09.04.2017

Eritrea-archive

 

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.


09.04.2017

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.


23.06.2016

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.


23.11.2016

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.


23.06.2016

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.