1) recruitment of supporters and propagation of a concrete us/them divide;
To improve your capacity to examine the ways in which episodes of violence are framed and portrayed.
To gain insight in the functionality of these frames, in terms of:
2) the legitimization of (violent) action; but also
3) to consider the circumstances which condition whether and to what degree social entities are receptive or resistant to certain discourses.
To help you to synthesize theory and case material.
|About this course:
Our understandings of violent conflicts are influenced by the interpretative frames in which they are placed. The selection of a form and level of explanation for contemporary violent conflict is a serious political act in the sense that representations have political implications. The way in which violent incidents are coded and categorized will play - intentionally, or not - a role in casting blame and responsibility. From colonial racism, to the Cold War ideological stand-off, and the War on Terror, different systems of 'knowledge' have all produced 'authorities' who define and interpret local incidents of violence, but also, and importantly, act upon these interpretations. The portrayal of a bar room brawl as an 'ethnic clash', car-burnings in French suburbs as a 'new intifada', and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as 'a weapon of war' are examples of how violent acts are increasingly framed in terms that are removed from - but certainly feed into - the local settings in which they occur. This course examines this global-local dialectics of framing, in which a variety of actors fight a discursive battle over image, the justification of violence, blame and accountability.
This course is the fourth course in the minor Postcolonial Studies.
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major, need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment
. See for more information: https://tcs.sites.uu.nl/