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Call for Papers

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Call for Papers: Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice
insights also intend to investigate the multiple possibilities of the intersections between gender, sexualities, vulnerabilities and power, which often lie at the core of post-conflict processes of dealing with the past. Queer perspectives also aim to envision and to sharpen our imagination for possible alternatives to dominant – often institutionalized, (neo-)liberal and hetero-patriarchal – TJ toolkit approaches.
We therefore seek to critically explore and position these masculinities and queer perspectives within feminist inquiries regarding the roles of gender in social, cultural and political structuring more widely. Rather than only making men and sexual minorities visible in transitional settings, we instead seek to explore structural issues regarding the persisting exclusion and potential inclusion of masculinities and queer analyses. As per this approach, our intention for this edited volume is underpinned by and geared towards a relational understanding of gender. Topics to be explored and questions to be raised and answered include, but may not be limited to:
- How can masculinities and queer perspectives enhance and complexify our understandings of the intersections between gender, armed conflict and post-conflict transitions?
- What are the lived realities of men and of sexual and gender minorities in post-conflict and transitional spaces, and how can (or cannot) diverse transitional justice mechanisms engage with and respond to these experiences?
- How do identities defined by inter alia gender, sexualities, class and ethnicity intersect, and how do these intersections shape individuals’ post-war experiences?
- What are potential challenges associated with bringing more attention towards men’s gendered experiences in transitional settings?
We welcome chapter submissions which seek to address and uncover these and multiple associated questions in a variety of different post-conflict and transitional case study contexts, as well as from diverse disciplinary, theoretical and methodological backgrounds. In the edited volume, we thus aim to combine contributions that address diverse geo-political regions, from across different historical episodes and that touch upon different conflict dynamics, to illustrate the diversity of transitional and post-conflict contexts where masculinities and/or queer perspectives offer new insights into understanding, disrupting and/or complexifying these processes.
We intend to submit the edited volume to the Series on Transitional Justice published by Intersentia; we are in touch with the editors of the book series, who have indicated their interest and commitment in working with us on such an edited volume. We also intend to organize a one-day workshop for contributors to the edited volume, tentatively scheduled for March 2020, either in Antwerp, Belgium or alternatively in Bremen, Germany. At the workshop, authors will present and receive detailed feedback on their draft Chapters, before preparing the manuscripts for final submission to the editors/publisher. The workshop thereby aims to ensure internal coherence between the Chapters included in the book.
If you are interested in contributing a Chapter for this edited volume, please send a brief abstract (of 200-250 words), accompanied by a short bio (100 words) to Philipp Schulz, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), University of Bremen:, by 15 September 2019.
The tentative timeline looks as follows:
15 September 2019: CfP deadline for chapter abstracts
1 October 2019: Notification of selected chapters
1 March 2020: Deadline for first draft chapters (to be presented at one-day workshop)
March 2020: One-day book workshop
June 2020: Final chapters to be submitted to edited volume editors
August 2020: Final manuscript to be submitted to the book series editors / publishers

InIIS-Newsletter No. 10 is online

To the InIIS-Newsletter No. 10 click here.

Poster: Political Consultation HoursPoster: Political Consultation Hours
Ask your questions to Dr. Roy Karadag

(c) Harald Rehling / Universität BremenThe office hours are offered by Roy Karadag. You can come as an individual or in small groups.
The consultation hour is aimed at all interested citizens. No prior knowledge is required.

The consultation takes place in the InIIS at the University of Bremen (Mary-Somerville-Str. 7).

Appointments can be made by e-mail or telephone:
Tel. 218 - 67468

Even though the managing director is on parental leave until April 2020, the Political Consultation Hour will continue to take place.

You can find a portrait of Roy Karadags on the page of the University of Bremen.

Dr. Ingo TakeDr. Ingo Take
Ingo Take examines sources of legitimacy in the Global South

Dr. habil. Ingo Take has been a private lecturer at the University of Bremen since 2013. He was previously employed at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences and taught as deputy professor at the Universities of Greifswald, Darmstadt, Göttingen and Münster. He received his doctorate in 2002 from the TU Darmstadt on the strategic behaviour of NGOs. In 2010 he habilitated at the University of Greifswald with a comparative thesis on international, transnational and private governance in the fields of environment, social affairs and internet regulation.

Over the next three years, he will conduct research on the context-specific sources of legitimacy of regional organisations in the global South and their impact as part of his DFG project Sources of legitimacy of regional governance in the global South. The analysis of three regional organisations (AU, ASEAN, Arab League) from different socio-cultural contexts is intended firstly to show the diversity of sources of legitimacy beyond the OECD world, secondly to examine their impact with regard to the acceptance of these organisations by different addressees and thirdly to obtain indications of reform options for these regional organisations as well as for the global order as a whole.


Poster for the lecture and workshop with Shalini RanderiaPoster for the lecture and workshop with Shalini Randeria
Public Lecture and Workshop with Shalini Randeria on 02./03. July

Public lecture with workshop

Download the programme and the poster (PDF).

Lecture by Shalini Randeria | Vienna, Geneva, Bremen
Demographic Panics and the Violence of Soft Authoritarianism
with Michael Flitner and Klaus Schlichte | Bremen
02.07.19 | Tuesday | 18:00 - 20:00 | Rotunda (Cartesium), Uni Bremen

Workshop with Shalini Randeria and Ranabir Samaddar | Calcutta Research Group
Soft Authoritarianism, Primitive Accumulation and the Law
Moderator: Martin Nonhoff | Bremen
03.07.19 | Wednesday | 10:30 - 14:30 |UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS, Mary-Somerville-Straße 7, Haus Wien)
Please register for the workshop at .

Both events will be held in English.

The lecture will address the politics of demographic panics which we are currently observing across the globe and which are entangled with geo-political interests and the increasing strength of ethno-national identities. Imaginations of the purity of the nation coupled with perceptions of differential fertility rates fuel pro-natalist discourses and policies especially in Eastern Europe, which is also witnessing a strong antifeminist backlash. The same mix of factors, however, lead to selective anti-natalism for the poor and for religious minorities in India, for example, where a model of economic development based on neo-Malthusian premises continues to animate a state-driven population control program. The links between soft authoritarianism and the demographic imagination in different regions of the world will be explored to delineate the intimate ties between body politics and the body politic. Contemporary dynamics of the governance of reproduction in a world imagined as simultaneously under-populated and over-populated will be considered against the background of the global history of (post)-colonial population control.

Shalini Randeria, Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna and Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (IHED) in Geneva, was nominated Excellence Chair of the University of Bremen in January 2019. She is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology teaching at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In Bremen, Shalini Randeria is setting up an interdisciplinary research group as part of the collaborative initiative "Worlds of Contradiction" (WoC) dedicated to exploring and analysing the current developments of “Soft Authoritarianism”.

Anyone is cordially invited to the workshop on the following day, especially young scientists (MA, PhD and Postdoc).

Reading for preparation:

Randeria, Shalini. (2007). “The State of Globalization: Legal Plurality, Overlapping Sovereignties and Ambiguous Alliances between Civil Society and the Cunning State in India”. Theory, Culture & Society 24
(1): 1–33.
In deutscher Fassung: Randeria, Shalini. (2006). „Rechtspluralismus und überlappende Souveränitäten: Globalisierung und der »listige Staat« in Indien“, Soziale Welt 57: 229-258

The public lecture and the workshop are organized by WoC together with the InIS and the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies of the University of Bremen.
Both events are part of the Bremer Colloquium for Political Theory.


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Gundula Ludwig analyses the behaviour of Heinz-Christian Strache and Sebastian Kurz in the Austrian Ibiza Affair

The guest commentary in the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard", 21.05.2019 (german)

Poster Poster "Wilde Theorie 22"
Discussion and workshop on 28/29 May

Wilde Theorie #22 mit Clare Woodford

The event is open to all interested persons. Registration is required for participation in the workshop ( 

Für die Teilnahme am Workshop ist eine Anmeldung erforderlich ( 

The poster as PDF.

From Melancholia and Mourning to Hatred and Fear: 'Left' politics against polarization and hate
Tuesday, 28 May 2019, 18h, InIIS, Room 7.2210

The rise of the far-right and increasing polarization of political views across Europe and the Americas have dashed post-2008 hopes of a more progressive turn in world politics. In response we may look to the left to help mobilize resistance to widespread xenophobia, yet many argue that the left is trapped in melancholia, still struggling to remake itself after the Cold War ‘loss’ of Marxism. I suggest that the melancholia diagnosis risks contributing to further polarization. In contrast I argue that, although at first it appears to fall prey to the same concerns, when freed from the restraints of the messianic, Jacques Derrida’s work of mourning Marx can help us ‘work through’ the post-Cold War impasse more productively, indicating two areas that require urgent attention. First, institutional design which better supports emancipation, and second construction of effective strategies to confront the dominance of the affective matrix of xenophobia.

Against inequality and hatred? Neoliberalism and desire
Wednesday, 29 May 2019, 10:15-12:45
InIIS, Room 7.2210

In this workshop I hope to discuss the differences and similarities between Deleuze and Lacan’s conception of desire and the relevance for a radical politics that can fight economic inequality today. Although these themes may seem disparate both Deleuze and Lacan strongly influence the poststructuralist politics at the forefront of a new left theory and collective practice emerging from the 2011 wave of protests, anti-austerity marches and the Arab spring. However concerns remain about complicity between poststructuralism and neoliberalism that also feed into concerns about the current proliferation of hatreds prevalent in democratic politics today. The question for the workshop is whether the concept of desire (and which concept of desire) In Lacan and Deleuze’s work (part of a tradition that is at the centre not just of poststructuralist thought, but the wider critical theory tradition) can help us theorise strategies of resistance to neoliberalism or will hinder any such project. The workshop will draw on feminist and queer theory (Adriana Cavarero and Judith Butler), affect theory (principally in the work of Sara Ahmed), as well as the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Rancière, Bonnie Honig and Christoph Menke.

Poster Open Day 2019 of Bremen UniversityPoster Open Day 2019 of Bremen University
The InIIS is also represented

On 15 June 2019 the University of Bremen invites you to an OPEN CAMPUS under the motto "Open Worlds - Share Knowledge" from 14:00 on!

In a joint pagoda of Faculty 8 - Social Sciences, scientists from InIIS participate (all talks in German):

15:00 hrs

Populism: danger for democracy or necessary corrective?

Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff and Prof. Dr. Lothar Probst from InIIS and Prof. Dr. Karin Gottschall (SOCIUM)

16:00 hrs

The future of Turkey in times of authoritarian rule

Dr. Roy Karadag from the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), Dr. Ulrike Flader and Dr. Nurhak Polat from the Institute for Ethnology and Cultural Studies (IfEK)

17:00 hrs

The EU under pressure: end or departure?

Prof. Dr. Susanne Schmidt (InIIS), Prof. Dr. Arndt Wonka (IES) and Dr. Mandy Boehnke (BIGSSS)

The audience is cordially invited to discuss this question with the scientists*!

The detailed programme can be found here.





Anna HollendungAnna Hollendung
Since April 01 InIIS' first female managing director

Anna Hollendung took up her position as Managing Director of InIIS on 1 April. 

After studying political science, women's and gender studies and Dutch philology at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, she worked as a research assistant at InIIS in the Political Theory Group from 2012 to 2018. In 2018 she moved to the Department for Political Science at the Christian-Albrecht-University in Kiel, but remained an associate member of InIIS. With this background, the development of the InIIS is "very close to her heart".

In her academic work she deals with democratic theories, human rights and social inequality. 


Congressional Study Group in MAIR CourseCongressional Study Group in MAIR Course
Employees of US representatives discuss world politics and career planning with students

On their trip to Northern Germany, a delegation of the Congressional Study Group on Germany visited the University of Bremen’s Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) on April 9, 2019. Guided by Patrick Egenhofer and Paul Kincaid who are both working for the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), ten District Directors joined stand-in professor Ulrich Franke’s Transformations of the State class. This class is part of the MA International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory (MAIR),Button Congrassional Study Group a joint program run by both the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. Since all courses are conducted in English, this program is very popular with students who are not from Germany or other parts of Europe. Correspondingly, the District Directors who are working for Democratic and Republican members of the US House of Representatives from so different states such as Alabama, California, New York, Texas and Wisconsin
were given the opportunity to discuss with students from all continents. Discussions touched upon pressing issues of world politics but also on students’ career plans.