Landscapes of Violence Interdisciplinary Conference

FREE! (Registration required) You can register via Facebook

We are inviting you to attend a conference organized and co-sponsored by Anthropology and Psychology of Peace and Violence departments at UMass Amherst. The conference presenters will address a range of issues related to origins and development of violence, its consequences, as well as the ways to prevent it. This conference will explore the current and future potential of academe to mitigate human rights issues, provide essential services to national and international governments, and broaden the dialog between different academic disciplines on this campus.

We have arranged for world renown experts in violence, warfare, genocide, and trauma research to present their work at UMass Amherst.

“I explore cultural borderlands in hopes of unveiling the promise concealed in their very inchoate potential,” writes Brooks. “Transformations seem everywhere on the verge of realization—new ethnogenetic identities, alternative families, symbiotic communities and economies, and a widespread refusal to accept the hegemony of the nation-state as a central organizing principle in everyday life.”

James F. Brooks

ritual violence and sacred space
(Reflecting on growing up in northern Ireland):
“politics is almost exclusively framed in terms of competing rights and democracy is therefore understood to mean that the will of the majority will prevail. Tolerance of difference is, as a result, in short supply.”
“Addresses the connections between communication patterns & more general social conditions, with analysis of types of communication, their meanings, & associations with ethnicity & class.”
Note! Dr. Donald Ellis’s work was highlighted in a presentation on Wiki: Crossing the Boundary between Personal and Mass Communication.
explaining war:

“I have tried to develop rigorous, testable theory to explain war, both as a recurrent aspect of the human condition, and in specific cases-why actual wars happen. This has had three major components. One is a basic materialist hypothesis, which is summed up as ‘wars occur when those who decide to start a war believe it is in their practical, material self-interest to do so.’ This calls attention to the political structure of decision-making and the total interests of decision-makers.”

Brian Ferguson

Crimes of Obedience: Toward a Social Psychology of Authority and Responsibility

re: “social influence and attitude change, with an emphasis on the distinction between different processes of influence; on the relationship of action to attitude change; and on conceptions of personal responsibility for actions ordered by legitimate authorities.

Poor health and disease are, in almost every manifestation, related to ideology, inequality, and power. Poor health is often shorthand for dominance, a proxy for social status, or related to differential access to resources. By its very nature, it is embedded with meaning . . .”
Excerpts above are from a range of distinguished guest, including: Dr. James F. Brooks, Dr. David Carrasco, Dr. Ed Cairns, Dr. Andrew Darling (of The Writing Machine??), Dr. Donald Ellis, Dr. Brian Ferguson, Peter Jimenez (is he part of SK8Mafia?!), Dr. Herbert Keleman (mispelled?), Dr. Debra Martin, Tito Naranjo, and Dr. Tony L. (?) Whitehead. Among local speakers are the representatives of 15 different departments from 5 colleges.
The conference will take place April 3-5, 2008. The registration is FREE, however is required.