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TitelThe Perpetrator Self: Violence, Gender and Emotion in Conflict and Culture in the Long Twentieth Century
BeschreibungThe following conference is taking place at University of Hull in September, generously supported by University of Hull, Technische Universität Dresden and the German History Society. Attendance is free to postgraduate students and members of the German History Society (regular delegate rate £30). Registration opens 3rd August. For all enquiries contact

The Perpetrator Self: Violence, Gender and Emotion in Conflict and Culture in the Long Twentieth Century

Organised by Dr Clare Bielby and Professor Michael Gratzke, School of Languages, Linguistics & Cultures, University of Hull and Professor Dagmar Ellerbrock, Technische Universität Dresden

17-18 September 2015, Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, Hull


With its focus on the violent perpetrator self in the long twentieth century, this two-day interdisciplinary conference marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War Two by casting new light on the neglected field of violent perpetrator subjectivity. It takes place at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) in Hull, the second most heavily destroyed city after London during World War Two.

There are important ethical reasons why the violent perpetrator self is a relatively neglected category, both in scholarly discourse and in museum practice, the concern being that a too narrow concentration on the subjectivity of the perpetrator would take the focus away from that of the victims of violence. And yet, it is surely through understanding how and why individuals perpetrate acts of violence – and thus how violence might inform a sense of self and self-worth – that we can start to develop strategies for dealing with violence. What are the positive and negative emotions/affects that violence is bound up with? How does the perpetrator self legitimise violence? What does violence do for both the individual and collective self? It is to these questions and more that this conference, and the broader series of events to which we intend it will lead, are addressed.

The long twentieth century provides a wide variety of different case studies of perpetrator violence and the categories of gender and emotion will play a central analytical role: gender and emotion are constitutive to how we think about violence, and yet the significance of these categories in the perpetration of violence has been systematically neglected in both scholarly and museum approaches to the topic. The conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from the fields of literary, cultural and museum studies, history, art history, criminology, psychology, social and political science, along with museum practitioners from military and history museums in Yorkshire and Germany. An interdisciplinary approach is fundamental if we want to begin to understand how and why violence is perpetrated.
A journal special issue is planned, edited by Clare Bielby and Michael Gratzke, which will include articles based on a selection of the papers. We also envisage future collaboration in terms of research, exhibitions and public events.

Thursday 17 September

9:00: arrival/registration/coffee

9:30: Welcome/Introduction

10:00 - 12:00: Panel 1: Understanding the perpetrator self: criminological, psychological and philosophical approaches

James Connelly (Hull): ‘Evil be thou my good? Understanding the violent self’
Jeffrey Murer (St Andrews): ‘Killing the other in the self: anxiety, social dislocation and the violence of scapegoating within proxy narratives of loss among the contemporary Hungarian far right’
Melissa Dearey (Hull): ‘Understanding “triggers” of (childhood) sexual abuse in contemporary popular dance: toward a choreography of crime’

12:00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 15.30: Panel 2: State-sanctioned violence

Birga Meyer (Berlin): ‘Representing male perpetrators in museum exhibitions about National Socialism’
Michael Gratzke (Hull): ‪‘After Hitler, after Stalin, after the end of the GDR.
Perpetrator perspectives in the works of Heiner Müller’
Nicki Hitchcott (Nottingham): ‘Intimate Enemies: Understanding Perpetrators in Literary Responses to the Rwanda Genocide’
Laura Blackie (Nottingham): ‘Looking for Post-Traumatic Growth in Perpetrators of the Genocide in Rwanda: Theoretical and Ethical Considerations’

15.30 - 16.00: Break

16.00 - 17.00: Hearts and minds: The interrogations project, a virtual reality 3D artwork based on interviews of American soldiers, conducted by Dr. John Tsukayama.

17.00 – 18.00:
Dagmar Ellerbrock (Dresden): ‘Between fun, anger and belonging: the emotional dynamics of collective violence’

Friday 18 September

9.00 - 11.00: Panel 3: Revolutionary political violence

Clare Bielby (Hull): ‘“For me, using violence was absolutely ok, I never had a problem with it”: Violence and gender in German post-terrorist life-writing’
Katharina Karcher (Cambridge): ‘Silence in the courtroom: the trials against Beate Zschäpe, Verena Becker and Adrienne Gerhäuser’
Carrie Hamilton (Roehampton): ‘A window on the perpetrator self? The collective construction of a murdered female Basque armed activist’

11.00 - 11.30: Break

11.30 - 13.30: Panel 4: Social violence

Alex Dymock (Royal Holloway): ‘Constructing the Perverse Feminine Perpetrator’
Sarah Colvin (Cambridge): ‘“Criminality isn’t my thing”: violent offenders and the perpetrator self’
Jo Metcalf (Hull): ‘“Banged Up Abroad”; Narrating the Culture & Politics of Transatlantic Prison Violence’

13.30 - 14.30: Lunch

14.30 - 16.00 Panel 5: Exhibiting the perpetrator self

Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck): ‘Selective Empathy in the Re-designed Imperial War Museum London’
Lisa Traynor and Jonathan Ferguson (Royal Armouries, Leeds)

16.00 - 16.15: Break

16.15 - 17.15: Roundtable discussion
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