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CfP: Mass Violence and Emotions in the 20th/21st Centuries

Posted on by Stephen Mennell

3rd ISA Forum of Sociology: “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World” – 10–14 July 2016 – Vienna, Austria

RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Session Organisers: Ilan LEW, PhD candidate in sociology, Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques, EHESS, Paris and Helmut KUZMICS, Emeritus  Professor of Sociology, University of Graz, Austria

Language: English

Session Abstract:

In this session, we would like to hear and discuss innovative works which focus on mass violence (Sémelin, 2008) and its aftermaths. We are also interested in the role of the state as a promoter or facilitator or origin of such violence.

Single 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 state-promoted killings.

At least half of the presentations should address subjectivity – that is, the intentions and emotions of the perpetrators. 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 gain further insight into mass violence. Mass violence of the 20th and the 21st centuries and its sociological understanding is the ultimate aim. Presenters can draw on cultural studies, cultural history or political science, provided they can show why sociological approaches do not suffice to explain the phenomena in question.


Semelin, J. (2008). « Our scientifical approach » in Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, Paris : CERI-Science Po.