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Project "International Interventions against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Areas

Stellenausschreibung Studentische Hilfskraft

Das DFG-geförderte Forschungsprojekt „Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Ge­walt in Konfliktgebieten“ unter Leitung von Dr. Alex Veit, angesiedelt am Institut für Inter­kulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS / Universität Bremen), sucht für den Arbeitsort Berlin eine studentische Hilfskraft für folgende Aufgaben:

-       Transkription und Dokumentation

-       Literaturbeschaffung an Berliner Bibliotheken

-       Recherche für das laufende Forschungsprojekt im Feld internationale humanitäre und mili­tärische Interventionen und sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktkontexten

Erwartet werden:

-       Sehr gute Sprachkenntnisse in Französisch

-       Gute Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch

-       Nachweis eines Studiums von mindestens 3 abgeschlossenen Semestern in einem sozial-­ oder geisteswissenschaftlichen Studiengang

-       Nachweis guter Studienleistungen

-       Interesse an Fragestellungen der Konfliktforschung, der Internationalen Beziehungen und/oder der Gender-Studies

Bewerben können sich Studierende, die an Hochschulen und Universitäten in Deutschland eingeschrieben sind. Die Stelle hat einen Umfang von 39 Stunden pro Monat und ist befristet vom 1.5.2018 bis zum 31.1.2019. Aussagekräftige Bewerbungen mit einem kurzen Lebenslauf per Email bitte bis zum 11.3.2018 an:

Dr. Alex Veit

InIIS / Universität Bremen

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Workshop-Report published

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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.



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Public lecture by Elisabeth Jean Wood (Yale University) on June, 21st

21. Juni 2017, 18 Uhr,
Gästehaus der Universität Bremen,
Auf dem Teerhof 58, 28199 TBremen
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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




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Workshop vom 21.-23.06.2017 im Gästehaus Teerhof der Universität Bremen

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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.

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International Intervention against sexualised violence in conflict regions

a research project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), seeks to understand the impact of international projects and programs against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict zones. During the next three years, InIIS-researchers Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner will seek to analyse how interaction between international and local actors produces new political and social realities. Do international interventions fulfil their aims of reducing SVC and alleviating its consequences? Do projects and programs produce unintended outcomes and side-effects? The investigation is based on a qualitative comparison of two case regions within the Democratic Republic of Congo.