ICRoV Sulaimania Conference 17-21 October, 2016 - Tentative Program

International Consortium for Research on Violence (ICRoV) Conference on:

         Rebuilding War Societies

Continuities and New Beginnings

International Conference in Sulaimania, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

October 17-21, 2016

organised by the Felsberg Institute (FI) in cooperation with the University of Sulaimania and the Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg


Rebuilding War Societies:  Continuities and New Beginnings


Coping with situations of violent conflict resolution has become part of the every-day life reality of an increasing number of societies in the 21st century that produce specific survival strategies, as well as a certain variety of conflict handling mechanisms. One additional characteristics of the 21st century is that the boundaries between war situations and non-peace constellations have become more and more fluent. Whereas the prominent task of the 1990ies’ post-cold war era was defined as “Reconstruction of Post-War Societies”, the focus seems to have shifted after 2000 towards the “Reconfiguration of War Societies”: in many cases, the rebuilding of societies has to take place in the course of an ongoing violent conflict, and in an increasing number of cases, violent conflict resolution does not result in a change of system, but rather in a redistribution of power and access to resources.

This phenomenon is not new: in retrospect, we can understand that quite a considerable number of revolutions and liberation wars of the cold war era that came to an end after the decay of the blocs made use of a similar approach towards securing power. The reconfiguration of the military as well as the economic sector coincided with a pragmatic realization of a change of the political system.



Book Launch

Handbook of Research on Transitional Justice and Peace Building in Turbulent Regions



Fredy Cante (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

Hartmut Quehl (Felsberg Institute, Germany)


Fredy Cante: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTiyLrsfpx0


IGI Global, Hershey PA 2016


In the era of globalization, awareness surrounding issues of violence and human rights violations has reached an all-time high. In a world where billions of human beings have the potential to create endless destruction, these same individuals are capable of working cooperatively to create adequate solutions to current global problems. The Handbook of Research on Transitional Justice and Peace Building in Turbulent Regions focuses on current issues facing nations and regions where poverty and conflict are endangering the lives of citizens as well as the socio-economic viability of those regions. Highlighting crucial topics and offering potential solutions to problems relating to domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security, as well as political instability, this comprehensive publication is designed to meet the research needs of economists, social theorists, politicians, policy makers, human rights activists, researchers, and graduate-level students across disciplines.


Handbook of Research on Transitional Justice and Peace Building in Turbulent Regions





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US-Delegation from University of Tennessee/Knoxville visits refugee camps in Hessen

15-21 Dec 2015 Felsberg Institute received the visit of an academic delegation from the University of Tennessee/Knoxville. Prof. Tricia Redeker Hepner Ph.D, Department of Anthropology and Director of the Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights Program, sociologist Randal Hepner Ph.D, Department of Religious Studies and Prof. Karla M. McKanders Esq., College of Law and Director of the Law Clinic, arrived from Knoxville to explore on Germany’s current influx of refugees. They were accompanied by students Brook L. Conner, Pacific School of Religion, University of California/Berkeley, and Joshua C. Brown, College Scholars and Haslam Scholars Program at UoT, who currently prepare study projects and thesis writing.

In order to provide a broad picture and open up different vistas FI organised visits in various public and private institutions as well as several meetings with involved professionals and local politicians.


Writers’ Workshop Basra: „Writing for Life“

Women writers from Iraq and Germany meet in Basra, 12 Dec 2015


 “I am delighted that you are here – and not all in Germany,” welcomed Birgit Svensson  from Felsberg Institute the conference’s 130 participants. Two days earlier the bench mark of apparently more than one million refugees had been reached. “If you all leave for Germany, I will end up alone in this country.” Birgit Svensson has been working in Iraq for the last five years, assisting people between Euphrates and Tigris to develop chances and perspectives – in order to be able to stay.

In this context the workshop in Basra in the South of Iraq was organised to bring women writers from Iraq and Germany together and enable mutual exchange and new projects. This found support of the Goethe-Institute in Iraq, whose Director Omed Arghandiwal also came to Basra. Due to the country’s tense financial situation funding for cultural events has been rigorously cut down. 2015 this event in Basra’s public cultural centre was the first and only international conference in the city. Therefore the cultural centre’s director Abdelhak al-Mothafer welcomed and substantially supported this very successful women writers’ workshop.


A detailed report, including pictures, is available here.