Lecture series 2008: Trust and Violence

In his series of lectures, Jan Philipp Reemtsma will explain the topical and controversial problem of "trust and violence." One of the areas of focus at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research founded by Jan Philipp Reemtsma in 1984 includes the theory and history of violence and society in Germany. Addressing outward forms, causes and consequences of individual and institutional violence in an academic context is an important issue for Jan Philipp Reemtsma. He addresses the topic of violence from social science and literature-related aspects in publications such as Folter im Rechtsstaat? (Torture in a constitutional state?), "Die Gewalt spricht nicht" (Violence doesn't speak), "Mord am Strand. Allianzen von Zivilisation und Barbarei" (Murder on the beach. Alliances of civilization and barbarity) or "Warum Hagen Jung-Ortlieb erschlug. Unzeitgemäßes über Krieg und Tod" (Why Hagen slew Jung-Ortlieb. An old-fashioned view of war and death). His major research interest is currently to analyze the relationship between trust and violence and a publication on this topic appeared in 2008 in the Hamburg Edition.

In his lecture series "Trust and Violence" in summer semester 2008, Jan Philipp Reemtsma aims to address the growing interest of sociology in the soft mechanisms of social bonds and cohesion in relation to "trust" as opposed to "power," or "domination" with regard to the sociological theory of the underexposed phenomenon of violence, which has been in place for decades. Violence has been a human companion since the beginning of history. It had a major impact on the political reality of the 20th century and at the start of the new century, it is evident that the tendency toward violence is escalating once again.

In his lectures, Jan Philipp Reemtsma will ask what "social trust" actually is; what form this culture-specific principle of cohesion, the principle of solidarity, takes in modern society; how it relates to the need to legitimate violence, which is peculiar in modern society; the characteristics of this link between social trust and distrust of violence in relation to the excess violence of the 20th century; and finally, how modern trust and trust in the modern society can be maintained after the excess violence in the past. He will talk about the relationship between power and violence, about the phenomenology of different forms of violence, the reason why sociological theory has not been able to theorize violence as an independent social phenomenon as opposed to in the context of deviation or failure of society.

With his guest speakers, the literary critic and author, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, will discuss issues such as: what psychological and practical risks are associated with the theoretical and practical handling of violence as a phenomenon and its consequences? What contribution can neurobiology make to understanding aggression and violence? What theoretical and empirical difficulties are associated with the classic question of how "normal people" can commit acts of extreme violence?

18:15 Uhr bis ca. 20:00 Uhr

Hörsaal RW 1, Neubau Recht und Wirtschaft, Campus der Universität

Di., 22. April 08

Einführender Überblick und Plan der Vorlesung
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 29. April 08

Was ist soziales Vertrauen?
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 06. Mai 08

Gewalt, transkulturell betrachtet
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 13. Mai 08

Verletzte Helfer – Risiken beim
therapeutischen Umgang mit den
Folgen extremer Gewalt
mit Gastredner Priv. Doz. Dr. med. Christian Pross
(Mitglied des Vorstandes
des Behandlungszentrums für Folteropfer, Berlin)

Di., 20. Mai 08

Modernes Vertrauen und Gewalt
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 27. Mai 08

Sind wir alle potenzielle Mörder?
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Roth
(Leiter des Instituts für Hirnforschung der
Universität Bremen; Rektor des
Hanse-Wissenschaftskollegs, Delmenhorst)

Di., 03. Juni 08

Shakespeare und die Entdeckung
des gewaltempfindlichen Gewissens
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 10. Juni 08

Täter. Wie aus ganz normalen Menschen
Massenmörder werden
mit Gastredner Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer
(Direktor des Center for Interdisciplinary
Memory Research, KWI Essen;
Forschungsprofessor für Sozialpsychologie,
Universität Witten-Herdecke)

Di., 17. Juni 08

Vertrauen in Gewalt
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma

Di., 24. Juni 08

Gewalt und Kommunikation
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jan Philipp Reemtsma