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17:30 - 19:00 7 December 2015

The Paris attacks: how does extreme violence challenge our categories of thinking?


Common Ground | Institute of Advanced Studies (link Map)
Gower Street | South Wing, Wilkins Building | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Kristin Backe, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Rela, UCL
Lionel Bailly, Psychoanalyst and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UCL
Azzedine Haddour, Senior Lecturer in French, UCL
Cécile Laborde, Professor of Political Theory, UCL
Philippe Marlière, Professor of French and European Politics, UCL

During the past fortnight acts of extreme violence in public places in Paris and Bamako have joined recent attacks in cities from Ankara to Beirut and Baghdad. How are we to make sense of the violent events targeting civilians in the cities we inhabit and travel to?What are their effects, on societies, individuals, victims and perpetrators? How do they threaten, not only our lives, but also our habits of thought? How do our respective academic disciplines equip or fail us in the understanding of these events? How can/must we think them anew?

Join the Institute of Advanced Studies and the European Institute for a roundtable exploring these questions from a number of disciplinary perspectives. We will discuss how history, anthropology, political science, psychoanalysis, literature etc. can help us to understand, and to what extent extreme violence is challenging our very categories of comprehension.


Claudia Sternberg
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | european.institute@ucl.ac.uk