The Political Ideas of Peace and Development

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

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

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.

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.