Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

Prof. Dr. Christine Hatzky, Prof. Dr. Brigitte Reinwald, Prof. Dr. Gabbert (all Leibniz University Hanover); Volkswagen Foundation
Vom - Bis
05.10.2020 - 07.10.2020
Onken, Hinnerk

Dealing with violence as part of social crises has been a constant feature in African, Latin American and Caribbean societies since the beginning of European expansion in the late 15th century. Violence appeared in different forms such as conquest and colonisation, the slave trade and slavery, repression in authoritarian political systems, civil wars, ethnic violence, 'feminicidios' and organized crime. In spite (or because) of these challenges, the societies of Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have again and again come up with their own strategies for managing conflicts and ending processes of violence. In this respect, efforts to settle civil wars and internal armed conflicts have generated innovative, alternative conflict resolution strategies. Social reconciliation through, e.g., the establishment of truth commissions proved to be a successful concept.
While history, anthropology and sociology primarily address the issues of continuity and change and the social, cultural, economic and political origins of both, violence and the settlement of conflicts, other disciplines like film, literature and cultural studies engage with the collective memory of violence as well as the processes of remembering and forgetting in the context of specific forms, such as trauma narratives. Literary, cinematic, and other narratives have repeatedly excelled in fathoming the social origins and consequences of different violent processes.
The symposium will address different origins, forms and outcomes of various violent processes occurring in both African as well as Latin American and Caribbean societies and discuss existing peculiarities and commonalities in terms of their forms, patterns and development. In a second step, the focus will be on strategies for the settlement of conflicts.
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The Volkswagen Foundation and the Leibniz University Hanover offer travel grants for early career researchers interested in addressing research on resolving conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Applicants can apply to take part in the Symposium “Dealing with Violence – Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean” in Hanover, Germany, on October 5-7, 2020. Successful applicants will get the chance to shortly present their main arguments in a lightning talk and by actively participating in the panel discussions. Posters on respective projects will be displayed during the symposium. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation.

Your Application Should Contain the Following
- A short description of which benefits you expect from taking part in the Symposium on "Dealing with Violence" in regards to your research.
- An abstract of your current research project.
- A short C.V.
- Apply here:

Participants will be selected by the steering committee. Acceptance will be based on qualification of the applicant as well as relevance, originality and potential to meet the goals of the conference. We will inform the applicants about the results in April 2020.


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