„Study on Eritrean Refugees in Six Different Countries“. Workshop (Hartmut Quehl, Magnus Treiber) Felsberger Institut/Felsberg Institute, Felsberg: 02.-04.03.2017

Felsberg Institute organised and coordinated interview research among Eritrean refugees in six different countries of transit and arrival migration in October and November 2016. Research stays of several weeks have been conducted in international cooperation in Ethiopia (Mulu Getachew), in the Sudan (Günter Schröder), in Libya (Maher Omar), Israel (Yacob Abraham), Italy (Aurora Massa) and Germany (Abdulkadir Shifa). During our workshop interview material has been inspected, common topics and issues have been raised and analysed and finally ethnographic settings and methods have been discussed. A follow-up workshop as well as an academic publication are under preparation.

Researchers and workshop participants at Felsberg Institute (02 - 04 Mar 2017, from left to right):

Aurora Massa, Abdelkadir Shifa, Mulu Getachew, Magnus Treiber, Jacob Abraham, Hartmut Quehl, Günter Schröder




Eritrea-archive under construction

Thanks to academic remains and research material, made available here, FI's Eritrea and Third World archive is growing. Among our contributors are Friederike Kemink, Wolbert Smidt, and Günter Schröder. Archive materials will be digitalised successively and aims at allowing a deeper study of historical and contemporary questions as well as promoting interdisciplinary discourse on the region.


ICRoV Conference in Sulaimani - October 17-21 2016

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

Rebuilding War Societies 

Continuities and New Beginnings

International Conference in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq 

October 17-21, 2016

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


The ICRoV Annual Iraq Conference took place in Sulaimani in Northern Iraq from October 17-21, 2016. The Felsberg Institute has organised annual workshop conferences and symposiums in Iraq in cooperation with local and international partners since 2010. For the first time in 2012, emphasis was placed on the topic of “Violence Research”. Since then, Violence Research has become a prominent feature that resulted in the foundation of the “International Consortium for Research on Violence” (ICRoV) in 2013. Since then, these events have been organised in conjunction with the Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.


UT Professor of Law Karla McKanders reflects her research visit at FI on 2015’s refugee reception in Germany

Associate Prof McKanders, University of Tennessee, College of Law, co-authored a respective article on “Refugee Reception and Perception: U.S. Detention Camps and German Welcome Centers” in the Fordham International Law Journal, 40(2), No. 4, 2017 (https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942965). Together with her teaching fellow, Valeria Gomez, she compares the detention of refugees in the United States with her experience visiting refugee reception centers in Germany. Her co-author worked as a volunteer lawyer at a detention facility in the US around the same time of McKander’s visit at Felsberg Institute. While a lot has changed since her visit in December 2015, the stark comparison between the two systems of receiving refugees and asylum seekers is still relevant.


Call for Papers ICRoV Sulaimania Conference 17-21 Octover 2016

The international conference “Rebuilding War Societies: Continuities and New Beginnings” will be held at the university of Sulaimania, Iraq from October 17-21, 2016. The conference is an opportunity for academics, practitioners, and students to exchange ideas and explore emerging issues in the field of violence research.

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. The boundaries between war situations and non-peace constellations have become fluent and 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. The reconfiguration of the military as well as the economic sector coincides with a pragmatic realization of a change of the political system. The conference aims to create a better understanding of the complex challenges of rebuilding war societies in post-conflict and ongoing conflict situations. It aims to look critically at the core concepts underpinning aims and strategies for rebuilding, reconstruction and reconfiguration.