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25 Jul
25. July 2022 27. July 2022
Symposium in Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, July 25-27, 2022


Dealing with violence as part of social crises has been a constant feature in African, Latin American and Caribbean societies since the beginning of European expansion in the late 15th century. Violence has appeared in different forms such as conquest and colonisation, the slave trade and slavery, repression in authoritarian political systems, civil wars, ethnic violence, ‘feminicidios’ (the murdering of women due to their gender) and organized crime. In spite (or because) of these challenges, Latin American, Caribbean and African societies have repeatedly come up with strategies for managing conflicts and ending processes of violence. Efforts to settle civil wars and internal armed conflicts have generated a variety of conflict resolution strategies and practices.

Recent peace and conflict research has taken an interdisciplinary approach: History, anthropology and sociology primarily address issues of continuity and change and the social, cultural, economic and political origins of both, violence and the settlement of conflicts. Film, literature and cultural studies engage with the collective memory of violence as well as the processes of remembering and forgetting in the context of specific forms, such as trauma narratives. Literary, cinematic, and other narratives offer valuable insights into the social origins as well as consequences of violent processes.

This conference will deal with various forms, origins, outcomes and strategies for the settlement of violent processes occurring in African, Latin American and Caribbean societies. Scholars and practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic will come together to discuss and compare the similarities and differences of various violence and peace processes.

The international conference “Dealing with Violence –Resolving Conflicts in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean” consists of 9 panels (two of which will take place online on June 1, 2022, 6 - 8 pm and June 2, 2022, 4 - 6 pm), 2 keynote addresses and a public round table on gender and violence on July 26, 2022 at 6 pm.

40 participants coming from Argentina, Austria, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Lesotho, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, the UK and the U.S. will present and discuss their research in person and online.

The conference will be accompanied by the exhibition “Art of Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya” authored by Halkano Abdi Wario and Absolom K. Aswani (curator).

Registration: https://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/en/events/calendar-of-events/herrenhausen-symposia/dealing-with-violence-in-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean

More information and full programme:



Centre for Atlantic and Global Studies - Leibniz University Hanover and VW Foundation


25. July 2022 27. July 2022
12:00 o'clock - 16:00 o'clock

Public contact

Hinnerk Onken
Historisches Seminar - Leibniz Universität Hannover


Herrenhausen Palace
Herrenhäuser Straße 5
30419 Hannover