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Junior Research Groups

In the Berlin Center for Interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Research (INTERACT) which is affiliated with the Department of Political and Social Sciences, three Junior Research Groups have been established. In analogy to the center's epistemic goals and commitments, the groups concentrate on three complementary fields of research:

The Junior Research Group "Transnational Conflicts" aims to analyze the transformation of transnational conflict constellations and their political, social, economic, and legal interdependencies. The goal is to identify the changing shapes and dynamics of conflicts that span across geographic borders as well as their consequences for conflict regulation. Aside from the characteristics of and shifts within contemporary conflicts, the research group will also explore how conflict constellations are spatially (regionally and globally) and temporally (historically and procedurally) interwoven and how they are transformed by global power shifts.

The Junior Research Group "Radical Spaces" explores the multifaceted dynamics of processes of social mobilization that are accompanied by (non-)state violence. At the core of its three-year research program are the conditions, forms, and dynamics of radical politics as well as the comparative investigation of contentious politics and patterns of their radicalization and repression. Radical spaces are not narrowly understood as breedings grounds for political violence but as emergent arenas of contentious interactions that radically break with common expectation sand previous patterns of thinking and doing politics. The focus is thus on political subjectivation processes and interaction dynamics between authorities and non-state actors that promote or constrain specific action strategies and condition whether social actors turn violent.

The junior research group "Blurring Boundaries" examines existing concepts, terms and methods of peace and conflict studies with regard to their analytical usefulness as well as their social risks. It will explore how the strongly legal business and human rights approach influences our thinking and speaking about violence and responsibility in the context of transnationally operating corporations, combine genealogical conceptual work with empirical research and aim to intervene in both the academic discussion and the political debate on the topic.