Conference: Bounded Violence and Violence Unbound – Violence in Pre-Modern Warfare, 31.08.-03.09.2022, Bonn and virtual space

University of Bonn: Department of Ancient History; Lennart Gilhaus (Web)

Time: 31.08.-03.09.2022
Venue: Universitätsclub Bonn and virtual space

War and violence belong among the most elementary phenomena in human history. The culture-specific forms taken by violence, the constituent ingredient of war, have nevertheless rarely been systematically investigated. War violence tends to be either reduced to the status of an epiphenomenon or treated as universal rather than culture specific.

The international conference will therefore focus on the culturally specific forms of violence and examine the bounds and delimitations of war violence for selected pre-modern societies. In addition to the world of the Greek poleis, the Roman Republic, the European Middle Ages, Japan in the Heian and Kamakura periods, the Inca Empire in South America, and Central and South Asia between the 12th and 16th centuries will be addressed. As the selected examples are remarkably different in their stability and dynamics and in their religious and military organisation, contrasting them has promise to uncover and define various factors determining the forms taken by social norms governing approaches to violence and the use of violent practices.

Panel: Gender, Identity, and Violence (01.09.2022)

  • 14:00 Uhr: Hendrik Hess (Univ. of Bonn): Violence, Power, Masculinity – The Representation of the Ruler at the End of the 13th Century
  • 14:45 Uhr: Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld (Davidson Coll.): They Forced Her to Drink – Violence, Gender, and Enslavement in Attic Oratory
  • 16:00 Uhr: John Serrati (Univ. of Ottawa): War as Controlled Violence – Masculinity and Female Agency in the Roman Republic
  • 16:45 Uhr: Hitomi Tonomura (Univ. of Michigan): Gendered Narrative of Violence The Case of Premodern Japan

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