Violence / Happiness

Friday 2nd March 2012

10:00 Opening and welcome

10:05 – 11:20 Theorizing Violence

Witnessing violence and neuropsychology (Maggie Turp)

The ultimate revolution revisited (Jon Davies CES/English)

Anarchism, violence and social happiness (Richard Morgan SSEES)

Happiness and Violence: Durkheim’s Homo duplex (Colette Vesey CES)

11:20 - 11:45 Coffee

11.45-12.45 Violence and aesthetic transformation

Literature as Wound: Figural violence and the pleasure of writing (Jo Brueton, French)

‘A funeral, a crime and a massive television’: Anecdotes of a practicing artist in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa (Johan Thom, Slade)

Can violence be made beautiful?: Drawings of violent experiences (Poppy Whatmore, Slade)

12.45 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30- 2.30 Coping with violent memory

Violence and exaltation: happiness in the narratives of ethnic German forced labourers after 1945 (Gaelle Fisher, German)

Orthodox Jewish Holocaust Memoirs as a Contemporary Source of Spirituality (Naftali Loewenthal, HJS)

Memories of the 1947 Indian Partition among the south Asian populations of Britain (Amindya Raychoudhuri, English)

2.30 -3.30 War and Happiness

‘The Violence of Mary Pickford; or, How Film Stars Financed War and Created an Investor Centered Theory of Political Economy.’ (Lee Grieveson, Film Studies)

The art of being happy during the First World War (Judith Beniston, German)

Robert Capa:  The violence/happiness/Jewishness (?) nexus (Michael Berkowitz, HJS)

3:30 - 3:50 Tea

3.50- 4.50 Sex, Films and Comic Takes

Sexuality, Violence and Happiness in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In (2011) (Octavia Bright, Spanish)

Violence, Happiness and Humour in Czech New Wave Films (Peter Zusi, SSEES)

Hollywood model fathers vs the politics of the ‘crisis of fatherhood’ in 1990 USA (Susanne Kord, SELCS)

4.50-5.10 General discussion
5.10-6.00 Reception

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