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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - Press

New Publication: “Facing Organised Violence”

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, BICC hosted an international academic conference on “Facing Organised Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials”. BICC Knowledge Note 2/2015 documents the contributions to and discussions of the conference.

The aim of the conference which took place from 27 to 28 October 2014 in Bonn was to approach current dynamics of organised violence from a critical angle. Speakers and panellists focussed on concepts, means, and practices of organised violence. “Concepts” were reflected as discourses that legitimise the use of violence, such as security policies or military strategies. The panels about “means” referred to the tools and material infrastructure of organised violence, such as the arms industry and conventional weapons (in particular small arms and light weapons—SALW). Visible patterns of behaviour such as rules, norms, and types of actors were investigated in the “practices” section. Building on these three dimensions, the conference discussed “natural resources” and “migration” as two intersecting themes touching organised violence in societal contexts.

BICC Knowledge Note 2/2015 “Facing Organised Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials” was edited by Elvan Isikozlu and Susanne Heinke.