Facing Organised Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials
Panelists and speakers will be high-ranking academics from peace and conflict research. Around 100 experts and practitioners of various disciplines from Germany and abroad are expected to participate. The conference will be opened by Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The keynote speaker will be Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame Indiana, USA.
The aim of the conference is to approach current dynamics of organized violence from a critical angle and pose a number of important questions that go far beyond Europe: How can and should we address current problems of violence? Can some manifestations of organized violence be eliminated once and for all? Can others be contained and controlled at the very most?
Speakers and panelists will reflect these questions by focusing on concepts, means, and practices of organized violence. ‘Concepts’, in BICC’s understanding, are discourses that legitimize the use of violence, such as security policies or military strategies. ‘Means’ refer to the tools and material infrastructure of organized violence, such as the arms industry, conventional weapons (in particular Small Arms and Light Weapons—SALW) or military bases. Visible patterns of behavior are investigated in the ‘practices’ of organized violence which lead BICC to conduct research on rules, norms, and types of actors. Building on these three dimensions of research at BICC, ‘natural resources’ and ‘migration’ have been identified as two intersecting themes touching organized violence in societal contexts.