Future-forming interdisciplinary research

Towards Zero Violence


We would like to invite you to the next in a series of events Global Futures events ‘exploring burning questions for global society’:

Towards Zero Violence

 Sylvia Walby

Tuesday 6th February, 4pm – 6pm+ in

LEC, Training Rooms 1 & 2

All welcome

Is violence increasing or decreasing? All governments proclaim the need to end violence but is the way forward ‘deterrence’ offered by strong states or ‘peace by peaceful means’? Is the economic crisis leading Europe, once again, into a cascade into violence? We need new ways to think about violence, treating all forms as a single field of enquiry and rethinking the relationship between violence and security.  Developing an understanding of the multi-faceted links with inequality helps us to see how neoliberal transformations, increasing securitisation and shrinking of state welfare have led to the growth of violence.

 We need a way forward that draws on both the practices developed by NGOs and social theory to better understand violence and the causes of its variations.

 Sylvia Walby OBE FAcSS FRSA is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, Associate Director of Security Lancaster, and Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre at Lancaster University.  Sylvia advises governmental bodies and NGOs on violence.  Books include (with colleagues) The Concept and Measurement of Violence against Women and Men (Policy Press, 2017); (with colleagues) Stopping Rape (Policy Press 2015); Crisis (Polity 2015); The Future of Feminism (Polity 2011); and Globalization and Inequalities (Sage 2009).   Her next book will be Theorizing Violence  (Polity 2018).


Talk (around 40 minutes)

Q &A

Wine and cheese

For those who want to, we will regroup, glass in hand, to discuss what all this means for us personally and our institutions, including the University.

The event will bring together people from across the university, Lancaster city and the local area, so that the question can be explored from fresh angles in a lively but relaxed setting.

For catering purposes please let Michelle Bland know if you will be attending the event via email: isf@lancaster.ac.uk

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