55th Colloquium of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies: Disciplines of peace and conflict research in dialog

Synergies, similarities and differences with scientific-technical peace research

Scientific and techno­logical peace research emerged in the course of the East-West conflict in connec­tion with the risks of deve­loping and prolife­rating nuclear weapons and has been institutio­nalized at research insti­tutes and univer­sities in Germany since the 1980s. Since then, scien­tists have been re­sear­ching the possible nega­tive conse­quences of new techno­logies, the limi­tation of research and inno­vation to peace­ful goals and the prolife­ration-­resistant design of civilian tech­no­logies. The aim is also to develop alter­native techno­­logical concepts, for example in connec­tion with climate change and environ­mental protection. In view of the multi­tude of crises, be it with regard to in­terna­tional security, arms control or the climate crisis, scientific and techno­logical peace research is an im­portant compo­nent of inter­disci­plinary peace and conflict research. The colloquium, in cooperation with PRIF and the Technical University of Darmstadt, will focus on questions of discipli­­narity and inter­discipli­narity, the self-image of research and policy advice, but also the joint discussion of impor­tant aspects of inter­na­tional security and peace policy.

The Conference is co-organized by the Peace Research Institut Frankfurt (PRIF), the Institute of Political Science at the Technical University Darmstadt and PEASEC and co-financed by TraCe.TraCe Researchers Susanne Buckley-Zistel, Jonas Wolff, Constantin Ruhe, Iris Volg, Laura Guntrum und Stefka Schmid participate in the discussion at the conference.

Here you can find the complete Call for Papers and the preliminary conference program. More information on the conference can be found on the AFK-Website.