Political Violence Panels at ECPR 2017 – timetable and full details

S46 P082 Dealing with the Past I: How States Deal with the Memory and Legacies of Political Violence
Thursday 09:00 – 10:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P083 Dealing with the Past II: Memories of Political Violence
Thursday 11:00 – 12:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P137 Former Combatants, De-Radicalisation and the State – co-sponsored with S56
Thursday 15:50 – 17:30
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P142 From Rebellion to the Emergence of Quasi-states. Alternative Modes of Governance among Jihadi-Salafist Groups
Friday 09:00 – 10:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P312 Rebel Governance, Alternative Orders, and Contested Sovereignty
Friday 11:00 – 12:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P253 Paramilitaries, Militias, and Self-defense Groups: The Fluid Boundary between State and non-state Armed Actors
Friday 14:00 – 15:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P242 Negotiations, Peace Processes, and Violence
Friday 17:40 – 19:20
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P298 Post-conflict Transitions, Legitimacy and the Effects of Violence
Saturday 09:00 – 10:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P229 Militant Mobilisation and the State
Saturday 11:00 – 12:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205
S46 P313 Recent Trends in European Counterterrorism: A Comparative Perspective
Saturday 14:00 – 15:40
Building: BL16 Georg Morgenstiernes hus Room: GM 205

 

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Daniel Sokatch of NIF speaking at NUI Galway Thurs 18 May: ‘#50isEnough: Israeli Civil Society Confronts the Occupation’

DanielSokatch-Jun2015-160x160Looking forward to talking to Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund at NUI Galway this Thursday about Israeli Civil Society and the Occupation. All are welcome.

#50isEnough: Israeli Civil Society Confronts the Occupation
Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Date/Time: 1.00pm-2.30pm Thursday 18 May
The Bridge, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

The Occupation is now 50 years old and the current political leadership in Israel seems intent on silencing Israelis who want to see it end. Indeed, the debate over the Occupation – and the damage it is doing to both Palestinian society and Israeli democracy – has been removed from the center of public discourse in Israel.  But no problem that is swept under the rug will ever be solved, and Israeli activists are pushing back. We will examine the roots of the conflict and of the Occupation, discuss the impact it has had on both Palestinians and Israelis, and survey some of the strategies Israeli civil society organizations are implementing to challenge the status quo during these challenging times.

Bio
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the California-based Progressive Jewish Alliance (now known as Bend the Arc).
In recognition of his leadership, Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers, in 2002, 2005 and 2008 and 2010.
Daniel has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University. He is married with two daughters and resides in San Francisco.

http://mooreinstitute.ie/event/50isenough-israeli-civil-society-confronts-occupation-talk-daniel-sokatch/

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Recalling Brendan Duddy’s decision to deposit his papers in NUI Galway

The sad news today of the death of intermediary Brendan Duddy prompted me to revisit a short article I wrote a few years ago about his decision to donate his papers to the National University of Ireland Galway. It recalls for me his exceptional energy, stamina and determination, qualities that were essential to his work as an intermediary.
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The image shows sample passes that British representatives gave to the Provisionals at one of their regular secret meetings in Duddy’s house in Derry in 1975

NUI Galway \ RESEARCH MATTERS Issue 5 \ Summer 2013
“In 1997 Brendan Duddy phoned me at my workplace in the University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Centre in Derry. He told me he was impressed with a
book I had just published on the escalation of the Troubles in Derry and asked me to call to his house. I had no idea who he was. Almost four hours later, during which time he spoke to me in urgent and impassioned tones, I still had no idea who he was. He seemed to have some kind of intense personal investment in the peace process whose nature was not at all clear to me and something was holding him back from talking openly. The encounter stuck with me but shortly afterwards I got a job as a lecturer in politics in Galway and left Derry for good. There was no opportunity to inquire further. When I began in 2003 to do some research on Bloody Sunday, an old friend and NUI Galway graduate, Garbhan Downey, suggested I contact Brendan Duddy. He told me cryptically that Duddy ‘had a story to tell’. When I phoned Duddy he agreed immediately to meet me again.
“The tension between his desire to tell his story and the secrecy and silence that he had
been committed to for a lifetime shaped our conversations. His almost physical resistance to speaking about topics on which he had maintained secrecy for so long co-existed with an energy and a capacity for exposition that was inexhaustible.
“Our conversations would continue well into the evening, in the book-lined office, in the kitchen as we waited for the kettle to boil, in the hallway. In a way I was reliving the experiences of the British and Republican interlocuters with whom he would speak for hours on end. Recalling his conversations with the senior MI6 agents he dealt with he told me ‘…in one four hour dialogue with anybody you want to mention, Michael [Oatley], Rob [Browning], any of them, there would be half a sentence that mattered and you trained yourself to listen for that half sentence . . .and it was that half sentence which made the difference, either way.’
“It was two years before he allowed me to start recording these interviews and even longer before he began to talk about sensitive issues, such as the hunger strikes.
“And then, during a conversation in his office in 2008, he paused to lean over and slide
back one of the cabinet doors that were built in below the bookshelves. He explained to me for the first time that throughout the twenty years of his work as an intermediary he had held on to documents. His archive included diaries of the 1975 talks, of the 1981 hunger strike negotiations and of the 1993 contacts. He asked me what I thought he should do with them and I spoke in general terms about the possibilities for lodging them in an archive. Around a year later he told me that he would like to deposit the papers in Galway. The librarian John Cox, the University Foundation and Louis de Paor at the Centre for Irish Studies provided resources for cataloguing the papers. Archivists Kieran Hoare and Vera Orschel set about the task, building on the extensive work already done by Duddy’s son-in-law Eamonn Downey. In 2011 the university celebrated the donation of the papers with a public launch for the Duddy family and a symposium on Negotiating Peace.
“Duddy’s role was that of an active facilitator and mediator. His papers provide an insight into the relationship between the British state and the Provisional Republican movement from the unique perspective of an individual located at the grinding intersection between the two. They will be a key resource for scholars of mediation and conflict for many years to come.”
The Duddy papers are open to researchers.
Dr Ó Dochartaigh has published extensively on this topic and several of his articles are freely available online: https://niallodoc.wordpress.com/publications/
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Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine: CUNY GC 19 April

Organised by the Queens College Irish Studies Program and the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center

Sacred Boundaries: The Search for Peace in Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine

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A Discussion with Niall Ó Dochartaigh and
Daniel Sokatch, moderated by Peter Beinart

Wednesday, April 19
3:30-5:30 p.m.
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street)
Room C-197

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Political Violence and the State at ECPR 2017: panels and papers

Oslo_2017Our section on Political Violence at the ECPR general conference in Oslo this year will be the largest yet, with eleven panels and more than fifty papers from academics from all over Europe, North America and beyond (full details below). The Standing Group, which I currently co-convene with my colleague Stefan Malthaner at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, now has almost 200 members. This year’s section includes panels on deradicalisation and ex-combatants, legacies of violence, governance among Jihadi-Salafist Groups, pro-state paramilitaries, repression, peace processes, rebel governance and European counter-terrorism policies, among others.

Dealing with the Past I: How States Deal with the Legacies of Political Violence

  1. Colombian contested Transitional Truths: the Case of the Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims. Maria Teresa Pinto Ocampo. University of Bristol
  2. Memory Beyond Borders: Dealing with the Legacy of the Northern Ireland Conflict in the Irish Republic, 1969 to 2017. Thomas Leahy, NUI Galway.
  3. The Trouble with Truth: Silence, Denial and the Liberal Democratic State. Cheryl Lawther. Queen’s University Belfast
  4. Troubled Pasts and the Troubling Present. Biljana Kasic, University of Zadar , Croatia.
  5. The Shock of Civil War in Finland and Ireland: the case for cultural sociology. Bill Kissane, The London School of Economics & Political Science

Former Combatants, De-Radicalisation and the State

  1. Counter-radicalization efforts and radical left-libertarian movements. Magnus Wennerhag. Södertörn University
  2. De-Radicalisation, Social Change and Former Combatants. Gordon Clubb, U. of Leeds
  3. Exit and rehabilitation of former extremists: how projects and interventions differ. Tore Bjørgo. Universitetet i Oslo
  4. Narratives and Networks of Former Combatants. Jerome Drevon. University of Oxford
  5. Efforts to manage and follow-up foreign fighter’s returning to their homelands. Tina Wilchen Christensen, C-REX, University of Oslo. Hanna Munden, C-REX/ Dept. pf psychology, University of Oslo

From rebellion to the emergence of quasi-states. Alternative modes of governance among Jihadi-Salafist Groups

  1. Caliphate for the 21st Century – The Role of Violence in the Construction of Daesh’s “Islamic State”. Miriam M. Müller. Hamburg Institute for Social Research
  2. Education under the Islamic State in Mosul. Mathilde Becker Aarseth. Universitetet i Oslo
  3. Governance and Mobilized Islam in North-Syria: 2012-2016. Teije Hidde Donker. Universitetet i Bergen
  4. Syria and terrorism: a challenge from within. Alice Martini. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
  5. Disentangling Legitimacy: Everyday Experiences in and with al-Shabaab’s Insurgency State. Jutta Bakonyi. Durham University

Paramilitaries, Militias, and self-defense groups: The fluid boundary between state and non-state armed actors

  1. Colonel Villebois-Mareuil’s Corps (1898-1900): Political violence, paramilitarism and case-thinking between the state’s local and global levels. Romain Bonnet. Università degli studi di Padova
  2. State Violence and the principal agent approach. Bill Kissane. The London School of Economics & Political Science
  3. The impact of non-state violent actors on democracy: self-defense groups, paramilitary and organized crime in Mexico. Katharina Wagner. Würzburg Julius-Maximilians University
  4. The non-state authorization of armed force: When is it right to hire private military and security companies? Jelle Leunis Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  5. Normative and Non-normative Resistance: An Experimental Examination of Jewish Settlers in the West Bank . Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler IDC-Herzliya, Israel

Recent Trends in European Counterterrorism: A Comparative Perspective

  1. Beyond Counter-terrorism: The Societal Project of Counter-radicalisation. Francesco Ragazzi. Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden
  2. Counter-Terror by Proxy: The Spanish State’s Illicit War with ETA. Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet. Université Saint-Louis Brussels
  3. From Crime to Suspicion: The Radicalisation-Dispositif in Belgium. Fabienne Brion. Université catholique de Louvain
  4. Low-key Leviathan: Counterterrorism, Invisibility and the Disposal Assemblage. Manni Crone. Danish Institute for International Studies
  5. The Gatekeepers of the Political Order: Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Subversion in France. Laurent Bonelli. Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Dealing with the past II: memories of political violence

  1. Memories, silences and representations of the Tuareg rebellions and their settlements in Mali and Niger Adib Bencherif University of Ottawa
  2. Death and Security: Memory and Mortality at the Bombsite. Charlotte Heath Kelly. University of Warwick
  3. Conflicting representations of Political Violence in Italy, 1969 and After Sabrina Nardin University of Arizona
  4. “Places of Conscience” between Surplus of Remembrance and Surplus of Forgetting in Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina Alma Jeftic International University of Sarajevo
  5. Inscribing collective trauma in stone: Brussels terror attacks, one year later Paper Presenter: Ana Milosevic University of Leuven

Negotiations, peace processes, and violence

  1. A technique, not a policy? Negotiations in internal armed conflicts under the shadow of terrorism Carolin Goerzig Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies – MPIfG
  2. A strategic-interactional approach to the cessation of violence: why the IRA ended its campaign Niall O Dochartaigh , NUI Galway
  3. The Peace that Wasn’t: The spectra of Violence during negotiations between the Turkish State and Kurdish mobilizations, 2013-15 Kumru Toktamis Pratt Institute
  4. Misplaced Faith: Reconsidering the Impact of Religion on Negotiated Settlements Jason Klocek University of California, Berkeley
  5. The Failure of Post-Conflict Peace Regime in Mozambique: The Conflict Resurgence in Times of Multi-Party Politics (1994-2013) Manuel Barroso-Sevillano Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Rebel governance, alternative orders, and contested sovereignty

  1. Vicious Saints: How Gangs in Trinidad and Tobago Rule Janina Pawelz GIGA German Institute of Global And Area Studies
  2. Routinized Insurgent Space: A Comparative Analysis of the Spatial Characteristics of Constituenc y Establishment and Maintenance in the PKK and the M-19. Francis O Connor Aarhus Universitet
  3. Fragmenting States and Bare Life: Understanding contested sovereignty in the post Arab Uprisings Middle East Simon Mabon University of Lancaster
  4. Quasi-States and Quasi-Stateness: the Spatial Aspects of State Failure Fedor Popov Moscow State University
  5. The Strategy of Secession, Ryan Griffiths University of Sydney

State responses, repression, and political violence

  1. Synergies in Suffering: Police Violence and Poverty in shaping Maoist violence in India. Jos Bartman University of Amsterdam
  2. Deploying the Past: ‘Shaming’, Narrative Contestation and British Involvement in Torture Frank Foley Kings College London
  3. Learning to Repress: Authoritarian Learning in the Arab Uprisings Quinn Mecham Brigham Young University
  4. Spoilers and Stovepipes: Problems with Intelligence management in Northern Ireland 1969-1976. Tony Craig Staffordshire University
  5. The Theory and Practice of Emancipatory Counterterrorism Sondre Lindahl University of Otago

Mobilisation and the state– images of the state and the effects of repression

  1. Radical Left and the State in Iran and Turkey in the 1970s Sevil Cakir-Kilincoglu Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
  2. Looking for the ‘Heart of the State’: Conceptualizations of Power and Clandestine Political Violence in the Italian Seventies Giorgio Del Vecchio Freie Universität Berlin
  3. ‘Impotence is the magic hood of cowardice’: Developments and Implications of Militant Feminism in Germany between 1975 and 1995 Florian Edelmann Aberystwyth University
  4. Dynamics of Interpretation and Radicalisation: Studying the Intra-Movement Variance in the Anarchist Wave of Clandestine Groups in Greece Sotirios Karampampas University of Sheffield
  5. The Mistreatment of My People: Victimization-by-proxy and Behavioral Intentions to Commit Violence among Muslims in Denmark. Milan Obaidi European University Institute

Post-conflict transitions, legitimacy and the effects of violence

  1. The Subtle Social Consequence of Civil Wars: Psychological distress and the transformation of social networks in Sri Lanka. Matthias Fatke Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU
  2. Dealing with past political violence in Côte d’Ivoire: a successful post-crisis transition? Sophie Rosenberg University of Cambridge
  3. Ajax and the Pentagon: Shaping the Domestic Legacies of Violence Abroad. Alison Bond University of California, Berkeley
  4. The Effects of Traditional Legitimacy: Peace and Conflict in Swaziland and Lesotho Fenja Møller Aarhus Universitet
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Memory Wars: Dubrovnik May 2017

1 Memory Wars is the theme of the twentieth annual Divided Societies course for PhD students and other postgrads in the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik this year. The course runs from 7-14 May 2017 and the fee is a modest 50 euro. There are regular direct flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik (for those traveling from Ireland)  and there is plenty of hostel accommodation in the city for those on a limited budget. Key speakers include Professor Siniša Malešević (UCD). Full details below.

IUC2During the Cold War the Inter-University Centre was a meeting place for scientists and scholars from east and west and its first director was the pioneering scholar of peace and conflict studies, Johan Galtung. After the violent break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s a group of academics came together to establish a course on divided societies at the IUC.

Dubrovnik_IUCThe IUC is just a few minutes walk from the spectacularly beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik. Game of Thrones fans will notice that the IUC is very close to a number of familiar ‘King’s Landing’ filming locations.

If you are interested in attending please contact the IUC (details below) but feel free to also email me at niall.odochartaigh[at]nuigalway.ie and let me know. I am a co-director of the course and will try to answer any queries you may have.

INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE DUBROVNIK
Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel: + 385 20 413 626 / 627, Fax: + 385 20 413 628, E-mail: iuc(at)iuc.hr
http://www.iuc.hr/
http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=1003

Post/graduate Course: ‘Divided Societies XX: Memory Wars’
7 – 14 May 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia

The legacy of violent conflict is at the forefront of contemporary politics in many divided societies where struggles over the past contribute to the regular renewal of tension. On its twentieth anniversary the Divided Societies course examines the memory wars that have become an increasingly important focus of contention in recent decades. It pays particular attention to the Balkans, Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine, three regions where conflict seemed to have been resolved by peace settlements in the early 1990s but where the past continues to contribute to crises in the present. Struggles over the past were somewhat neglected by the founders of the social sciences, concerned as they were to understand the rupture with the past in the modern era. But the growing reflexivity of the modern age was manifested in part in a search for historical foundations, and the proliferation of commemorative rituals. Since the 1980s there has been a rapid growth in academic analysis of the uses of the past and social memory. The growth of new technologies for information storage and retrieval has given added urgency and importance to the question. If modernity brought intensified reflection on the past, the information age is accompanied by a merging of past and present that helps to prolong the afterlife of conflicts. New technologies provide easy access to primary historical sources, facilitate the proliferation of commemorative discourses and help to keep the past constantly to the fore in contemporary debate. The effect is reinforced by new forensic technologies that allow prosecutions for decades-old actions and make it much more difficult to consign previous conflicts to a separate realm called ‘the past’.

The course examines memory as a resource for political mobilisation and as a source of power and legitimation. It analyses commemoration as a site for the temporal and spatial concentration of struggles over the past and discusses legal approaches to dealing with the past. It looks too at alternative historical mechanisms for dealing with the past.

We encourage the participation of students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields and disciplines studying social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, ethnicity and diversity.
The course provides a rigorous interdisciplinary academic programme structured around lectures, workshops and conference-oriented presentations of scholarly research. Course participants will engage in active discussions on the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of research in divided societies. Graduate and postgraduate students’ presentations are also welcome. In addition, the course offers a personal inter-cultural experience of students and faculty from other contexts in the unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.

The course offers ECTS credits for PhD and MA students (3-5 ECTS).
Course website: http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=1003
Course fee: 50 €
Participants in IUC programmes may obtain reduced rates in some Dubrovnik hotels. Please check http://www.iuc.hr/accomodation.php

Lecturers
Saša Božić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Emilio Cocco, University of Teramo, Italy
Lea David, University of Haifa, Israel
Biljana Kašić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Simona Kuti, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Thomas Leahy,  National University of Ireland Galway
Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, Ireland
Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland Galway
Jürgen Pirker, University of Graz, Austria
Ronald Pohoryles, ICCR Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Joseph Ruane, University College Dublin, Ireland
Jennifer Todd, University College Dublin, Ireland
Michal Vašečka, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Daphne Winland, York University, Toronto, Canada
Werner Wintersteiner, Klagenfurt University, Austria
Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Viera Žúborová,  University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia

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Brexit and the North: letter to the Irish Times

A letter in the Irish Times on 5 November 2016 in which I compared Brexit and a possible United Ireland.

brexit-north-letter

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