24 november, 2016: Food for Thought on conflict
Whenever conflicts occur between countries, we tend to attribute these to political structures, political and social cultures, or the scarcity of specific resources such as oil, gas, or minerals. And in our attempt to formulate solutions we rely on creating new structures, adapt cultures, or look for different ways to divide and trade in these scarce resources. However, conflicts come about because of people. People argue, people get angry, people fight. In this meeting, we will present insights from political science and psychology that illuminate the human factor in conflict and conflict resolution.
Femke Bakker (Political Science) will talk about how decision makers and the beliefs they hold about conflict resolution are of greater influence than structural causes that are generally theoretically assumed to play an important role in interstate conflict resolution.
Esther van Leeuwen (Psychology) will talk about the interpersonal side of group conflict and reconciliation. She will discuss how threats to people’s social identity can simultaneously spur intergroup hostility and lay the groundwork for conflict resolution. The process of conflict resolution itself may contain many pitfalls, including the risk of reinforcing instead of eliminating status and power differentials.
Date: 24 November, 2016
Registration: Via Reineke Mom, Monday 21 November at the latest so we can order lunch for you.