Two Day Post-Graduate Workshop on Writing (about) Violence: Dec 3-4, University of Bristol

Writing (about) Violence:  Politics, Aesthetics, and Emotions 

Date: Thursday 3 & Friday 4 December, 9am – 6pm both days

Location: University of Bristol, Berkeley Square – Graduate School of Education Building 4th Floor

For a map to the building see: (the Education building is marked with a ‘1’)

Registration and Eligibility:  The workshop is free and open to all doctoral and 1+3 students across the South West and other regions of the UK. Attendance is limited to 30 participants. 

Note: Participants must be able to attend BOTH days of the workshop.

To register visit:  (please note that workshop participants are asked to sign up for at least one break-out session for the first day, November 3rd)

The Workshop 

This 2-day workshop will provide postgraduate students working within the subjects of conflict, security, and/or violence an opportunity to understand a process of the research project often overlooked in traditional postgraduate curriculums. While recent critical work has highlighted the importance of reflectivity for understanding the implications of power and representation within the process of doing research, less similar reflection has been advanced on the process of writing research. This workshop seeks to address this gap in academia and bring together a range of scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to draw out the ethically fraught and morally dubious act of writing (about) violence through three prisms of introspection – 1) politics, 2) aesthetics and 3) emotions. The workshop will assist participants, firstly, to understand the importance of and provide the tools for confronting the process of writing and, secondly, to take part in spearheading a broader dialogue and debate about writing (as) violence across the wider academic community.  The workshop will be of direct relevance to students working within the broader subject areas of violence, security, war, and conflict across the social sciences, arts, and humanities using any range of qualitative or quantitative methods for their research projects but may also be of interest to those working with vulnerable or marginalized populations or on sensitive research topics.

The Approach

This workshop will engage participants through a unique approach that stresses critical and creative discussion, participation and active learning. A variety of topics will be covered by an interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners from various geographic settings and facilitated with the assistance of graduate students associated with the Writing (about) Violence Working Group from the University of Bristol.  In addition there will be a variety of practical sessions and activities, providing an opportunity for participants to put into practice the ideas and tools that are introduced and to incorporate their own ideas and experience into the sessions. Lastly, the workshop presents the opportunity for participants to contribute towards a collaborative and co-produced product which draws from the discussions and presentations of ideas made over the course of the workshop and aims at advancing a way forward.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this two-day workshop, participant will have:

  • Developed an understanding of the complexities of writing (about) violence as an emotional, aesthetic, and political undertaking
  • Received knowledge of how different scholars writing from different disciplinary domains write (about) violence drawing comparisons and contrasts between these approaches
  • Engaged with and gained practical experience writing (about) violence

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