This session explores the ways in which constructions of and practices of violence uphold dominant power relations in western nation-states. The role of structural and everyday violence in managing and naturalizing geographical, ideological and identity borders in the context of colonialisms, imperialisms and neoliberalisms are of interest. Papers that examine how liberal conceptualizations of violence mask the violence systemic to white settler nationalisms, global migrations, capitalisms and everyday and structural forms of gendered racism are welcome. Papers can be situated within a variety of historical and contemporary contexts. Topics may include racialized sexual violence, the war on terrorism, institutionalization and incarceration of marginalized groups, and structural violence that specifically targets Indigenous peoples, children and youth, LGBTQ communities, and persons with disabilities.
Session Code: SoIn6