Dealing with Violence in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

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Researchers and Professionals

The symposium "Dealing with Violence" will discuss different origins and forms of violent processes in African as well as Latin American and Caribbean societies and focus on strategies to settle such conflicts. Scholars from various disciplines are invited to join the event at Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, on July 25-27, 2022.

So-called Palaver Huts were built in remote villages in Liberia to offer women a first contact point in emergency situations and a place for exchange, where they also receive psychosocial care. (Photo: Sybille Fezer for medica mondiale)
So-called Palaver Huts were built in remote villages in Liberia to offer women a first contact point in emergency situations and a place for exchange, where they also receive psychosocial care. (Photo: Sybille Fezer for medica mondiale)

Dealing with violence as part of social crises has been a constant feature in African, Latin American and Caribbean societies since the beginning of European expansion in the late 15th century. Violence has appeared in different forms such as conquest and colonisation, the slave trade and slavery, repression in authoritarian political systems, civil wars, ethnic violence, ‘feminicidios’ (the murdering of women due to their gender) and organized crime. In spite (or because) of these challenges, Latin American, Caribbean and African societies have repeatedly come up with strategies for managing conflicts and ending processes of violence. Efforts to settle civil wars and internal armed conflicts have generated a variety of conflict resolution strategies and practices. 

Recent peace and conflict research has taken an interdisciplinary approach: History, anthropology and sociology primarily address issues of continuity and change and the social, cultural, economic and political origins of both, violence and the settlement of conflicts. Film, literature and cultural studies engage with the collective memory of violence as well as the processes of remembering and forgetting in the context of specific forms, such as trauma narratives. Literary, cinematic, and other narratives offer valuable insights into the social origins as well as consequences of violent processes. 

This conference will deal with various forms, origins, outcomes and strategies for the settlement of violent processes occurring in African, Latin American and Caribbean societies. Scholars and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic will come together to discuss and compare the similarities and differences of various violence and peace processes. 

Researchers and professionals from business and administration as well as NGOs with a link to violence and conflict management from all fields (e.g. history, political science, cultural studies) are welcome to attend the symposium.

Herrenhausen Symposium
Dealing with Violence - Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
July 25-27, 2022
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany

Program

The program for the Symposium can be found in the download section.

Registration

There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the symposium, please click on the "Registration" button in the column on the right to create a personalized account. Once you are logged in, you can sign up for the event.

Language

The conference language is English.

Accommodation for participants

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. In the column on the right you find information on hotels with room contingents reserved for the participants of the symposium.

Venue and public transport

The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".