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Sentiments of Justice in Africa: Sensing the Normative at Shifting Scales

Sep 27, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018

International conference organized by project B04 „Sentiments of Justice and Transitional Justice“

Recent scholarship on justice in Africa has highlighted both the specific normative framings of justice and the broader political, economic, social and cultural contexts, in which conflicts around justice are enmeshed. However, their affective and emotional dimensions – that is, the realm of sentiments of justice – has typically been neglected. Sentiments of justice are arguably crucial for apprehending the full power of normative orientations to attract or antagonise actors.

This conference deliberately expands the common preoccupation with divergent senses of justice into a more comprehensive interrogation of affectively and emotionally saturated sentiments of justice. It focusses in particular on the shifting scales, at which such normative orientations are affectively and emotionally perceived, constituted in bodily experiences as meaningful and thus grounded through multifarious interactions. The conference assembles empirically diverse contributions from multiple social fields and aims at charting the novel terrain of sentiments of justice in Africa in order to grasp the diversity of “moral sentiments” that animate real people, individually and collectively, in their daily lives.

More information and registration at the conference page.

Time & Location

Sep 27, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018

Freie Universität Berlin
Seminarzentrum, Room L115
Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26
14195 Berlin