The Intersections between Desires and Violences
FOCUS ASIA, 17-18 April 2007
The purpose of this workshop was to examine the contingent intersections between symbolic as well as manifested forms of desires and violences in Asia and at a more general level. By highlighting the ambiguous, ambivalent, and complex ways in which desires and/or violences are imbued with local configurations of masculinities, femininities, sexualities, bodies, and power in an Asian context, the workshop investigated how intersections between desires and violences can be studied empirically and analyzed theoretically.
The workshop brought together scholars from various disciplines, and consisted of three sessions:
1. ‘Suffering and Violence’
2. ‘Sexualities and Desires’
3. ‘Bodies, Violences, and Desires’
Each session embraced two lectures, a discussant’s comments, and question and answers. The list of speakers and discussants included:
• Hoan N. Bui, University of Tennessee, USA.
• Catarina Kinnvall, Lund University, Sweden.
• Tamara Loos, Cornell University, USA.
• Nina Lykke, Linköping University, Sweden.
• Keith Pringle, Mälardalen University College, Sweden.
• Jyoti Puri, Simmons College, Boston University, USA.
• Tiina Rosenberg, Lund University, Sweden.
• Hung Cam Thai, Pomona University, USA.
• Ing-Britt Trankell, Uppsala University, Sweden.