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Join Amherst College Press authors Carlos Alberto Sánchez and James R. Martel in conversation with Press Director Beth Bouloukos for a discussion about violence, culture and personhood.

In A Sense of Brutality: Philosophy after Narco-Culture (Amherst College Press, 2020), philosopher Carlos Sánchez argues that violent cultural modalities, of which narco-culture is but one, call into question our understanding of “violence” as a concept. In narco-culture, the normalization of brutality into everyday life is a condition upon which the absolute erasure or derealization of people is made possible.

Sánchez will be joined by ACP author James Martel, whose book Unburied Bodies: Subversive Corpses and the Authority of the Dead (ACP, 2018) investigates why the presence of the abandoned corpse can be seen by both authorities and protesters as a source of power. Martel explores how those who have been marginalized by structures of authority find their aspirations for dignity and humanity.

This event will take place over Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

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