“Peace in Difficult Times: Challenges Europe and The World Face” | Catania, 10-12 ottobre 2019

L’11ª conferenza biennale della European Peace Research Association (EuPRA), dal titolo “Peace in Difficult Times: Challenges Europe and The World Face”, si terrà dal 10 al 12 ottobre presso il Dipartimento di Scienze politiche e sociali dell’Università di Catania.

L’EUPRA è la filiale europea dell’organizzazione Peace Research International (IPRA) ed ha lo scopo di fornire un forum europeo permanente per i ricercatori di Peace Studies, stimolare e promuovere la ricerca e l’educazione nazionali e internazionali relative alla ricerca sulla/per la pace, facilitare i contatti tra studiosi in tutta Europa e incoraggiare la diffusione internazionale di informazioni sulla ricerca sulla/per la pace e i suoi risultati. L’EUPRA organizza una conferenza biennale aperta a studiosi per la pace europei e non che portano avanti ricerche sulla/per a pace su questioni relative all’Europa.

Il Centro Interdisciplinare Scienze per la Pace dell’Università di Pisa sarà presente con un intervento di Valentina Bartolucci, ricercatrice aggregata del Centro, dal titolo “Peace in Difficult Times: Peace and The Challenge of Terrorism”. Di seguito l’abstract del suo intervento:

“The recent wave of terrorism that Europe has experienced has seriously undermined the region stability and peace. Terrorism, together with other major challenges affecting Europe today, such as political turmoil, migration, economic inequality and xenophobia, force us to question the very idea of peace. Is it fair to assert that Europe is a continent at peace? Is peace to be intended as a synonymous of security? Is it possible to deal with terrorism in a non violent way?

Terrorism is such a complex phenomenon that makes it difficult to fully understand it. Thus, the tendency of scholars and practitioners alike has been for long time to contain it and eliminate its threat, giving its scale of destruction. What I propose here is to look at terrorism as primarily a semiotic phenomenon. Parallel to an analysis of common characteristics of political discourse, such as ‘us’ versus ‘other’ representations, the device of over/less characterisation, hyperboles and repetitions, attention will also be directed towards the socio-political effects deriving from the ways in which ‘terrorism’ and ‘terrorists’ have been represented by the presidential discourse on terrorism that condition the contemporary life of individuals and groups all around the world.”

 

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