Thinking Through Violence
Based on a panel convened in 2009 under the auspices of the Humanities Initiative at New York University, the essays in this dossier move away from the assumption that to treat violence as an enduring phenomenon in its own right, with its productive and repressive qualities, is to endorse it. Rather, observing both its persistence and its specificity across varied contexts, the authors ask what kind of work violence does, and how diverse readings of violence, including the act of naming it, are necessary in attempting a counter-intuitive genealogy of the phenomenon and its implications for politics.
Dossier edited by Elena Bellina, J. Martin Daughtry, Crystal Parikh, Arvind Rajagopal and Magdalena Sabat. Transcription by Magdalena Sabat. Essays by Arvind Rajagopal, Allen Feldman, Banu Bargu, Drucilla Cornell, and Mary Louise Pratt.
Image caption: abbas amini, 2003. Lightjet print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, 60 x 70 cm. Courtesy of the artist, phil collins.