[PolPsy-DEU] Fwd: Call for Papers: Zentrumstage 2022, July 14-16 / Center for Conflict Studies

Christopher Cohrs christopher.cohrs at uni-marburg.de
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Betreff: 	[zfk-member] Call for Papers: Zentrumstage 2022, July 14-16 / 
Center for Conflict Studies
Datum: 	Wed, 01 Dec 2021 15:16:53 +0100
Von: 	Zentrum für Konfliktforschung <konflikt at staff.uni-marburg.de>
Antwort an: 	Zentrum für Konfliktforschung <konflikt at staff.uni-marburg.de>
An: 	zfk-staff at lists.uni-marburg.de, zfk-alumni at lists.uni-marburg.de, 
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Call for Papers

“Societal Conflicts: Collective Action in an Unequal World”

Zentrumstage 2022

An international conference by the
Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg

July 14-16, 2022

Classical conflict theories often understand conflict as a universal 
feature of society. But there is variation. Over the last decades, in 
different countries and continents, we have seen a rise of societal 
conflicts, epitomized in a growing number of street-level collective 
action. At the same time, economists and social scientists have observed 
a fairly generalized increase in economic and concomitant political 
inequalities within societies. This begs the question of whether and how 
these trends are related. Does politics become more contentious when 
inequality increases? How does collective action unveil, contest, or 
even co-produce inequalities? What kind of inequalities are in the focus 
of collective action and which ones remain at different levels of 
conflict, and why? The Zentrumstage 2022 conference seeks to bring 
together scholars to study societal conflicts, and the roles that 
inequality and collective action play in them.

The salience of inequality and collective action in conflict is apparent 
in different types of conflict and at different stages of the conflict 
process. Inequality can serve as an underlying driver for conflicts or 
can help prevent them. Inequality affects the resources available for 
parties in confrontation, and the strategies that actors take in 
conflict settings. Meanwhile, the conflict process redistributes 
resources and power in a way that reconfigures inequalities, and the 
aftermath of conflicts brings about new patterns of social relations, 
legitimacy claims, and new exclusions. But inequalities themselves are 
usually not enough to explain conflict. In order to organize successful 
protests, disadvantaged actors need to frame their perceived injustices 
and overcome collective action problems. Their ability to negotiate 
these processes will influence conflict strategies and processes, and 
their capacity to stake new claims as conflict escalates and de-escalates.

By focusing on inequality and collective action in the study of 
conflict, we hope to enrich the academic debate in conflict studies. We 
invite contributions on the relationship of inequalities and collective 
action and their respective role for societal conflicts. We welcome 
papers from a variety of disciplines (conflict studies, social movement 
studies, political science, gender studies, area studies, economics, 
psychology, anthropology, sociology and others) drawing on a variety of 
methodologies (qualitative, theoretical, and quantitative). We also 
welcome research on topics associated with either high-intensity 
societal conflicts, such as armed conflict or violent protests, or 
low-intensity conflicts, such as peaceful protests, redistribution 
claims, coalition dynamics, etc. Examples of suitable topics would be:

• collective action in unequal societies
• social justice and inequalities
• different types of inequality and their contestation
• peaceful protests
• local peacebuilding
• democratic and anti-democratic social movements
• inequality in transitional justice movements
• social movements online

To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words to 
ccs2022 at staff.uni-marburg.de by the 24th of January 2022. Please 
indicate if you are a PhD student, Postdoc, or (Assistant, Associate, or 
Full) Professor as well as if you are based in an institution in the 
Global South. The conference language will be English.

We are currently applying for funding and, if successful, we might be 
able to offer some travel and/ or accommodation grants for presenters. 
However, for the moment, we cannot guarantee any travel or accommodation 

The Organizing Team: Irem Aki, Felix Anderl, Astrid Juckenack, and 
Miquel Pellicer


Zentrum für Konfliktforschung
der Philipps-Universität Marburg
Ketzerbach 11
35032 Marburg

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