Lecture Series

The TraCe lecture series in English will take place every winter term until 2025/26. The or­ganization and venue will rotate among the partner institutions.

This Year's Lecture Series “Perspectives on Violence in the 21st Century”

In the winter semester 22/23, TraCe will provide an overview of research on political violence from a wide range of disciplinary, methodological, and political per­spectives. Every Tuesday afternoon, internationally renowned researchers present their work and report on their research projects. The lecture series will be held in person and in English. There will be Live­streams of the lectures on our YouTube channelVideo recordings will be made available afterwards.

Opening Panel Discussion: “The Impact of the War in Ukraine for Research”

The opening event of the lecture series on October 18 focused on the current war of aggression on Ukraine. The question was whether research on violence is changing or needs to change in order to adequately under­stand and explain this new context.

Four researchers discussed from the perspective of their work. They re­flected on the extent to which this war challenges the current state of re­search and known approaches, and asked whether and how research on violence and its communi­cation will have to change in the future in order to contribute to ending and preventing such wars.

Guests were Dr Ivan Bakalov, Leiden, expert on Russia's power politics, especially in its re­lations with neighboring states; Prof. Dr Monika Wingender, Giessen, expert on linguistic conflict research and Slavic languages; Dr Kerstin Zimmer, Marburg, con­flict researcher and expert on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine; Yulia Kurnyshova, political scientist from Taras Shevchenko National University Kiev. The event was moderated by Prof. Dr Thorsten Bonacker from Marburg University.

Perspectives on Violence in the 21st Century

Lecture Series | Winter Term 2022/23 | Tuesdays | 415– 545pm
Marburg | Biegenstrasse 12 | Room 201 (+2/0010)

  • 18.10.2022: Panel Discussion, moderated by Thorsten Bonacker | The Impact of the war in Ukraine for Re­search on Violence
    • Ivan Bakalov, Leiden University
    • Monika Wingender, Justus Liebig University Giessen
    • Kerstin Zimmer, Philipps University Marburg
    • Yulia Kurnyshova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • 25.10.2022: Max Pichl, Kassel University | Parliamentary Investigations into Right-Wing Terrorism - The Case of the NSU-Complex
  • 01.11.2022: Marsha Henry, London School of Econo­mics and Political Science | Critical Interventions: The Gendered, Racialised and Militarised Politics of Peacekeeping
  • 08.11.2022: Guy Elcheroth, University de Lausanne | How Conflicts Change: A Social Psychological Perspective on Political Violence and Collective Identity
  • 15.11.2022: Zethu Matebeni, Univer­sity of Fort Hare | Queering Perspectives on Violence
  • 29.11.2022: Gabi Schlag, Eber­hard-Karls-Universität Tübingen | Images that matter – Visual Representations of Violence in the Global Constellation
  • 06.12.2022: Jenny Pearce, London School of Economics and Political Science | Violence in Latin American Politics
  • 13.12.2022: Judith Vorrath, German Inst­itute for International and Security Affairs | Illicit Economies and Violence
  • 10.01.2023: Wendy Harcourt, Erasmus Uni­versity Rotterdam | Feminist Responses to the Violence of Climate Change
  • 17.01.2023: Melz Owusu, University of Cam­bridge | Alchemy and Violence: A Decolonial Approach to Peace | CANCELLED
  • 24.01.2023: Astrid Erll, Goethe Uni­versity Frankfurt | Post-Conflict Memory and Pre-Conflict Memory
  • 31.01.2023: Panel Discussion, moderated by Susanne Buckley-Zistel | Researching Violence and the Violence of Research
    • Hanna Pfeifer, Goethe University Frankfurt
    • Philipp Schulz, University Bremen
    • Maria Eriksson Baaz, Uppsala University
  • 07.02.2023: Melz Owusu, University of Cam­bridge | Alchemy and Violence: A Decolonial Approach to Peace | make-up date

The lecture series is organized by Felix Anderl and Mariel Reiss of Marburg University.


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