The Idea of Violence: A Conference

Lecture Hall, Kent State Florence Center, Palazzo Vettori, Florence Italy
Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
Lecture Hall  |  Kent State Florence Center
Palazzo Vettori  |  Florence, Italy

What constitutes violence?

Such a deceptively simple question belies a much longer and contested history over the idea, meaning, and actualization of violence. An initial supposition is that violence is an abstraction, a constantly changing ‘idea’ that impacts the ways in which it manifests itself and how people and societies relate to it. Violence thus becomes an intrinsic factor—negative, positive, ritual, institutional, revolutionary—of sociological processes and as such its practices and interpretations affect and are affected by culture.

The Idea of Violence Conference will address directly the philosophic foundations of violence within different historical and geographical contexts. The goal is to investigate how varied contexts generate specific concepts of violence and, concurrently, how different philosophies and ideologies shape the expression, perception, and representation of violence.

The conference is being sponsored by the Department of Geography of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Global Education and the Kent State Florence Center.