The Hidden Matrix of Violence in Contemporary Times: Crisis of Otherness, Morale and Ethics

Cooperation Project 2

Coordinator: Prof. Ruth Gauer

The Hidden Matrix of Violence in Contemporary Times: Crisis of Otherness, Morale and EthicsThe project “The Hidden Matrix of Violence in Contemporary Times: Crisis of Otherness, Morale and Ethics” addresses violence from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Additionally, topics related to violence, as a broad phenomenon, including human rights, human dignity, moral behavior and religious practices are addressed.

On that line, the following issues will be investigated: incarceration policies and violation of rights; the consequences of the antidemocratic discourse in the production of violence; the concept of human dignity in everyday practices and the relationship between religious views and practices and morally virtuous behavior. Under a practical point of view, this project will investigate ideas to improve indicators in social vulnerable regions, such as psychosocial interventions for the prevention of childhood abuse.

The analysis of these phenomena calls for an interdisciplinary perspective involving researchers from different graduate programs, such as: Criminal Sciences, Philosophy, Law, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work and Theology. Lastly, we have established partnerships with renowned institutions from abroad: University of Padova, second oldest university in Italy and a world reference in the areas this project seeks to address; Queen Mary University of London, renowned for its excellence in the areas of Philosophy, Law and Psychology and the University of Liège, in Belgium, a relevant institution in the area of Violence and Human Rights.


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