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Violence Conference

 Violence Conference

Violence in the late Enlightenment

8–9 April 2011
Institut français,
17 Queensbury Place,
London SW7 2DT.

The conference explores the modalities, expressions and representations of violence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In an age of revolutionary, counter-revolutionary and imperial violence, a new sensibility towards violence emerges, with, for example, torture and medical suffering henceforth considered unacceptable. Through French and English fiction, correspondence and political discourse, this conference examines how the concept of violence has evolved and why it so concerns us today. Encouraging a variety of theoretical approaches and subjects of enquiry – including martyrdom, trauma and pleasure – we shall answer such questions as: does violence have a history? how does it relate to modernity? what is at stake in commemorating violence?
This conference is organised by Durham University and Paris IV-Sorbonne.
For further information, please contact
With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, UK.

Violence au tournant des Lumières : représentations, idées, sensibilité. 

8 et le 9 avril 2011
Institut français,
17 Queensbury Place,
London SW7 2DT.

Le tournant des Lumières n'est pas seulement l'époque des violences révolutionnaires et contre-révolutionnaires et des champs de bataille napoléoniens. C'est aussi celle d'une sensibilité nouvelle à la violence. La torture judiciaire, la souffrance chirurgicale apparaissent désormais comme inutiles, néfastes, insupportables. On se propose d'explorer la littérature d'idées, la fiction et le théâtre pour mieux comprendre cette évolution de l'idée de violence qui nous concerne encore brutalement aujourd'hui. Ce colloque international de deux jours est organisé par Durham University et Paris IV-Sorbonne. Pour plus de renseignements, contactez
Avec le soutien du service culturel de l'Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni.

Thomas Wynn
School of Modern Languages & Cultures
Durham University
Elvet Riverside
New Elvet
Durham DH1 3JT