(Dis)Affect(ion) at Work. On Silences, Intersectional Ordinary Violence, and Building the Anti-Racist University

Öffentlicher Vortrag von Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez

In his essay »Violence, Peace, and Peace Research,« Galtung (1969, 171) differentiates between personal violence—a singular act or »violence with a subject«—and structural violence—a repetitive broad occurrence or »violence without a subject.« Marked by vertical relations of power, based on unequal economic relations of value-exchange and asymmetrical interactions on the political, military, communication, and cultural levels, structural violence describes historically sedimented forms of power, control, and domination (Galtung and Fischer 2013). Galtung developed this approach empirically through his analysis of imperialism, war, and armed conflicts, while seeking the consolidation of peace. Critiquing the sedimented character of violence in Galtung’s approach, other scholars (see Ditls et al. 2012) have suggested that we look at the fluid, subtle, and ordinary character of violence. Feminist critiques (Confortini 2006) have addressed the interdependent character of personal and structural violence when it comes to gendered and sexualized violence. Veena Das (2000; 2006), for example, has developed an analysis of everyday violence as structural, symbolic, cultural, and interpersonal. Examining how ordinary intersectional violence effects everyday lives, this presentation draws attention to the somatic, emotional, and subjective impact of violence on gendered, racialized and migrantized bodies at the university as a workplace. It engages with structural silence and epistemic injustice, but also it explores moments of resistance.

Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez ist Professorin für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Kultur und Migration am Institut für Soziologie der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a. M.

Organisation: AK Feldforschung am Institut für Sozialforschung in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Migrationsforschung (IMIK) an der Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Team: Annette Hilscher, Minna K. Ruokonen-Engler und Irini Siouti

Ort: Institut für Sozialforschung