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Vortrag im Rahmen des Habilitationsverfahrens von Dr. Gundula Ludwig

Montag, den 05.07. um 09:30 hält Gundula Ludwig den 30minütigen Vortag mit anschließendem Kolloquium. Die Veranstaltung findet per Videokonferenz statt. Interessierte melden sich bitte bei Gundula Ludwig an (gundula.ludwig@uni-bremen.de).

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Virtueller Autoren-Workshop 08.-09.07.2021

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The foreign policy of Africa’s Great Lakes Region: Ideas, interconnections, and instruments

  • Virtual Author Workshop 8 and 9 July 2021, University of Bremen, Germany, organized by Dr. Jude Kagoro jude.kagoro@uni-bremen.de and Julian Friesinger julian.friesinger@uni-bremen.de

 

Yoweri Museveni has just been re-elected for another five-year term as Ugandan President. Ruling the East African nation since 1986, Museveni is now set to rule Uganda for four decades and presently is the 3rd longest serving president in Africa only behind Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Cameroon’s Paul Biya. Across Uganda’s border to the South, Paul Kagame, Museveni’s former comrade-in-arms, has also established an environment that allows for the long-term rule of the rebel-turned-president in Rwanda. Kagame has been president for 20 years and in a de facto sense 26 years, since his Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took power in 1994. Rwanda in many ways resembles Museveni’s Uganda. Crucial for consolidating Museveni’s long-term rule has been the militarization of politics and society which arguably also applies to the latter case of Rwanda.

The aspect of militarization has gained traction beyond the field of political sociology and the study of regime stability and found its way into foreign policy analysis. One important legacy of former rebel leaders and their movements has been the institutionalization of militarization and securitization at the regional level and the relations of these states, that is particularly evident in the case of the Great Lakes region, visible for example in the transformation of regional bodies such as the Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD). This makes militarization a central aspect of the foreign policies of the countries in the Great Lakes region. The violent past and the resulting militarization is therefore bound to remain an influential determinant of the regional relations of East African states.

However, militarization or in this case military intervention has largely remained the last resort and is only one tool of foreign policy that governments dispose of. Diplomacy as the classical tool, but also trade have always played crucial roles in the foreign policy of states, also of East African nations. This is all the more evident when one also considers Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi. The traditional instrument of diplomacy and alliance building as well as trade have played a crucial role here. Uganda’s elite has always fostered a pan-Africanist discourse and due to Museveni’s socialization in Nyerere’s Tanzania also retained close ties to Tanzanian and Kenyan elites. Economic integration has remained a central concern of the East African region since the rekindling of the once collapsed East African Community and is still a priority on the agenda of these states. Furthermore, the foreign policy of states has always been influenced by their domestic political sphere, the elites’ instincts of self-preservation and continued rule, but also by perceptions of a country’s population. China also plays an increasingly important role in the international system and therefore also has an impact on the foreign policy of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

We take the renewed interest in the foreign policy of the Great Lakes Region as a starting point to inquire more broadly about the current state of the international relations of the area and seek to engage different scholars in that debate during an online workshop on 8 and 9 July 2021 that will be held within the framework of our research project “Figurations of Internationalized Rule in Africa” which is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation).

Though not cast in stone and adjustments are expected, we intend to orient the workshop around three major themes: the micro-level of foreign policy, militarized foreign policy and global politics:

- The micro-level: How are the elite segments within bureaucracies and the foreign policy apparatus constituted, how and where were they socialized, and what image of foreign policy do they pursue? Do we see corresponding images among elites across nations or are these at odds with each other?

- The domestic/regional level: What role do militarized solutions play alongside the other instruments of foreign policy? What local perceptions and historical narratives drive the foreign policies of states in the Great Lakes region? What preference for instruments can we see in the wider region of East Africa?

- Interconnectedness between domestic and foreign policy: To what extent do authoritarian governments have to react to domestic policy pressures and how does the domestic sphere influence foreign policy?

- The interaction of the international system and foreign policy of the states of the Great Lakes region: Do we see an impact of the emerging multipolar international system on the foreign or domestic policy of the countries of the Great Lakes region or the area as a whole? How do African governments react to changing international relations?

We specifically invite contributions that either compare different states in the Great Lakes Region or look at the connection between the domestic sphere of politics and the foreign policy of countries (in-depth country study). Moreover, we are also interested in manuscripts that look at how countries in the region insert themselves into the international world order.

Please send a short abstract of no more than 500 words until 31 March 2021. Contributions for the workshop are chosen on a competitive basis.

We intend to discuss manuscripts related to the above questions during a two-day online workshop on 8 and 9 July 2021. We plan to publish the papers in an edited volume with an internationally renowned publishing house.

Contact

For any further questions, please contact us via:
Dr. Jude Kagoro jude.kagoro@uni-bremen.de
Julian Friesinger julian.friesinger@uni-bremen.de

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Am 25. Februar um 18:30 Uhr

Am Donnerstag, den 25. Februar 2021, 18:30 Uhr präsentiert Philipp Schulz sein neues Buch 'Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Perspectives from Northern Uganda', University of California Press.

Die Einlogdaten finden Sie auf der Seite des Veranstalters, des Graduate Institute Geneva.

Das Buch ist Open Access verfügbar.

Basierend auf originärer empirischer Forschung dokumentiert das Buch die Erfahrungen von männlichen Überlebenden sexueller Gewalt in Nord Uganda. 

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Digitale Ausstellung ist eröffnet


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Ab 15.12.2020 kann die digitale Ausstellung „Covid-19: Ein Mosaik. Politiken des Lebens in Zeiten der Corona-Krise“ besucht werden:www.covid19-mosaik.de

Die Grundkonzeption der Ausstellung ist im Rahmen eines Seminars zu Perspektiven aus der Politischen Theorie auf die Corona-Krise entstanden, das Gundula Ludwig im Sommersemester am Institut für Politikwissenschaft angeboten hat. Die Podcasts und Präsentationen der Studierenden werden nun öffentlich zugänglich gemacht. Ergänzt wird die theoretische Auseinandersetzung mit Beiträgen von Aktivist*innen und zivilgesellschaftlichen Akteur*innen wie der Black Community Foundation Bremen, Ende Gelände, FAU Bonn, Mission Lifeline, Seebrücke, Together we are Bremen und vielen anderen. So entsteht ein vielfältiges Mosaik zur Corona-Krise, das eine Brücke zwischen aktivistischem und akademisch-kritischem Wissen schlägt und die vielschichtigen Aspekte der ungleichen Politiken des Lebens in der Corona-Krise sichtbar macht. 

Gefördert wurde das Projekt im Rahmen der Sonderausschreibung „Corona-Krise und die Humanities“ der interdisziplinären Verbundforschungsplattform „Worlds of Contradiction“ der Universität Bremen. Geleitet wurde das Projekt von Gundula Ludwig und Philipp Schulz, Mitarbeiter*innen waren Gunnar Bantz, Renée Gerber und Sara Kirch.

Bei Rückfragen zur Ausstellung und der Entstehung des Projekts wenden Sie sich an pdl2020@uni-bremen.de 

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Section 57: The Internationalised Politics of Welfare

Der Call zum Download (PDF).

 

ECPR General Conference 2021, 31 August – 3 September 2021, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Chairs: Kressen Thyen (University of Bremen) & Alex Veit (University of Bremen)

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Political Economy and Welfare State Politics

In recent years, scholars of welfare state politics and social policy have paid increasing attention to internationalised welfare as a field of study. In contrast to the traditional welfare state literature which conceptualizes social policy primarily as a national issue, this relatively new branch of scholarship emphasises the influence of global dynamics and international entanglements on both social needs and welfare provision. Elements of internationalisation include a broad range of factors, from imperial legacies, globalized economies and geopolitical dependency to internationally fostered and financed social policy designs and benchmarking practices. These factors are particularly influential, but not limited to, welfare states in the Global South.

Different strands of research have contributed to our knowledge of internationalised welfare. Phenomena of internationalised welfare have been described in the fields of social history, international political economy, development studies, and public policy/global social policy. Also, more practice-oriented research on poverty reduction research, global health and humanitarian aid have contributed immensely. These research fields, however, are often too disconnected to bring forth collectively shared understandings of internationalised welfare.

Bringing these different strands of research together, this section seeks to advance empirical and theoretical discussions about internationalised welfare. Doing so, we aim to highlight continuities and changes in internationalised welfare from the ‘age of empires’ to the present period of ‘global social governance’. Specifically, we ask: How do global challenges and international political structures – from imperial rule to global governance – impact on national and local welfare institutions? What role do international and transnational actors play in the design, finance and provision of welfare systems? Which ideas and interests drive such involvement? Finally, how does internationalisation impact on state-society relations and collective expectations of the (welfare) state?

To address the above questions, we invite panels and papers from various disciplinary, geographical, and methodological backgrounds. We specifically encourage, but are not limited to, contributions focusing on welfare systems in late-developing and less industrialised economies as well as on international responses to welfare state crises.

 

 

How to submit your panel or paper

The section presently consists of four initial panels (abstracts below). We welcome individual paper proposals to these panels. To facilitate planning, please send your paper abstract by email to the section chairs by January 31, 2021.

Additional panel proposals, complete with 3-5 papers, and additional individual papers, are equally welcome. These should be submitted to the ECPR online platform by February 10, 2021: https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/SectionDetails/1129

For any questions, please contact section chairs Alex Veit (veit@uni-bremen.de) or Kressen Thyen (thyen@uni-bremen.de).

Initial panels

From Imperial to Post-Imperial Welfare Policies: Continuities and Changes

Panel Chairs: Roy Karadag (karadag@uni-bremen.de) & Alex Nadège Ouedraogo (ouedraogo@uni-bremen.de)

This panel targets the imperial sources of internationalised welfare. It aims to bring together scholars who investigate and critically reflect upon the ideas, policy measures and practices of empires in identifying, problematizing and dealing with poverty, social crises and contestations from excluded groups across global peripheries. What were the features of this imperial wave of global social policy? Under which conditions did imperial politicians, bureaucrats and academics engage with teaching, healing and nurturing subject populations in colonies and protectorates? In which ways were these policies and practices themselves transformed in the late imperial years after the Second World War? What were the overall consequences for social policy making after decolonisation had finally materialised?

Organised around this set of questions, contributions ideally bridge the gap between themes of dependent development and the politics of empire, on the one hand, and of welfare statism and social policy, on the other hand. In particular, the goal is to theorise what the ‘imperial’ is in ‘imperial social policy and welfare’. Geographically, we invite papers that cover African, Middle Eastern and Asian contexts of imperial rule. With regard to policy fields, papers may cover anything from education, health, food, labour, pensions, housing and social assistance schemes. Contributions may render the multi-sited and multi-causal nature of imperial policy making visible, for example by investigating the various imperial justifications of policies and regulations, and the contestations they produced both within and beyond the respective imperial institutions.

Welfare in theGlobal South: Between Popular Contention, Statebuilding and Internationalisation

Panel Chair: Alex Veit (veit@uni-bremen.de)

This panel interrogates postcolonial welfare states in the Global South as processes and products of entanglement between domestic, international and transnational political configurations.

On the national level, public welfare connects state organizations and social groups. It may increase state legitimacy, but also trigger new demands. It addresses social inequality, but also manifests group privileges. It symbolises nationhood and provides vision, but also exposes gaps between ambition and implementation. Geographically, welfare bureaucracies embody the state in the most remote village, but also reproduce urban-rural divides. Welfare administrative knowledge is the backbone of planning for the public good, but such data can also be used as a tool of control and repression. In sum, welfare provision creates colourful, often contradictory bonds between states and populations.

At the same time, welfare states of the Global South are strongly internationalised. The design, finance, and provision of welfare is a complex process in which international organisations, bilateral donors, transnational NGOs, religious organisations and expert communities are centrally involved. While such international involvement arguably creates a “global social policy” in its infancy, it also renders concepts of sovereignty, citizenship, democracy, accountability, entitlement, and durability highly precarious. This fundamentally puts into question previous assumptions on welfare state formation.

To address these processes of entanglement between international, transnational and domestic configurations, we invite papers addressing or relating to the following questions: How can we conceptualise welfare in the Global South? How does internationalisation impact on everyday patterns of legitimation and contestation? In what ways did neoliberalism and structural adjustments disrupt postcolonial welfare politics? Where do countervailing ideas emerge against dominant welfare approaches?

Globalisation and Social Questions in the Countryside

Panel Chairs: Klaus Schlichte (klaus.schlichte@uni-bremen.de) & Anna Wolkenhauer (anna.wolkenhauer@uni-bremen.de)

A lot is going on in the countryside. In recent years, Sociology, Development Studies and Political Science have paid renewed attention to rural areas for a number of reasons. Deteriorating food security, increasingly frequently felt impacts of climate change, and a growing awareness of sustainability issues have put farmers back at the centre of attention.

Practices like land-grabbing, the depletion of natural resources, food insecurity or huge gaps in public service delivery seem to fuel forms of opposition that have hitherto rather been ignored by “capital IR”. This panel aims at interrogating social questions that specifically address rural areas, rural populations and internationalised politics targeting them. This can include social policies, rural development, food policies or other schemes geared by “the will to improve” (Tanya Li).  While locally effective, state and non-state policies are embedded in a global system of development initiatives, governance structures, trade rules, and political representation more widely. We are convinced that IR is well-advised not to ignore the connections between rural change and international structures – historical and contemporary.

This panel invites contributions from IR and other disciplines related to the following questions: How are structural transformations in the countryside addressed by (internationalised) welfare? How have state retrenchment and a neoliberal redefinition of social policy affected rural areas? How are social and political questions related in the countryside; do welfare and political representation interact? What potential do food security interventions hold for social inclusion and transformation?

Climate Change and Poverty: Vulnerable Populations, Human Security & Social Justice

Panel Chair: Simon Chin-Yee (s.chin-yee@ucl.ac.uk)

Climate change plays an increasingly important role in discussions of poverty, human security and socio-economic risks. Vulnerable populations are increasingly susceptible to weather shocks, desertification, sea level rise and conflicts which can lead to poverty traps. Sustained eradication of poverty will depend on many socio-economic conditions, including access to health care, education and economic growth. Climate change impacts on poverty exponentially as vulnerable populations are more exposed to its effects and have less capacity to adapt or react to natural disasters. Additionally, climate change is increasingly seen as a threat multiplier further exacerbating impacts on human security. These are human rights and climate justice issues.

This panel seeks to examine how changing environmental conditions are impacting vulnerable populations with an eye to the future, answering questions such as: How can vulnerable communities avoid falling into the poverty trap? How do populations cope when experiencing negative shocks in multiple channels simultaneously? What responsibility does the global climate regime have to address issues of human rights and vulnerable populations? To what extent are climate related risks addressed by internationalised social policy-making?

 

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Ehemaliger InIIS-Mitarbeiter für hervorragende Lehre unter Covid-19-Bedingungen ausgezeichnet

In dem interdisziplinären Seminar "Schlüssel zur Welt: Die Bremischen Häfen in der Globalen Politischen Ökonomie" im Sommersemeste 2020 führten Studierende selbständig Interviews und erarbeiteten Beiträge für einen Podcast. 

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Interview mit Sebastian Möller zum Hafenseminar in "up2date" vom Juli 2020.

Hier gelangen Sie zum Hafenblog von Sebastian Möller.

 

Sebastian Möller arbeitet mittlerweile an der Cusanus Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung in Bernkastel Cues. Das InIIS gratuliert ganz herzlich.

 

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Neue Veranstaltungsreihe als ZOOM-Meeting

Mit einem Beitrag von Klaus Schlichte über Feldforschung im Auswärtigen Amt startet am 09.12. die InIIS-Lunchtime. Die Reihe wird von Susanne Schmidt veranstaltet. Alle Veranstaltungstermine finden Sie hier.

Interessierte von außerhalb des InIIS melden sich bitte vorab bei Peter Arnhold (arnhold@uni-bremen.de).