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Machinery of Violence – Resource, Mobilization, and Scale

May 18–19 2018
“Normative Orders” Building of Campus Westend, Frankfurt University, Max-Horkheimer-Str. 2

The conference will begin at 5 pm. Prior to the conference, you are welcome to join the Book Launch at 2 pm.

As we witness the spread of violence, both symbolic and physical, across the globe, it is urgent to understand how violence could endure within structures, practices, cultures, and various forms of mobilization. This conference will convene renowned experts who have conducted profound research on the subject. Various examples and scales of how violence operates will be discussed. In that context, violence is not simply viewed as an outcome of tension but as a mechanism through which actors and organizations stabilize their struggles.

Such a perspective on violence as a resource, which ultimately makes peace-building or democratic projects difficult, may be enhanced by inquiries into the ways violence creates new opportunities in institutionalizing the movements and networks. By the same token, it may shed light on the institutionalization of violence, the transferability of ideologies and violent discourses across spatial and temporal boundaries, the weakness of civil society, the ambiguous role of the state, and the precarious transformation that emerges when authoritarian regimes give way to democracy.

Keynote Speaker

Alexander Hinton (Rutgers University)
UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention

Opening Remarks

Susanne Schröter
Sonderforschungsbereich 1095 „Schwächediskurse und Ressourcenregime“

There is no conference fee. Please register in advance at


“Islamism and the State: Contested Normatives in the Muslim World”

Date & Time: 06.10.2015, 9.15 am – 7.30 pm
Place: Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, Room 5.02, Frankfurt am Main

Please have a look at the program (pdf) for further information.

Islamic Extremism – Prevention and Deradicalization between Approach and Reality

July 3rd 2015, 10–19, Historisches Museum Frankfurt (Flyer & Program)

10.30 Uhr 

Paul Thomas (GB)
‘A Tainted Brand’? Britain's Prevent Programme / Eine ‘beschädigte Marke’? Großbritanniens Präventionsprogramm

11.15 Uhr 

Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen (DK)
The Danish Approach to Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism / Der dänische Ansatz gegen gewalttätigen Extremismus

12.00 Uhr 

Eduardo Valenzuela (FR)
Deradicalisation and Prevention in French Prisons: Public Policy and Research after the Jihadist Attacks / Deradikalisierungs- u. Präventionsarbeit in französischen Justizvollzugsanstalten: Politische Maßnahmen und Forschung nach den jihadistischen Angriffen

13.30 Uhr 

Nele Schils (BE)
Belgian Prevention and Antiradicaliztion policy / Präventions- und Deradikalisierungsmaßnahmen in Belgien

14.15 Uhr 

Thomas Mücke & Hakan Çelik
Ein deutsches Best Practice Beispiel: Beratungsstelle Hessen – Prävention. Intervention. Deradikalisierung

15.30 Uhr 

Steve Weine (USA)
Community Challenges for Countering Violent Extremism / Lokale Herausforderungen im Kampf gegen Gewaltbereiten Extremismus

16.15 Uhr 

Mahdi Qasqas (CA)
From Deradicalisation to Re-Purposing: Preventing Criminal Radicalisation through Youth and Community Empowerment / Von der Deradikalisierung zum ‘Re-purposing’: Die Prävention krimineller Radikalisierung durch Empowerment-Maßnahmen für Jugendliche und Gemeinden

17.30 Uhr 

Muhammad Amir Rana (PK)
Deradicalisation Efforts in Pakistan: Developing a Conducive Environment to Reintegrating Militant Islamist Groups and Individuals / Deradikalisierungsmaßnahmen in Pakstian: Schaffung eines förderlichen Umfeldes zur Reintegration militanter islamistischer Gruppen und Individuen