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Academia Electronica invites you to attend a talk, which is part of the lecture series “Science Beyond Borders – The Global Electronic Academy”, delivered by Polina Golovátina-Mora, PhD (RL)| Eglath (SL), entitled Faces of Violence: Theoretical Perspectives and Popular Culture. The lecture will take place in Second Life on April 9, 2018, Monday at 21:00 CET (12:00 p.m. PST/SLT) at Academia Electronica in the Amphitheater.


In this lecture, I would like to look at violence as a systemic and ontological-epistemic phenomenon that may not have immediate and visibly clear expressions, but create a basis for further oppression, domination, dictatorship and violence of any other form. The best group oftheories to discuss regarding that is critical theories, such as the Frankfurt School up to the relatively recent studies of posthumanism across the disciplines of the social sciences. The choice of the theories is explained by their focus on more profound understanding of the reason of oppression by employing holistic analysis of society, revealing a network of power relations and indicating the possible paths for social change based on social emancipation and personal liberation. So, the central goal of the lecture will be the revision of such approaches and discussion of the possible tools for a more profound understanding of violence. Theoretical discussion will interweave with the theoretical proposal regarding violence and fear in popular culture, particularly such series as Harry Potter and the Avengers. Introducing popular culture in the theoretical discussion also helps to draw attention to its importance as a source of knowledge about society.

Keywords: Fear, Ontological Turn, Affective Turn, Posthumanism, Harry Potter, Marvel Universe

Biographical Note:

 Polina Golovátina-Mora, PhD. is Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Medellín (Colombia).Her research interests ranges across different languages and topics. Most recent works include narrative inquiry and discourse analysis studies on monstrous theory and how fear is constructed in contemporary cities and societies and through popular culture (especially in light of the renaissance of the vampire genre) and urban artistic practices You can find out more about Dr. Golovátina-Mora’s scholarship through her website and her profile.

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Instructions, Procedures, and Description

You can download the project instructions, procedures, and description here (PDF): Science Beyond Borders Instructions, Procedures, and Description

Last updated: 03/26/2018


The Science Beyond Borders (SBB) project is aimed at promoting knowledge, scholarship, and science at a level that transcends national borders and locational limitations. We value the creation of international dialogues between researchers as well as transnational co-operation in exploring ideas, different habits of thought, and reaching global audiences through talks and studies. We believe the best milieu for such an aim is virtual reality. The talks take place in virtual reality through the program Second Life (SL) and are conducted in English.

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Organizers and Contact:

The Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland; Academia Electronica.


Our goal is to create 45 minute monthly talks, which would take place at 19:00 Central European Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time / Second Life Time) on the second Thursday of each month. However we do anticipate and understand the need for elasticity in scheduling during the first year of the project. Over time, our ambition is to fix the talks to a reliable and regular date, which would maximize the availability of the talks to more participants thanks to predictability in regard to scheduling. We please ask the speakers to take this into consideration.

Organizational Templates:

Below are templates to be used in promoting and organizing the SBB project. Fragments that are formatted in BOLD represent information needed in order to plan the talks. Please take notice that the fragments that are underlined need to be consulted with the organizers, since the date, although flexible, should be planned around the second Thursday of any month at 19:00 CET. The default location of the talk in Second Life is the Amphitheater, nevertheless the talk itself may take place in a different virtual room. If that is the case, then a teleport to the room where the talk is scheduled to take place will be set-up in front of the Presentation Screen in the Amphitheater at Academia Electronica.

Invitation template

Academia Electronica invites you to attend a talk, which is part of the lecture series “Science Beyond Borders – The Global Electronic Academy”, delivered by WHAT IS YOUR NAME??? (RL) | (WHAT IS YOUR SECOND LIFE USERNAME???) (SL), entitled “WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR TALK???“. The lecture will take place in Second Life on MONTH DAYYEARWEEKDAY at TIME CET (10 a.m. PST/SLT) at Academia Electronica in the Amphitheater.

Biographical note

There is no planned format or template for a short biographical note about the speaker. We recommend providing a brief research profile: affiliations, achievements, focuses, languages spoken, websites, and so on. These are guidelines or suggestions. We do, however, require a biographical entry. 


The abstract should be a summary of the talk, or main themes to be addressed. We anticipate short abstracts between 150-300 words in length. Please provide from 3-7 keywords.

Poster / Promo Image

Please provide the organizers an image file in the format .JPG or .JPEG. You can design the poster or promotional image yourself. It will be featured on Facebook (event cover), as well as on the Academia Electronica website. If no image is submitted, then the organizers will prepare an image themselves.


Please provide the organizers an image file of logos of affiliations in the format .JPG, .JPEG, or .PNG

Before the talk starts

We would like to organize a quick technical check (sound, video, etc.) before the scheduled talk in order to make sure that the event starts smoothly. This can be any reasonable date and time before the talk as long as both the speaker and organizers agree to a date and time to do this. Reasonable date and time implies that this should be done at least 2-3 days before any talk.

PowerPoint Presentations. You can manage the slides yourself, or ask us to do it:

  • If you wish to add slides to the talk, please contact Prof. Michał Ostrowicki (Sidey Myoo), who can provide you with Lindens (SL virtual currency) for each slide. One slide “costs” 10 lindens. He will provide you with the virtual currency and we will explain how to upload slides during the technical check. The slides should be saved in a folder, and each slide should be exported into JPG format.
  • Please send us a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation at least 24 hours before the scheduled talk. We will process the slides and upload them for you. In order to change a slide, you simply need to verbally ask us to do so.


The talks will be published on the Academia Electronica website and on the Academia Electronica YouTube Channel in the SBB playlist:

Submission Form

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Previous Talks

2017 – 2018

Faces of Violence: Theoretical Perspectives and Popular Culture
Polina Golovátina-Mora, PhD (RL)| Eglath (SL)
The School of Social Sciences at the University of Pontificia Bolivariana in Medelin, Columbia


Madness and Youthfulness: Life, Death, and the In-Between

WU, Lok Ying (RL) | judywudy (SL)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China


Monster and Disaster: Modern philosophy about monstrosity

prof. Kantaro Ohashi (RL) | materiamatrix (SL)
Kobe University – Japan