New Funding: DSF supports 20th Annual HiCN Workshop

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We are happy to announce that ISDC has been awarded funding from the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung (DSF)). The funds were awarded to support the organization of the 20th Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) Annual Workshop, which is set to take place on 1 & 2 October, 2024 in Berlin, Germany.

Since 2004, the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) has fostered academic research and learning on the micro-level experiences and consequences of violent conflict. While the HiCN working paper series is the fundament of HiCN’s contribution to academia, the flagship activity of HiCN has been its Annual Workshops. Every year, a different host institution cooperates with the HiCN Co-Directors to issue a call for papers that empirically analyze the causes, functioning, and consequences of violent conflict around the world, and of approaches to resolving these conflicts.

To mark its 20th anniversary, the 2024 HiCN Annual Workshop will take place at Humboldt-University of Berlin on 1 and 2 October, 2024. Co-Directors Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, and Philip Verwimp are hosting the workshop under the theme ‘The Micro-level Analysis of Poly-Crises,’ thereby taking stock on the developments of rigorous, quantitative analysis in conflict settings and pushing its boundaries forwards. Poly-crises – where several, overlapping crises have compounding effects on a community – are a growing, important area of study that both the peace and development research communities have been examining, but where intersections across both fields remain understudied.

Uniquely, the knowledge generated and shared at the 2024 HiCN Annual Workshop will be enhanced through the international expert conference ‘Fragile Lives 2024’, which is taking place in conjunction with the workshop. Fragile Lives 2024 is organized by the Humboldt-University of Berlin and the Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), with support from IRI THESys. It will be a conference examining how other crises relating to the climate, the economy, and public health, combine and impact on people around the world. HiCN and Fragile Lives will thus be highly complementary for the study of poly-crises, adding key issues from multiple perspectives and across disciplines. We intend to leverage synergies from the significant overlaps between HiCN and Fragile Lives 2024 by allowing participants of each event to attend sessions of the other – thereby encouraging intellectual cross-fertilization.

A detailed description of the project is on the DSF website. We thank the DSF for their valuable support.

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