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Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - Events, Highlight

Conference: Facing Organized Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC) hosted a two-day international academic conference on “Facing Organized Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials” from 27 to 28 October 2014 in Bonn.

Keynote speech by Carolyn Nordstrom (via Skype); Photos: B. Frommann/BICC

Panelists and speakers were high-ranking academics from peace and conflict research. Around 100 experts and practitioners of various disciplines from Germany and abroad participated. After a welcome by Conrad Schetter the conference was opened by Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Initial addresses by Thomas Göbel, Head of Divison, German Federal Foreign Office, and Jakob Rhyner, Director, United Nations University, followed.

The keynote by Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame Indiana, USA, was given via Skype.

Welcome by Conrad Schetter (in English, pdf)

Opening speech by Svenja Schulze (in English, pdf)

"Ministerin Schulze: Wichtige Beiträge zur Friedens- und Konfliktforschung aus dem Konversionszentrum in Bonn" (Press release of the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in German)

"BICC feiert 20-jähriges Bestehen" (Report from Bonn, in German)

Programme of the conference

Press release (in German)

Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westfalia

 

Conrad Schetter, Director for Research BICC

 

 

 Thomas Göbel, Head of Divison, German Federal Foreign Office

 

Jakob Rhyner, Director, United Nations University

 

Michael Dedek, Director for Administration, and Herbert Wulf, Founding Director of BICC (f. l. t. r.)

 

The conference was sponsored by the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn and the U.S. Consulate General Düsseldorf.