1 st Corridors Young Researchers Workshop
Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts.
September 3 – 9, 2017, Regenstauf (Germany)
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
The crisis in Ukraine has brought to the forefront the issue of unresolved territorial conflicts in the post-Soviet space. Those protracted conflicts around Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria are complex and run on different levels. All of them have their own local, regional and international dynamics, which change over time and interact with each other. Most of them are influenced by, and are themselves influencing, the international level – either directly or indirectly. However, little is known about the complex interdependencies between the different levels of conflict.
Corridorsis an initiative founded 2016 at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) Regensburg that aims to foster “Dialogue through Cooperation” between societies affected by protracted conflicts in the post-Soviet space. We develop and implement projects that enhance knowledge transfer and create new opportunities for direct people-topeople contact over the divide. In a cross-regional framework we intent to facilitate cooperation between academic and civil society stakeholders to revitalize dialogue between communities. Corridors aims to enhance knowledge and understanding about the context and dynamics around protracted conflicts in the regions and on international level. Combining the expertise of various academic fields and the knowledge from different conflict affected regions, we strive to bring up new ideas to break away from the perpetuated conflict cycle.
The workshop is open for up to 18 graduates, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from Georgia/Abkhazia, Moldova/Transnistria, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Germany from the field of peace and conflict studies, international relations, sociology, and neighbouring disciplines. Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research with their peers and receive feedback from senior international scholars. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and implemented at the IOS. The organizers cover all workshop related costs including travel, accommodation and full board for the selected participants.
Abstract of paper proposals of no more than 1.000 words on issues closely related to the theme “Obstacles and Opportunities for Dialogue and Cooperation in Protracted Conflicts”. Topics may include:
- Conflict structures, perceptions and narratives
- Interdependencies between domestic and international conflict dynamics
- Secession, de facto statehood and patronage
- Bilateral and regional cooperation over the divide
- International organisations and conflict management
- Opportunities and limits for track two and three initiatives in conflict mediation
- Dilemmas for domestic and international actors in dialogue
Please send the abstract together with a CV and a short letter of motivation to Sebastian Relitz (email@example.com) and Frederik Lange (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 30, 2017. For further information Sebastian Relitz Research Associate Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies Email: email@example.com Program Director Corridors www.opencorridors.de
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