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Project "International Interventions against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Areas

Stellenausschreibung Studentische Hilfskraft

Das DFG-geförderte Forschungsprojekt „Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Ge­walt in Konfliktgebieten“ unter Leitung von Dr. Alex Veit, angesiedelt am Institut für Inter­kulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS / Universität Bremen), sucht für den Arbeitsort Berlin eine studentische Hilfskraft für folgende Aufgaben:

-       Transkription und Dokumentation

-       Literaturbeschaffung an Berliner Bibliotheken

-       Recherche für das laufende Forschungsprojekt im Feld internationale humanitäre und mili­tärische Interventionen und sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktkontexten

Erwartet werden:

-       Sehr gute Sprachkenntnisse in Französisch

-       Gute Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch

-       Nachweis eines Studiums von mindestens 3 abgeschlossenen Semestern in einem sozial-­ oder geisteswissenschaftlichen Studiengang

-       Nachweis guter Studienleistungen

-       Interesse an Fragestellungen der Konfliktforschung, der Internationalen Beziehungen und/oder der Gender-Studies

Bewerben können sich Studierende, die an Hochschulen und Universitäten in Deutschland eingeschrieben sind. Die Stelle hat einen Umfang von 39 Stunden pro Monat und ist befristet vom 1.5.2018 bis zum 31.1.2019. Aussagekräftige Bewerbungen mit einem kurzen Lebenslauf per Email bitte bis zum 11.3.2018 an:

Dr. Alex Veit

InIIS / Universität Bremen

Prof. Dr. Kerstin MartensProf. Dr. Kerstin Martens
SOCIUM and InIIS raise funds for 16 sub-projects

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" at the University of Bremen. Over the next four years, the CRC will receive funding of around 11 million euros.
The CRC was applied for by scientists of SOCIUM (Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy) and InIIS. The speaker will be Professor Herbert Obinger (SOCIUM). Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens, who will also be a member of the spokesperson team, was instrumental in the application process.

Thus far, this research has focused heavily on the comparison of highly industrialized countries. In the new Collaborative Research Center, the development dynamics of social policy will be analyzed in a perspective that also encompasses the global South. The CRC’s research program will go above and beyond previous social policy research in several respects. First, the program will bring international connections and networks to the forefront of research. National social policy cannot be explained solely on the basis of domestic conditions. Trade relations, migration, war, and colonialism, as well as the worldwide spread of ideas and rules of law, are of great significance for the socio-political developments of individual countries. Second, research in the CRC will be based on a broad understanding of social policy, including, among other things, education policy. Third, the CRC will replace the nation-state internal orientation of social policy research with an interdependency-centered approach.

The research network will be composed of 16 sub-projects and divided into two project areas. Project area A “Global Development Dynamics” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken) will consist of six sub-projects, examining the dynamics of development in various fields of social policy worldwide and developing a "Global Welfare State Information System" (WeSIS) database to cover all fields. Prof. Kerstin Martens from InIIS and Prof. Michael Windzio are leading the sub-project "Global Development, Diffusion and Transformation of Education Systems".

Project area B "Transregional Development Dynamics" uses case-study centered qualitative analyses to investigate the causal pathways between international interdependences and socio-political development dynamics for individual groups of countries. Here, InIIS is involved in three projects:
-“Mechanisms for the Dissemination of Social Policy” headed by Frank Nullmeier (SOCIUM), Klaus Schlichte (InIIS) and Delia González de Reufels (Institute of History)
-“Open welfare states? Social Security of Labour Migration and its Impact on National Policy” headed by Prof. Susanne K. Schmidt (InIIS)
-“Transnational Welfare: Ascent, Decay and Renaissance of Social Policy in Africa” headed by Prof. Klaus Schlichte and Dr. Alex Veit (both InIIS).

In addition to the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies (InIIS), other institutes of the University of Bremen will also be involved: the Institute of History, the Institute of Geography, the Institute for Labour and Economy (IAW), the Center of European Law and Politics, and the Working Group Information Management of the Department of Computer Science. Other collaborators include the Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cologne. The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.

The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.
You will find further information on the websites of SOCIUM  and the University of Bremen.

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Workshop-Report published

The Workshop report as PDF

The workshop “International interventions against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict”, organised by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner from 21-23 June 2017 at the University of Bremen, brought together scholars working on questions related to causes and consequences of CRSV, intervention discourse and practices, and evolving relations between intervention organisations, host states and societies. The workshop was divided into three sections: In a first part, the causes and consequences of CRSV and the practice of intervention were discussed. The second section focused on gendered interventions as well as gendered outcomes of interventions. In a third section, the links between CRSV, peacebuilding and state formation practices have been scrutinised.
Three major topics crystallized during the presentations and discussions. The first revolved around academic discussion and diplomatic/media representations of causes of CRSV: while on the diplomatic and media level, rape in conflict-settings is very often presented as a strategic, rational choice of non-state armed groups, academic discussion has moved on towards gender-theoretic approaches and military sociology. A move which is, secondly, partly reflected in policy approaches of implementing organisations. However, as CRSV interventions primarily aim at supporting CRSV victims, they tend to neglect the political and structural conditions underlying these forms of violence. A number of victim groups are neglected, while projects at the same time promote heteronormative norms, reproduce unequal gender divisions, and undervalue the agency of survivors. To reduce CRSV, peacekeepers meanwhile focus on military approaches, even while being aware of their non-appropriateness. A third topic has been unintended consequences of the CRSV hype, such as the neglect of other forms of suffering and the diversion of resources towards the abolishment of underage sexual relations.

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Highlights - University of Bremen Research Magazine

Highlights, the University of Bremen Research magazine, reports in its new issue 35 (winter 17/18) on the InIIS-research project on "International Interventions against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Areas". Dr. Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner are working on the research project.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. The years of continuing crisis and civil war inherited from colonial times have taken a heavy toll on the civilian population. In the past decade, headlines concerning the central African country have been dominated by the atrocities and rape of women and children committed by rebel fighters, armed militia, and the Congolese army. This has not been without effect, and the world decided not to simply look on.

Issue 35 (Winter 2017/2018 of Highlights.



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Workshop vom 21.-23.06.2017 im Gästehaus Teerhof der Universität Bremen

Download the Program as PDF.

In recent decades, political and academic discussions of conflict-related sexualised and gender based violence (CRSV) have made important advances. CRSV has been recognised on the international stage as an important social and security problem. International organisations and NGOs commit large resources to reduce CRSV and to alleviate its effects. Their projects seek to change social conceptions of gender and violence in local contexts in ways that previously have not been envisaged by humanitarian and military interventions. At the same time, a lively academic discussion has highlighted the complex reasons behind CRSV. Moreover, practices of intervention have been critically scrutinized in important ways.

Despite increasing attention to the subject, scholars and practitioners are still far from finding common grounds when it comes to defining causes and consequences of CRSV or the appropriate ways of tackling the problem. Research has sometimes produced contradictory results and continues to struggle with the problem of data collection in this sensible field. Without empirically-based knowledge of the problem, interventions run the risk of generating undesired effects. Also the international focus on CRSV may have led to unintended consequences of intervention.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars from different fields working on questions related to causes and consequences of CRSV, intervention practices, and evolving (gendered) power relations between intervention organizations, host states and societies.

The workshop is funded by the DFG.

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Presentation by Charlotte Mertens (University of Melbourne)

The lecture takes place on Tuesday, June 20th, at 04:00 p.m. in room 7.2210, InIIS/UNICOM.

Charlotte Mertens researches the framing of sexual violence within the discourse of the United Nations and how this is translated on the ground in the context of the armed conflict in eastern DRC. The presentation takes place in the context of the colloquium on Historical International Political Sociology.


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Workshop 05.-07.10. at Guesthouse Teerhof

Organizers: Prof. Klaus Schlichte, Dr. Roy Karadag, Dr. Alex Veit

Social policy in Africa, apart from a few countries, is an understudied field. Existing studies, just as in research on social policy on other continents, strongly emphasize the domestic side of policy development. The workshop instead seeks to integrate both domestic and transnational factors that may explain the rise, demise and renaissance of social politics and welfare states in Africa. Pre-colonial systems of redistribution, the activities of missionary societies and brotherhoods, the role of international organizations, transnational mobilization, and bilateral cooperation are just a few aspects. This exploratory workshop aims “to screen the landscape”, exchange ideas on past and future research, explore previously overlooked questions, identify cross-cutting issues, and understand both similarities and differences across contexts.

The workshop starts on wednesday at 02:00 p.m. You may download the Program as pdf.

Anybody who is interested is invited to participate. The attendance is free, but you are asked to register yourself by email to Dr. Alex Veit.

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International Intervention against sexualised violence in conflict regions

a research project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), seeks to understand the impact of international projects and programs against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict zones. During the next three years, InIIS-researchers Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner will seek to analyse how interaction between international and local actors produces new political and social realities. Do international interventions fulfil their aims of reducing SVC and alleviating its consequences? Do projects and programs produce unintended outcomes and side-effects? The investigation is based on a qualitative comparison of two case regions within the Democratic Republic of Congo.