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Panel Discussion with Philipp Schulz, Yasmin Sooka and Heleen Touquet

The Poster as PDF-File

This is a broad discussion on best practice in documenting cases of male sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, drawing on experiences in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, the former Yugoslavia and Northern Uganda. 



  • Yasmin Sooka

Executive Director, Foundation for Human Rights,
South Africa and International Truth and Justice
Project - Sri Lanka (ITJP).

  • Dr. Heleen Touquet

Researcher and professor at the faculty of
Social Sciences, University of Leuven (Belgium).
She is the author ITJP’s new report on male
sexual violence.

  • Dr. Philipp Schulz

Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) University of Bremen, Germany.

The ITJP will be releasing “Unsilenced” - a new
report that analyses 121 recent male sexual
violence cases it documented from Sri Lanka,
drawing lessons for addressing stigma, denial and
the silencing of victims.

Roy Karadag gives a Public talk on Sept., 17th

The fact that, in view of the recent political dynamics, it is no longer possible to speak of an existing Turkish democracy is no longer a controversial statement. However, it is unclear why no democratic forces could be mobilized against the new Turkish autocracy. This article answers this question with reference to more recent democratic theoretical findings. These include the importance of factors such as religion, history, civil society and violence and ultimately contribute to very negative assessments of the quality of Turkish political institutions.

Roy Karadag has been working on the developments in Turkey for a long time. A selection of his radio and newspaper contributions can be found here.

The event takes place within the framework of the  Maritime Woche an der Weser statt.


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InIIS Newsletter No 8 out now

The PDF is available here.

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Poster Inaugural lecturePoster Inaugural lecture
Inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff

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Conference of the DVPW Section Politische Theorie und Ideengeschicht at the University of Bremen, 13-15 March 2019

Democracy and truth
Conference of the DVPW Political Theory and History of Ideas Section
at the University of Bremen, 13-15 March 2019

Call for Papers as PDF
If you are interested, please send your abstract of not more than 300 words up to 1.8.2018 to

An old concern returns: Do we lose respect and contact with the truth in the "western" democracies? The current debates about the "postfactual age", about "alternative facts" or "fake news" are largely driven by the notion that our democracies need truth for their good functioning, and by the fear that they are at the same time particularly susceptible to the loss of truth. In doing so, they place the relationship between democracy and truth at the centre of the current debates on our societies' self-understanding.
However, the media discussions are based almost unanimously on the unquestioned matter-of-fact nature of such a relationship - and thus stand in sharp contrast to the discussion in political theory, in which the necessity for, or even the existence of truth in democracy is by no means taken for granted. On the contrary, the relationship between democracy and truth is radically controversial: Thus, one can doubt with Plato that there can be truth in democracy at all, with Hannah Arendt warn against the tyranny of the truth of truth in democracy, with Jürgen Habermas assigning a role to democracy itself in the discovery of truth, or with Michel Foucault highlighting the function of pronouncing unembellished truths for democracy.[1] Each of these alternatives - which far from exhausting the debate - assumes a different relationship between truth and democracy and assesses it differently.
But it is not only the relationship between democracy and truth and its evaluation that is usually depicted in the current debate in a shortened form, but also the forms of truth and untruth in democracy are not considered in a differentiated way. It plays a major role here, for example, whether we talk about lies, propaganda or ideology, about apodictic evidence, logical truths or fallible attributions of knowledge. The same is true for to ask what influence different media have on the different forms of truth or falsehood in democracy: Are deliberately fabricated "fake news" in the social media really something fundamentally new, for example in relation to strictly aligned party newspapers? Do speed and range actually change the effect of real or alternative facts?

The relationship between truth and democracy and the forms of truth in democracy: these two dimensions allow for very different approaches, among which the history of ideas approach is particularly noteworthy in view of the current ahistorical debate. As the few positions already indicated, the discussion about the relationship between truth and democracy as well as its forms is deeply rooted in the history of political philosophy and theory. The conference would like to bring together systematic and history-of -ideas contributions on both dimensions. Its aim is to discuss the various assumptions about the relationship between democracy and truth both systematically and historically, and to relate them to the different forms that truth can take in democracy. Questions on the relationship between democracy and truth could therefore be asked:

  • What role does truth play in democracy - and what role does it play in democratic theory? What is the function of truth in democratic practices, and what place do epistemological considerations occupy in political theories?
  • May, can or must democracy be epistemically justified?
  • What significance does truth have for criticism in and of democracy?
  • What is the relationship between truth and democracy in terms of the history of ideas?
  • What is the relationship between truth and democracy and ideology theories?

By focusing at the same time on the forms of truth in democracy, we also aim to stimulate contributions to the development of democracy.

[1] Cf. in sequence  Platon: Politeia, in: Sämtliche Werke, hrsg. von Ursula Wolf, übers. von Friedrich Schleiermacher, Reinbek bei Hamburg 2011, Buch VIII; Arendt, Hannah: »Wahrheit und Politik«, in: dies.: Wahrheit und Lüge in der Politik. Zwei Essays, München 1972, S. 44–92; Habermas, Jürgen: »Hat die Demokratie noch eine epistemische Dimension? Empirische Forschung und normative Theorie«, in: ders.: Ach, Europa. Kleine politische Schriften XI, Frankfurt a. M. 2008, S. 138–191; Foucault, Michel: Der Mut zur Wahrheit. Die Regierung des Selbst und der anderen II. Vorlesung am Collège de France 1983/84, übers. von Jürgen Schröder, Berlin 2010.

Poster Wilde TheoriePoster Wilde Theorie
Lecture and Workshop with Jeannete Ehrmann

Lecture: Tu, 05.06., 06:00 - 19:30, Room: InIIS, 7.2210
Workshop: Mi., 06.06, 10:00 - 13:00, Room: InIIS, 7.2020

Please register briefly with Prof. Martin Nonhoff for the workshop.

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 in the phase between doctoral thesis and professorship present their current work for discussion. A public lecture at the Bremen Colloquium for Political Theory and a workshop the following morning will provide the opportunity to do so. Please register for the workshops at least one week in advance.

Further information on the colloquium and materials on the meetings are available on request from Martin Nonhoff (

The event poster as PDF.


Poster: Prof. Koray Çalışkan public lecture at the InIISPoster: Prof. Koray Çalışkan public lecture at the InIIS
Prof. Koray Çalışkan, University, Istanbul, gives a public talk

Koray Çalışkan argues that Turkey’s contemporary political regime is not democratic, but competitive authoritarian. Tracing the evolution of Turkey’s political system from tutelary democracy to its current state, it describes the developments that resulted in the dissolution of the army’s prerogatives in politics and the rise of a new form of authoritarianism in the country. Associating this substantive change with the global emergence of competitive authoritarianism, he claims that the competitive authoritarian regime of Turkey has been institutionalized by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and that since the 2017 referendum, the regime displays a tendency toward full authoritarianism that may render elections non-competitive by narrowing the legal channels for the opposition to contest for political power.

The  Poster as PDF.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibfired (1944-2018)Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibfired (1944-2018)

What he meant for his colleagues, for the institution SOCIUM, for the University of Bremen, cannot be grasped in a few sentences. Since 1974 professor at the University of Bremen, he was one of the founders of the interdisciplinary research focus Reproduction Risks, Social Movements and Social Policy in 1979, which became a precursor of the interdisciplinary Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS) founded in 1988. In the ZeS he established the department "Institutions and History of the Welfare State". He was part of it in 2015 when the ZeS became part of the new SOCIUM Research Center Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen.

Stephan Leibfried's personality is linked to significant successes of Bremen's social sciences in designing research projects and raising third-party funds. He was one of the initiators and project leaders of the first Collaborative Research Centre "Status Passages and Risk Situations in the Course of Life" (SFB 186) funded by the German Research Foundation 1989-2001 at Bremen University and was part of the initiative group around Michael Zürn and Bernhard Peters (both from InIIS), which launched the Collaborative Research Centre "Transformations of the State" (SFB 597), funding from 2003 to 2014. From 2004 he was also its spokesman. The latest Collaborative Research Centre "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" (SFB 1342), which has been working since the beginning of this year, finally saw him as an active advisor and helpful supporter.


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No bureaucracy, no requirements - simply register

"We have been looking for suitable formats for a long time now to engage with citizens on political issues," says Dr. Roy Karadag. The political scientist is managing director of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen. The institute already organizes an annual Dieter Senghaas Lecture on world political topics. The event is intended to pay tribute to the work of the co-founder and long-standing director of the institute. At the latest event in the House of Science on "Dealing with the Other in Contemporary Islam", Roy Karadag and his colleagues met with interested citizens. "We invited them directly to the Institute." A new format, the political consultation hour, was born. "We now want to make this offer permanent,"says Karadag.

The InIIS is now offering an open consultation hour. Invited are people who have questions about international politics and conflicts, about political developments and changes in Germany and the world and who would like to exchange views on these questions. The consultation hours are open to everyone, there are no bureaucratic hurdles. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Roy Karadag in advance at or call 0421-218-67468 and make an appointment.

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Roy Karadag in FAZ interview on 15 years Prime Minister Erdogan

The Interview (German).