News-Archiv

News filtern
Plakat: Politische SprechstundePlakat: Politische Sprechstunde
Stellen Sie Ihre Fragen an Dr. Roy Karadag

(c) Harald Rehling / Universität BremenDie Sprechstunde wird von Roy Karadag, angeboten. Sie können als einzelne oder in kleinen Gruppen kommen. 
Die Sprechstunde richtet sich an alle interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Es wird kein Vorwissen vorausgesetzt.

Die Sprechstunde findet im InIIS an der Universität Bremen statt (Mary-Somerville-Str. 7)

Termine können Sie per Email oder Telefon vereinbaren:

karadag@uni-bremen.de
Tel. 218 - 67468

Auch wenn der Geschäftsführer bis voraussichtlich April 2020 in Elternzeit ist, findet die Politische Sprechstunde weiterhin statt.

Ein Portrait Roy Karadags finden Sie auf der Seite der Universität Bremens.

EISA LogoEISA Logo
EISA Workhop vom 1. bis 4. Juli 2020 in Brüssel

CfP als PDF: "Strangeness as an Asset - Self-Reflexivity in Global Social and Development Policy"

7th European Workshops in International Studies Brussels, 1-4 July 2020 

Submission of abstracts until 13/01/2020 through EISA 

John Berten, University of Tübingen, john.berten@ifp.uni-tuebingen.de

Anna Wolkenhauer, University of Bremen, wolkenhauer@bigsss.uni-bremen.de

Aiming at reducing poverty, a myriad of specialised experts in international organisations and beyond produce large amounts of evidence in countries of the Global South, formulating policy recommendations based on ever more sophisticated models and tools designed to maximise effectiveness and ensure efficient spending for desired outcomes. Scholars of social policy and development frequently use quantitative knowledge as a research tool, without reflecting on the conditions of its production. Being closely intertwined, the spheres of policy and the academe in global social policy and development (GSP&D) provide an insightful example of the constitutive role of knowledge production for policies – and ultimately societal relations.

Yet, practices of knowledge and evidence production in GSP&D are undertheorised. Policy diffusion theory, for instance, assumes an unproblematic transmission of policies across borders, not offering insights on how experiences are turned into policy ideas in the first place or how policy knowledge is transformed into objects ready to be transferred to other sites. More particularly, it does not reflect on the limits and power implications of particular disciplines’ ways of knowledge production, including conceptions of objective and neutral knowledge.

From studies inspired by STS we know that power and authority operate in (policy) knowledge production in various ways. As part of a 'politics by other means', (Latour 1988), the knowledge-policy relationship is characterized by assemblages between varied actors, technologies, materials and (performative) practices. Thereby, STS highlights that every knowing means transformation, because every representation of the 'world out there' is actually an intervention in the world, and not least the choice of one’s research methods has real effects.

Nowadays, IR reflexively debates its own colonial origins, racialised power relations and silencing of non-Western contributions. In a constructivist sense, reflexivity matters for critically examining knowledge-power relations within IR as a discipline itself, as well as for studying its research objects. Yet, to free reflexivity from its “meta-theoretical entrapment” (Hamati-Ataya 2013), theoretical elaborations need to be complemented by empirical studies of knowledge production in GSP&D, with the aim to imagine potentially more emancipatory research practices. Due to the intertwined roles of academics in the Global North and policy researchers operating in the Global South, the case of GSP&D is well suited for studying knowledge production from a self-reflexive stance – in IR and beyond.

The workshop welcomes participants interested in exploring the myriad knowledge-power relationships in social policy and/or development, including possibilities for putting reflexivity into (research) action. Ideally, participants should be willing to contribute to a joint publication. Potential questions include:

How can we reflexively theorise knowledge-production in GSP&D?

  • What theoretical approaches shed light on the intimate relationship between knowledge and power?
  • How do different types of knowledge communicate in GSP&D?
  • How can racial and postcolonial asymmetries be factored into the analysis?
  • What kind of world are GSP&D scholars creating, and how? Are there alternatives?

 

How can IR’s meta-theoretical reflexivity inform emancipatory empirical research?

  • What does self-reflexivity mean for our own (field) research?
  • What kind of reflexive findings could matter for a world beyond the discipline of IR?
Plakat Plakat "Wilde Theorie 23"
Wilde Theorie #23 mit Claudia Brunner

Vortrag und Diskussion: 14. Januar 2020, 18.00 (s.t.) – 19.30 Uhr

Workshop für Interessierte: 15.Januar 2020, 10.15 – 12.45 Uhr
Anmeldung unter: gundula.ludwig@uni-bremen.de

Raum 7.2210 (InIIS), Unicom Gebäude, Mary-Somerville-Straße (Haus Wien) 7

Das Plakat zum Herunterladen (PDF)

Gewalt ist nicht nur Ereignis, sondern auch Prozess und Verhältnis. Sie zerstört Ordnung nicht nur, sondern begründet sie und hält sie aufrecht. Der Dimension des Wissens wird dabei in konventioneller Forschung wenig Bedeutung beigemessen, gilt sie doch als Gegenteil von oder als Gegenmittel zu Gewalt. Mit dem Begriff der »epistemischen Gewalt« rückt Claudia Brunner den konstitutiven Zusammenhang von Wissen, Herrschaft und Gewalt in der kolonialen Moderne, unserer Gegenwart, in den Fokus. Ausgehend von feministischer, post- und dekolonialer Theorie konturiert sie in Auseinandersetzung mit den Konzepten struktureller, kultureller, symbolischer und normativer Gewalt ein transdisziplinäres Konzept epistemischer Gewalt.

Informationen zum Forschungsprojekt Epistemic Violence und zu Claudia Brunner finden Sie hier.

Wilde Theorie ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe im Rahmen des Bremer Kolloquiums für Politische Theorie unter der Leitung von Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff. Hier stellen Theoretiker_innen, die sich in der Phase zwischen Doktorarbeit und Professur befinden, aktuelle Arbeiten zur Diskussion. Gelegenheit dafür gibt jeweils ein öffentlicher Vortrag im Bremer Kolloquium für Politische Theorie und ein Workshop am folgenden Morgen. Zu den Workshops bitten wir um vorherige kurze Anmeldung; gerne spätestens eine Woche vorab.

 

 

InIIS-LogoInIIS-Logo
Workshop am 17.01.2020

Demokratie provinzialisieren. Postkoloniale Perspektiven auf Demokratietheorie 
Workshop am 17.01.2020
9.30-16.00

InIIS, Raum 7.2210
 

Obwohl in den letzten Jahren postkoloniale Ansätze auch in der Politikwissenschaft an Bedeutung gewonnen haben, sind bei der Diskussion dessen, was es heißt, heute über Demokratie nachzudenken, postkoloniale Perspektiven immer noch rar. Vor diesem Hintergrund wollen wir uns in dem Workshop systematisch mit der Frage auseinandersetzen, wie Demokratietheorien aus postkolonialer Perspektive gelesen, erweitert, kritisiert werden können und wie auf diese Weise das Verständnis von und die Kritik an Demokratie präzisiert werden kann. Wir wollen (radikale) Demokratietheorie in Dialog mit post- und dekolonialen Theorie bringen, um über demokratietheoretische Konzepte wie Politik, Demos, Partizipation, Solidarität, Freiheit, Gleichheit, Konflikt und Relationalität aus postkolonialer Sicht zu diskutieren. 


Der Workshop ist als Lektüre-Workshop konzipiert. Vorab werden ausgewählte Texte (ca. 200 Seiten) verschickt, die die Grundlage der gemeinsamen Diskussion darstellen.Bei Teilnehmer*innen wird die Bereitschaft vorausgesetzt, kurz in einen der Texte einzuführen.

Eine verbindliche Anmeldung zum Workshop ist erforderlich. Wir bitten alle Interessierten, sich bis 08.01.2020 bei gundula.ludwig@uni-bremen.de anzumelden. Die Teilnehmer*innenzahl ist beschränkt. Die Plätze werden nach dem first-come, first-serve-Prinzip vergeben.
Illustration für Call of Papers (Foto: Pixabay)Illustration für Call of Papers (Foto: Pixabay)
New Perspectives on Emancipatory & Radical Democratic Discourses

Die Ausschreibung zum Download (PDF)

This international symposium marks 2020 as the anniversary year of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s seminal works, most prominently the 35th jubilee of “Hegemony and Socialist Strategy”. The publication sparked heated debate about the promises and potential
advantages of a post-Marxist project in an age of hegemonic neoliberal globalisation. It also laid the foundation for a fruitful anti-essentialist, post-structuralist theory of siscourse and hegemony, which strongly influenced strategies of the Left. While anniversaries are usually an occasion to celebrate, the political developments over the last few decades – the rise of right-wing groups and parties, growing inequalities, intensification of the global climate
crisis – hardly give reason to rejoice. In this vein, this jubilee provides an impulse for critical engagement both with the work of Laclau and Mouffe, as the so-called Essex School of Discourse Analysis, and with the broader field of post-structuralist discourse theory. The symposium is aimed at exploring possible future trajectories, moving beyond contextual adjustments and avoiding welltrodden paths.
All proposals examining theoretical  interventions and political implications of Laclau and Mouffe’s work are welcomed. We particularly encourage the submission of papers on the following questions: 

  • The relationship between radical democracy and populism: can the affirmative turn toward left populism be considered as a viable political strategy? Which conclusions can be drawn
  • from past left-wing populist projects? How can the relationship between radical democratic practice and left-wing populist strategy be systematised?
  • Re-evaluation of class as an analytical category for the discursive theory of hegemony: how can we – after Laclau and Mouffe’s intervention – revisit a critical engagement with class politics? How can we consider class in an anti-essentialist mode? How might the organisation of social struggles (including “identity politics”) around the category of class prevent their
  • incorporation into capitalist logic?
  • The plurality of emancipatory political practices: which different manifestations of emancipatory political practices can we articulate within and beyond the Essex School? How might we connect mainstream-oriented institutionalism with radical democratic theories and a discursive-hegemonic understanding
  • of politics and the political? Which challenges and pitfalls does post-structuralist institutionalism face and how can these
  • be overcome?

This international and interdisciplinary symposium challenges the distinction between political theory and practice. It is designed to
bring together scholars (graduate students as well as early-career and established researchers) and activists interested in the development of emancipatory political projects.

Submissions

We are accepting proposals for individual and joint papers (20 minutes). The deadline for submission is January 31st, 2020. Proposals
should consist of a single PDF file containing: presenter’s name, email address, institutional affiliation (if relevant); title of presentation and abstract (max. 300 words) including 3–5 keywords; brief biographical information of presenter (max. 100 words). We will confirm receipt of proposals. If accepted, participants
will be invited to submit papers for pre-circulation (max. 6000 words) by September 7th, 2020. There is no conference fee for participants.

Dates

January 31st, 2020: submission of abstracts
February 20th, 2020: notification of selection
September 7th, 2020: submission of papers
October 7th–9th, 2020: symposium

Speakers & Panelists

Paula Diehl, Kiel University
Lisa Disch, University of Michigan
Jason Glynos, University of Essex
Oliver Marchart, University of Vienna
Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Organising Committee

Michalina Golinczak, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Martin Nonhoff, University of Bremen
Milos Rodatos, University of Greifswald

Contact

Proposals and queries should be directed to both
golinczak@europa-uni.de and milos.rodatos@uni-greifswald.de.

 

Plakat: Der Krieg gegen den PlanetenPlakat: Der Krieg gegen den Planeten
Der Krieg gegen den Planeten und die Perspektiven von Weltordnungspolitik an Kipppunkten der menschlichen Entwicklung

Am 27. November 2019 findet die 5. Dieter-Senghaas-Lecture im Olbers-Saal im Haus der Wissenschaft statt (19 Uhr). Prof. Dr. Birgit Mahnkopf spricht über den "Krieg gegen den Planeten". Die Veranstaltung findet mit Unterstützung der Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen statt. Zu der Veranstaltung sind alle Bürgerinnen und Bürger herzlich eingeladen.

Das Plakat können Sie hier herunterladen (im pdf oder im png-Format). 

Die Menschen sind, wenn auch in unterschiedlichem Ausmaß, je nach ihrer geographischen und sozialen Herkunft, zu einem „geologischen Faktor“ geworden, die das Klimagleichgewicht des Erdsystems aus der Balance bringen un das damit das “web of life“ zerstören, das sich im Verlauf von Milliarden von Jahren herausgebildet hat. Mit der Einbeziehung aller Regionen der Welt in das ökonomische und ökologische System des Kapitalismus scheint die Menschheit nun an der von den Klimaforschern identifizierten „planetarischen Schwelle“ angekommen. Jenseits dieser Schwelle muss mit irreversiblen massiven und plötzlichen Folgen für alle Lebewesen gerechnet werden: Ein Entwicklungspfad hin zu einem „hothouse“-Zustand, der über Zehn- bis Hunderttausende von Jahren Bestand haben könnte.

Ist es vorstellbar, dass unter den Bedingungen von kollabierenden Ökosystemen und von essenziellem Mangel an für uns unverzichtbaren „Schätzen der Natur“ eine progressive menschliche Entwicklung möglich ist? Wie wahrscheinlich ist es, dass eine Zivilisierung unvermeidlicher Konflikte und eine zeitgemäße Toleranz sich herausbilden werden? Kurzum, können wir uns angesichts dieser Entwicklungen eine „Weltordnung in der zerklüfteten Welt“ (Dieter Senghaas) vorstellen, die dem Frieden eine Zukunft gibt oder müssen wir die weltweiten Problemlagen nicht vielmehr als Elemente einer systemischen Krise des Kapitalismus verstehen, die innerhalb dieses System gar nicht gelöst werden können?

Birgit Mahnkopf ist Professorin für Europäische Gesellschaftspolitik an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin. Sie ist Mitglied im Wissenschaftlichen Beirat von attac Deutschland, im Kuratorium des Instituts Solidarische Moderne und im Beirat der Open-Access-Zeitschrift Momentum Quarterly. Zu ihren Arbeitsschwerpunkten gehören die ökonomische, politische und soziale Dimensionen der Globalisierung sowie europäische und internationale Politik. Außerdem beschäftigt sie sich mit Arbeitssoziologie und industriellen Beziehungen sowie mit Bildungsökonomie und Bildungspolitik.

Mit dieser Vortragsreihe würdigen das Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS) und die Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen Leben und Werk des international bedeutenden Friedens- und Konfliktforschers, der seit 1978 an der Universität Bremen lehrt und itbegründer des InIIS ist. Mit dem von ihm entwickelten „zivilisatorischen Hexagon“, das auf die Möglichkeiten friedlicher Entwicklung in und zwischen Gesellschaften abhebt, hat er ein Paradigma geschaffen, das es bis in die Abituraufgaben deutscher Schülerinnen und Schüler und in die bedeutendsten Lehrwerke Internationaler Beziehungen geschafft hat. Sein Buch „Zivilisierung wider Willen“ über den langen und schwierigen Prozess einer nachhaltigen Friedensgestaltung in Europa ist in zahlreiche Sprachen, u.a. ins Chinesische, Arabische und Koreanische übersetzt worden. Sein Gesamtwerk umfasst u.a. 35 vom ihm verfasste Bücher sowie 35 weitere Bücher, an denen er als Herausgeber oder Ko-Autor beteiligt war.

 

Plakat zur Gastvorlesung von Beate JahnPlakat zur Gastvorlesung von Beate Jahn
Gastvorlesung von Beate Jahn

Guest Lecture, 25.11.2019, von 14:00-16:00 Uhr, 
InIIS, UNICOM, Somerville-Str. 7, Raum 7.2210).
Das Plakat zum Herunterladen (PDF)

Critical theory was originally designed in response to the experience of populism in the 1930s. No wonder, then, that many writers interpret the return of populism today as a failure of critical theory – giving rise to a debate about its shortcomings and to suggestions for reform. This paper shares the goal of this debate: to identify the tasks of critical theory in times of Brexit and Trump. But it departs from the current debate in two ways: by providing an empirical analysis that shows that critical theory – contra common assumptions – has been politically very successful; and by providing a thorough reconstruction of Horkheimer’s core assumptions underpinning critical theory and its relationship to political practice. This reveals that while critical theory was always intended to have a political impact, it could never guarantee the outcome. Indeed, in the process of shaping historical development, critical theory inevitably becomes part of a new reality that must be subjected to further critique. It is therefore reflection on its own success that allows critical theory to unlock an account of the new historical realities today and to regain its critical edge: not through the reform of its core assumptions but through their application to a new historical conjuncture.

Beate Jahn is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex and President of the European International Studies Association (EISA).

Special Section im Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding erschienen

Alex Veit hat als Gastherausgeber eine "Special Section" zu "The Politics of Intervention Against (Conflict-Related) Sexual and Gender Based Violence" im Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (Vol. 13,4) publiziert. Die Publikation ist Teil des Forschungsprojekts Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktgebieten. Intendierte und unintendierte Konsequenzen, finanziert von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. Projektmitglied Lisa Tschörner hat einen der Artikel gemeinsam mit Alex verfasst.

Inhalt:

Feminism in the Humanitarian Machine. Introduction to the Special Section on ‘The Politics of Intervention Against (Conflict-Related) Sexual and Gender-based Violence’

by Alex Veit 

Abstract: The prevention and mitigation of sexual and gender-based violence in (post-) conflict societies has become an important humanitarian activity. This introductory article examines the analytical discourses on these interventions, the institutionalization of SGBV expertise in international politics, and the emancipatory potential of anti-SGBV practices. It argues that the confluence of feminist professional activism and militarized humanitarian interventionism produced specific international activities against SGBV. As part of the institutionalization of gender themes in international politics, feminist emancipatory claims have been taken up by humanitarian organizations. The normal operating state of the humanitarian machine, however, undercuts its potential contribution to social transformation towards larger gender equality in (post-) conflict societies.

‘A Real Woman Waits’ – Heteronormative Respectability, Neo-Liberal Betterment and Echoes of Coloniality in SGBV Programming in Eastern DR Congo

by Charlotte Mertens and Henri Myrttinen

Drawing on archival and field research, this article critically examines the production and distribution of gender roles and expectations in SGBV programming, in particular in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We find the underlying currents in some of these programmes reinscribe heteronormativity and focus on individual betterment which resonates with regulating gender and sexuality during colonialism. In some cases, strongly western-inspired norms of individual agency have been introduced, disregarding structural constraints of people’s lives. To conclude, we explore alternative approaches to SGBV prevention, ones in which international approaches are re-defined and vernacularized for local use – but which also at times inform global understandings.

‘Without Education You Can Never Become President’: Teenage Pregnancy and Pseudo-empowerment in Post-Ebola Sierra Leone

by Anne Menzel

This article analyses the emergence of ‘teenage pregnancy’ as a new policy focus in post-Ebola Sierra Leone and explores how Sierra Leoneans interpret the problem of ‘teenage pregnancy’. I argue that the new policy focus is not indicative of changing or new problems. Rather, ‘teenage pregnancy’ has created opportunities for donors and the Government of Sierra Leone to continue cooperation in gender politics. At the same time, Sierra Leoneans are clearly concerned about ‘teenage pregnancy’, and many agree with sensitization campaigns that responsibilize young women and girls while downplaying structural factors that render them vulnerable to arrangements involving transactional sex.

Creative appropriation: academic knowledge and interventions against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner

Recent academic research has questioned assumptions about sexual violence in (post-) conflict contexts. Gender norms rather than military decision-making have been found to constitute a major underlying reason for wartime sexual violence. In this contribution, we investigate whether international organisations seeking to prevent sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accordingly changed their analytical perspectives and modified policies and programming. We find that many, but not all, such organisations creatively appropriate new academic work in their policy and project documents. However, incentives for continuity in the humanitarian field have slackened the pace of any substantive practical changes.

Home Office, (c) Image by Free-Photos from PixabayHome Office, (c) Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Call for Papers

CfP as PDF

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: pschulz@uni-bremen.de, 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

Bilder zum Newsletter No. 10Bilder zum Newsletter No. 10
Newsletter No. 10 erscheinen

Zum InIIS-Newsletter No. 10 geht es hier.