Call for papers. International Conference Registering Political Violence: Technologies, Uses, and Effects – Chile

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The research project “Political Technologies of Memory: A Genealogy (1973-2013) of the Devices of Registration, Denunciation, Compensation and Memory of Human Rights Violations by the Military Dictatorship in Chile” of Alberto Hurtado University, the Interdisciplinary Programme in Memory and Human Rights of the same university, invite the submission of papers and art works for its international conference “Registering Political Violence: Technologies, Uses, and Effects.”

This international conference will analyse and critically assess different experiences of public and private registry and accounting for contemporary episodes of massive political violence. The conference will address cases of societies torn apart by experiences of war, armed conflicts, state repression, genocide, massacres and forced migration involving politically motivated gross human rights violations, from the particular perspective of the registration and communication of these atrocities to society at large.

Proposals for papers may address but are not limited to the following general topics:

  • Accounting for political violence and repertoires of terror
  • Accounting for political violence and human rights archives
  • Accounting for political violence and victims
  • Accounting for political violence and denunciation
  • Political violence, vulnerability and resistance
  • Truth recovery and registration of political violence
  • Registration of political violence, knowledge, technologies and expertise
  • Technologies of truth and evidence making
  • Purposes, limitations and effects of accounting for political violence
  • Political violence, registration and research (judicial, academic, policy oriented)
  • Political violence, registration and social policies
  • Accounting for political violence and victims identification, qualification and reparation
  • Accounting for political violence, memory and memorialization
  • Accounting for political violence and the arts

In addition, artists, activists, university academics, and designers are encouraged to submit short audio-visual material, digital work and projects related to the central issues posed by the conference.

International Keynotes:

Vikki Bell, Goldsmiths College 

Béatrice Fraenkel, School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences, France.


-Paper abstracts submission: 10th October 2017

-Audio/visual work submission: 10th October 2017



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