Das Quälen des Körpers. Eine historische Anthropologie der Folter
Köln: Böhlau Verlag 2000
325 pp., DM 48,-; ISBN 3-412-06300-2

Tormenting the body. A historical anthropology of torture

This volume is the result of a colloquium on torture which took place in July 1999 at the University of Freiburg. Most of the papers are by historians, but there are contributions by one art historian, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an anthropologist as well.

BURSCHEL, PETER, GÖTZ DISTELRATH & SVEN LEMBKE: A historical anthropology of torture. Arguments, perspectives, findings
ELLRICH, LUTZ: Torture as a model. Discourses and differences
OBERDIEK, ULRICH: Initiation, self-torture, and torture. Notions and approaches in anthropology
DIEFENBACH, STEFFEN: Beyond "caring for oneself". On the torture of philosophers and martyrs in Roman antiquity
SCHIRRMEISTER, ALBERT: Torture and sanctification in the Legenda Aurea. Early Christian torture and late medieval body concepts
SCHARFF, THOMAS: Saving souls and the stage-setting of power. Constructing meaning for torture in medieval ecclesiastical Inquisition trials
LEMBKE, SVEN: Torture and confessions in court. On the interrelation of violence, pain, and truth in the 14th and 15th centuries
SCHMIDT, PETER: Torture as a routine. On the theory and practice of Roman Inquisition in early modernity GÖTZ VON OLENHUSEN, IRMTRAUD: Sexualized violence. A historical search for evidence from the 18th century to the present
ORTH, KARIN: Educating torturers? The case of the KZ commander Max Pauly
MARX, CHRISTOPH: Torture and racism. South Africa during the apartheid era
KÖRNER, GUDRUN: Beauty and advantage. On the aesthetic reception of torture
VILLINGER, INGEBORG: "State of emergency". The return of sacrifice and ritual at the end of the 20th century

Keywords: torture, violence, body, Concentration Camps, sacrifice, ritual, Apartheid, sexuality and violence, Inquisition, initiation, self-torture, racism