von Konferenzen

Over the last two decades, the phenomenon of genocide has been the object of increasing philosophical and sociological re­search. Regret­tably, the results of this trend on either side re­mained all too often within the con­finements of their respective departments and did spark just sporadic mu­tual reception. How­ever, philosophy and sociology clearly could com­plement each other to further develop and explore the concept of genocide the­oretically. Similar arguments and perspectives are covered in so­cial philosophy, political philosophy, ontology, conflict theory, political sociology, and gender theory. Common questions are: What constitutes a group? Why and how do groups resort to geno­cide? How does genocide differ from other forms of political viol­ence and other “-cides”? What is the harm in destroying a group by means of genocidal acts? How can a gender perspective bring forth the field of genocide studies? What is the connection between historical reflections on genocide and philosophical/soci­ological insights of it?

The workshop addresses these questions above from a contem­porary perspective while also discussing the limits of theorizing about geno­cide in philosophy and sociology.

Genocide. Contemporary philosophical and sociological perspectives am 02./03. August 2013 in der Universität Potsdam, Campus Neues Palais
Day 1

Dr. Rolf Hosfeld (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)
Genocide and social death
Claudia Card (University of Wisconsin)
Comment: Daniel Bultmann (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
On the difference between genocide and ethnocide: a conceptual clarification
Jean-Michel Chaumont (Université de catholique Louvain)
Comment: Martin Crook (University of London)
A sociological perspective on the genocide/ecocide connection
Damien Short (University of London)
Comment: Dominik Pfeiffer (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
The institution of groups and genocidal acts
Petar Bojanić (University of Belgrade)
Comment:Roy Knocke (Lepsiushaus Potsdam)
Day 2

Von der Dialyse des Politischen zur genozidalen Gewalt. Zur Historizität menschlicher Sterblichkeit
Burkhard Liebsch (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Comment: Ruben Pfizenmaier (Freie Universität Berlin)
The problem of genocide in historical perspective
Martin Shaw (University of Roehampton)
Comment: Yvonne Kyriakides (University of Oxford)
Genocide and moral otherness. Historical experience and ethical reflection in view of National Socialism and Bolshevism
Rolf Zimmermann (Universität Konstanz)
Comment: Thomas Kühne (Clark University)
Framing debates on victims of sexual violence
Robin May Schott (Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen)
Comment: George Katsonis (Uppsala University)