Machinery of Violence: Resource, Mobilization, and Scale

As we see the expanding violence, both symbolic and physical across the globe, it is urgent to understand how violence could endure within structures, practices, cultures, and various forms of mobilizations. This conference have gathered excellent experts with profound researches to examines different cases and scales of how violence operates, not simply as an outcome of tension but as mechanism through which actors and organizations stabilize their struggles.

Such perspective to view violence as a resource, which eventually makes peace building or democratic projects volatile, could be invigorated through inquiries on how violence creates new opportunity in institutionalizing movements and networks—and vice versa, the institutionalization of violence and its discouse transferability across spatial and temporal boundaries, the weakness of civil society, the ambiguous role of state, and the precarious transformation of democracy.

We look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt! 


May 18

Pre-conference Event

14.00 Book LaunchThe Justice Façade: Trials of Transition in Cambodia by Alexander Hinton, UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention. Discussants: Elsa Clavé, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, and Macario Lacbawan, Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 1095, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.


16.30 Anmeldung/Registration

17.00 Welcome Speech by Iwo Amelung, SFB 1095, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, and Rebecca Schmidt, Excellence Cluster “Normative Orders”, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. 

17.15 Opening Remarks by Susanne Schröter, SFB 1095, Frankfurter Forschungszentrum Globaler Islam (FFGI), Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

17.30 Keynote Lecture: Alexander Hinton, Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University, UNESCO Chair for Genocide Prevention. Moderator: Melina Kalfelis, SFB 1095. 

May 19

9.30 Anmeldung/Registration and Morning Coffee  

Scaling Violence: Legitimation and Transformation

Moderator: Christian A. Müller, SFB 1095

10.00 Fatal Police Violence in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte and Before.
Peter Kreuzer, Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung

10.45 Beyond Social Media: The Online/Offline Transformation of Violence in Indonesian Mobilized Islam.
Ario Seto, SFB 1095, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

11.30 Pause/Coffee Break 

Women in Volatile Security

Moderator: Alewtina Schuckmann, FFGI

11.45 Politics on Women’s Peace and Security in Southern Thailand.
Amporn Marddent, Walailak University.

12.30 Volatile Violences and Embodied Properties:Masculinity and Men’s Harm of Women across Time and Space in Vietnam.
Helle Rydström, Lunds Universitet. 

13.15 Mittagessen/Lunch Break

Religious Actors and Mobilization

Moderator: Franziska Fay, FFGI

14.30 Agency through Violence: The Tatmadaw, Monks, and Ethno-Communalists in the Rohingya Genocide.
Michael W. Charney, SOAS, The University of London.

15.15 Do Buddhist Monks Condone Violence? Religion as Political Medium in Myanmar.
Mikael Gravers, Aarhus Universitet.

16.00 Pause/Coffee Break

Memory and Weak Discourses

Moderator: Macario Lacbawan, SFB 1095

16.15 The East Timor State and the lian-na’in, the lords of the words: speech and voice of tradition in local and national politics.
Lúcio Sousa, Universidade Aberta.

17.00 Inhabiting the Everyday through the Bangsamoro Imaginary: Insights from an Ethnography of MILF adherents in the Cotabato Region.
Rosa Cordillera Castillo, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Closing Discussion

17.45 Closing Remarks by Susanne Schröter, SFB 1095/FFGI.