Second TraCe Research Colloquium in Marburg

Interdisciplinary exchange on affect in violence research

TraCe-Beteiligte sitzen um Tische in U-Form und diskutieren

Foto: Mariel Reiss

The second scientific research colloquium, organized by Prof. Dr Felix Anderl and Lam-Phuong Nguyen Pham from the Center for Conflict Studies, took place on November 29 in Marburg and was de­dicated to the question of affect and emotion in violence re­search. The participants dis­cussed the affective dimensions of violence re­search using a variety of materials, located them in their own research projects, and re­flected on their own emo­tional reactions.

At the beginning of the colloquium, Prof. Thomas Stodulka from the FU Berlin and co-editor of the anthology "Affective Dimensions in Fieldwork and Ethongraphy" gave an input lecture, which Laura Guntrum from the TU Darmstadt then lo­cated within violence research.

Having read the introductory chapter of the anthology beforehand, the participants then expanded on Prof. Thomas Stodulka's and Laura Guntrum's points. Participants brought their own research experience and disciplines which resulted in diverse reflections on affects: whether new digital methods mediate affects, locating affects in texts and images, how to effectively translate affects into data, as well as the intersection between affects, security, power dynamics.

After­wards, the participants dis­cussed the introductory chapter of the anthology to­gether with Prof. Thomas Stodulka and re­flected on the significance of affective dimensions in and for their own research projects.

The second block was de­dicated to violent anti-colonial resistance. The participants dis­cussed the documentary "Concerning Violence - Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialistic Self-Defense" with a focus on their emotional reaction. Additionally, they fo­cused on the analytical signifi­cance of emotional reactions or the visuali­zation of affects.

At the end of the colloquium the participants attended the TraCe lecture which was held by Dr Gabi Schlag with the title "Images that matter - visual representations of violence in the global constellation" from 4.15 – 5.45pm. A recording of the lecture can be found here.