and interpersonal conflict are included in the category political violence. Contributions to the panel will engage with two meanings of 'pedagogies of political violence'. First, the processes by which violent practices and skills are entrained and practiced.  Second, the processes by which practical and theoretical understandings of violence themselves give rise to pedagogical dilemmas, both ethical and political.