How is political violence understood? How is the concept of violence used in the literature? In what ways can forms of political violence and their change be described and how does research contribute to this change?
These were the questions addressed by the first scientific colloquium of the TraCe research center at the TU Darmstadt, which took place on June 8. Organized by the participating Darmstadt departments of Prof. Dr Markus Lederer, Prof. Dr Nicolai Hannig, Prof. Dr Sybille Frank and Prof. Dr Dr Christian Reuter, Prof. Stefan Malthaner (Hamburg Institute for Social Research) gave a lecture on forms of political violence and their changes in the beginning of the event. In particular, the methodological importance of concepts of form as a structurer for the field of research was addressed in the following discussion.
In the following workshop, the PhD students of the TraCe project presented their research projects and discussed them in the plenary session.
The interdisciplinary exchange revealed different perspectives on the concept of violence and showed opportunities and challenges of diverse research approaches.