War UnmaskedConference WAR UNMASKED – Power-critical perspectives on war
Panel discussion and workshops

27.01.2024 I 19:30 – 22:00 I Panel discussion I Small concert hall at FatCat
27.01.2024 I 14:00 – 17:00 I Workshops I Bellevue di Monaco
28.01.2024 I 11:00 – 13:30 & 14:30 – 17:00 I Workshops I Bellevue di Monaco

Bellevue di Monaco: Müllerstraße 2-6, 80469 Munich
Small concert hall at FatCat: Rosenheimer Straße 5, 81667 Munich

AK49 is an open, political collective that deals with issues relating to the causes and consequences of war and is committed to solidarity in Munich at a local level. More information on our website www.ak49.de or on Instagram @ak49collektive.

From 27.01. – 28.01.2024 the AK49 in cooperation with Bellevue di Monaco invites you to the two-day conference WAR UNMASKED in Munich. A comprehensive workshop program will be offered this weekend at the Bellevue di Monaco in Munich. A highlight of the event series is the panel discussion “Can weapons create peace?”, which will take place on Saturday evening at FatCat Munich.

The conference WAR UNMASKED – Power-Critical Perspectives on War addresses various topics relating to armed conflicts, their political backgrounds and perspectives on peace. The two-day series of events creates the opportunity to critically examine the causes and consequences of war within four different thematic series. This creates a space for networking, discussion and education that brings together intersectional perspectives for a joint discourse. In addition to the events, participants can get to know each other and exchange ideas over a meal together at Bellevue di Monaco.

In the panel discussion, scientists from the fields of conflict and peace research will discuss the question “Can weapons create peace?” The discussion is intended to provide orientation in a complex, contradictory debate dominated by power interests and to question the prevailing discourse with regard to its dynamics. Debate participants include Dr. Max Mutschler (research associate and project manager at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies), Dipl. Math Wolfgang Schreiber (works at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Hamburg and heads the Working Group on the Causes of War) and Dr. Werner Wintersteiner (former head of the Center for Peace Research and Peace Education at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt). The event will be moderated by cultural scientist and podcaster Hülya Weller.

The extensive workshop program consists of a total of ten workshops in four exciting program series. In the program series I Facing Facts. The Russian War of Aggression in Ukraine, Olena Strelnyk, Pablo Flock and Mila Zhluktenko look at the war in Ukraine, its impact on the Global South, feminist movements and media and filmmakers in Ukraine. In the program series II Eyes Wide Shut. Wars of the West and the Middle East, Mariam Noori shows her documentary “Why do people like the Taliban?” and talks about the current situation in Afghanistan. In her workshop, Daniela Sepehri offers the opportunity to engage with the “Woman, Life, Freedom!” movement and opposition work in Iran. In the program series III Thinking Utopia. Ways to a world without wars, Maria Jelenka Kirchner will work with participants to develop a feminist foreign policy. In her workshop on anti-war protests in the age of media post-ideology, Elisabeth Korn will discuss the connections between social media and activism. In their workshop, activists from the “Defend Kurdistan” movement will offer an examination of democratic confederalism as a counter-model to the nation state. In the program series IV Excursus Weapons, Thomas Rödl gives an insight into the Bavarian arms industry and its role in current international conflicts. In his workshop, Maximilian Kimmich invites you to learn more about civil society campaigns against landmines, cluster munitions and the use of explosive weapons in residential areas.

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