Call for Papers: Violence Space + The Archives

24th Nov 2018

Call for Papers: Violence Space + The Archives

National University of Ireland Galway, 23-24 May 2019


The National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) invites paper submissions from across the disciplinary spectrum for a conference on ‘Violence, Space and the Archives’ to examine the challenges and possibilities presented by archival work that interrogates the imbrications of violence and space.

Many research projects concerned with the spatial, contextual, and/or historical specificities of violence involve the assembling of an empirical corpus, however defined, in order to (re)construct moments of struggle and contestation. Archives are often constituted by, and reflect, the concerns of power. The archive is a site of silence as much as a site of statement. Still, archival collections often allow the voices of the dispossessed, the marginal, and those most subject to regimes of power, to speak, albeit often through a narrowed aperture. Along with the strategic concerns of officialdom, the archives may also give voice to alternative political desires and ambitions, revealed through moments of contestation and resistance. As a political technology, archives render the state’s claimed spaces visible and orderable through cataloguing, but may also underline the contingency of dominant configurations of power by revealing sites of refusal. Of course, ’the archive’ is not limited to institutional and official repositories, but also to a shared fidelity to unofficial and counter-hegemonic memories that refuse to be forgotten.

NUI Galway invites 20 minute papers that explore some of the following non-exhaustive list of themes:

• The silence of the archive

• Political desires/spatial imaginaries

• Making contested space/ rebel space/ oppositional space visible

• Contentious episodes and the archive

• Histories/genealogies of thought as archive

• Collective memory and resistance

• Humanitarian archives and histories of violence

• Archiving in times of conflict

• Conflict and digital archives


Please send abstracts of 250-300 words, along with name and affiliation and a short bio (100 words) to [email protected] by 21st January 2019.

Further details available here.


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