Global/Local Crises as a Challenge for Peace and Conflict Research

March 17-19, 2021 (Online)

The 21st century is characterized by multiple global crises. The climate, energy, food price and financial crises have far-reaching effects at national and local levels worldwide. These effects are potentially developed together with conflicts and can also alter existing conflict lines. International institutions and regulations are also (partly) in crisis. Some of the leading authors are questioning the results of multilateral cooperation, which (should) ensure peaceful coexistence worldwide. State and non-state actors deliberately disregard rules such as international humanitarian law or fundamental human rights or misuse them to legitimise violent intervention, for example with reference to the supposed protection of 'women and children'. We would like to discuss this with you at the conference "Global/local crises as a challenge for peace and conflict research". 

Download the program here (This is the latest version as of March 16, 2021)

After much consideration we have decided to hold the conference exclusively in online format. Registration is mandatory for our planning. You can register by sending an E-mail with your name, country and institution (if applicable) to . We will confirm your registration and send you the password for the Zoom rooms. Register now!

The abstracts for the presentations can be found here.

The conference report of the AFK Conference 2021 can be found here.



In order to enable interpersonal encounters despite the Corona-related distance, we decided to hold the virtual coffee breaks and the shared drink in the evening via Gather.Town. In Gather.Town, you can walk through virtual rooms with the help of a customizable avatar and video chat with other participants once you are in listening distance. Gather.Town will be open 24 hours during the conference and will include:

  • Main room with
    • Poster exhibition of the Netzwerk Friedensforscherinnen, on the occasion of the 30-year existence of the network
    • ZeFKo Booth (Meet the editors: 18th of March, 10:30-11:00)
    • PACS Booth
    • Virtual Bar
    • Cozy tables for conversation
  • Group study room (6 seats) with whiteboard
  • Lecture room with podium


The Planning Team at the OvGU

The planning of such an event is only possible through the great cooperation of several people. This year's planning team at the OvGU consisted of teachers and students from PACS, European Studies and Social Sciences. A big thank you goes out to Claudia Cruz Almeida, Alexander Kusnezow, Julia Dencker, Leon S., Nina Rösler, Clara Kölmel, Laura Zuniga, Lilly Riedel, Benjamin Brow and Stephan Thai Pham. The team at the OvGU was coordinated and supported by Prof. Alexander Spencer and Daniel Beck. 


Get to know Magdeburg

Since we unfortunately can't welcome any guests from outside in our often-underrated city this year, you can get a little insight into Magdeburg and the OvGU by watching the following videos. And if you still haven't had enough of Magdeburg, you can take a virtual tour of the city here

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Also feel free to visit our Facebook event or use the twitter hashtag #AFK2021 during the event. We are looking forward to an interesting conference!

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