Events

Change of Domination – Change of the Critique?

Panel held [in German] at the Annual Conference of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK), 13 April 2018, Berlin; panel contributions by Sabine Jaberg, Michael Berndt and Thomas Mickan

The European and global political context has undergone massive change since the early beginnings of institutionalized Peace and Conflict Research. The same is true for ways in which power, dominance, and violence have manifested themselves as well as for the scientific arena in which Peace and Conflict Research has been taking place. What nevertheless constitutes a common thread has been the sustained critique of domination when tackling violent conflicts and exploring the conditions under which they could be prevented or/and transformed. Notwithstanding the fact that critical stances have been losing ground and are not necessarily or unequivocally taken for granted any longer, there is evidence to assume that the critique of domination is being reformulated and adapted in light of respective political, social, and scientific changes by each generation. Against this background, this panel brings together three representatives of different periods in critical thinking to further explore and better understand the change in critical Conflict and Peace Research and underlying or associated factors.

Try Again, Fail Better: Practices and Strategies of ‘Decolonising the Academia’ under Conditions of Coloniality

Round table [in English] at the Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA)
15 June 2017, Brighton

Facing the colonial condition in everyday academic practices and being diversely subjectified by coloniality ourselves, this roundtable focuses on practices and strategies that aim at “decolonising“ this very field. It is an invitation to talk about concrete challenges and limits to this endeavour – and how to deal with them.

These questions shall not be answered through theoretical debates, but start from the speakers‘ own experience, across obstacles, failures, success and best practices. What exactly do we do? And how do we do it? Which are the effects that we expect from a decolonial approach? What are its corresponding practices? How can we avoid co-optations and depoliticisations of the endeavour, and in which ways are we possibly reproducing them?

Based upon the speakers‘ experience and expertise in “un/doing ir“, examples will include publication strategies in a highly commodified landscape of research and expertise, teaching or designing curricula in a eurocentrist setting of higher education, conducting research between the Global South and the Global North, building political-academic alliances across various fields of intervention, or engaging in university politics or unions in higher education and the academia etc.

Speakers: Rosalba Icaza Garza (Institute of Social Studies, The Hague), Meera Sabaratnam (SOAS, University of London), Klaudia Rottenschlager (University of Vienna), Chair: Claudia Brunner

For an example of how to decolonize the university see Report of the University of Amsterdam Diversity Commission

Peace Research and (De)Coloniality

Panel [in English] at the Joint Conference of AFK and EuPRA “Peace and Conflict Studies from the Margins to the Center: Rethinking Europe in an Unequal World”
16-18 March 2017, Schwerte

Peace Research and (De)Coloniality

Workshop [in German] of the Working Group Critical Peace Reasearch at the AFK
7-9 December 2016, Vienna

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Co-funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) and jointly held with the Working Group Critical Peace Research at the AFK

Im/Proper Knowledge

Panel [in German] at the Annual Conference of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
4 March 2016, Bonn

Exploring Epistemic Violence

Workshop [in English], Queen Mary University of London, School of Politics and International Relations, 22 February 2016

While the notion of epistemic violence is well-known in post- and decolonial studies, it is still still absent in IR, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Philosophy and other fields of knowledge that deal with issues of violence of all sorts. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the supposedly simple question of what epistemic violence actually is and does, and how we can make use of it in the above mentioned fields of inquiry.

How can we frame it as a concept, and how can we approach phenomena that we would describe with that notion? How can we discern a post- and decolonial concept of epistemic violence from or link it with other wide understandings of violence, such as structural, symbolic, discursive, visual violence etc. that stem from a Eurocentrist tradition of thought? From a post- and decolonial point of view, should we give up common and narrow concepts of violence altogether or can we find plausible ways to link them with a thicker concept of epistemic violence? In which ways would it change our analyses of direct and physical political violence, if we developed a theory of epistemic violence?

At the same time, the concept of the workshop invited to reflect upon how epistemic violence unfolds especially in the privileged and powerful fields of academic knowledge production that the participants – students, scholars, teachers at Western European universities – were part of, and in which ways we can avoid or possibly overcome it.

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Held in cooperation with the Colonial/Postcolonial/Decolonial Working GroupBritish International Studies Association

The Internalization of Universities in the Global Geopolitics of Knowledge

Lectures and Round Table [in German], Alps-Adriatic University Klagenfurt, 2 December 2015

The aim of this event [in German] is to engage in a post- and decolonial analysis of internationalization of science. Even though there has been a growing tendency to view and employ internationality as a criterion to assess the quality of scientific research and teaching, in fact, internationalization and internationality have always been inherent to both research and teaching. Mainly, it has been representatives of post- and decolonial studies pointing out that the scientific system as such is deeply colonial. Fernando Coronil termed this Occidentalism while Walter Mignolo used the label ‘geopolitics of knowledge’ in this regard. Overall, a global division of labor and racism – constituting the foundations for successful global colonialization – are deeply ingrained into the production, distribution and consumption of scientific knowledge at all levels. The lecture by Prof. Manuela Boatcă and comments by Dr. Wiebke Keim and Mag. Florian Kerschbaumer will shed light on and explore these constellations.

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Held in cooperation with Universities Austria (UniKo) and the Austrian Agency for International Mobility And Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD)

 

Imagine It Is War and Peace Research Thinks the Same Way the Military Does

Panel [in German] at the Annual Conference of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
20 March 2015, Spandau

From Epistemic Violence to Epistemic Disobedience? Decolonial and Epistemic Challenges

Conference [in German], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 16 May 2014, Berlin

What is epistemic violence and why should we know more about it? The aim of this colloquium [in German] is to contribute to developing a theory of violence embedded in knowledge and science. Feminist, queer, post- and decolonial approaches rooted in various humanistic, cultural, and social-scientific traditions will be discussed, scrutinizing both forms of epistemic violence (Spivak) and opportunities for epistemic disobedience (Mignolo).

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Held in cooperation with the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

 

The Concept of Epistemic Violence and the Film ‘Halfmoon’ as an Asset for Peace and Conflict Research

Workshop [in German] held within the framework of the Young Researchers Forum ‘What the FuK? Critical Perspectives in/on Peace and Conflict Research’ organized by the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (AFK)
3 April 2014, Schwerte

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For other events after 2010, visit the Research Information System of the Alps-Adriatic University Klagenfurt

 

Events before 2010

May 2008 Workshop ‘Critical Occidentalism, Migration Regimes, Neo Racisms, and Euro-Policies’ [in German], Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

June 2007 International Conference ‘De/Constructions of Occidentalism. A Gender Critical Intervention into the Production of the Self at the Other‘[in German], Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

May 2004 POWI04 – First Annual Conference of Graduates of Political Science in Austria [in German], Institute for Advanced Studies