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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