Prof. Elisabeth Jean WoodProf. Elisabeth Jean Wood
Öffentlicher Vortrag am 21.06. von Prof. Elisabeth Jean Wood (Yale University)

21. Juni 2017, 18 Uhr,
Gästehaus der Universität Bremen,
Auf dem Teerhof 58, 28199 Bremen
Die Einladung als PDF.

Much of the literature whether academic, policy or journalism holds that when rape occurs frequently on the part of an armed organization, it is a strategy (or tactic or weapon) of war. But this presumption does not explain the well-documented variation in conflict-related rape. In particular, some cases of conflict-related rape are better understood as a practice: it has not been purposefully adopted as policy for group objectives at some level of command but is nonetheless tolerated by commanders and driven by social interactions among combatants. Departing from principal agent models of political violence, I emphasize the horizontal, social interactions between combatants in addition to the usual vertical relationship between the combatant and commander to develop a typology of conflict-related rape that distinguishes between rape as a practice and as organizational policy. I analyze when rape is likely to be prevalent as a practice and as a strategy, emphasizing not only the gendered norms and beliefs of the society from which combatants come but also those of combatants and commanders as re-shaped by socialization processes within the organization. I conclude with a brief assessment of the argument’s implications and suggest that the typology is relevant for analysis of political violence in general.

Elisabeth Jean Wood is Professor of Political Science, International and Area Studies at Yale University and a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author of Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador and Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador. Among her recent articles and book chapters are “Ideology and Civil War: Instrumental Adoption and Beyond,” “Multiple Perpetrator Rape during War,” “Transnational Dynamics of Civil War,” “Rape during War Is Not Inevitable: Variation in Wartime Sexual Violence”.

The presentation takes place in the framework of the workshop “International Interventions against Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Conflict”, organized by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner. Admission to the general public is free of charge. To register please send an email to veit@uni-bremen.de.




Sweatshirtaufdruck in Goma: Zusammen können wir sexualisierter Gewalt ein Ende setzen.Sweatshirtaufdruck in Goma: Zusammen können wir sexualisierter Gewalt ein Ende setzen.
Workshop vom 21.-23.06.2017 im Gästehaus Teerhof der Universität Bremen

In recent decades, political and academic discussions of conflict-related sexualised and gender based violence (CRSV) have made important advances. CRSV has been recognised on the international stage as an important social and security problem. International organisations and NGOs commit large resources to reduce CRSV and to alleviate its effects. Their projects seek to change social conceptions of gender and violence in local contexts in ways that previously have not been envisaged by humanitarian and military interventions. At the same time, a lively academic discussion has highlighted the complex reasons behind CRSV. Moreover, practices of intervention have been critically scrutinized in important ways.

Despite increasing attention to the subject, scholars and practitioners are still far from finding common grounds when it comes to defining causes and consequences of CRSV or the appropriate ways of tackling the problem. Research has sometimes produced contradictory results and continues to struggle with the problem of data collection in this sensible field. Without empirically-based knowledge of the problem, interventions run the risk of generating undesired effects. Also the international focus on CRSV may have led to unintended consequences of intervention.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars from different fields working on questions related to causes and consequences of CRSV, intervention practices, and evolving (gendered) power relations between intervention organizations, host states and societies.

The workshop is funded by the DFG.

Charlotte MertensCharlotte Mertens
Vortrag am 20.06. von Charlotte Mertens (University of Melbourne)

Der Vortrag findet statt am Dienstag, 20.06., um 16:00 Uhr im Iniis/Unicom, Raum7.2210

Charlotte Mertens researches the framing of sexual violence within the discourse of the United Nations and how this is translated on the ground in the context of the armed conflict in eastern DRC. The presentation takes place in the context of the colloquium on Historical International Political Sociology.

Gästehaus der Uni BremenGästehaus der Uni Bremen
Workshop vom 05.-07.10. im Gästehaus Teerhof

Organizers: Prof. Klaus Schlichte, Dr. Roy Karadag, Dr. Alex Veit

Social policy in Africa, apart from a few countries, is an understudied field. Existing studies, just as in research on social policy on other continents, strongly emphasize the domestic side of policy development. The workshop instead seeks to integrate both domestic and transnational factors that may explain the rise, demise and renaissance of social politics and welfare states in Africa. Pre-colonial systems of redistribution, the activities of missionary societies and brotherhoods, the role of international organizations, transnational mobilization, and bilateral cooperation are just a few aspects. This exploratory workshop aims “to screen the landscape”, exchange ideas on past and future research, explore previously overlooked questions, identify cross-cutting issues, and understand both similarities and differences across contexts.

The workshop starts on wednesday at 02:00 p.m. You may download the Program as pdf.

Anybody who is interested is invited to participate. The attendance is free, but you are asked to register yourself by email to Dr. Alex Veit.


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Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktgebieten

In diesem Projekt werden die sozialen und politischen Effekte internationaler Projekte und Programme gegen sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktgebieten untersucht. In den nächsten drei Jahren untersuchen die InIIS-ForscherInnen Alex Veit und Lisa Tschörner, wie Interaktionen zwischen internationalen und lokalen Akteuren neue politische und soziale Realitäten produzieren. Erreichen internationale Interventionen ihre selbstgesteckten Ziele? Zeigen sich nicht-intendierte Konsequenzen? Die Untersuchung, finanziert von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), untersucht vergleichend und mit qualitativen Methoden zwei Regionen in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo.