Speaker Series

  • Date: –13:30
  • Location: Room 6577, Gamla Torget 6
  • Lecturer: Sebastian Schutte, Senior Researcher, PRIO
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  • Organiser: Department of Peace and Conflict Research
  • Contact person: Nina von Uexkull
  • Seminarium

On 12 December, Senior Researcher Sebastian Schutte will give a lecture on “Reactive Conflict Dynamics”.

Sebastian Schutte is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. He has previously obtained Marie Curie Fellowships at the University of Konstanz and has obtained a PhD in from ETH Zurich under the supervision of Lars-Erik Cederman in 2014.

Abstract: The post-Cold War era has witnessed increased ethnic and religious conflicts relative to ideologically motivated insurgencies. Additionally, master-cleavages within ongoing wars have changed over time. Despite ingenious advances in methods and data, research on civil war and international relations remains theoretically underprepared to accommodate these new realities. To address this gap, Dr. Schutte proposes to study reactive conflict dynamics in their own right drawing on first principles from social psychology. Beyond a historical and theoretical discussion, he summarizes the results of several of his empirical studies that reveal when and how new cleavages between identity groups and political actors become salient in the wake of previous atrocities.

The talk will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Room 6577, Gamla Torget 6 and is open to the public.