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Dr. Rachel Pain speaks at CUNY

Dr. Rachel Pain's talk "Bringing terrorism home: fear, security and domestic violence" will take place Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:45am-1:45pm at the CUNY Graduate Center.
“Bringing terrorism home: fear, security and domestic violence”

Dr. Rachel Pain, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:45am-1:45pm
CUNY Graduate Center
Environmental and Social Psychology, 6th Floor
365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016
This event is free and open to the public!

In this paper, domestic violence is understood as everyday terrorism. The effect of terrorism rests on its ability to exert some control over everyday geographies. I focus on the ways in which emotions have been understood to play a role in this coercion, by reviewing ideas from medical, political and feminist science. Moving between analysis of global terrorism and analysis of intimate partner violence muddies the boundaries between forms of violence that are framed as public, political and spectacular; and forms of violence that are framed as private, apolitical and mundane. How do understandings of terror change when fear is framed as having liberatory as well as oppressive potential? Rather than identifying parallels, the aim is to explore the diversity of geographies of terror, but at the same time to question the different levels of academic, public and policy attention given to its various forms. I will refer to emerging findings from research with survivors that forefronts their analysis and agency.


This event is sponsored by the Social-Personality and Environmental Psychology Programs; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; Center for the Study of Women and Society; Public Science Project; and the SpaceTime Research Collective of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Published Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

Dr. Rachel Pain speaks at CUNY

“Bringing terrorism home: fear, security and domestic violence”

Dr. Rachel Pain, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

Wednesday, February 22nd, 11:45am-1:45pm
CUNY Graduate Center
Environmental and Social Psychology, 6th Floor
365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016
This event is free and open to the public!

In this paper, domestic violence is understood as everyday terrorism. The effect of terrorism rests on its ability to exert some control over everyday geographies. I focus on the ways in which emotions have been understood to play a role in this coercion, by reviewing ideas from medical, political and feminist science. Moving between analysis of global terrorism and analysis of intimate partner violence muddies the boundaries between forms of violence that are framed as public, political and spectacular; and forms of violence that are framed as private, apolitical and mundane. How do understandings of terror change when fear is framed as having liberatory as well as oppressive potential? Rather than identifying parallels, the aim is to explore the diversity of geographies of terror, but at the same time to question the different levels of academic, public and policy attention given to its various forms. I will refer to emerging findings from research with survivors that forefronts their analysis and agency.


This event is sponsored by the Social-Personality and Environmental Psychology Programs; The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; Center for the Study of Women and Society; Public Science Project; and the SpaceTime Research Collective of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
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