The body, political violence and the colonial present 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Mark Griffiths, Mikko Joronen
Chairs: Mark Griffiths


This session is focused on the body and political violence in the context of contemporary colonialism.The papers consider the array of embodiments, both negative and affirmative, that have been mobilised at principal sites of the colonial present, in Palestinian oppression and resistance (Griffiths 2017; Joronen 2017), and in the broader anxieties experienced over the practices of the postcolonial state (Comaroff & Comaroff 2005; Daigle 2016). The session aims to contribute i) to knowledge of the varying ways of governing the colonial body, and how these range from extreme physical violence and humiliation to a prolonged waiting in the precarious conditions of colonial subjugation; and b) to knowledge of new forms of solidarity, countervisibility, and anticolonial activism that resists embodied colonial techniques of targeting, framing and othering (Fattah & Fierke 2009).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Najeeb Jan*, University of Colorado, The Metaphysics of Islam Loving & Hating: Blasphemy, Drones and Lawful Violence 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Michael Richardson*, Newcastle University, Scaling sinophobia through homo economicus 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Lioba Hirsch*, University College London, Bodies in flux: movement and disease control along colonial and anti-colonial currents 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Isabel Meier*, University of East London, Techniques of Becoming Activist: Management and Absenting in migrant activist spaces in the United Kingdom and Germany. 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Karen Wells*, Birkbeck, University of London, The spectacle of the suffering child in the contestation of colonial rule 20 4:40 PM

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