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CALL FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS "Violence and Agency: Controversies and Confrontations/ Gewalt und Handlungsmacht: Widerstände und Widersprüche University of Vienna, Austria, 6-7 December 2012"

The Initiativkolleg "Gender, Violence and Agency in the Era of
Globalization" is an interdisciplinary doctoral program that includes
Cultural and Social Anthropology, Law, Literary Theory, Media Studies,
Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

We invite graduate and postgraduate scholars from these and other fields
of study to submit abstracts for POSTER PRESENTATIONS for our closing

Violence and Agency: Controversies and Confrontations/
Gewalt und Handlungsmacht: Widerstände und Widersprüche
University of Vienna, Austria, 6-7 December 2012

Presentations will be held in German and English. Abstracts can be
submitted in both languages.

Keynote speaker: Jasbir Puar (Rutgers University, New York), author of
Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007)

Context and Questions of the Conference
Critical engagements with neoliberalism necessitate a rethinking of the
relationship between violence and agency. Violence and agency are not
mutually exclusive opposites. Neither can they be seen as specific to
singular discourses. Violence, for instance, does not only cause physical
injuries; it does not inhere in discourses on armed conflicts. Especially
in neoliberalism, violence is multifaceted, local, and embodied. This is
apparent in the ongoing precarization of working relations, where
flexibility has brought about increased uncertainty regarding job security
and benefits, and the extension of poverty. The family and kinship
relations are reconstructed as a sacred site seemingly deregulated by the
state. However, this re-essentializing of the private sphere is the
by-product of the privatization and individualization of care. With women
remaining the chief caregivers within these settings, it becomes obvious
that relations of violence are gendered (Sauer). But violence is also
structural and institutionalized. The construction of national
homosexuality, or the enfolding of white gayness as finally proper to the
ongoing narrative of the nation, is defined in contradistinction to
racialized others. Puar has called this the pinkwashing of national

In this conference, we are interested in the different entanglements of
violence and agency. In what practices can they be observed, and how can
we think and theorize their relationship in neoliberal times? Is agency
always a product of, or a reaction to, violence? Or can agency be thought
of as something other than violence's correlative? Under what conditions
is agency seen as a natural attribute of the subject?

We are seeking submissions that thematize violence and agency in relation
to one or more of the following topics:

• bodies, biotechnology and (reproductive) technology
• gender in the military, armed conflicts, and resistance movements
• gendered and sexualized border crossings (e.g. sex tourism, immigration)
• transsexuality, representation, and self-affirmation
• the normalization of sexualities in legal discourse
• body, experience and identity (e.g. ageing, binge-drinking)

We especially encourage scholars with minoritarian interests to apply. The
conference venue is accessible by wheelchair.

Please send an abstract of max. 250 words to:
violenceagency2012 aet The deadline for submission is July 31,

  1. Applicants will be notified by August 15, 2012.

All costs arising from the manufacture of the poster will have to be borne
by the presenter.

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