Notions of Jihad Reconsidered: Perspectives on Media, Materiality, and Political Violence

A symposium delivered by the Junior Research Group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Appropriation and Dissemination at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Overview

The symposium Notions of Jihad Reconsidered: Perspectives on Media, Materiality, and Political Violence explores how different notions of jihad and political violence have entered and been shaped by discursive formations in academia, media, and the arts. It takes the aesthetic dimensions of images and sounds that have emerged over the last 20 years in the engagement with 9/11 and its aftermath as a starting point to rethink the various notions of jihad and its relation to political violence. Bringing together international scholars, artists, and curators, the symposium critically examines the ways in which the concept of jihad has been studied, covered, and resisted by different actors. It discusses how notions of jihad are conditioned by and manifest in practices of knowledge production of a wide range of social actors around the world.

This Symposium is the culmination of the work of the Junior Research Group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Appropriation and Dissemination at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the University of Mainz. In the group, headed by Christoph Günther and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), an IT specialist and six junior scholars from the fields of anthropology, film and media studies, and Islamic studies, have been working together since mid-2017. Collaboratively, they analyze audio-visual media of Jihadi movements and explore the ways in which a broad spectrum of social actors engages with these mediations. They have produced a number of publications, including the edited volume Jihadi Audiovisuality and its Entanglements: Meanings, Aesthetics, Appropriations (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

Registration

This symposium is free to attend but registration is essential. Click here to register.

If you wish to attend in person and join the Artist Talk on Art and Political Violence on 6th October at Kunsthalle Mannheim, please also click here to register.

Conference Format

We currently plan to hold the symposium in presence in Mannheim and Mainz but will keep you posted on changes of plans and format on this website with regard to developments of the global pandemic and current restrictions of Johannes Gutenberg University and Kunsthalle Mannheim.

The symposium offers a limited space for in-person attendance and will be simultaneously delivered online via Zoom. Delegates will receive Zoom joining instructions via email 24 hours before the symposium begins.