Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura
Culture and Conflict
The research line "Culture and Conflict" will address the antagonistic structure of cultural representation. Either understood as a ritual structure underlying the birth of symbolic meaning (René Girard), as a psychic mechanism (Freud, Nietzsche) or as a political and social strategy (Marx, Benjamin, Gramsci), conflict supports the way societies work, represent themselves and others and deal with complexity. The group will focus on the role of conflict in the construction of cultural meaning in modernity and on the way conflict is represented by literature and the media. From this overall perspective, the group will tackle the interaction between culture and conflict as a mnemonic strategy that supports the way societies survive trauma and negotiate dissent; as a representational strategy that sublimates images of violence and war and as a political strategy that builds citizenship and refigures identity.
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