2024: Violence as a Global Challenge

­During the summer semester 2024, the TraCe lecture series titled “Violence as a Global Challenge” will pro­vide an interdisciplinary insight into current dynamics of political violence. 

The lecture series opens with an inter­disciplinary introduction to the topic of political violence and its transformations. The following lectures in the series will be dedicated to analyzing protests in cities as an ex­pression of violence, to examining urban violence in the form of terrorism and urban warfare as well as to discussing ecological violence. The lecture series will also address the effects of new tech­nologies and developments in the field of AI on the dynamics of violent phenomena. The institutional pers­pective will be deepened by a lecture on state violence, with a particular focus on the role of the police. Further lectures will take a look at the function of science and experts in the con­text of political violence and examine networks and social media in this context. Finally, the lecture series expands the inter­pretations of political violence by focusing on the analysis of social violence phenomena in the context of soccer.

Starting on April 24, 2024, the lecture series will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 18:05 to 19:45 in the Kaisersaal of Darm­stadt Technical University's castle. With a few ex­ceptions, the lectures will be held in German. The lecture series will be streamed live on our YouTube-Channel.

The participation in the lecture series is free of charge and does not require registration – all are welcome!


Initially, a lecture by Prof. Dr. Anthony King on “Ur­ban Violence and Urban Warfare” was planned for June 26. In­stead, there will now be a lecture by Prof. Dr. Nicolai Hannig on “Gewalt in Be­satzungszeiten. Das Ruhrgebiet 1923”. The poster on our website was updated on June 11.

The TraCe lecture series of winter semester 2023/2024 will take place at Justus Liebig University Giessen. Titled "Arguing Violence. Making Peace.", every second Wednesday evening, researchers will discuss their research projects. Different aspects of political violence and peacebuilding will be explored from a historical, legal or linguistic perspective. The lecture series will be held in person and in English. The lectures will be streamed live on our YouTube channel and will be made available as recordings.


A critical examination of phenomena and trans­formations of political violence also requires conversations with those individuals and groups who experience violence. The lecture series at the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futures Studies at the Philipps University Marburg there­fore opens up a space for an inter­disciplinary exchange between academics and activists.

The lecture series is affiliated with TraCe. It is co-organized by TraCe researcher Mariel Reiss and ties in with her research in Research Area 3. Topics from the TraCe lecture series of the winter semester 2022/23 will also be addressed. Some lectures are also part of the Pretoria-Marburg Queer Conversations (PMQC).

Plakat der Ringvorlesung

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, international 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 channel.