Winter school: Critical Dialogues on Violence: Foundations and Current Debates

8 – 12 January 2018

Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Course organisers: Gemma van der Haar & Lotje de Vries (SDC)

What is violence? How does it come about? How is violence organized, socially and politically? This course addresses these questions through an in-depth engagement with foundational texts and readings of more recent key thinkers, representing a range of theoretical framings. Drawing on different disciplines (history, philosophy, political sociology, geography, economics), the course is designed for PhD students who seek to develop a conceptualization of conflict and violence as part of their research in the field of development, focusing for example on resource management, socio-economic change, or governance. The course explores in particular the (re-)production of violence, focusing on conceptualizations of violent behavior, the social and political organization of violence, and violence as communication. This course will offer participants a theoretical basis to approach processes of conflict and violence in their research projects and, in a more practical sense, helps them reflect on how violence permeates their own research.

This winter school consists of 8 sessions in 4 full days and a closing seminar with Jeffrey A. Sluka, Massey University (followed by a public lecture). A reading package will be distributed a few weeks prior to the start of the winter school.

This winter school is one of several courses organised by the Centre for Space, Place and Society. The CSPS brings together researchers from three chair groups within Wageningen University (WUR) – Cultural Geography (GEO), Rural Sociology (RSO) and Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) – and beyond to advance critical-constructive scholarship within the social sciences.

The courses are offered through WASS, the Wageningen Research School in Social Sciences. For details about the course logistics, accommodation, registration, fees, study materials, etc., please contact: Marcella Haan (WASS)Tel +31 317 484126,

Course Catalogue CSPS Winter School Critical Dialogues on Violence Jan 2018

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