Lectures: Worldwide conflicts

Series of presentations regarding „Worldwide conflicts“
During the summer semester 2016 there has been presented a variety of different presentations in regard to conflicts all over the world.

The first topic of the series of lectures has been „Gewaltkonflikte heute“ (present violent conflicts). In the following weeks, there have been another eleven presentations regarding different trouble spots worldwide. Afterwards, there has been the chance to ask questions and the participants had the opportunity to discuss the topic.

The presentations had a big topical variety and the trouble spots locations have been distributed all over the world to represent different kinds of conflicts in regard to different cultural standards. While choosing the speaker, we tried to choose people who could give neutral and divers viewpoints. A lot of topics revolved around the continent Africa, e.g. “40 Jahre Westsahara Konflikt” (40 years Westsahara conflict). Moreover, in regard to Asia one presentation focused in the problems in the Himalayan educational sector and another one addressed the background and history of national minorities in the People’s Republic of China.

The students could broaden their knowledge by listening to the presentations and now they are, hopefully, able to process the present political events better.

Seminar “Worldwide conflicts”
We organized a seminar during the summer semester that took place at two weekends. After the students got to know each other, the participants gave presentations about the topics that have been presented before during the lectures to get everyone up to date. Our aim was to design the weekends as interactive as possible. That way, the students could be actively involved in all parts of the seminar. By using different methods, such as role plays, group and plenum discussions, we made sure to give the students a more in depth understanding of the conflicts. The teacher provided the participants with additional information and educational advice. The exchange of students’ views and the controversional debates were the focus of the seminar. At the last day, we practiced the learning content by performing a simulation game.

All in all, the seminar was a huge success. The evaluation showed a lot of positive feedback. Furthermore, we have also been really happy with the way the seminar worked out and are happy for being able to collect the experience, that will help us with projects in the future.

For the summer semester 2017 we are planning the next seminar. This time we want to address the “sustainable development goals and the human right to water”. (More information are provided here.)

Below, you will find a table where all the information to the lectures are collected. Also, you will find additional information that was provided by the seminars’ participants.

Referent: Titel:
Prof. Dr. Jörg Calließ Gewaltkonflikte heute – und warum es so schwer ist, sie zu beenden
Ademola Adediji  Boko Haram: Die Entstehung und Eskalation einer radikal-islamischen Sekte
Jan Brandner  Bildungssektor Ladakh im Himalaya
Mohamed Badati 40 Jahre Westsahara-Konflikt
Christina Gardewin
Burkina Faso – Gold vs. ABC
Maissara M. Saeed  Southern Sudan – We refuse to be what you wanted us to be (a story of a broken country)
Francisco J. Marí Piraterie, Überfischung, Ölförderung, Tiefseebergbau – Globale Konflikte im Meer und an Küsten
Felix Münch Osteuropa
Dr. Julia C. Schneider ‚Nationale Minderheiten’ in der VR China – Eine Einbettung der heutigen Konfliktsituation in den intellektuellen und historischen Diskurs 
Prof. Dr. Axel Schneider Gefangen zwischen Geschichte, ökonomischen Interessen und außenpolitischem Realismus: Taiwans schwierige Lage und das Konfliktpotential in Ostasien
Thomas Fischermann Die Spiele und der Untergang: Brasilien vor Olympia
Prof. Dr. Schmidt am Busch Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit Die Französische Revolution, die Idee des Sozialismus und die Grundlagen der heutigen Sozialphilosophie