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President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.
Award for services to police reform in Uganda

Dr. Jude Kagoro, research associate in the DFG-funded project "Policing Africa", which is being carried out under the project management of Prof. Klaus Schlichte at InIIS, received the Golden Jubilee Medal on 6 February 2018 from the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The award is granted for Ugandan citizens for special and extraordinary achievements and is intended to honour Jude Kagoro's contributions to and support for reforms within the Ugandan police force. The laudatory speech says: "Dr. Jude Kagoro, despite his busy schedule at the University of Bremen in Germany, has dedicated time off to help in the establishment of the Police Senior Command and Staff College, guided research and tutored officers. Through his wide research on policing practices, he has not only helped in the development of Uganda Police Force but also contributed to ideology and doctrine. He has contributed enormously in several strategic meetings of the Ugandan Police, and his ideas have had a big impact.  He coordinated linkages with various international scholars and universities including the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica, which earned Uganda Police a mention during the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.”

Prof. Dr. Kerstin MartensProf. Dr. Kerstin Martens
SOCIUM and InIIS raise funds for 16 sub-projects

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" at the University of Bremen. Over the next four years, the CRC will receive funding of around 11 million euros.
The CRC was applied for by scientists of SOCIUM (Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy) and InIIS. The speaker will be Professor Herbert Obinger (SOCIUM). Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens, who will also be a member of the spokesperson team, was instrumental in the application process.

Thus far, this research has focused heavily on the comparison of highly industrialized countries. In the new Collaborative Research Center, the development dynamics of social policy will be analyzed in a perspective that also encompasses the global South. The CRC’s research program will go above and beyond previous social policy research in several respects. First, the program will bring international connections and networks to the forefront of research. National social policy cannot be explained solely on the basis of domestic conditions. Trade relations, migration, war, and colonialism, as well as the worldwide spread of ideas and rules of law, are of great significance for the socio-political developments of individual countries. Second, research in the CRC will be based on a broad understanding of social policy, including, among other things, education policy. Third, the CRC will replace the nation-state internal orientation of social policy research with an interdependency-centered approach.

The research network will be composed of 16 sub-projects and divided into two project areas. Project area A “Global Development Dynamics” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken) will consist of six sub-projects, examining the dynamics of development in various fields of social policy worldwide and developing a "Global Welfare State Information System" (WeSIS) database to cover all fields. Prof. Kerstin Martens from InIIS and Prof. Michael Windzio are leading the sub-project "Global Development, Diffusion and Transformation of Education Systems".

Project area B "Transregional Development Dynamics" uses case-study centered qualitative analyses to investigate the causal pathways between international interdependences and socio-political development dynamics for individual groups of countries. Here, InIIS is involved in three projects:
-“Mechanisms for the Dissemination of Social Policy” headed by Frank Nullmeier (SOCIUM), Klaus Schlichte (InIIS) and Delia González de Reufels (Institute of History)
-“Open welfare states? Social Security of Labour Migration and its Impact on National Policy” headed by Prof. Susanne K. Schmidt (InIIS)
-“Transnational Welfare: Ascent, Decay and Renaissance of Social Policy in Africa” headed by Prof. Klaus Schlichte and Dr. Alex Veit (both InIIS).

In addition to the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies (InIIS), other institutes of the University of Bremen will also be involved: the Institute of History, the Institute of Geography, the Institute for Labour and Economy (IAW), the Center of European Law and Politics, and the Working Group Information Management of the Department of Computer Science. Other collaborators include the Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cologne. The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.

The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.
You will find further information on the websites of SOCIUM  and the University of Bremen.

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InIIS.Newsletter No. 7 available

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Workshop-Report published

The Workshop report as PDF

The workshop “International interventions against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict”, organised by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner from 21-23 June 2017 at the University of Bremen, brought together scholars working on questions related to causes and consequences of CRSV, intervention discourse and practices, and evolving relations between intervention organisations, host states and societies. The workshop was divided into three sections: In a first part, the causes and consequences of CRSV and the practice of intervention were discussed. The second section focused on gendered interventions as well as gendered outcomes of interventions. In a third section, the links between CRSV, peacebuilding and state formation practices have been scrutinised.
Three major topics crystallized during the presentations and discussions. The first revolved around academic discussion and diplomatic/media representations of causes of CRSV: while on the diplomatic and media level, rape in conflict-settings is very often presented as a strategic, rational choice of non-state armed groups, academic discussion has moved on towards gender-theoretic approaches and military sociology. A move which is, secondly, partly reflected in policy approaches of implementing organisations. However, as CRSV interventions primarily aim at supporting CRSV victims, they tend to neglect the political and structural conditions underlying these forms of violence. A number of victim groups are neglected, while projects at the same time promote heteronormative norms, reproduce unequal gender divisions, and undervalue the agency of survivors. To reduce CRSV, peacekeepers meanwhile focus on military approaches, even while being aware of their non-appropriateness. A third topic has been unintended consequences of the CRSV hype, such as the neglect of other forms of suffering and the diversion of resources towards the abolishment of underage sexual relations.

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Highlights - University of Bremen Research Magazine

Highlights, the University of Bremen Research magazine, reports in its new issue 35 (winter 17/18) on the InIIS-research project on "International Interventions against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Areas". Dr. Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner are working on the research project.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. The years of continuing crisis and civil war inherited from colonial times have taken a heavy toll on the civilian population. In the past decade, headlines concerning the central African country have been dominated by the atrocities and rape of women and children committed by rebel fighters, armed militia, and the Congolese army. This has not been without effect, and the world decided not to simply look on.

Issue 35 (Winter 2017/2018 of Highlights.



Provisional access through House No. 3

Due to renovation work, the barrier-free access to the InIIS is temporarily not accessible.

As an alternative solution, there is an access via Mary-Somerville-Str. 3 (yellow entrance). On the outside staircase on the right is an elevator for which you need a Euro key.

Drive into building 3 on level 4, where you will pass the glass door on the right-hand side.

Follow the passage on the left. This long corridor makes a few turns (left + half left), don't let yourself get confused! After office 5.4010 you pass another glass door (it's the first one you drive directly to) and enter the staircase of house 5.

You can reach the InIIS on level 2 (right) via the elevator.

If you have any difficulties, please contact Mr. Arnhold (tel. 218 67474), Mrs. Menge (218 67490) or Mrs. Herold (218 67482).

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Vortrag und Workshop mit Dorothea Gädeke (Frankfurt)

Lecture and workshop with Dorothea Gädeke (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M.).

16.01.18,18:00 - 19:30
Bremen Colloquium on Political Theory
Politics of domination. A critical theory of external democracy promotion" (in German)
InIIS, UNICOM House 7, Room: 7.2210

17:11., 10:00 - 13:00
Think Republican freedom from below (in German)
InIIS, UNICOM, House 7, Room: 7.2210

Registration for the workshop at

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Wilde Theorie "is a series of events within the framework of the Bremen Colloquium for Political Theory under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff. Here, theorists who are in the phase between doctoral thesis and professorship present their current work for discussion.

We kindly ask you to register in advance for the workshops at, at least one week in advance.

Martin Nonhoff ( will be happy to provide further information on the colloquium as well as materials for the sessions upon request.

The event poster for download.

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Jude Kagoro: The Power Game. Organizational Politics, Intrigue and Machiavellianism in the Ugandan Police Force

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This article analyzes the complex web of the Uganda Police Force’s organizational politics configured in the relationships among individual police officers, operational structures, administrative hierarchy and sometimes stretching beyond the confines of the force. The organizational politics are characterized by different strands of relationships, but this article particularly concentrate on rivalry and intrigue, which seem opaque to “outsiders” or difficult to disentangle in detail if one is not looking at the police from “inside-out.” Based on a more than four-year ethnographic study of the police, in which the author has been immersed as both a researcher and a consultant, this paper highlights that police officers continuously foment informal alliances in their Machiavellian attempts to accumulate power, control of resources, authority, status and lucrative positions. The article does not pass judgement on the institution per say, but provides a better understanding of the internal workings of the same. It offers a magnifying glass perspective on a Ugandan interface bureaucracy not yet covered by the existing studies.

The article makes a four-dimensional scholarly contribution. First, it contributes to the existing literature on police research in Africa. Second, it broadens our perspectives on bureaucracies in general and interface bureaucracies in Africa in particular. Third, to our understanding of anthropology of state in Africa and ultimately, it contributes to the theory of organizational politics. The analysis in this article uncovers the social and cultural elements that reinforce or neutralize or frustrate state bureaucracies in their everyday exercise of duties and at the same time reveal how overarching and large scale state policies are interpreted, responded to and (re)produced in practical contexts. The insights in this paper helps us to better understand how the police works on a day-to-day basis, what influences promotions and deployments, the distribution of resources and above all comprehend the pressures, motivations and premises upon which officers make decisions.  

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Lecture by Dr. Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics) on 13.12.2017

In ihrem englischsprachigen Vortrag befasst sich Esra Özyürek mit den politischen Umwälzungen in der Türkei. Dabei widmet sie sich der Frage, wie stark diese Veränderungen mit der etablierten politischen Kultur der Türkei wirklich brechen bzw. gebrochen haben. Sind sie vielleicht nicht doch Ausdruck eines eingespielten Repertoires staatlichen Handelns und einer langen Tradition nicht-demokratischer, autoritärer Praktiken. Eine angemessenen Analyse dessen, was wirklich neu ist in dieser sich neu formierenden  türkischen Gesellschaft, ist in den Ausführungen Özyüreks ebenso wichtig wie die Beschäftigung mit dem Umgang mit dieser jüngsten autoritären Wende.

Esra Özyürek ist Associate Professor und Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies am European Institute der London School of Economics and Political Science. Im Bereich der politischen Anthropologie forscht sie zu Religionen und Nationalismen in Europa und der Türkei. Zu ihren Werken zählen Being German, Becoming Muslim (2014, Princeton University Press) und Nostalgia for the Modern (2007, Duke University Press).

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Am 02.12. Kolloquium mit Étienne Balibar, Martin Nonhoff u.a.

Kolloquium mit Étienne Balibar „Europa – Chaos und Pluralität“

Zeit: Samstag, 2. Dezember 2017 um 11.00 Uhr
Ort: Institut Français, Contrescarpe 19, 28203 Bremen
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Ist das Projekt eines geeinten und pluralen Europas angesichts des „Versagens der europäischen Flüchtlingspolitik“ und des Wiedererstarkens populistischer Tendenzen gescheitert? Befindet Europa sich nicht nur in einer Krise, sondern in einem Zustand des Chaos?  

Étienne Balibar unternimmt in immer wieder neuen Anläufen den Versuch, die Bedingungen für die Herausbildung eines anderen, pluralen und demokratischen Europas sichtbar zu machen. In seinem Buch „Europa: Krise und Ende?“ analysiert Balibar z. B. nicht nur den Schwund politischen Handelns, sondern arbeitet heraus, wie es Europa gelingen kann, wieder die Gestalt eines „politischen Projekts“ anzunehmen.

Doch wie ist ein erweitertes und plurales Selbstverständnis Europas in der heutigen Situation politisch zu realisieren? Wie lässt sich der höchst heterogene und komplexe europäische Raum überhaupt (neu) bestimmen? Und wie entgeht man, aus der Perspektive Arendts gefragt, hierbei der Gefahr, ein wie auch immer geartetes „Europa-Ideal“ zu formulieren?

Diskussion mit: Étienne BalibarVlasta JalušičPiotr Buras und Martin Nonhoff  
Gesprächsleitung: Antonia Grunenberg.

Eine Veranstaltung der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Etienne Balibar bekommt am 01. Dezember den Hannah-Arendt-Preis für politisches Denken.
Für die Preisverleihung  im Rathaus ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich:

Informationen zu beiden Veranstaltunen finden Sie auf der Seite der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.