The Micro-Dynamics of Violence

micro dynamics

Wars, conflicts, and genocides, are not indivisible events. Rather, they are the aggregates of many distinct acts of violence, each with its own causes and contexts. At Violence Studies Oxford, it is our contention that to best understand the aggregate, we should first examine these micro-episodes. Examining violence as a separate phenomenon to war allows the researcher to ascertain how and why violence happens, the elements which contain or constrain it, and the factors which determine its nature and intensity.
This October, Violence Studies Oxford and The University of Exeter’s Centre for the Study of War, State and Society will co-host a 2-day conference at Wolfson College Oxford. The program has two primary themes: ‘Writing Violence’ and ‘Understanding Violence’. From the overwhelming response to our call for papers we have designed a program of 9 panels to interrogate these two major themes. The program will allow for the presentation of the fruits research which examines violence as a phenomenon in its own right, in addition to exploring the challenges facing scholars of violence from different disciplines.

Key Note Speakers: Professor Richard English (Queen's University, Belfast)  and Professor Stathis Kalyvas (University of Oxford)

You will find the conference programme here. 

For more information, please follow the link.

Book your place here. 

4 different ticket types are available for purchase: 
Day 1  - £37.50
Day 1 keynote panel only - £7.50
Day 2 - £37.50
Day 2 Keynote panel only - £7.50

See the 'more info' page for further breakdown of ticket types.

Further information and the final schedule will be available in due course on the conference webpage.


Violence Studies Oxford

Contact name: Rachel Kowalski

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Audience: Open to all