I currently teach the following classes:

  1. SE The Political Ideas of Peace and Development
  2. SE Theories and Practices of Conflict Management and Transformation
  3. WS Elective Conflict Mapping
  4. SE Revolutionary Processes: An Exploration of Tahrir Square and Beyond

1. The Political Ideas of Peace and Development

University of Innsbruck, BA in Political Science, Summer Term 2018

Modular Learning Outcomes

Students understand the classic and modern concepts of political theory. They recognize meta-theoretical premises of political theory by scientific contextualization of key concepts. They can link historic and theoretical perspectives and are because of their dealing with theories on citizenship and human rights, social movements and publics, justice, peace and democracy, migration and globalization, political subjectiveness and power of action, injustice and representation as well as state and government able to work on and explain processes of political significance.

Seminar Contents

From Gustavo Esteva to Ivan Illich, to John Paul Lederach and beyond: This seminar will engage with key texts around the political ideas of peace and its strongly related concept of development. In the first part of the course we will develop a solid theoretical fundament within the fields peace and development theories. In the second part of this course we will apply those theories to a variety of cases of contemporary peace and development processes, with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. After a successful completion of this course, students will know the variety of key texts within the fields of peace and development research. They will be able to independently apply their newly acquired theoretical lenses to selected cases. Furthermore, they will have developed their academic writing skills further and they will have improved their academic presentation and feedback skills.

Course Literature

The course literature is mainly based on the following edited volumes, which can also be found at the University of Innsbruck’s library. In case you should have difficulties with access to texts, please inform me as soon as possible so that we can find a solution.

Dietrich, Wolfgang; Josefina Echavarría Alvarez; Gustavo Esteva; Daniela Ingruber and Norbert Koppensteiner (Eds.) (2011): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective. Houndmills, Palgrave. [also available in a cheaper soft-cover version]

Dietrich, Wolfgang; Josefina Echavarría Alvarez and Norbert Koppensteiner (2006): Schlüsseltexte der Friedensforschung.

Rahnema, Majid and Victoria Bawtree (1997): The Post-Development Reader. London, ZED Books.

The Full Syllabus can be downloaded here: Syllabus_SE_Political_Theory_2018ST

2. Theories and Practices of Conflict Management and Transformation

Seminar PDS562, MA in Peace and Development Studies, Haramaya University, Ethiopia, Summer Term 2018, together with Wolfgang Dietrich

3. Elective Conflict Mapping

Workshop, Haramaya University, Ethiopia, Summer Term 2018

Introducing the approach of Elicitive Conflict Mapping this workshop brings together the transrational peace philosophy with elicitive conflict transformation and provides concrete tools and practices for conflict work. Elicitive conflict mapping (ECM) is based on the fundamental principle that elicitive transformation does not develop or offer ready-made content solutions for the episode of the conflict, but creates a safe space for the parties to work on the necessary changes in their relations, find orientation and recognize new and concrete courses of action in order to address the conflict epicenter. In this context, ECM appears as a crucial instrument that helps peace workers – including students, researchers, facilitators and trainers – to orient themselves in the complex reality of the conflict. ECM is not a classical mapping tool, but is closer to mind mapping, which makes both the process of mapping and the results useful for practical application in the analysis of the conflict landscape of themes, levels and layers. Moreover, ECM has as one of its main purposes to support the conflict process of choosing an appropriate tool for facilitation. Whenever there is a peace intervention, elicitive conflict workers turn into agents of change within the conflict system itself, with the inevitable consequence that they, too, will be transformed.

During the workshop participants will gain a conceptual understanding of the layers, levels and principles of ECM.

4. Revolutionary Processes: An Exploration of Tahrir Square and Beyond

Seminar, 5 ECTS, Department of Political Science, University of Innsbruck, Summer Term 17

The revolutionary processes in the Middle East have had major impacts on the political landscape of the entire region. In this course, we will focus on Egypt’s Tahrir movement, one of the many centers of these processes, which since 2011 has decentralized and taken many—often creative—forms. By drawing on a pluralistic epistemology of political key concepts such as revolution, conflict and peace, as well as theories of social movement and civil disobedience, particular attention will be given to actors at the margins of the Tahrir movement. These voices are often unheard whilst articulating counter-positions to the political regime. This focus will serve as a starting point to also discuss the larger systemic interrelations with protest movements in other countries. Students will have the possibility to participate in an extra-curricular excursion to Egypt in the framework of this course. This will be an opportunity to further expand upon the contents of this class through meeting with colleagues and activists of the Egyptian revolutionary process.

The Full Syllabus can be downloaded here: Syllabus_SE_Revolutionary_Processes