Language and violence are closely linked. On one hand, language is a medium for discourse about violence - be it in academic exchange, in the public sphere, or through framing. On the other hand, language can also be violence itself - be it through hate speech or propaganda. The first annual conference of the Regional Research Center “Transformations of Political Violence" (TraCe), “Language(s) of Violence," will be dedicated to this multi-layered relationship between language and violence from March 1-3, 2023 in Frankfurt.
The registration deadline is over. Contact for inquiries: trace-coordination(at)hsfk.de
The first panel, “The Scientific Language of Violence,” is devoted to the semantic complexity of the scientific term “political violence” and aims to identify changes in its political, normative, and analytical meanings.
The second panel, “The Public Semantics of Violence,” will explore the relationships between political violence and public speech acts and discusses different dimensions from fake news to framing by social movements to memory culture.
Finally, the third panel, “Language as Violence,” focuses on how language itself can act as political violence and takes a look at different areas such as hate speech, propaganda, and justification of violence.
The final German-language dialogue panel with practitioners will take place in cooperation with the cluster initiative “ConTrust”. The focus here is on the exchange between science and practice. The aim is to shed light on various aspects at the interface of language and violence from a practical perspective. Beyond the scientific field, the dialogue panel is aimed at the local public.
Wednesday, March 1:
- Welcome and discussion
Thursday, March 2:
- Panel 1 | The Scientific Language of Violence
- Panel 2 | The Public Semantics of Violence
- Panel 3 | Language as Violence
Friday, March 3:
- Public Dialogue panel in cooperation with ConTrust and Stadtbücherei Frankfurt
Where: Normative Orders, Max-Horkheimer-Strasse 2, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (March 1 and 2)
and Stadtbücherei Frankfurt, Hasengasse 4, 60311 Frankfurt am Main (March 3)
For more information visit the event website.