23 May 2019
Veena Das | Sexual Violence: The Crisscrossing of the Spectacular and the Ordinary

Seminar Violence and exiting violence | Thursday, May 23rd

Political life in India has been punctuated by spectacular instances of sexual violence whether evident during political upheavals such as the Partition of India in 1947 or the pogroms against minorities as in the case of the infamous violence against Muslims in the state of Gujarat in 2002.  But even when political life seems relatively calm, sometimes a singular event such as the case of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi in 2012 in a public bus, bursts into publicity and stimulates massive public outrage and produces much reflection on legal reform, and ways of making public spaces safe for women. In this paper, I juxtapose two cases of sexual violence – one that came to be known as the Nirbhaya case that was not allowed to sink into oblivion because of feminist mobilizations against the dangers that   stalk women in the streets of Delhi and the second of a child from a slum area, around the same time, that provides a lens to view the everyday life of the law when violence is absorbed into what I call a pathological normativity.  Is it possible in such circumstances to think of an exit? What are the residues of sexual violence that are secreted even in those cases where “successful” prosecution of the perpetrators happens? In what manner does the idea of exit, evoke notions of boundaries and limits to violence that deflect our eyes away from violence that lurks in the everyday ?


Seminar Violence and exiting violence

Thursday, May 23rd
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Room A3-35
FMSH | 54, bd Raspail, Paris 6


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Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author, most recently, of Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007), Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015) and Textures of the Ordinary: Anthropological Essays After Wittgenstein (forthcoming). Among the many awards and honors she has received are honorary doctorates from the University of Chicago, University of Edinburgh, Bern University, and Durham University.



Seminar Violence and exiting violence

Seminar sessions will take place in the meeting room A335 at 54 bd Raspail 75 006 Paris, except the introductory session and the roudtable for which the place will be subsequently specified.


8 November 2017
Introduction | Michel Wieviorka, Jean-Pierre Dozon et Yvon Le Bot
"The Emergence of Terrorism" | Marc Sageman

22 November 2017
"Le jihadisme des femmes" | Fethi Benslama

27-28 November 2017
Colloque international "Sortie de la violence, construction de la paix et mémoire historique en Colombie"

6 December 2017
"Proscribing terrorism: Security, Identity, Politics" | Lee Jarvis

21 December 2017
Table ronde "Radicalités violentes : perspectives comparatistes" | Farhad Khosrokhavar, Jérôme Ferret, Dominique Thomas

11 January 2018
"Humanitarian actions in extreme violent situations (Great Lakes region, Africa)" | Marc Le Pape and Jean-Hervé Bradol

25 January 2018
"Actors of the Syrian conflict: from inextricable rivalries to new perspectives of cooperation?" | Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro et Anis Anani

8 February 2018
« Apocalypses » | François Hartog

15 February 2018 - ANNULÉ
Table ronde : « La religion comme ressource de dé-radicalisation ? L’expérience des confréries »

8 March 2018
« Des histoires comparées : guerre et religions avant l’époque contemporaine » | Philippe Buc

14 March 2018
"How to define terrorisme?" | Marc Sageman, Michel Wieviorka

5 April 2018
« Sexual Violence during War: Towards a Typology of Political Violence » | Elisabeth Wood

13 April 2018
« Disciplining Fighters: Non-State Armed Groups and the Prevention of Wartime Sexual Violence » | Angela Muvumba-Sellstrom

3 May 2018
« Phénoménologie de la violence politique : formes, sens et expériences sensibles de l’émeute » | Romain Huet

17 May 2018
« Torture and Therapeutic Temporality in a rehabilitation clinic for survivors of torture in Denmark » | Lotte Buch Segal

31 May 2018
« Symbiosis of terrorist tactics and high tech: with some unthinkable counter-measures » | Randall Collins

5 June 2018
Table ronde « Djihadisme et radicalités en Asie » | Rémi Castets, Rémy Madinier et Jean-Luc Racine



In 2017/2018, The Conversation is a partner of the Violence and exiting violence Plateforme. In collaboration with Plateforme's members, the magazine will publish articles on the entry and exiting violence processus.


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