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The State Violence Research Network, currently based in the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures at the University of Manchester is an interdisciplinary project designed to bring together researchers, activists, and interested parties to discuss the forms of and responses to state violence.

Comprised of a general membership, as well as more focused Working Groups, the SVRN hosts a number of events each year and runs an annual international conference. The theme for the 2020 Conference is Riot, Rebellion, Resistance, Repression: Representations of and Responses to Protest, Policing, and Power Since 1900
Programme and Registration Information Coming January 2020.

In addition to a listserv mailing list, the SVRN also hosts a Discord server, for both general and specific discussion and as a space for membership engagement. You can join the Discord server by clicking here.

Membership of the SVRN is free, as is the entry to all our events. We also endeavour to keep conference registration prices low. This is part of the SVRN’s commitment to accessibility, and our desire to organise collectively and freed from the trapping of more traditional academic networks. As a result, we have established a Patreon page, which you can find by clicking here. We would be very grateful if you would consider becoming a donor, and support the SVRN through mutual aid. Your support allows us to keep the network as open and accessible as possible.


The Network recently organised and hosted our first international conference, entitled ‘From the State to the Streets: Representations of and Responses to State Violence in the Nuclear Age’, April 10-12, 2019 at the University of Manchester.

For copies of the programme and information about the conference, please see the ‘SVRN Conference 2019’ tab above, or click here.