Dr. Jonas Bens

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Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

CRC 1171 "Affective Societies"

Research Fellow

Sub-Project A06: "Contested Property"

Address
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Room JK 30/204
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Please contact via e-mail.

Degrees

2015. PhD (Dr. phil) in Anthropology, RFWU Bonn.

2013. State Examination in Law (Dipl.-Jur.), RFWU Bonn.

2012. Magister Artium (M.A.) in Anthropology, RFWU Bonn.

2004-2012. Studies in Anthropology of the Americas, Systematic Theology, and Law at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

Academic Career

since 2019. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Project A-06, Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies" (DFG-SFB 1171), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

2016-2017. Associated Researcher, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development, University of Leiden Law School.

2015-2019. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Project B-04, Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies" (DFG-SFB 1171), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.

2014-2015. Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

2013-2014. Assistant Researcher and Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology of the Americas, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

Teaching

2020. Anthropology of Religion (lecture), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin.

2020. Indigeneity in the Americas (seminar), Institute of Anthropology, University of Göttingen.

2019/20. Economy and Social Relations (seminar), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

2019/20. Marx/Engels (seminar), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

2018/19. Topics and Theories of Social and Cultural Anthropology (seminar), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

2018/19. Reading Gramsci (seminar), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

2017/18. Legal Anthropology (seminar), Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin

2017/18. Archeaology and Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (seminar), Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, RFWU Bonn

2017. Marxism and Anthropology (seminar), Insitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, FU Berlin 

2016. The Situation of Refugees in Berlin (field school), Insitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin (Coordination and Co-supervision of the Research Group "Voluntary Work in an NGO Supporting Refugees in Berlin“, field school supervisor: Prof. Dr. Olaf Zenker)

2013. Postcolonial Feminism (seminar), Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, RFWU Bonn

2012/12. Anthropology of Globalization and Ethnicity (tutorium), Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Research Interests

Political Anthropology / Legal Anthropology / Anthropology of Emotion and Affect
Neo-/Post-/Colonial Governance; Indigeneity; Legal Pluralism; Law and Language; Transitional Justice; Affect and Emotion in Law and Politics; Property; Trans-/Nationalism; History and Anthropology.

Research Areas

East Africa, Indigenous America
Uganda, Tanzania, USA

Ongoing Research Projects

Contested Property: Affect and Emotion in Transcultural Normative Conflicts about Ethnographic Collections in the Humboldt Forum
Zeitraum: 2019-2023
Rolle: PostDoc researcher
Förderung: German Research Foundation (DFG-SFB 1171)

Negotiating International Criminal Law: A Courtroom Ethnography of Trial Performance at the International Criminal Court
Time: 2019-2022
Rolle: International Collaborator / Work-Package-Supervisor
Funding: Academy of Finland (Suomen Akatemia)

Completed Research Projects

Sentiments of Justice and Transitional Justice: Affective Transculturality in Proceedings of the International Criminal Court
Time: since 2015
Role: PostDoc researcher
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG-SFB 1171)

Inventing the Indigneous in Court: Sovereignty and Culture in Indigenous Rights Doctrine in the Americas
Time: 2012-2015
Role: PhD researcher
Funding: Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation

The Term 'Ethnic Origin' in German Anti-Discrimination Laws
Time: 2011-2012
Role: M.A. candidate

Monographs

2020 (forthcoming). The Indigenous Paradox: Rights, Sovereignty and Culture in the Americas. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

2019. The Politics of Affective Societies: An Interdisciplinary Essay. Bielefeld: Transcript. (co-authored with Aletta Diefenbach, Thomas John, Antje Kahl, Hauke Lehmann, Matthias Lüthjohann, Friederike Oberkrome, Hans Roth, Gabriel Scheidecker, Gerhard Thonhauser, Nur Yasemin Ural, Dina Wahba, Robert Walter-Jochum, and Ragip M. Zik)

2013. Ethnie als Rechtsbegriff: Kulturanthropologische Problembeschreibungen zum Allgemeinen Gleichbehandlungsgesetz. [Ethic Origin as a Legal Category: Anthropologcial Reflections on the German Anti-Discrimination Law] Aachen: Shaker.

Edited Volumes / Special Issue

2018. Who is Afraid of Official Law? Reconnecting Anthropological and Sociological Traditions in Ethnographic Legal Studies. Special Issue of the Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unoffical Law 50(3) (co-edited with Larissa Vetters)

2017. Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: Zur affektiven und emotionalen Legitimität von Normen.  [Sentiments of Justice: The Affective and Emotional Legitimacy of Normative Orders] Bielefeld: Transcript. (co-edited with Olaf Zenker).

2014. Fußball. Macht. Politik. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf Fußball und Gesellschaft.  [Football, Power, Politics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Football and Society]  Bielefeld: Transcript. (co-edited with Susanne Kleinfeld and Karoline Noack).

Journal Articles

2018. Ethnographic Legal Studies: Reconnecting Anthropological and Sociological Traditions. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. 50(3): 239-254. (verfasst mit Larissa Vetters)

2018. The Courtroom as an Affective Arrangement: Analysing Atmospheres in Courtroom Ethnography. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 50(3): 336-355.

2018. Sentimentalizing Persons and Things: Creating Normative Arrangements of Bodies Through Courtroom Talk. Journal of Legal Anthropology 2(1): 72-91

2018. When the Cherokees Became Indigenous: Cherokee Nation v. Georgia and its Paradoxical Legalities. Ethnohistory 65(2): 247-267.

2017. Indonesia and the 'Conflictual Consensus': A Discursive Perspective on Indonesian Democracy. Critical Asian Studies 49(2): 139-162. (co-authored with Timo Duile)

2016. Anthropology and the Law: Historicising the Epistemological DivideInternational Journal of Law in Context 12(3): 235-252.

Book Chapters (Selection)

2019. Hassrede als Völkerrechtsverbrechen: Zum Problem der normativen Kausalität beim affektiven Sprechen [Hate speech as a crime of international law: On the problem of normative causality and affective speech] In Hass/Literatur: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftliche Beiträge zu einer Theorie- und Diskursgeschichte [Hate/Literature: Literature Studies and Cultural Studies Contributions to a History of Theory and Discourse], Robert Walter Jochum and Jürgen Brokhoff (eds.): 193-207. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2019. Political Affect. In: Affective Societies: Key Concepts, Jan Slaby and Christian von Scheve (eds.): 340-351. London: Routledge. (co-authored with Jan Slaby).

2019. Sentiment. In: Affective Societies: Key Concepts, Jan Slaby and Christian von Scheve (eds.): 96-106. London: Routledge. (co-authored with Olaf Zenker).

2019. The Ethnography of Discourse Practices: Talk, Performance, and Affect in the Time Machine. In: Analyzing Affective Societies: Methods and Methodologies, Antje Kahl (ed.): 199-213. London: Routledge.

2019. Affective Images and the Political Trial. In: Image Testimonies: Witnessing in Times of Social Media, Kerstin Schankweiler, Verena Straub and Tobias Wendl (eds.): 30-43. London: Routledge

2017. Gerechtigkeitsgefühle und die Legitimität des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs in Norduganda [Sentiments of Justice and the Legitimacy of the Interantional Criminal Court in Northern Uganda] In: Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: Zur affektiven und emotionalen Legitimität von Normen [Sentiments of Justice: The Affective and Emotional Legitimacy of Normative Orders], Jonas Bens und Olaf Zenker (eds.): 214-241. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2017. Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: Eine Einführung [Sentiments of Justice: An Introduction]. In: Gerechtigkeitsgefühle: Zur affektiven und emotionalen Legitimität von Normen [Sentiments of Justice: The Affective and Emotional Legitimacy of Normative Orders], Jonas Bens and Olaf Zenker (eds.): 11-35. Bielefeld: Transcript. (co-authored with Olaf Zenker)

Book Reviews / Replies

2020. (forthcoming) Vitalism and Its Discontents: Use and Misuse of the Energy Metaphor in Affect and Emotion Research. Global Discourse 10(1).

2018. Mark Goodale, Anthropology and Law: A Critical Introduction, New York University Press, 2017, 290 Seiten, ISBN 9781479895519, 35,00 $Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie 38(1): 140-143.

2017. #Review: Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Rightallegralaboratory.net, 14 June 2017.

2017. Affekte, Emotionen und politische Theorie jenseits des Staates: Eine Rezension von Brigitte Bargetz’ Ambivalenzen des Alltags [Affects, Emotions and Political Theory Beyond the State: A Review of Brigitte Bargetz' Ambivlenzen des Alltags]. affective-societies.de, 25 April 2017.

2017. Antje Gunsenheimer / Ute Schüren: Amerika vor der europäischen Eroberungsehepunkte 17 (2017) No.3.

Blogposts / Interviews

2019. Zum Grundproblem von Ethnographie und Kolonialismus: Einige Gedanken zu zwei Ausstellungen im Berliner Haus der Kulturen der Welt. boasblogs.org: How to move on with Humboldt's legacy?, 11.12.2019.

2019. Trapattoni, Özdemir und jetzt Greta Thunberg: Wutreden - Gefühlsausbruch oder Rhetorik?Jonas Bens im Interview mit Hendrik Plaß von Radio Bremen über aktuelle Ereignisse und 'Wutreden'. Dienstag, den 24.09.2019, 17:10 Uhr, Bremen 4.

2018. Der politische Strafprozess als Affekt-Regulations-Maschine [The polticial trial as an affect-regulation-machine], affective-societies.de, 03.09.2018.

2018. Affekt, Emotionen und das Politische - Eine Themenreihe [Affect, Emotion, and Politics - A Themed Thread], affective-societies.de, 02.07.2018.

2018. Gleiches Recht für alle? Ein Doppelinterview zum Verhältnis von Indigenenrechten und allgemeinen Menschenrechten [Equal right(s) for all?: A double-interview on indigenous rights and universal human rights]. In: Matices - Zeitschrift für Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal, vol. 94, www.matices-magazin.de.

2017. Zwischen den Stühlen: Der Fachverband der Ethnolog*innen diskutiert über das Humboldt Forum [Between the cracks: The German anthropological association discusses the Humboldt Forum]. Blog “How to move on with Humboldt’s legacy: Rethinking Ethnographic Collections”. blog.uni-koeln.de/gssc-humboldt.

2016. Reaching Out: Screening a War Crimes Trial in Northern Ugandaaffective-societies.de, 10 December 2016.

2016. Donald Trump in Uganda, or: how we wanted to talk about Dominic Ongwen and ended up talking about Donald Trumpaffective-societies.de, 31 October 2016 (co-authored with Leonie Benker, also in a German version).

Online Working Papers

2017. Rhetoriken der Sentimentalisierung und die Zerstörung von Weltkulturerbe vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof [Rhetorics of Sentimentalizing and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage at the International Criminal Court]. GISCA Occasional Papers, No. 13. Göttingen: Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology.

2017. Sentimentalizing and Legal Language: Affect and Emotion in Courtroom Talk. Working Paper SFB 1171 Affective Societies, No. 04/17.

Recent Paper Presentations

2019. On Critique and Postcritique in Law and Langauge Research (Workshop "Law and Language: Engaging with the Field", University of Jyväskylä, Finnland).

2018. Politische Strafverfahren und ihr Publikum: Affektive Atmosphären und das Problem der Mehrfachadressierung in Verfahren des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs in Den Haag und Norduganda ("Werkstattgespräche" of the Law & Society Institute Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

2018. Wer ist das Publikum von Transitional Justice? Affektive Atmosphären und das Problem der Mehrfachadressierung in Verfahren des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs in Den Haag und Norduganda (Colloquium of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)

2018. The Affect of Objectivity: On the Atmosphere of International Criminal Court Proceedings (EASA 2018, Stockholm, Sweden)

2018. Humanitarianism, Human Rights Activism, Political Activism: A Materialist Reading in Ethnographic Perspective (EASA 2018, Stockholm, Schweden) (co-authored with Ziga Podgornik-Jakil)

2018. The Non-Human Witness: Its Affectivity and Objectivity in the Courtroom (Capacious Conference: Affect Inquiry/Making Space, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA)

2018. On the Courtroom Atmosphere: Legal Objectivity as an Affective Register (5th Annual Conference of The European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotion, EPSSE, Tallinn, Estonia)

2018. Hassrede als Kriegsverbrechen: Sprechakt- und Subjekttheoretische Überlegungen zu Gewaltpropaganda als Gegenstand internationaler Strafprozesse [Hate Speech as a War Crime: An Inquiry into Speech Act and Subjectivation Theory in the Context of Propaganda Crimes in International Criminal Trials] (International Conference "Hass / Literatur" (Hate / Literature), Freie Universität Berlin)

2018. Affective Transference and the Problem of Multiple Publics: What is the Audience of Transitional Justice? (International Conference on "Public Emotions. Affective Collectivity in Audiences“, Berlin).

2018. Punishment and Transitional Justice in Normative Pluralism: Assessing the Legitimacy of Punishment with Affect and Emotion (Internationale Konferenz "Punishment: Negotiating Society", Max-Planck-Insitut für Ethnologische Forschung, Halle/Saale).

2017. Sentimentalizing Persons and Things: Negotiating the Legal and the Political, the Holy and the Profane in the Al-Mahdi Case before the International Criminal Court (116th American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual MeetingWashington D.C., USA)

2017. The Courtroom of the International Criminal Court as an Affective Arrangement: Rethinking Courtroom Ethnography with Affect Theory (German Anthropological Association (DGV) Biannual ConferenceFreie Universität Berlin, Germany)

2017. The Affective Dimension of Video Testimony and Audio Evidence Before the International Criminal Court (International Symposium "Image Testimonies: Witnessing in Times of Social Media", Freie Universität Berlin).

2017. Sentiments of Justice and the Legitimacy of the International Criminal Court in Northern Uganda (7th European Conference on African Studies, Basel, Switzerland).

2017. Die Sentimentalisierung von Menschen und Dingen: Die Zerstörung von Weltkulturerbe vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof (Institutskolloquium Ethnologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany).

2017. The Politics of Sentiment: Narrating Histories of Justice and Indignation (Workshop: Evidence of Feeling: Law, Science, and Emotion in Modern European Legal Cultures, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin).

2016. When the Cherokee Became Indigenous (Current Issues in North American Studies Lecture Series, North American Studies Program, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn).

2016. The Special Relationship of Indigenous Peoples to the Land and the Culturalization of Indigenous Rights (115th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association [AAA], Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA).

2016. Strategy and Tactics in Applied Legal Anthropology: Redefining the 'Strategic Essentialism Dilemma' (14th Biennial European Association of Social Anthropologists [EASA] Conference, Milan, Italy).

2015. Cherokee Nation v Georgia: A Supreme Court Case as a Legal Autoethnography (American Society of Ethnohistory Conference, Las Vegas, USA).

2015. Multiple Legal Ontologies? Indigenous Rights and the Noble Savage. (Conference: Transenvironmental Dynamics: Understanding and Debating Ontologies, Politics, and History in Latin America, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany).

2015. Gerechtigkeitsgefühle als Legitimationsfaktor des Internationalen Strafrechts? [Sentiments of Justice as a Factor for the Perceived Legitimacy of International Criminal Law] (Biennial Conference of the German Anthropological Association, Phillipps-Universität Marburg, Germany).

2015. Legitimate Justice in International Criminal Law in Africa: Towards an Emotional Approach? (6th European Conference on African Studies, Paris, France).