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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.

Education

2021 Habilitation in Anthropology, FU Berlin (submitted).

2015 PhD in Anthropology, University of Bonn.

2013 State Examination in Law, University of Bonn.

2012 Magister Artium in Anthropology, University of Bonn.

2004-2012 Studies in Anthropology, Theology, and Law, University of Bonn.

Current Position

2015- Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies", FU Berlin.

Previous Positions

2014-2015 Doctoral Researcher, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

2012-2013 Assistant Lecturer, Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Bonn.

Fellowships and Awards

2021 Käte-Hamburger-Fellowship, Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Legal Unity and Pluralism” (for the year 2023/24), University of Münster, Germany.

2021 International Research Marketing Ideas Competition Award, German Research Foundation (DFG) and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany. 

2016-2017 Visiting Fellowship, Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

2014-2015 Visiting FellowshipDepartment of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

2014 Visiting Fellowship, Department of Law and Anthropology, Max-Planck-Institute of Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany.

2013-2015 Research Scholarship, Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation, Germany.

2012 Bonn Americanist Studies Award, University of Bonn, Germany.

Teaching

  • Anthropology of Religion (seminar), FU Berlin, 2020/21.
  • Anthropology of Religion (lecture), FU Berlin, 2020.
  • Indigeneity in the Americas (seminar), University of Göttingen, 2020.
  • Economy and Social Relations (seminar), FU Berlin, 2019/20.
  • Marx/Engels (seminar), FU Berlin, 2019/20.
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: Topics and Theories (seminar), FU Berlin, 2018/19.
  • Reading Gramsci (seminar), FU Berlin, 2018/19.
  • Legal Anthropology (seminar), FU Berlin, 2017/18.
  • Archeaology and Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (seminar), University of Bonn, 2017/18.
  • Marxism and Anthropology (seminar), FU Berlin, 2017.
  • Postcolonial Feminism (seminar), University of Bonn, 2013.
  • Anthropology of Globalization and Ethnicity (tutorium), University of Bonn, 2012/13.

Focus

  • Legal Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Colonialism
  • East Africa
  • Indigenous Americas

Ongoing Projects

2021-2022 Affect and Colonialism Web Lab (Funding: German Research Foundation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research; Role: Head of Project)

2020-2023 Negotiating International Criminal Law: A Courtroom Ethnography of Trial Performance at the International Criminal Court (Funding: Academy of Finland; Role: International Partner)

2019-2023 Contested Property: Affect and Emotion in Transcultural Normative Conflicts about Ethnographic Collections in the Humboldt Forum (Funding: German Research Foundation; Role: Postdoc-Researcher)

Completed Projects

2015-2019 Gerechtigkeitsgefühle und Transitional Justice: Affektive Transkulturalität in Verfahren des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs (Funding: German Research Foundation, Rolle: Postdoc-Wissenschaftler)

2012-2015 Inventing the Indigenous in Court: Sovereignty and Culture in Indigenous Rights Discourse and Practice in the Americas (Funding: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Role: PhD-Researcher)

Monographs

forthcoming The Sentimental Court: The Affective Life of International Criminal Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2020 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. (with 13 co-authors)

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

under review Weaving the Threats of International Criminal Justice: The Double Dialogicity of Law and Politics in the ICC al-Mahdi Case. Discourse, Context, and Media. (co-authored with Sigurd D'hondt und Baudouin Dupret)

under review Affective Text Trajectories: Towards a Linugistic Anthropology of Critique. Journal of Pragmatics.

2021 Towards a Compartive Anthropology of Activism: Activist Identity Formations in Germany and UgandaDialectial Anthropology 45(3): 297–314. (co-authored with Žiga Podgornik-Jakil)

2020 Affective Witnessing in the CourtroomParallax26(3): 271-285.

2018 Ethnographic Legal Studies: Reconnecting Anthropological and Sociological Traditions. Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. 50(3): 239-254. (co-authored with 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)

under review The Affects of Transitional Justice, in Oxford Handbook of Transitional Justice, Jens Meierhenrich, Alexander Laban Hinton, and Lawrence Douglas (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2021 Ikonoklasmus vor Gericht: Die Mausoleen von Timbuktu als geschändete Körper [Iconoclasm on Trial: The Mausoleums of Timbuktu as Desecrated Bodies], in: Körper-Kränkungen: Der Menschliche Leib als Medium der Herabsetzung, Uwe Israel und Jürgen Müller (eds.): 142-172. Berlin: Campus.

2021 Koloniale Diversität: Die affektiven Regierungsmodi des Liberalismus am Beispiel des Humboldt Forums [Colonial Diversity: The Affective Modes of Liberal Governance at the Humboldt Forum], in: Umkämpfte Vielfalt: Affektive Dynamiken institutioneller Diversivizierung, Hansjörg Dilger and Matthias Warstatt (eds.): 154-185. Berlin: Campus. (co-authored with Paola Ivanov)

2020 Transitional Justice Atmospheres: The Role of Space and Affect in the International Criminal Court's Outreach Efforts in Northern Uganda. In: Normative Spaces and Legal Dynamics in Africa, Katrin Seidel und Hatem Ellisie (eds.): London: Routledge.

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 Vitalism and Its Discontents: Use and Misuse of the Energy Metaphor in Affect and Emotion Research. Global Discourse 10(1): 37-40.

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

2021 „Der Kolonialismus ist heute noch fühlbar“: Von der Black-Lives-Matter-Bewegung bis zum Umgang mit Migration: Die digitale Plattform „Affect and Colonialism Web Lab” ist gestartet. Interview with Jonas Bens. campus.leben, 19.08.2021.

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)