Interdisciplinary Center for Peace and Conflict Research in Bavaria
Research program – Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions
When tyranny ends, when societies come to terms with their past, or when values change, we observe that people contest meanings in times of transition. How these struggles unfold is essential for societal peace in the present and future.
In the research network Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions we examine these conflicts from an interdisciplinary perspective.
In particular, we focus on meaning struggles over peace strategies by non-state actors, over violence, and over universal rights and diversity.
The overarching goal is to establish a Bavarian Center for Peace and Conflict Research. The center will promote interdisciplinary exchange and connect peace and conflict researchers in Bavaria. Thereby, the network aims at increasing the social and political impact of peace and conflict research in the region and beyond.
Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions (“Deutungskämpfe im Übergang”) is a joint project of scholars from the Universities of Augsburg, Bayreuth and Erlangen-Nuremberg, and the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (Munich-Berlin), coordinated at the University of Bayreuth.
Our guiding question
Under which circumstances do struggles over meaning contribute to peace?
Interpretive struggles about peace strategies of non-state actors
Interpretive struggles around violence
Interpretive struggles around universal rights and diversity
Picture attribution: Stop the war coalition by Chris Beckett (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0); Hiroshima by Jan Sändig, Conflicts.Meanings.Transitions; Diversity/rainbow flag by Benson Kua (CC BY-SA 2.0)