Language and Violence. On the Nexus of Criticism of Ideology and Image

Transdisciplinary workshop at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, organised by Hana Gründler and Giovanna Targia

The relationship between logos and violence has frequently been thematised with reference to rhetoric, especially in political theory. However, it is precisely the figurative character of language, whose realm extends far beyond the logical-discursive, that endows it with a fundamental role in this respect. Logos and violence, we might succinctly put it, are inextricably intertwined through the theme of visibility and making visible. Yet how is this relationship to be more accurately analysed?

Through selected case studies taken from Bildwissenschaft and philosophy, cognitive science and translation theory, as well as from current debates in sociology and politics, this transhistorical and transdisciplinary workshop will contribute to critically examine the intimate connection between language and social hierarchies or hegemonic relations and dynamics, which is at the same time inextricably linked to questions of epistemic violence.



Oliver Aas (Ithaca, New York)

Valerio Aparo (Berlin)

Michael Diers (Berlin)

Karl Hughes (Munich)

Paula Muhr (Karlsruhe)

Barbara Murovec (Florence)

Dimitrios Roussos (London)

Tiphaine Samoyault (Paris)

Anna Schober de Graaf (Klagenfurt)

Tullio Viola (Maastricht)

18 – 19 November 2022

This event will take place in hybrid format. 

Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Firenze, Italia

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