Peace: symbolic, material, political
|Dates:||4 May 2023|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
What is peace in a contemporary context where wars of conquest, in Ukraine and before that in Iraq, seem to unravel, or even rupture, the postcolonial international order? What is peace when societies still await reparation for the enslavement of their populations and the colonial violence the imprint of which we still witness today? What is peace when the rationality of government targets its violence against racialized bodies? Each of these questions contains within it allusions to both lived experience and institutions, highlighting at once the experience of injury and the institutions that are both implicated and potentially responsive to its repair and redress. This peace lecture puts forward the argument that to think critically about the concept of peace it must work as a politically viable concept, so that it becomes indistinguishable from the concept of justice, not as a product, but co-constitutively related. Struggle - symbolic, material, and political - comes to be core to the concept, re-defined and re-shaped so that it emerges as a politics of presence enacted symbolically and materially by and through the subject of politics.
Vivienne Jabri is Professor of International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She is also Principal Investigator on the five-year project, Mapping Injury, funded by a UKRI Frontier Research Grant (Horizon Europe Guarantee). She is author of several books, including War and the Transformation of Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and The Postcolonial Subject (Routledge 2013).
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