Cultural violence and affective atmospheres: thinking about consequences

4 November 2013, 14:00 - 16:00

SG1, Alison Richard Building

Dr Dacia Viejo Rose (Department of Archaeology) presents at the CRASSH Postdoctoral Seminar. This is the first in a series of meetings run  by the CRASSH Postdoctoral Researcher Forum.

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Abstract
At a time when there has been much talk of a 'politics of fear' it seems opportune to examine just how threatening atmospheres are staged and how they might influence attitudes and behaviours. In this presentation I will examine the relationship between violence, cultural heritage, and affective atmospheres. It will begin by presenting ideas about violence that emphasise its cultural, symbolic, and normative dimensions (Galtung, Žižek, Butler). Building on this, it will explore how these dynamics of violence, which are partly manifest in representational and discursive strategies, are used to construct hierarchies of value and boundaries of exclusion through the medium of cultural heritage. These it will be argued spin an atmosphere of fear. The presentation will end with a reflection on affective atmospheres and the possible long-term impacts of cultural and symbolic violence on societies.

About Dacia Viejo Rose
Dr Dacia Viejo-Rose is a British Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Her current work is on cultural violence/ violence against culture, it builds on her past research on the post-conflict reconstruction of cultural heritage (See: “Reconstructing Spain: Cultural Heritage and Memory after Civil War”, SAP, 2011).

 

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