Colloquium: Affect, War, and Community

  • Date: Oct 22, 2019
  • Time: 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Salih Can Aciksoz
  • Location: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Small Conference Room
  • Host: Center for the History of Emotions
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Unfortunately the event has to be canceled due to health reasons!

The Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, led by Prof. Ute Frevert, cordially invites all interested to attend its winter semester 2019/2020 colloquium:

Salih Can Aciksoz, University of California, Los Angeles

Affect, War, and Community

Drawing from ethnographic research with disabled military veterans of Turkey’s Kurdish war, this talk explores how affects of war and disability are mobilized in the formation of wartime communities of loss. Focusing on the affective infrastructure of disabled veterans activism in contemporary Turkey, Salih Can Aciksoz illustrates how moods and affective practices like mourning and gallows humor fashion new forms of belonging, political intimacy, and intersubjective fields of healing that are then harnessed by ultranationalist political agendas. Unsettling the anti-ideological turn in affect theory, Aciksoz shows that ideologies always operate through affective channels as they subjectify individuals into political communities.

Salih Can Aciksoz is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. His first book Sacrificial Limbs: Masculinity, Disability, and Political Violence in Turkey is forthcoming from the University of California Press in 2019. His work has also appeared in journals including Current Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. He is currently working on his new book project provisionally entitled Humanitarian Borderlands: Medicine and Terror along Turkey’s Syrian Border.

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