Workshop: "Disturbing the 'normalized quiet of unseen power': Alternative ways of representing violence"

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Disturbing the “normalized quiet of unseen power”:
Alternative ways of representing violence

Venue: The Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch (workshop)
Gallery University Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch (art exhibition)
Cost: R400 per person per day (to cover STIAS catering costs)
Dates: 31 March to 2 April 2015 (workshop)
Guest speaker: Professor Rob Nixon

The workshop is based on Rob Nixon’s (author of the 2011 award-winning Slow violence and the environmentalism of the poor) premise that “(i)n a world permeated by insidious unspectacular violence … writing can make the unapparent appear, rendering it tangible by humanizing drawn out calamities inaccessible to the human senses” (Nixon 2011:8).

The emphasis in this workshop is firstly on what Nixon has called “slow violence”, human calamities inaccessible to the human senses. In a country where we are bombarded, on a daily basis, with statistics and disturbing images of violence, we are accustomed to the conceiving of violence as immediate and explosive. Nixon contends:

…we need to revisit our assumptions and consider the relative invisibility of slow violence. I mean a violence that is neither ?spectacular nor instantaneous but instead incremental, whose calamitous repercussions are postponed for years or decades or centuries. I want, then, to complicate conventional perceptions of violence as a highly visible act that is newsworthy because it is focused around an event, bounded by time, and aimed at a specific body or bodies. Emphasizing the temporal dispersion of slow violence can change the way we perceive and respond to a variety of social crises…. (Nixon 2011:1).

These drawn out calamities can include, but are not limited to, colonialism, slavery, institutionalised racism, class and sexual oppression, dispossession, unfair labour practices, compromised health care and education, crime, substance abuse, hunger, the intergenerational transmission of violence, the slow and vicarious impact of trauma. It is contended that it is these slow processes that are also the underlying reasons for the fact that the problem of violence is at a globally unprecedented level in South Africa.

The second emphasis in this workshop is on alternative ways of representation, providing intellectuals, academics and artists with an opportunity to “write” violence differently and thus to disturb “the normalized quiet of unseen power” (Said, 2011). The need is to urgently rethink the concept of violence – politically, imaginatively, and theoretically, but, in doing so, to engage with the representational, narrative and strategic challenges posed by the relative invisibility of slow violence. We want to, with strong research as basis, show how creative non-fiction, literature, visual art, music and film can serve to make invisible violence visible and thus to move society out of its resigned paralysis. As such, the workshop can be seen as a protest against a “culture of resignation” (Morgan, 2005), a culture which permits much violence not to be seen at all or for it to be seen as inevitable and mundane.

Presenters are: Rob Nixon, Vasti Roodt, Aryan Kaganof, Seve Robins, Carina Truyts, Sally-Ann Murray, Sally Swartz, Stephanus Muller, Albert Grundlingh, Lwando Scott, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Imraan Coovadia, Hentie van der Merwe, Sandra Swart, Francois Knoetze, Thomas Cousins, Mathilda Slabbert, Megan Jones, Tertius Kapp, Andries Bezuidenhoudt, Pierre de Vos, Louise du Toit, Floretta Boonzaier, Shose Kessi, Despina Learmonth, Zethu Matebeni, Willem Anker, Irma du Plessis, Stephanus Naude, Kylie Thomas, Sherine van Wyk, Adrian van Wyk, Pieter Odendaal, Michiel Heyns, Murray la Vita, Nathan Trantraal, Carina Venter, Ingrid Winterbach, Lou-Marie Kruger. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) time, water, shit, waste, academia, labour, the school, the prison, the hospital, mothers, fathers, teachers, dogs, horses, locusts, boys, girls, childhood, whiteness, blackness, religion, rugby, language, the category, the canon, the colony,  the beach, the woods, the city, the dump site, the valley, joy, melancholy, intimacy, risk, desire, danger, death. Presentations include the reading of academic papers, creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, essays, recordings (video or audio), conversations, discussions, interviews, music, and films.

An art exhibition, curated by Hentie van der Merwe, will form part of the workshop and will be held at GUS gallery, Stellenbosch (30 March to 23 May 2015). The exhibition takes as formal motif the image of the animal in contemporary South African art to explore Nixon’s notion of “slow violence” outlined above. Artists include: Liesl Brenzel, Jean Brundrit, Chelsea Christian, Wilma Cruise, Gavin Younge, Carol-Anne Gainer, Elizabeth Gunter, Friday Jibu, Francois Knoetze, Fritha Langerman, Ledelle Moe, Brett Murray, Luan Nel, Walter Oltmann, Lyn Smuts, Sohette Wait, Michael Yeltsin.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please contact Lou-Marie Kruger or Colette Hamman at [email protected].

Francois Knoetze, Still from Cape Mongo (Metal), 2015, video

 

Below is the full programme:

 

DAY 1: TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2015

 

TIME

 

SESSION

 

PRESENTER

 

PRESENTATION TITLE

 

08h00-09h00

 

Arrival & Registration

 

09h00-09h15

 

Welcome

 

Lou-Marie Kruger

 

 

09h15-10h00

 

Keynote address

 

Rob Nixon

 

Slow violence, environmental activism and the arts

 

10h00-10h30

 

Conceptualizing violence

 

Vasti Roodt

 

Violence, power and the end of the world

 

10h30-11h00

 

Tea

 

11h00-12h30

 

The slow violence of invisibility (omission)

 

Aryan Kaganof

 

30’ Threnody for the victims of Marikana

 

Steve Robins

 

Seeing slow violence: Media, activism and the politics of in/visibility

 

Adrian van Wyk
Pieter Odendaal

 

Voicing (slow) Violence: The InZync Poetry Sessions + Workshops

 

12h30-14h00

 

Lunch

 

14h00-15h30

 

The slow violence of the category, the canon and the colony

 

Sally-Ann Murray

 

How to carry on when…

 

Sally Swartz

 

Home and away: Wandering wits and the disavowal of trauma in the treatment of the colonial insane

 

Stephanus Muller

 

We know your place

 

15h30-16h00

 

Tea

 

16h00-17h30

 

The slow violence of culture, ethnicity, race: Racism never detects the particles of the other.”

 

Albert Grundlingh

 

On a wing and a prayer: Rugby and religion in Afrikaner society

 

Lwando Scott

 

The slow violence of Jesus and the narrative “waiting for the new Jerusalem”
for black people

 

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

 

If you go down to the woods


 

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2015

 

TIME

 

SESSION

 

PRESENTER

 

PRESENTATION TITLE

 

08h30-09h00

 

Arrival & Registration

 

09h00-10h30

 

Curating slow violence

 

Hentie van der Merwe

 

Neglected animals as bodies of feeling life

 

Neglected animals

 

Sandra Swart

 

Animal harm? Slow violence and the politics of animal cruelty

 

Francois Knoetze

 

Cape Mongo

 

10h30-11h00

 

Tea

 

11h00-13h00

 

The slow violence of ecological degradation: Shit,  junk and nothingness

 

Thomas Cousins
Michelle Pentecost

 

Ecologies of abandonment: Epigenetics and the people

 

Mathilda Slabbert

 

There’s buggar-all there: Land, resources and casualties in three Southern African travel narratives

 

Megan Jones

 

The life of junk

 

13h00-14h00

 

Lunch

 

14h00-15h30

 

The slow violence of othering: “By definition we cannot –no self can – reach the quite other.”

 

Tertius Kapp

 

The seismic lexicon of crime

 

Andries Bezuidenhoudt

 

Ziw daai lig

 

Pierre de Vos

 

The story of the runaway date: The slow violence of internalised stigma

 

15h30-16h00

 

Tea

 

16h00-17h30

 

The slow violence of desire

 

Louise du Toit

 

A temporal-phenomenological contemplation on the erotic – by way of considering what is sexual about sexual violence

 

Floretta Boonzaier
Shose Kessi
Despina Learmonth

 

Through the lens of marginalised women in Cape Town: Photovoice, empowerment and community-based change

 

Zethu Matebeni

 

Death and the modern lesbian

 

18h30-19h30

 

SAMSA-machine - the film

 

Willem Anker

 


 

DAY 3: THURSDAY 2 APRIL

 

TIME

 

SESSION

 

PRESENTER

 

PRESENTATION TITLE

 

08h30-09h00

 

Arrival & Registration

 

09h00-10h30

 

The slow violence of  family and intimate relationships

 

Willem Anker

 

My vroue is ‘n bende op hul eie/My women are a gang on their own

 

Irma du Plessis

 

Brave children: South African childhoods revisited

 

Stephanus Naude

 

The disappearances: Fragments from a story

 

10h30-11h00

 

Tea

 

11h00-12h30

 

The slow violence of girlhood and womanhood

 

Kylie Thomas

 

Violence and time

 

Sherine van Wyk

 

Boyfriends and Tippex

 

Carina Truyts

 

Expression of eroding dignity:
Food, power and shame

 

Melanie Judge

 

Slow violence: A blog

 

12h30-13h30

 

Lunch

 

13h30-15h30

 

The slow violence of boyhood

 

Michiel Heyns

 

Slow boy

 

Murray la Vita

 

The boy with the short blond hair

 

Nathan Trantraal

 

Vernuwing/Renewal

 

15h30-16h00

 

Tea

 

16h00-17h00

 

The slow violence of blindness

 

Carina Venter

 

The flaw in love

 

The slow violence of death

 

Ingrid Winterbach

 

Die sprinkaan en Sofie/The locust and Sofie

 

17h00-17h30

 

 

Closure

 

 

Rob Nixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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