Background: 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. After the success of our first workshop in Johannesburg in April 2012, we invite applicants 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. Between 2012 and 2014, the partnership seeks to bring together emerging and established scholars working in a range of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences across the Southern African region, in order to generate new comparative and theoretical approaches towards understanding the changing significance of human corporeality across the region, and to expand writing, editing and publishing capacity among participants.
CORPOREALITIES OF VIOLENCE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: This second workshop will focus on how human bodies are not only 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 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’. Taking the transformations, interferences and flows of bodies and bodily substances animating violence and its consequences as its central problematic, 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.
This page was published on 29 August 2013