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Bombs against peace – the perversion of a culture of violence

From April 15. – April 16., the first international conference on the subject of “Violence” was held in Iraq. Aim was to bring academics and representatives of civil-social institutions to a table and to initiate a dialogue about the violence existing in the Iraq, under inclusion of international experts and the students to achieve a possibly wide use orientation. The conference bore the title "From Violence to Non-Violence: Analysis, Dialogue and Societal Participation in Kirkuk", a total of 15 foreign guests took part and 64 Iraqi professors from all land parts were present with their own articles.

During the course of the conference a car bomb was lit. More information here…


Daniel Mekonnen as visiting researcher at the FIBW

As of April 1st, 2012 Daniel Mekonnen will work at the FIBW as a visiting researcher. He obtained his LLD from the University of the Free State (2008). He has worked in a number of European universities as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer. Recently, he was a Bank of Ireland Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland, Galway). He is a recipient of a Georg Forster Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Alexander von Humbold Foundation



Under the tree of the word

During the 8th Iberian Conference on African Studies – ICAS8 we would like to reflect on the deep political, social, economic and cultural transformations that Africa is experiencing nowadays, as well as the reconfiguration of its relations with the rest of the world. They are provoking complex local answers, which imply resistances as well as integration in regional and global dynamics.



Integration of Refugees in the Schwalm-Eder District

Kilometres through the desert, for days in a small boat, on foot over borders – the means of reaching Europe is different for every refugee. Likewise, the reasons and situations leading to escape differ amongst refugees. For the most part, it is war, hunger and poverty that drive these refugees to risk everything. Arriving in Germany, their newly-found liberty is, however, accompanied by a series of new challenges. The refugee's status is uncertain, the fear of deportation ever-present. Because refugees have no rights to political and social co-operation, they remain a fringe group in society. In addition, traumatic experiences have often been an aspect of escape and hinder refugees from successfully establishing themselves socially. Young adult refugees lack the self-assurance to simply be capable of approaching others. In their homelands, social activities such as sports, music, crafts and active exchange of ideas played an integral role in the lives of these youth.

In response to this issue, we have decided to uncover new municipal integration potentials and, moreover, have brought to life the project „Extraction of integration mediators for young adult refugees in the Schwalm Eder Area“.

The project is carried out by the Felsberger Institute for Education and Science (inc. FIBW), and by the initiative ‘Violence does not go!’, and it is promoted by the federal program ‘Tolerance - competence strengthen promoted.’ The aim of the project is to win sensitization and motivation, means of integration for young adult refugees in the Schwalm Eder District.

The project will include interactive workshops, among other events, intended to assist with the process of integration (term till December, 2013). If you would like to receive more information about the project and workshops, you can contact Alexander Kliewer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


The Felsberger Institut e.V. is expanding its research activities and co-operation with Latin America

In November 2011 the Felsberger Institut’s director, Dr. Hartmut Quehl, visited Nicaragua and Colombia to expand the Felsberger Institut e.V. research activities in Latin America as well as to make arrangements on common research projects and prepare co-operation agreements.


An agreement for co-operation was finalised with the Martin-Luther-King-Institute at the UPOLI in Managua, Nicaragua. In addition, an action-plan was enacted within the common research project concerning both the social- and everyday history of the Nicaraguan war and 'demobilisation and reintegration'. To this end, a working group has been formed,  and Mr. Jesus Martin Torres Tableada has been recruited as a new member of the Felsberger Institut-Team. Initial investigations for future field research were carried out in León and at the border with Honduras. A basic contract on the joint research programme is currently in development and will be signed in 2012.

Dr Quehl's itinerary also included a visit to Colombia. Potential joint academic activities and research projects in the field of migration were discussed at the Universidad del Rosario. As in Nicaragua, the completion of a co-operation agreement is scheduled for 2012.