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Conversations on Violence

Conversations on Violence

An Anthology

Brad Evans, Adrian Parr

Leading thinkers discuss the experience and repercussions of violence, exploring its varied manifestations in the world today

Whether physical or metaphorical, institutional or interpersonal, violence is everywhere. A seemingly immutable fact of life, it is nonetheless rarely engaged with at the conceptual level. What does violence actually mean? And is it an inevitable part of the human condition?

Conversations on Violence brings together many of the world's leading critical scholars, artists, writers and cultural producers to provide a kaleidoscopic exploration of the concept of violence. Through in-depth interviews with thirty figures including Marina Abramovic, Russell Brand and Simon Critchley, Brad Evans and Adrian Parr interrogate violence in all its manifestations, including its role in politics, art, gender discrimination and decolonisation.

Provocative, eye-opening and bracingly original, Conversations on Violence sheds light on a defining political and ethical concern of our age.

Brad Evans is a political philosopher, critical theorist, and writer specialising in the problem of violence. He is Professor of Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath and the lead editor for the Histories of Violence section with the Angeles Review of Books.

Adrian Parr is an internationally recognised environmental, political and cultural thinker and activist. She is Dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, and she serves as a UNESCO Chair on Water and Human Settlements.

'Brad Evans in one of the brightest critical minds of his generation' - Henry A. Giroux

'Violence has been extraordinarily difficult to account for in conception and explanation. This compelling collection of first-rate contributions goes a long way to addressing these difficulties ... it serves as an anchor for critical thinking on the complex range, power and impacts of violence' - David Theo Goldberg, author of 'Dread: Facing Futureless Futures' (2021)

''Conversations on Violence' may have a foreboding title, but the collected interviews with artists, academics, activists, and entertainers is lively, stimulating, and engagingit is more like a salon than a crime scene. The topics discussed are serious and urgentfrom climate change, to the re-emergence of fascism, to sexual assaultbut the brilliant minds included here address these issues in direct and clear-eyed ways that point to fairer, safer, and more fully realized modes of existence in the future' - Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture and founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners

1. The Poetry of Resistance - Malcolm London
2. Breaking the World - Marina Abramovic
3. Trans-species Encounters - David Rothenberg
4. Recovering from an Addicted Life - Russell Brand
5. Non-Violence & the Ghost of Fascism - Todd May (Clemson University)
6. Without Exception: On the Ordinariness of Violence - Lauren Berlant (University of Chicago)
7. Anatomy of Destruction - Gil Anidjar (Columbia University)
8. The Intimate Witness: Art & the Disappeared of History - Chantal Meza
9. The Death of Humanitarianism - Mark Duffield (Global Insecurities Centre)
10. The Expulsion of Humanity - Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)
11. When Art is Born of Resistance - Martha Rosler
12. The Tragedy of Existence - Simon Critchley (New School for Social Research)
13. The Violence of the Algorithm - Davide Panagia (University of California)
14. Thinking Art in a Decolonial Way - Lewis Gordon
15. What does an Anti-Fascist Life feel like? - Natasha Lennard (New School for Social Research)
16. Life in Zones of Abandonment - Henry A. Giroux
17. The Violence of Absent Emergencies - Santiago Zabala
18. The Ghosts of Civilised Violence - Alex Taek-Gwang Lee (Kyung Hee University, Seoul)
19. Violence is Freedom - Roy Scranton (University of Notre-Dame)
20. Slavery in America - Ana-Lucia Araujo (Howard University)
21. Why we should all read Walter Benjamin today - James Martel (San Francisco State University)
22. Unlearning History - Ariella Azoulay (Brown University)
23. When Death Travels - Gareth Owen
24. The Poverty of Violence - Ananya Roy (UCLA)
25. The Violence of Denial - Lynda Melvern
26. Why we should all read Malcolm X today - Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University)
27. America is not a fascist state. It’s an Authoritarian one. - Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University)
28. The Atmosphere of Violence - Fatima Bhutto
29. The Inherited Memory of Art - Mark Bradford
30. Look Closer, Then You Will See - Isaac Cordal
31. The Revolutionary Potential of Pacificism - Richard Jackson (University of Otago, NZ)
Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745341682
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745341675
eBook ISBN: 9781786807366

272 pages

135mm x 215mm