Armed Conflict and the Everyday

A transdisciplinary workshop at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University, 29/30 November 2012

In the last decade, conflict studies have increasingly taken an interest in the role and the fate of ›ordinary‹ people in violent conflicts. This interest was, on the one hand, empirically nourished by the growing importance of non-combatants as agents in armed conflicts. On the other hand, it was politically spurred by the strategic importance of the general public in post-war democratisation and liberalisation projects. Since the end of World War II, the majority of conflicts around the globe have been of intra- or trans-state character. Such conflicts are characterised by the blurring of boundaries between combatants and non-combatants, between battlefield and hinterland as well as between times of war and times of peace. War, hence, comes to expand into the sphere of everyday life. These dynamics are empirically well documented, not only in academic works, but also in journalism or autobiographical writings. Systematic research on the issue, however, is still very new. The workshop “Armed Conflict and the Everyday” brings together scholars from different social sciences disciplines to explore the everyday dimension of violent conflict in this tension between normalisation and emergency.

The event is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).