At invitation of Prof. Olaf Zenker, head of the project B04 at the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) “Affective Societies” and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology’s Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology, Thomas Scheffer, Professor for Sociology at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M., held a guest lecture and a workshop at Freie Universität Berlin on 23/24 November 2016.
On Wednesday evening, Thomas Scheffer held a public lecture in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology’s Political and Legal Anthropology Seminar Series entitled “States-at-Work: The Trans-Sequential Analysis of Procedural Work“. He presented theoretical and methodological insights from his ethnographic research projects on the German asylum system, English criminal court proceedings, and internal procedures in the German Bundestag. In his works Scheffer proposes a methodological and analytical program to investigate state procedures which he has termed “trans-sequential analysis”. Within this approach he highlights the role of analysing events in their procedural context and suggests to follow procedural “object careers”. We document his presentation as an audio document:
The following day, PhD students and Postdocs from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology’s Research Area Political and Legal Anthropology and the CRC “Affective Societies”, as well as researchers from the Law and Society Institute (LSI) at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, participated in a reading seminar and a data session with Thomas Scheffer. In the morning, a selection of Thomas Scheffer’s journal articles concerned with his methodological and analytical approach of the “trans-sequential analysis” provided a thought-provoking basis for the vivid discussion. In the afternoon, several participants brought their own ethnographic material to the fore and discussed it in light of Thomas Scheffer’s suggested analytical approach.