CfP for a Conference on ‚Processes of Radicalization and Deradicalization‘

International Journal of Conflict and Violence (IJCV), in cooperation with the Working Group ‚Orders of Violence‘ in the German Association for Political Science (DVPW)
Conference ‚Processes of Radicalization and Deradicalization‘
Venue: Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (ZIF), University of Bielefeld, Germany 6-8 April 2011

The International Journal of Conflict and Violence (IJCV), in cooperation with the Working Group ‚Orders of Violence‘ in the German Association for Political Science (DVPW), announces a call for papers for an international conference on radicalization and deradicalization. We invite contributions from distinguished scholars and younger scientists from various disciplines, including sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, history, international relations, and area studies. The conference aims at collecting and discussing research on the processes of radicalization and deradicalization, focusing in particular on the following topics:

  • 1) radicalization in repressive settings, such as authoritarian regimes, camps, and prisons;
  • 2) state institutions (liberal or not) as radicalizing/deradicalizing entities;
  • 3) historical periods of transnational diffusion of radicalization/deradicalization (including the spread of repertoires of action, organizational forms, and ideas);
  • 4) the legitimacy of radicalization and deradicalization (vis-à-vis constituencies, third parties, etc);
  • 5) the effects of intra-organizational dynamics on deradicalization;
  • 6) the ‚intended‘ and/or ‚unintended‘ outcomes of radicalization/deradicalization.

Contributors are invited to submit work pertaining to either one of these topics. The call is open regarding the type of collective behavior investigated, whether stemming from social and protest movements, terrorist groups, insurgencies and other non-state armed formations, state institutions. Papers based on comparative approaches, qualitative and ethnographic research, historically informed approaches, studies using small-N data sets, as well as research mixing different data collection techniques are particularly welcome. Abstracts of the final conference paper are expected to be around 5,000 characters in length. Each abstract will be evaluated for:

  • – relevance and pertinence to the conference’s themes;
  • – quality and clarity of the research question;
  • – originality of research;
  • – methodological appropriateness.

Final conference papers may not exceed 50,000 characters (spaces, notes and references included). To allow maximum time for discussion, we intend that all papers should be circulated in advance by e-mail. Pending third-party funding acknowledgement, travel and accommodation may be covered by the organizers.

Please send your abstract to Julia Marth (julia.marth@ijcv.org) until December 1, 2010.