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.