PERSECUTORY STATE VIOLENCE, IDEOLOGIES, STATE TERRORISM AND GENOCIDE

Special issue: PERSECUTORY STATE VIOLENCE, IDEOLOGIES, STATE TERRORISM AND GENOCIDE

coordinators: Diogo Cunha (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) y Julio Lisandro Cañon Voirin (Institute of Latin American Studies, Barnard College/Columbia University)

DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF CONTRIBUTIONS: 28/04/2018

In Eric Hobsbawm’s masterpiece The Age of Extremes, a large portion of the introduction of this significant historiographic work is dedicated to the novel forms of extermination, which is an issue that permeates this historical period. The modern State, as conceptualized by Max Weber, holds the monopoly of legal violence, whereby it holds all the legal resources to impose repressive measures upheld by coercive institutions. However, the State can free itself from the limitations related to the rule of law, and systematically, directly or indirectly, carry out violence to eliminate, destroy or at least weaken certain social groups with the purpose of intimidation.

This supposes a fundamental shift in its ethical principles that must watch over the integrity of the people. Hence the famous definition of Giorgio Agamben about the State of Exception, which he understands as the suspension of the legal order, which happens when the physical elimination of political adversaries and of entire citizens’ groups whom, for whatever reason, cannot integrate the political system becomes possible.

Despite the expansion of research in State violence and genocide, the analysis of the scope, roots and projections of such subjects has not been exhausted. This Special Issue aims to reflect on the processes of persecutory State violence, State terrorism and genocide, as well as the ideological systems that founded and legitimized them, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Specifically, we intend to deepen the historicization of these processes in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries on any geographical area, considering their similarities and differences. Although each process responds to specific circumstances, related to the way and moment in which the practices of state violence occurred, as well as the actors involved, selective and massive crime emerges as a common element of State policies of social restructuring.

We invite researchers to submit articles focusing on the themes of this Special Issue, either from more classic or innovative methodological and thematic approaches. We would also encourage submissions from researchers who propose a comparative perspective, attending to the possible correspondences existing among them.

Articles submitted for consideration should meet the reference and style requirements described in the Author Guidelines (see the “About the Journal” section on the website. 

Articles can be submitted in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. The deadline for the submission of articles April 28, 2018. Contributions must be sent by e-mail to the guests editors: Diogo Cunha d1cunha@gmail.com y Lisandro Cañón juliolisandro.canon@gmail.com, with  Journal Editor: confluenze@unibo.it in copy.