Speaker: Dr Nadia Aghtaie
This lecture uses the concept of cultural violence (originally coined by Johan Galtung, a pioneer of peace studies) to examine the normalisation of generalised violence within national and international contexts. Consideration will then be given to the specific issue of gendered violence using a range of examples of cultural violence within the US and the Middle East. As part of the discussion, the deeper connection between different forms of implicit and explicit violence and the normalcy of its re-occurrence under the disguise of everyday language, culture and religion will be explored.
I shall argue that apparent stability and surface tranquillity within relationships do not necessarily equate to non-violent states. Violence that goes beyond the physical, psychological, sexual and financial will be discussed showing that there are types of violence, which remain intangible and invisible, but which can be classed as ‘liberty crimes’ within both the private and public spheres.
Nadia Aghtaie is the Director for the BSc Childhood Studies Programmes. She is a senior lecturer in gender and violence at the Centre for Gender and Violence Research. She has a longstanding association with the University of Bristol, having completed her BSc (Childhood Studies), MSc (Policy Research) and Ph.D. research here in the School for Policy Studies. Nadia has worked with other members of the School on various projects. The most recent ones are:
1. Intimate partner violence and abuse (online and offline)amongst teenagers in five European countries
2. Exploring the role of faith in influencing what ‘justice’ means for victims/survivors of gender-based violence and for those working to support them
3. Displacement and gender-based violence