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"Postnational Imperialism?" on 05.12. at the Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen

On December 5, 2018 the Dieter Senghaas Lecture will take place in the Olbers-Saal at the Haus der Wissenschaft (7 pm). The lecture entitled "Postnational Imperialism? A militaristic tradition of thought and its present meaning" will be held by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans Joas.

 Poster 4th Dieter Senghaas Lecture

At the center of this fourth Senghaas Lecture is the European unification process, the legitimacy of which is anchored to a considerable degree in the successful establishment of a stable "post-Hobbesian" peace order after the Second World War. In today's efforts towards a common European defense and security policy, the decisive question therefore arises as to whether this will follow the principles that apply in Europe's internal relations or whether we are witnesses of the emergence of a new world power of an old school manner, i.e. a "post-national imperialism". This question will be explored in the lecture on the way to the present by Otto Hintze and Carl Schmitt in their examination of historical-sociological reflections on Europe.


Hans Joas is Ernst Troeltsch Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Before that, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and at the Free University of Berlin. He was professor at the University of Chicago and between 2002 and 2011 director of the Max Weber College for Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt and until 2014 permanent fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. He has also received numerous awards, including the Max Planck Research Award (2015), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Werner Heisenberg Medal (2012), and the Bielefeld Science Award (2010).


With this lecture series, the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) and the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen are honoring the life and work of one of the most internationally renowned and respected peace and conflict researcher, who has been teaching and researching at the University of Bremen since 1978. In the book "Deutsche Politikwissenschaftler - Werk und Wirkung", edited by Eckhard Jesse and Sebastian Liebold, Dieter Senghaas is characterized as an outstanding scholar who has "shaped an entire generation of people in peace research, in the peace movement and in the developmental 'environment'. And it goes on to say: "Where Senghaas is, there is academy; there is a lively exchange about the changes in the world and about the dynamics inherent in it". With the "civilizing hexagon" he developed, which emphasizes the possibilities of peaceful development in and between societies, he has created a paradigm that has made it into the Abitur tasks of German students and into the most important textbooks of international relations. His book "Zivilisierung wider Willen" ("Civilization Against Will") on the long and difficult process of sustainable peace-building in Europe has been translated into numerous languages, including Chinese, Arabic and Korean. His oeuvre includes 35 books written by him as well as 35 other books in which he was involved as editor or co-author.


Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff      (c)Kai-Uwe Bohn, Uni BremenProf. Dr. Martin Nonhoff (c)Kai-Uwe Bohn, Uni Bremen
Prof. Martin Nonhoff on the occasion of the 31st Bremen University Talks

Zum Interview.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Staroßom (Vorstand der Wolfgang-Ritter-Stiftung)


Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff (Professor für Politische Theorie an der Universität Bremen)
Prof. Dr. Olaf Groh-Samberg (Professor für Soziologie an der Universität Bremen &
Dean der BIGSSS)


Können wir noch miteinander reden? Das Auseinanderdriften der Gesellschaft und die Krise der Öffentlichkeit

Demokratien leben von der gelingenden Verständigung über kontroverse Themen und zwischen Konfliktparteien. In den letzten Jahren scheint diese jedoch immer schwieriger geworden zu sein. Einerseits haben ökonomische Ungleichheiten in Deutschland deutlich zugenommen, und mit ihnen auch die lebensweltlichen Unterschiede und Distanzen zwischen Arm und Reich. Gleichzeitig brechen Wertekonflikte auf, die an die Grundlagen identitärer Selbstverständnisse reichen und daher oft hochemotional diskutiert werden. Der öffentliche, zivilgesellschaftliche wie politische Diskurs, der hier gefragt wäre, wird vielmehr selbst grundlegend in Frage gestellt als hegemonialer Diskurs von Eliten und bestimmten sozialen Milieus, die sich von den Lebenslagen und Lebenswelten der weite Bevölkerungsteile längst entkoppelt hätten. Wie kann Verständigung noch gelingen angesichts von gravierenden Ungleichheiten und Konflikten?

Aydan Özoguz (SPD, Mitglied des Deutschen Bundestags)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel (Direktor der Abteilung „Demokratie und Demokratisierung“
am WZB – Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)
Jürgen Kaube (Mitherausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung)

Moderation: Stefanie Rohde (WDR, Deutschlandfunk)
Musik: Katharina Franck (Singer, Songwriter und Autorin)

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InIIS organizes workshop in Bremen on 27 February 2019

The Call for Papers as PDF

Questions to be explored in the workshop can include, but are not limited to:
- What are the different ways in which conflict-affected communities experience gendered harms and vulnerabilities, both during war and in post-conflict transitions? 
- How must the empirical and conceptual relationships between gender, victimhood vulnerabilities and/or agency be understood?
- What conceptualizations of gender and victimhood can yield a more productive debate about survivors' experiences of harms?
- How do survivors and war-affected communities exercise varying forms of agency to engage with their gendered conflict-related experiences?
We invite paper proposals from early career researchers (PhDs and Post-Docs) across various disciplines. In-depth case study analyses alongside theoretical explorations and empirically-grounded papers are welcome. The workshop will be interactive and participatory; participants are expected to present a research paper on the theme of the workshop, but will also be assigned another paper for discussion, and are expected to actively contribute to the discussion throughout the workshop.
If you would like to propose a paper, please submit an abstract of max. 250 words and a short academic bio by 15 November 2018 to Dr. Caterina Bonora ( and Dr. Philipp Schulz ( There is no participation fee.

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Conflict Research Society (CRS) honours articles on sexualised violence against men

The Conflict Research Society (CRS) has awarded the Cedric Smith Prize 2018 to our colleague Dr. Philipp Schulz. The Cedric Smith Prize is awarded annually to the best research paper in peace and conflict research by a PhD student at an institution in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. The award is specifically for Philipp's recent paper on 'Displacement from Gendered Personhood: sexual violence and masculinities in northern Uganda', published in International Affairs. In awarding the prize, the CRS jury emphasized that:

'The contribution of this research goes beyond the scholarship on wartime sexual violence against men: By critically challenging the dominant terminologies in his field, Philipp is able to offer a lens that can help us understand the impact of sexual violence on male, female and gender non-confirming survivors. The jury was very impressed by the reflective, ethical and conscientious way this research was conducted in a very challenging setting, as well as the careful treatment of concepts and nuanced argument.'

The award-winning article can be accessed here, and the announcement by the Conflict Research Society can be found here.

International Affairs, Volume 94, Issue 5, 1 September 2018, Pages 1101–1119