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Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibfired (1944-2018)Prof. Dr. Stefan Leibfired (1944-2018)

What he meant for his colleagues, for the institution SOCIUM, for the University of Bremen, cannot be grasped in a few sentences. Since 1974 professor at the University of Bremen, he was one of the founders of the interdisciplinary research focus Reproduction Risks, Social Movements and Social Policy in 1979, which became a precursor of the interdisciplinary Centre for Social Policy Research (ZeS) founded in 1988. In the ZeS he established the department "Institutions and History of the Welfare State". He was part of it in 2015 when the ZeS became part of the new SOCIUM Research Center Inequality and Social Policy at the University of Bremen.

Stephan Leibfried's personality is linked to significant successes of Bremen's social sciences in designing research projects and raising third-party funds. He was one of the initiators and project leaders of the first Collaborative Research Centre "Status Passages and Risk Situations in the Course of Life" (SFB 186) funded by the German Research Foundation 1989-2001 at Bremen University and was part of the initiative group around Michael Zürn and Bernhard Peters (both from InIIS), which launched the Collaborative Research Centre "Transformations of the State" (SFB 597), funding from 2003 to 2014. From 2004 he was also its spokesman. The latest Collaborative Research Centre "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" (SFB 1342), which has been working since the beginning of this year, finally saw him as an active advisor and helpful supporter.


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"We have been looking for suitable formats for a long time now to engage with citizens on political issues," says Dr. Roy Karadag. The political scientist is managing director of the Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen. The institute already organizes an annual Dieter Senghaas Lecture on world political topics. The event is intended to pay tribute to the work of the co-founder and long-standing director of the institute. At the latest event in the House of Science on "Dealing with the Other in Contemporary Islam", Roy Karadag and his colleagues met with interested citizens. "We invited them directly to the Institute." A new format, the political consultation hour, was born. "We now want to make this offer permanent,"says Karadag.

The InIIS is now offering an open consultation hour. Invited are people who have questions about international politics and conflicts, about political developments and changes in Germany and the world and who would like to exchange views on these questions. The consultation hours are open to everyone, there are no bureaucratic hurdles. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Roy Karadag in advance at or call 0421-218-67468 and make an appointment.

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Roy Karadag in FAZ interview on 15 years Prime Minister Erdogan

The Interview (German).

President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.President Museveri (right) congratulates Dr. Jude Kagoro.
Award for services to police reform in Uganda

Dr. Jude Kagoro, research associate in the DFG-funded project "Policing Africa", which is being carried out under the project management of Prof. Klaus Schlichte at InIIS, received the Golden Jubilee Medal on 6 February 2018 from the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The award is granted for Ugandan citizens for special and extraordinary achievements and is intended to honour Jude Kagoro's contributions to and support for reforms within the Ugandan police force. The laudatory speech says: "Dr. Jude Kagoro, despite his busy schedule at the University of Bremen in Germany, has dedicated time off to help in the establishment of the Police Senior Command and Staff College, guided research and tutored officers. Through his wide research on policing practices, he has not only helped in the development of Uganda Police Force but also contributed to ideology and doctrine. He has contributed enormously in several strategic meetings of the Ugandan Police, and his ideas have had a big impact.  He coordinated linkages with various international scholars and universities including the United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica, which earned Uganda Police a mention during the United Nations General Assembly in 2017.”

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SOCIUM and InIIS raise funds for 16 sub-projects

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "Global Development Dynamics of Social Policy" at the University of Bremen. Over the next four years, the CRC will receive funding of around 11 million euros.
The CRC was applied for by scientists of SOCIUM (Research Centre on Inequality and Social Policy) and InIIS. The speaker will be Professor Herbert Obinger (SOCIUM). Prof. Dr. Kerstin Martens, who will also be a member of the spokesperson team, was instrumental in the application process.

Thus far, this research has focused heavily on the comparison of highly industrialized countries. In the new Collaborative Research Center, the development dynamics of social policy will be analyzed in a perspective that also encompasses the global South. The CRC’s research program will go above and beyond previous social policy research in several respects. First, the program will bring international connections and networks to the forefront of research. National social policy cannot be explained solely on the basis of domestic conditions. Trade relations, migration, war, and colonialism, as well as the worldwide spread of ideas and rules of law, are of great significance for the socio-political developments of individual countries. Second, research in the CRC will be based on a broad understanding of social policy, including, among other things, education policy. Third, the CRC will replace the nation-state internal orientation of social policy research with an interdependency-centered approach.

The research network will be composed of 16 sub-projects and divided into two project areas. Project area A “Global Development Dynamics” (Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken) will consist of six sub-projects, examining the dynamics of development in various fields of social policy worldwide and developing a "Global Welfare State Information System" (WeSIS) database to cover all fields. Prof. Kerstin Martens from InIIS and Prof. Michael Windzio are leading the sub-project "Global Development, Diffusion and Transformation of Education Systems".

Project area B "Transregional Development Dynamics" uses case-study centered qualitative analyses to investigate the causal pathways between international interdependences and socio-political development dynamics for individual groups of countries. Here, InIIS is involved in three projects:
-“Mechanisms for the Dissemination of Social Policy” headed by Frank Nullmeier (SOCIUM), Klaus Schlichte (InIIS) and Delia González de Reufels (Institute of History)
-“Open welfare states? Social Security of Labour Migration and its Impact on National Policy” headed by Prof. Susanne K. Schmidt (InIIS)
-“Transnational Welfare: Ascent, Decay and Renaissance of Social Policy in Africa” headed by Prof. Klaus Schlichte and Dr. Alex Veit (both InIIS).

In addition to the SOCIUM Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies (InIIS), other institutes of the University of Bremen will also be involved: the Institute of History, the Institute of Geography, the Institute for Labour and Economy (IAW), the Center of European Law and Politics, and the Working Group Information Management of the Department of Computer Science. Other collaborators include the Jacobs University Bremen, the University of Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cologne. The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.

The start of the Collaborative Research Center is scheduled for early 2018.
You will find further information on the websites of SOCIUM  and the University of Bremen.

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InIIS.Newsletter No. 7 available

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Workshop-Report published

The Workshop report as PDF

The workshop “International interventions against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict”, organised by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner from 21-23 June 2017 at the University of Bremen, brought together scholars working on questions related to causes and consequences of CRSV, intervention discourse and practices, and evolving relations between intervention organisations, host states and societies. The workshop was divided into three sections: In a first part, the causes and consequences of CRSV and the practice of intervention were discussed. The second section focused on gendered interventions as well as gendered outcomes of interventions. In a third section, the links between CRSV, peacebuilding and state formation practices have been scrutinised.
Three major topics crystallized during the presentations and discussions. The first revolved around academic discussion and diplomatic/media representations of causes of CRSV: while on the diplomatic and media level, rape in conflict-settings is very often presented as a strategic, rational choice of non-state armed groups, academic discussion has moved on towards gender-theoretic approaches and military sociology. A move which is, secondly, partly reflected in policy approaches of implementing organisations. However, as CRSV interventions primarily aim at supporting CRSV victims, they tend to neglect the political and structural conditions underlying these forms of violence. A number of victim groups are neglected, while projects at the same time promote heteronormative norms, reproduce unequal gender divisions, and undervalue the agency of survivors. To reduce CRSV, peacekeepers meanwhile focus on military approaches, even while being aware of their non-appropriateness. A third topic has been unintended consequences of the CRSV hype, such as the neglect of other forms of suffering and the diversion of resources towards the abolishment of underage sexual relations.

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Highlights - University of Bremen Research Magazine

Highlights, the University of Bremen Research magazine, reports in its new issue 35 (winter 17/18) on the InIIS-research project on "International Interventions against Sexualised Violence in Conflict Areas". Dr. Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner are working on the research project.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. The years of continuing crisis and civil war inherited from colonial times have taken a heavy toll on the civilian population. In the past decade, headlines concerning the central African country have been dominated by the atrocities and rape of women and children committed by rebel fighters, armed militia, and the Congolese army. This has not been without effect, and the world decided not to simply look on.

Issue 35 (Winter 2017/2018 of Highlights.



Provisional access through House No. 3

Due to renovation work, the barrier-free access to the InIIS is temporarily not accessible.

As an alternative solution, there is an access via Mary-Somerville-Str. 3 (yellow entrance). On the outside staircase on the right is an elevator for which you need a Euro key.

Drive into building 3 on level 4, where you will pass the glass door on the right-hand side.

Follow the passage on the left. This long corridor makes a few turns (left + half left), don't let yourself get confused! After office 5.4010 you pass another glass door (it's the first one you drive directly to) and enter the staircase of house 5.

You can reach the InIIS on level 2 (right) via the elevator.

If you have any difficulties, please contact Mr. Arnhold (tel. 218 67474), Mrs. Menge (218 67490) or Mrs. Herold (218 67482).

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Vortrag und Workshop mit Dorothea Gädeke (Frankfurt)

Lecture and workshop with Dorothea Gädeke (Goethe Universität Frankfurt/M.).

16.01.18,18:00 - 19:30
Bremen Colloquium on Political Theory
Politics of domination. A critical theory of external democracy promotion" (in German)
InIIS, UNICOM House 7, Room: 7.2210

17:11., 10:00 - 13:00
Think Republican freedom from below (in German)
InIIS, UNICOM, House 7, Room: 7.2210

Registration for the workshop at

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Wilde Theorie "is a series of events within the framework of the Bremen Colloquium for Political Theory under the direction of Prof. Dr. Martin Nonhoff. Here, theorists who are in the phase between doctoral thesis and professorship present their current work for discussion.

We kindly ask you to register in advance for the workshops at, at least one week in advance.

Martin Nonhoff ( will be happy to provide further information on the colloquium as well as materials for the sessions upon request.

The event poster for download.

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