Adriana Zaharijević “The Apple of One’s Eye: Violent Frames and Critical Numbness”

The presentation will seek to offer a series of questions on what happens with our critical capacities when we are faced with the images of war, images of horror. What happens with reason confronted with an image which perhaps surpasses the powers of explanation or reconciliation with the seen? Do these frames of horror – which in various ways re-present violence – exercise a certain form of violence over us? What that has to do with a critique, and what is a critique put through violent images – images of violence and images exercising violence? In other words, is dullness produced by violent frames the same as critical numbness, what is the role of affects in its creation and what – if anything – propels us to act out of violence, against violence? What will be of particular interest in this presentation is a possibility of advocating for non-violence in a consciously critical way and as an effect of an exposure to violence.

Adriana Zaharijević (1978) graduated philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. She obtained her PhD at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, combining political philosophy, feminist theory and social history of the 19th century. In 2013 Zaharijević became a researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, and in 2016 assistant professor at the University of Novi Sad. She is the author of more than sixty articles and two books – Postajanje ženom (Becoming Woman 2010) and Ko je pojedinac? (Who is an Individual? Genealogical Inquiry into the Idea of a Citizen, 2014). Her present theoretical interests lie in the field of critical engagement.