Politics Structure and Violence

Nonviolence Initiative for Democracy Inc. and Iranian Student Organization at Boston University present a series lectures on:

Roots of Violence and Conflict Resolution

Spring 2011

The language of this event is Persian.

This course closely examines the roots and sources of violence in Persian specking  countries by focusing on history of violence, modernity and conflict, religion and ethnics minorities, culture and pluralism, and state and politics. Each of these spheres constitutes one of the segments of the course and we will begin our scrutiny of each by examining the roots and structures of violence in them. In the first section, Aram Hessami will discuss on the notion of politic, structure of power and its relations to violence.

Section 1: Politics  Structure and Violence

Aram Hessami

Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Montgomery College in Rockville Maryland

March 11 at 5-7pm, @ Boston University, SAR Room 102

March 12 at 3-5pm, @ Boston University, CAS Room B12

In these lectures Aram Hessami will discuss on the notion of politics structure and its relations to violence.

First session, March 11

Post-modernity and the Deconstruction of Power:

One of the most significant aspects of our postmodern sense and sensibilities is the deconstruction of power.  Every régime of power manufactures a particular discourse of power and designs a purposeful mechanism for that power– in order to subdue and control the people.  Punishment, in evermore innovative ways, is used to normalize this scheme.  While discussing the contributions of some of the most influential post-modern thinkers, I will explore the ethico-political ramifications of this philosophy and discuss the role of individuals in dealing with the régimes of power under which they live.

Second session, March 12

The Public and the Private Sphere: Disobedience and Defiance:

The public and the private sphere have become an integral part of the discourse of liberal democratic thought.  The question, however, is: how do we determine each of these spheres?  Who has what type of rights and obligations within each domain? What is the legitimate justification for the power of government over the individuals?  What are the rights and obligations of the individuals when there is abuse of power?  Who should be the ultimate judge of deciding what laws are just and what are unjust?  I will explore these questions while focusing on the possible course of actions by individuals under these conditions.

The language of the classes is Persian and its location is:

SAR: SARGENT COLLEGE (SAR), Room 102, Boston University,

635 Commonwealth Avenue

CAS: COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (CAS), Room B12, Boston University, 685-725 Commonwealth Avenue

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