CFP: Matter of Violence – Copenhagen 15-16 May 2020

How can we assemble accounts of the evasive forms of violence lodged in material pasts and futures in this era of fake news, omnipresent data and affective politics? Who is accountable for the violent afterlives of infrastructures? In a time when many of the established boundaries that structured common understandings of violations and responsibilities, matter and people, increasingly turn out unsettled, we urgently need to explore post-disciplinary and cross-domain methodologies to uncover the politics of violence.

KADK School of Architecture, DIGNITY and the Danish Institute for International Studies extend an invitation to an intensive two-day reflection on how to push the envelope of investigations of violence—broadly conceived. The event brings together artists, human rights activists, designers, data scientists and social scientists around shared concerns with matters of violence. They aim to collectively explore the potentialities of transdisciplinary knowledge production. How can we draw upon a plurality of epistemologies to articulate concerns with human rights, violence and power at the threshold of invisibility? Can we develop methodologies that carefully mirror and follow the patchworked and disjunctured forms of perpetration and agency in an age of ruination and the Anthropocene? 

They invite submissions of projects—embryonic or ongoing—that work with the nexus between violence and materiality. They invite both thinkers and doers, artists and scientists, who work with theoretically informed and methodologically innovative projects, to submit introductions to their work in the form of a written synopsis (+/- 300 words) and, if relevant, associated audio-visual materials. They encourage collaborative projects that entail some form of cross-fertilization between art, architecture and anthropology and work with multifaceted approaches and outputs. In the collaborative spirit of the event, they suggest that you should expect some subsequent exchange around your proposal and how it might fit in the event. They will strive to take the discussions of the seminar forward and curate a joint output.

The submission deadline is 15 January 2020

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