Histories and Rhythms of Urban Violence. Global-local Encounters in the Nexus of Space and Time

Universität Erfurt, Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089 Erfurt und Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ), Michaelisstr. 38, 99084 Erfurt
Dr. Mara Albrecht, History of West Asia, University of Erfurt, Germany; Dr. Jutta Bakonyi, Durham Global Security Institute, UK; Dr. Alke Jenss, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute, Freiburg, Germany; Dr. Kirsti Stuvøy, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
05.12.2018 - 07.12.2018
Mara Albrecht

Cities play a crucial role in the histories of empires and in the violent processes of state formation. They are focal points for social, political, and cultural developments and for the contemporary internationalization of rule. Violence has taken centre stage in these processes of city formation and transformation, but cannot be understood as a purely ‘local’ phenomenon: While the ways cities change are shaped locally, they are also entangled in social dynamics and processes with much wider scalar reach. This workshop builds on the insight that violence is produced and shaped by particular characteristics of the urban, its spatial configuration and rhythms, on both a physical and symbolic level. Violence itself is a spatio-temporal practice that affects urban space and time (or SpaceTime). The workshop aims to explore the generative capacities of violence, especially if and how it shapes and changes the SpaceTime in the city.
This international workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines, e.g. history, sociology, (urban) anthropology, architecture, political sciences. Cases cover different world regions and include comparative, translocal and transnational approaches. Different sessions focus on spatio-temporal practices of violence in cities, memories and representations of urban violence, global-local entanglements and theoretical reflections.

The Workshop is funded by: Forum for the Study of the Global Condition, Durham Global Security Institute, Erfurt Spatio-Temporal Studies Research Group (ERZ).


Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

6 – 8 pm Keynote lecture by Klaus Weinhauer (University of Bielefeld):
“A Return of a Many-headed Hydra? Spatio-temporal aspects of collective action, social movements, and violence in port cities (c. early 1900s-mid 1920s)”

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

9.30 – 10 am Introduction by Workshop Organizers

Session 1: Spatio-temporal Practices of Violence and Protest in Cities

10 – 11 am Rhythms, Riots and Security
Ana Ivasiuc (University of Marburg): “Histories, Spatialities, and Rhythms of Anti-Roma Violence in Rome”

Mara Albrecht (University of Erfurt): “Spaces and Rhythms of Urban Violence: Riots in Belfast and Jerusalem during the Era of the British Empire”

Discussant: Sabine Schmolinsky (University of Erfurt)

11.15 am – 12.15 pm Mobility, Security and Disruptions
Alke Jenss (ABI Freiburg): “Disrupting the Rhythms of Violence: Anti-Port Protests in the City of Buenaventura”

Kristin V. Monroe (University of Lexington, KY/USA): “Geopolitics, Mobility and the Dynamics of Risk in Beirut, Lebanon”

Discussant: Viviana García Pinzón (GIGA Hamburg)

Session 2: Memories and Representations of Urban Violence and the Role of Religion

1.15 – 2.45 pm Time, Affect and Religious Imaginations
Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway/Ireland): “Time and Emotion: The Hunger Strike as Protest Tactic”

Fouad Gehad Marei (FU Berlin): “’My Mother Fatima’: Violence, Affect, and Ritual Practice in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs”

Christian Laheij (MPI for Social Anthropology, Halle): “Counter-mapping the Divided City: Topographies of Violence and the Religious Imagination in Urban Brazil”

Discussant: Kristin V. Monroe (University of Lexington, KY/USA)

3.15 – 4.15 pm Memorials, Media and Museums
Carolina Rehrmann (University of Jena): “’Europe’s Last Divided Capital’: Nicosia and its Perpetuating Conflict Structures”

Maya A. Weisinger (WBS, Erfurt): “Confederate Memorials and Spatio-Temporal Representations of Violence in the United States”

Discussant: Katharina Waldner (University of Erfurt)

4.15 – 5.15 pm Guided City Tour: "Violence and War in Erfurt – The Past in the Present"

5.15 – 6.45 pm Double-Keynote Lecture + Discussion
Roberto Mazza (University of Limerick, Ireland & SOAS, London/UK): “From Riots to Massacres: How Space and Time Changed Urban Violence in Jerusalem, 1920-1929”

Christine Mady (Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon): “The Mnemonic Dimension of Violence in Beirut’s Markers and Public Spaces”

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

9.30 – 9.45 am Short wrap-up of the insights gained in the workshop so far

9.45 – 10.45 am Global-local Entanglements and the Production of Urban Violence
Hannes Warnecke-Berger (University of Kassel): “The Spatial Diffusion of Urban Violence? Forms of Violence in El Salvador, Jamaica, and Belize”

Nora Lafi (ZMO, Berlin): “Contemporary Patterns of Urban Violence in the Arab World: A Reflection on the Global/Local and Past/Present Nexuses”

Discussant: Kirsti Stuvøy (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

11 am – 12 pm Theoretical Reflections on the SpaceTime of Urban Violence
Nikolai Roskamm (FH Erfurt): “Urban Contestation as Common Ground - A Short Side Glance into Urban Theory”

Jutta Bakonyi (DGSI, Durham/UK): “Temporality of Violence in the Context of Internationalized Government of Security”

Discussant: Niall Ó Dochartaigh (NUI Galway/Ireland)

12.30 – 13.30 pm Round Table Discussion: The SpaceTime of Urban Violence

Due to limited seating possibilities, please contact mara.albrecht@uni-erfurt.de for application.


Mara Albrecht

Universität Erfurt
Nordhäuser Str. 63, 99089 Erfurt


Histories and Rhythms of Urban Violence. Global-local Encounters in the Nexus of Space and Time, 05.12.2018 – 07.12.2018 Erfurt, in: H-Soz-Kult, 16.11.2018, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-38765>.
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