Discourses of Mass Violence in Comparative Perspective

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Discourses of Mass Violence in Comparative Perspective

Lecture Series "Empire and Violence"

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 12 October 2023 19:00-20:30

Pieter Judson (Contemporary History, EUI Florence),
Austria-Hungary: Violence and the Liberal Empire

Response: Tamara Scheer (Eastern European History, Vienna U)

on site: University of Innsbruck, Sowi HS1
online: streaming here










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Herfried Münkler
(Political Science, HU Berlin),
Die Wiederkehr der Imperien?
Großräume und Einflusszonen
in der Weltordnung des 21. Jahrhunderts

Response: Eva Hausteiner
(Political Theory and History of Ideas, Erlangen-Nuremberg)

on site: LMU Munich, Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1, A 120
online: register here









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     José Casanova (Georgetown U)        Alexander Etkind (CEU Vienna):
     The Sacralization of Canonicity and    The Letter Z
     the Legitimization of Violence            and the Problem of Genocide

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     Wolfgang Palaver
(Innsbruck U)      Riccardo Nicolosi (LMU Munich)

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Upcoming Talks:


  • 10 January 2024 Karen Radner (Ancient History of the Near and Middle East, LMU Munich),
    Lessons from the Pathfinder Empire: Framing Conquest as Salvation in 9th-century-BC Assyria
    Response: Eckart Frahm (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale U) detail
  • 15 February 2024 Alison Frank Johnson (Central and Eastern European History, Harvard U),
    Capital Punishment in Galicia: From Imperial Mercy to Mass Violence
    Response: Jana Osterkamp (History of Germany and Eastern Europe, Augsburg U) detail


  • 12 October 2023 Pieter Judson (Contemporary History, EUI Florence),
    Austria-Hungary: Violence and the Liberal Empire
    Response: Tamara Scheer (Eastern European History, Vienna U) detail
  • 07 November 2023 Robert Rollinger (Ancient Near East, Innsbruck),
    Empire and Violence from the Achaemenid-Persian Perspective
    Response: Silvia Balatti (Classical Studies, Kiel U) detail
  • 08 November 2023 Gerhard Mangott (Political Science, Innsbruck),
    Russia's Aggression Against Ukraine: Motives, Interests and Geopolitical Implications
    Response: Franziska Davies (Eastern European History, LMU Munich) detail
  • 14 November 2023 Katell Berthelot (History of Judaism, CNRS Aix-en-Provence)
    Jewish Responses to Roman Imperial Violence
    Response: Johannes Heil (History of Judaism, U of Jewish Studies Heidelberg) detail
  • 28 November 2023 Dirk Rupnow (Contemporary History, Innsbruck), Post-Nazism – Postcolonialism – Post-Migration: The Current Debate of Memory Culture, Politics of History and Holocaust Memory
    Response: Helga Embacher (Contemporary History, Salzburg U) detail


  • 19 February 2024 Roundtable
    zum Band von Martin Schulze Wessel (East and Southeast European History, LMU),
    Der Fluch des Imperiums [Curse of the Empire], Beck 2023

Guest Lecture Ariel Glucklich (Georgetown U),
"Anderl von Rinn: Applying System Theory to a Case of Blood Libel"
University of Innsbruck, 23 June 2023

We started discussing the role of blood libels in the context of discourses of mass violence, and we look forward to continuing this conversation with (from left to right) Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich (U of Mary Washington),
Ariel Glucklich (Georgetown U), and Alison Frank Johnson (Harvard U).

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Roundtable "Russia - Ukraine. War Over Memory"

at the interdisciplinary conference The Cultural Memory of Mass Violence: Re-Mediation and Pre-Mediation
LMU Munich / zoom, 03 November 2022
conference report in German | in English

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Dominik Markl, Astrid Erll, Christoph Thonfeld, Juliane Prade-Weiss, Martin Schulze Wessel, Stephanie Bird

Martin Schulze Wessel (LMU Munich), Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt), Stephanie Bird (University College London), and Christoph Thonfeld (Dachau Memorial Site) joined us for a discussion of the role of cultural memory in Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
2022 marks the 30th anniversary of a canonical text of memory studies, Jan Assmann’s Das kulturelle Gedächtnis (1992), translated as Cultural Memory and Early Civilization: Writing, Remembrance, and Political Imagination (2011). And since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, politics and the public have turned to paying attention to the role of cultural memory in the political imagination as the Russian regime has weaponized the Russian cultural memory of the Soviet fight against National Socialism to justify its war of aggression against Ukraine.

Roundtable "Beyond the Law:
Justifications of Mass Violence in Social and Scholarly Discourses"

at the 9th Annual Conference of the Historical Dialogues, Justice & Memory Network:
Beyond Nuremberg: The Global Search for Accountability,
NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Amsterdam, 10 June 2022

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Nanci Adler, A. Dirk Moses, Dominik Markl, Juliane Prade-Weiss, Vladimir Petrovic, Christian Gerlach

Nanci Adler (NIOD/University of Amsterdam), Christian Gerlach (University of Bern), and Dirk Moses (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined us for an engaging discussion of justifications of mass violence which transcend and evade the legal sphere.
With the Russian-Ukrainian 2022 war, the role of justifications for warfare and mass violence given by perpetrators and accomplices has drawn public and scholarly attention. Against this backdrop, the discussion re-visited the vocabulary and heuristics of assertions of rightfulness, excuses, neutralizations such as denial, and rationalizations in 20th century conflicts in view of their lasting impact on current memory politics and conflicts.

Interview "Understanding what makes perpetrators tick"
Justifications of mass violence in the Russian war against Ukraine

April 11, 2022, Bucha, Ukraine © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Juliane Prade-Weiss in interview with LMU Munich English ‖ German

Workshop Discoursive Constructions of Enmity: Populisms, Conspiracy, Hate

LMU Munich, 11 February 2022, organized by Juliane Prade-Weiss, Dominik Markl & Vladimir Petrovic
conference report at HSozKult

Riccardo Nicolosi (LMU Munich), Vladimir Putins Ukraine-Rhetorik

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Ruth Wodak (Wien),
„Rothschild, Soros, Silberstein" – das Revival von antisemitischen Weltverschwörungstheorien

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Jonathan Leader Maynard (King's College London),
Rethinking Extremism in Comparative Perspective: Narrative, Enmity and Political War

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Juliane Prade-Weiss (LMU Munich), Wut, Schamlosigkeit, Bühne. Feindschaft aufführen

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