Call for Workshop Applicants: CORPOREALITIES OF VIOLENCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA 4th ‐ 6th September 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Recognising a recent growth in academic interest in the complex social and political significance of human corporeality, the British Academy International Partnership between the University of Edinburgh, UK and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, aims to explore how a focus on the transformations of human forms and substances can offer new ways to investigate how violence, migration and health are linked in the lives of people across the Southern African region. Applicants are invited to participate in the second of three workshops taking place as part of the “Transforming Bodies: Health, Migration and Violence in Southern Africa” research partnership.

This second workshop will focus on how human bodies are not only often the means and target of violence in a diversity of forms, and therefore transformed by it in a myriad of ways, but also how human corporealities are often at the centre of what often follows violence: including refugee displacements, and subsequent movements and ‘returns’; medicalization, documentation, and sometimes incarceration; as well as acts of burial, mourning, and commemoration; and forensic examinations and exhumations for (often elusive) processes of ‘transitional justice’, ‘reconciliation’ and ‘healing’. It will seek to explore the convergences and discontinuities of different forms of individual and orchestrated violence, encompassing political and social violence alongside torture, intimate partner violence, rape and broader forms of structural or institutionalised violence.

Applications are invited from early career scholars to participate at the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It is envisaged that a number of articles from the workshop will be selected for further revision and publication in an edited collection or relevant special issue.

For more information please visit:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *