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?

Research Areas



Peace Graffiti
17-18 September 2024 | Universität der Bundeswehr München, Neubiberg Keynote speaker: Prof. Andrea Petö (Central […]
On 16 February 2024, the Presidents and representatives of five Bavarian universities founded a new […]
Bericht von Rachel Owusu & Jan Sändig (Universität Bayreuth) Angesichts der Kampfhandlungen in der Ukraine, […]
9-10 October 2024 | Technical University of Munich (TUM Science & Study Center Raitenhaslach) The […]
On 30 November 2023, a round table event was held in cooperation with the Dachau […]
We are pleased about the nice review of the recently published volume “Zur Intervention. Afghanistan […]

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)