Neighbourhoods at Times of Conflicts

With focus on how the neighbourhoods have changed over time, particularly in Turkey and Italy, our table aims to deepen various aspects regarding neighbourhood at times of conflicts. Considering neighboring religious, cultural or political communities, we would like to make the following questions the starting point for further discussions:

  • Are persistent (violent) conflicts specially triggers forchanges in neighbourhood relations? Who are the actors of these conflicts and in which sectors or areas do relationships change prevalently?
  • How are cooperation or solidarity networks affected by the conflicts? Is it possible to talk about new cooperation or solidarity networksin the neighbourhoods at times of conflicts?
  • What do the changing dynamics in the neighbourhoods tell about the transformations in the societal level? (national, international orregional, transregional dynamics of transformation like war, migration, etc.)
  • Does the knowledge of past “neighbourhoods in times of conflict” help to understand our present time?

Derya Özkaya is a doctoral researcher at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin. She iscurrently working on the role of emotional and affective dynamics forpolitical participation and transformation exploring the possibilities andlimitations of change starting from the Gezi uprisings of 2013 in Turkey. Her research interests include social movements, collective memory, commemorativepractices, revolutionary movements in Turkey, collective emotions and political affect.

Kordula Wolf studied History and Latin Philology in Berlin (Humboldt University) and Rome (University La Sapienza) before completing the first State examination in 2003. Between 2004 and 2006 she held fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Rome and then at the Humboldt University where she received her PhD in 2007 from the Department of Medieval History with a thesis about the Trojan narratives in twelfth-century France, England and Italy. In 2009 she joined the German Historical Institute in Rome as a research associate where she has been heading the department Editing and Public Relations since 2018. She specializes in Christian-Muslim relations in ninth- and early tenth-century Southern Italy and has recently co-edited a volume on “Southern Italy as Contact Area and Border Region during the Early Middle Ages. Religious-Cultural Heterogeneity and Competing Powers in Local, Transregional and Universal Dimensions”.


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2 Antworten

  1. 11/03/2019

    […] Historisches Institut Rom) und Derya Özkaya (OSI der FU Berlin) begrüßt. Auf dem Tisch zum Thema Neighbourhoods at Times of Conflicts lagen einerseits kurze Handouts aus, auf denen die beiden Wissenschaftlerinnen ihre Leitfragen […]

  2. 10/04/2019

    […] at the table of Derya Özkaya and Kordula Wolf, who had prepared questions on their topic „Neighbourhoods at Times of Conflicts„. Derya is conducting research on „Affective Societies“ at the Otto-Suhr-Institut […]

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