Fourth TraCe Research Colloquium in Darmstadt

Interdisciplinary exchange on the concept of transformation with Prof. Dr Wolfgang Merkel (WZB)

On June 21, 2023 from 3 to 7pm the fourth TraCe re­search colloquium took place at the Technical University of Darmstadt. The topic of the colloquium was the con­cept of trans­formation both as a guiding concept as well as an empirical object of the research center. As in previous re­search colloquia, the event began with an intro­ductory input lecture: Prof. Dr Wolfang Merkel from the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) approached the con­cept of transformation and discussed its challenges and potentials.

The participants then got together in small groups to discuss the concept of trans­formation in their own research projects. The focus was not only on the de­finitions of trans­formation(s) used in each case. Also the transformation processes of political violence, researchers have observed in the their projects, as well as their dimensions and forms, were discussed. The question of the object studied and the research design to adequately describe transformation processes was also addressed. The results were then collected in the plenum and commented on by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Merkel. The final discussion summarized the different insights from the research projects and discussed the insights gained during the day about the concept of transformation for further TraCe research.

At the end of the colloquium, the partici­pants exchanged ideas at an in­formal get-together.