Annual Themes

2015-2016: Violences

The theme for 2015-2017 is Violences. We seek research that addresses the locations, causes, experiences, and effects of violence in scales varying from large to small, societal to individual, transnational to domestic, transhistorical to localized, physical and psychological, to epistemological and spiritual. Who or what engages in violence? Why and with what results? Who or what experiences violence? Why and with what results? What are the forces that generate violence, or its opposite, some form of non-violence? What is the role of memory in the legacies of violence? Research can focus on violence in relationship to human, animal, environmental, material, and/or mechanical experiences or conditions; and to the interrelationship of violence in and beyond its binary relationships with non-violence, peace, reconciliation, politics, and so forth. Projects can address communal and/or individual violence in war, religion, sectarianism, terrorism, families, sexuality, and other forms of embodied experience.

We welcome projects that engage aesthetics, philosophy, cultural studies, history, psychology, critical race studies, geography, linguistics, media studies, LGBTQ studies, performativity, embodiment, and other core and emerging approaches to the topic. Interdisciplinary scope across fields in the humanities or between the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences is also encouraged.