The State, Violence, and Social Control in the Contemporary World

Friday, June 2
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Governments interact with citizens in a variety of ways. These interactions are particularly important, and fraught, in areas where coercion, violence, and social control are in question. This one-day conference will consider a wide variety of research on the intersection of violence, politics, and society from both the United States and international contexts. Panels will focus on elections and violence, policing, and criminal organizations, exploring how state forces, non-state armed actors, and citizens operate and relate to one another. This research draws on diverse methodological and theoretical approaches. The conference will explore areas of overlap and difference across issues and disciplines, contributing to a broader understanding of political order in the contemporary world.


8:30-9:00 am
9:00-9:15 am
Welcome and Introduction
9:15-10:45 am
Panel 1: Governance, Collusion, and Resistance at the Margins 
Javier Auyero (University of Texas, Austin) 
Marie Berry (University of Denver) 
Elena Shih (Brown University) 
Forrest Stuart (University of Chicago) 
10:45-11:00 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am-12:30 pm 
Panel 2: Violence and Elections in the Contemporary World
Sarah Daly (University of Notre Dame)
Mai Hassan (University of Michigan)
Will Reno (Northwestern University)
Paul Staniland (University of Chicago)
12:30-1:45 pm

1:45-3:15 pm
Panel 3: Police, Prisons, and Social Control
Regina Bateson (MIT)
Beatriz Magaloni (Stanford University)
Vesla Weaver (Yale University)
Benjamin Lessing (University of Chicago) 

3:15-3:30 pm
Coffee Break
Overview and Wrap-up
Yanilda Gonzalez (University of Chicago)
Reuben Miller (University of Chicago)

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