Call for abstracts

  • Urban violence
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Interdisciplinary workshop on 'Histories and Rhythms of Urban Violence: Global-Local Encounters in the Nexus of Space and Time’.  6-7 December 2018.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2018.

Call for abstracts

The Durham Global Security Institute together with the University of Erfurt, the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute, Freiburg and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences invite papers for the workshop:

Histories and Rhythms of Urban Violence: Global-Local Encounters in the Nexus of Space and Time 


6-7 December 2018, University of Erfurt, Germany

The workshop seeks to explore the generative capacities of violence and how they transform space and time in the city. We invite papers from a wide range of disciplines and a variety of methodological and analytical approaches to the study of spatio-temporal practices of violence in cities (e.g. empirical case studies, comparative studies, theoretical and conceptual papers). The papers should address any of the following four themes: 

  1. Spatio-temporal practices of violence: What are spatio-temporal effects of violence on the production and transformation of the urban? How do specific practices of violence shape rhythms of life? How do particular qualities of urban space and city rhythms produce and shape violence and generate different forms of violence?

  2. Memories, narratives, symbolic and visual representations of violence: What role do spatio-temporal practices have in remembering (urban) violence? How are memories of violence embedded in the city’s spatial and temporal configurations? How do visual representations of violence (media, art, monuments, etc.) affect the space-time of the city? How do visual representations of violence transform and rearrange space and time of the city? What are the peculiarities of sacral space with regard to violence and what role do religious rhythms and cycles or imaginations of time play with regard to urban violence?

  3. Methods to study the space-time of violence and its relation to the city: how we can build on existing time-space “measures” to understand the space-time of violence and its relations to the city?

  4. Theorizing the relation between time-space-violence and the city: How can we understand the ruptures and destructive features of violence and its capacities to initiate and accelerate change? What connection can we draw between abstract (capitalist) time and the very concrete violent enactments that helped to produce abstract time and that continue to shape its execution?

Abstract Submission 


Abstracts must be no more than 1500 words, and submitted by email to mara.albrecht@uni-erfurt.de. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 September 2018.

Accepted participants must submit their papers (maximum of around 5000 words) four weeks prior to the workshop, on 7 November 2018. Workshop presentations should be kept short.

Funding for participants


There is some funding available for compensation of part of the travel and/or hotel costs of paper providers. The exact amount available will be determined after participants are confirmed (depending on the number of participants and where they travel from).

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