THE HELL OF THE PERPETRATORS. IMAGES, STORIES AND CONCEPTS

First International Conference on Perpetrators of Mass Violence

14, 15 and 16 NOVEMBER 2017
COLEGIO MAYOR RECTOR PESET

In the course of the last century, the significance of the victim grew to impregnate both scientific and political discourses as well as therapeutic, symbolic and memory practices. Nevertheless, in recent decades, without the victim having abandoned its importance, the interest in perpetrators has grown, especially in those who committed war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocides. Among other factors, this turn is due to various reasons: a generalization of victimhood, the disturbing vindication of said condition on behalf of those responsible, the ever-more abundant participation of ordinary perpetrators in massacres or, on occasions, the fragile border that separates victim and aggressor (that “grey zone” about which Primo Levi spoke).

 

The objective of this conference consists in examining the figure of the perpetrator, both in their monstrous character as well as in their human banality, delving into the analysis of agents of “evil” such as they become manifest in modern societies. For this purpose, the perpetrators will be researched, firstly, through the images that portray them and those they produce; secondly, through the stories that tell their acts (whether they be autonarrations or testimonial stories); and, finally, in the way in which they are conceived of by philosophy, science and history.

Video library

Conference presentation: Anacleto Ferrer, Vicente Sánchez-Biosca, Vicent Flor and Jorge Hermosilla

Inaugural session: Javier de Lucas

Plenary session: Susanne Knittel

Panel 1: Benno Herzog, Ana Carrasco and Alberto Sucasas

Panel 2: Daniela Jara, Gabriel Gatti, Jaume Peris Blanes

Panel 3: Rafael R. Tranche, Arturo Lozano, Jesús García Cívico

Conversation: Salomé Lamas and Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Panel 4: Cristina García Pascual, Jesús Casquete, Ana R. Calero Valera and Brigitte Jirku

Closing session: Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Conference presentation: Anacleto Ferrer, Vicente Sánchez-Biosca, Vicent Flor and Jorge Hermosilla

Inaugural Session: Javier de Lucas

Plenary Session: Susanne Knittel

Panel 1: Benno Herzog, Ana Carrasco and Alberto Sucasas

Panel 2: Daniela Jara, Gabriel Gatti, Jaume Peris Blanes

Panel 3: Rafael R. Tranche, Arturo Lozano, Jesús García Cívico

Conversation: Salomé Lamas and Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Panel 4: Cristina García Pascual, Jesús Casquete, Ana R. Calero Valera and Brigitte Jirku

Closing Session: Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

ANACLETO FERRER

Direction

MARÍA ROSÓN

Coordination

Vicente Sánchez-Biosca

Direction

Lurdes Valls

Coordination

ORGANIZATION

COLLABORATING ENTITIES

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