Call for Abstracts

2nd International Conference on

"Rebuilding War Societies: Challenges and Perspectives"



University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq


University of Basrah, Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, and Felsberg Institute (FI)


20-23 November 2017

Application Deadline

15 August 2017


More Info: call for abstracts.pdf


„Study on Eritrean Refugees in Six Different Countries“. Workshop (Hartmut Quehl, Magnus Treiber) Felsberger Institut/Felsberg Institute, Felsberg: 02.-04.03.2017

Felsberg Institute organised and coordinated interview research among Eritrean refugees in six different countries of transit and arrival migration in October and November 2016. Research stays of several weeks have been conducted in international cooperation in Ethiopia (Mulu Getachew), in the Sudan (Günter Schröder), in Libya (Maher Omar), Israel (Yacob Abraham), Italy (Aurora Massa) and Germany (Abdulkadir Shifa). During our workshop interview material has been inspected, common topics and issues have been raised and analysed and finally ethnographic settings and methods have been discussed. A follow-up workshop as well as an academic publication are under preparation.

Researchers and workshop participants at Felsberg Institute (02 - 04 Mar 2017, from left to right):

Aurora Massa, Abdelkadir Shifa, Mulu Getachew, Magnus Treiber, Jacob Abraham, Hartmut Quehl, Günter Schröder


UT Professor of Law Karla McKanders reflects her research visit at FI on 2015’s refugee reception in Germany

Associate Prof McKanders, University of Tennessee, College of Law, co-authored a respective article on “Refugee Reception and Perception: U.S. Detention Camps and German Welcome Centers” in the Fordham International Law Journal, 40(2), No. 4, 2017 (https://ssrn.com/abstract=2942965). Together with her teaching fellow, Valeria Gomez, she compares the detention of refugees in the United States with her experience visiting refugee reception centers in Germany. Her co-author worked as a volunteer lawyer at a detention facility in the US around the same time of McKander’s visit at Felsberg Institute. While a lot has changed since her visit in December 2015, the stark comparison between the two systems of receiving refugees and asylum seekers is still relevant.




Eritrea-archive under construction

Thanks to academic remains and research material, made available here, FI's Eritrea and Third World archive is growing. Among our contributors are Friederike Kemink, Wolbert Smidt, and Günter Schröder. Archive materials will be digitalised successively and aims at allowing a deeper study of historical and contemporary questions as well as promoting interdisciplinary discourse on the region.


ICRoV Conference in Sulaimani - October 17-21 2016

International Consortium for Research on Violence (ICRoV) Conference on:

Rebuilding War Societies 

Continuities and New Beginnings

International Conference in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region of Iraq 

October 17-21, 2016

organised by the Felsberg Institute (FI) in cooperation with the University of Sulaimani and the Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg


The ICRoV Annual Iraq Conference took place in Sulaimani in Northern Iraq from October 17-21, 2016. The Felsberg Institute has organised annual workshop conferences and symposiums in Iraq in cooperation with local and international partners since 2010. For the first time in 2012, emphasis was placed on the topic of “Violence Research”. Since then, Violence Research has become a prominent feature that resulted in the foundation of the “International Consortium for Research on Violence” (ICRoV) in 2013. Since then, these events have been organised in conjunction with the Center for Iraq Studies (CIS) at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.