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Shedding light on the banality of torture

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in the Arts and Sciences (CICAS, pronounced: kickass!), presents another exciting discussion titled, The Banality of Torture: Violence in an Age of Terror on Thursday, March 26, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in room B201.

The discussion will be led by Dr. Joan Simalchik, senior lecturer and women and gender studies program coordinator, at the University of Toronto.

Here’s a short description:
The word torture conjures images of a sinister past with clandestine and secret violations, countered by official denunciations and denials. Yet, increasingly torture is interpolated in cultural representation, government discourse and contemporary public policy debates. Presented as a ‘normalized’ activity in extraordinary times, a feminist lens can destabilize this account and reframe violence within a human rights paradigm.

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