Discourses of violence the violence of discourses
This volume is based on papers read at a conference of the same title at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg in 2004. It was the second conference held by the "Transdisciplinary Forum Magdeburg", with participants from the social sciences and the humanities coming from 15 countries. The papers deal with questions of control, limitation, and overcoming of violence. So, the various forms of violence are discussed, their discoursive representations and construction, and possibilities of tackling phenomena of violence. Also included is the role of scientific disciplines in generating and justifiying violence. Topics of the papers are war discourses in the Middle Ages, political theory in Modernity, justifying violence for the sake of safety, post-feminist discourses, power and subject, development/neo-liberalism and migration as discourses of violence, ethnicity and violence, structural violence, xenophobia, bio-sciences and violence, the Afghanistan War, Chinese authoritarianism, and urbanism.
Keywords: Middle Ages and violence, violence, safety and violence, post-feminist discourses, power and subject, development, neo-liberalism, migration, ethnicity, structural violence, xenophobia, bio-sciences and violence, Afghanistan War, Chinese authoritarianism, urbanism and violence