Mass Violence in the 20th/21th Century and Emotions

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 21 (Main Building)
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English

In this session, we would like to hear and discuss innovative works which focus on social movements and collective action which lead to mass violence (Sémelin, 2008). We are also concerned about the role of the state as a promoter, facilitator or origin of such violence. Case study or comparative analyses of the killings in modern war, of the violent persecution of “enemies” within a state or of terrorist actions on the territory of other states belong to the category of killings promoted by the state. 
The presentation should at least partly focus on the subjectivity of their perpetrators, that is their intentions and emotions.
This session is meant for those who primarily take up the challenge of considering how notions, perspectives or analytical tools which originate in various sociological traditions can help us to gain further insight into mass violence. Mass violence of the 20th and the 21st century and its sociological understanding are the ultimate aim. Presenters can draw on cultural studies, cultural history or political science only if they show why sociological approaches do not suffice to explain the phenomena in question.
Session Organizers:
Ilan LEW, University of Geneve, Switzerland and Dieter REICHER, University of Graz, Austria
Ilan LEW, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Anatomy of Collective Violence - When “Never Again” Happens Again and Again.
Izabela SAKSON-SZAFRANSKA, University of Warsaw, Poland
“Comradeship” in the Habsburg Army during World War One. the Sociology of Emotions Perspective
Sabine HARING, Department of Sociology, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria