Call For Papers: Australian National University: "Honour Killing Across Culture And Time"
Honour-motivated violence is a trans-historical and cross-cultural phenomenon, yet it has recently become a metonym for Islamic and anti-modern cultures. How can inter-disciplinary conversations unpack this association to produce innovative ways of thinking about and acting against violence justified through claims of honour? This conference (December 8-9, 2011) will explore honour killings across periods, places, political contexts, legal regimes and religions. Deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2011.
It will bring together scholars, artists and activists addressing such questions as:
- How is honour embodied and performed in ways that lead to gendered violence?
- How are concepts of honour and shame invoked in acts of violence, their justification, and adjudication?
- relations, and authorities has honour-related violence been codified and challenged?
- How do status anxieties and social asymmetries contribute to honour killing?
- How do anti-violence strategies negotiate competing claims of human rights and cultural relativism?
- What are the implications of addressing honour killing as a species of domestic violence?
- How are personal and familial honour-related killings distinguished from collective, public and state violence?
- Under what historical circumstances, and through what strategies, have honourable masculinity and violence been dissociated?
- Can honour be reconceptualised in ways that challenge violent practices justified in the name of honour?
Scholars, artists and activists are welcomed as presenters. Please submit abstracts of 250 words maximum. Artists should include links to images and/or audio files. Please include a one-page curriculum vitae plus your full name, e-mail address, website address (if available), as well as your institutional affiliation.
Participants are encouraged to seek their own funding for travel and accommodation. Visitors to Canberra may find Canberra's visitor website of use.
Please submit your abstracts online.
Convenor: Dr Carolyn Strange, School of History, Australian National University
Funding from the College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University, is gratefully acknowledged.