Monday, September 19, 2016

HERA closing event in Prague

The CEINAV leading team (project leader prof. Carol Hagemann White and principal investigators prof. Liz Kelly, prof. Maria Jose Magalhaes, prof. Vlasta Jalusic and dr. Thomas Meysen) participated at the HERA closing event in Prague (15-16 September 2016).
left to right: Thomas Meysen, Liz Kelly, Vlasta Jalusic, Carol
Hagemann-White, Maria Jose Magalhaes
 In a session on "the spoken word" we read stories from the anthology  ("Experiences of Intervention Against Violence. An Anthology of Stories. Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence, Vol II) which will be published soon. Participants found it very moving.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Final presentation of the CEINAV project in Slovenia

The final presentation of the CEINAV project in Slovenia happened on Wednesday, 31st August 2016 at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana. The event was opened with general overview of the project – its phases, methodology and activities – by dr. Lana Zdravković, followed by the presentation of the document “Transnational Foundation for Guidelines for Ethical Practice in Interventions against Interpersonal Violence”, with the emphasis on the issue of voices of the survivors, and elaboration of the ethical dilemmas in interventions – especially minority cases – by dr. Vlasta Jalušič.
The introduction was followed by the premiere screening of the documentary film “Everything I Told Them” (the first public screening of the film in Slovenia), after which the public applauded and expressed their satisfaction.
 Jasna Podreka, Katarina Vučko, Vlasta Jalušič, Mojca Dobnikar, Katja Zabukovec Kerin, Dragan Petrovec
The second part of the closing event continued with the panel “Violence in the Private Sphere and Ethic of Intervention”, conceptualized and moderated by dr. Vlasta Jalušič. Participants were: Katja Zabukovec Kerin, Association for non-violent communication; dr. Jasna Podreka, Faculty of Arts; Katarina Vučko, The Peace Institute; Mojca Dobnikar, the founder of the first SOS telephone for women and children; and dr. Dragan Petrovec, Institute of criminology at the Faculty of Law. They all addressed particular issues from their expertise and work and opened a further debate on our findings, particularly in the EU and Slovenian context.  
Approximately 30 people attended the event. Wider public, students, scholars and some professionals who previously took active part in the project's workshops were present as well. Unfortunately, no survivors (victims of various types of violence considered within the research) attended the event due to other obligations. The great majority of the participants were very interested and impressed with the results of the research. A small group questioned why CEINAV did not study violence against men as well; the researchers explained this by reference to the Istanbul Convention.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

National Closing Event Germany

The CEINAV Closing Event for Germany, “Frames and ethics in interventions against violence” took place in Berlin on June 2-3, 2016. The teams from the University of Osnabrück and DIJuF were joined by Maria José Magalhães from Portugal and Jackie Turner from London. Around 65 experts working in the areas of at least one of the three forms of violence and several interviewpartners attended the conference and discussed together with us the issues of ethics and culture in interventions against interpersonal violence.

The program combined presentations of project results with reflections from “outside” by Prof. Hans Thiersch, University of Tübingen, and Dr. Heinz Kindler, German Youth Institute. The workshops brought the results of the study in conversation with practitioners who reflected on them to initiate lively discussions. We exhibited the artwork the women and young people created and also showed a part of the film the Slovenian team produced with the voices of women, young people, professionals and researchers. Both made quite an impression.
Participants also enjoyed looking at a partial pre-print of the multilingual anthology of stories of women and young people and were very interested to use the finished product in their work. 

The two days ended with a first introduction of the “Transnational Ethical Foundation for Interventions Against Interpersonal Violence” which provoked a profound appreciation as well as a desire to continue the discussions about the various issues covered on the two days such as self-determination, listening to women and children/young people and culture. Making decisions about interventions can be difficult for professionals in their every-day-work and the conference seems to have been a welcomed possibility to reflect those difficulties and talk about ways to handle it in an ethically reflected way.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Shaping the project outcomes on a working seminar in Ljubliana

Last week the full team of CEINAV researchers worked together for four days to deepen the project findings and prepare the final steps. 

During the winter the projects teams in the four countries met with practitioners, stakeholders and women and  young people who had told us about their intervention experiences. These meetings served to present and discuss preliminary results, as well as reflecting on the art from creative workshops with survivors of violence. Now the researchers are developing a synthesis across countries for each form of violence. We call them “triangulation papers” because they bring together the perspectives of professionals, the experiences of survivors, and our background knowledge about intervention systems like three corners of a triangle.

In Ljublana we have taken important steps towards producing outcomes that we hope will be useful and accessible to practitioners and stakeholders in the intervention field. These include: (1) a paper proposing some ethical foundations for effective and helpful intervention practice, (2) a video with voices of professionals and of survivors illustrating different perceptions of key ethical issues, and (3) an anthology of stories based on the messages that survivors who have travelled through a history of intervention could offer to intervention actors. In addition, videos are being finalised from the four countries showing, in very different ways, how art work by survivors might communicate important aspects of their intervention experience. Separate papers will undertake a synthesis of the theoretical work in CEINAV.

Alongside planning for the closing events in each of the four countries, the 4-day seminar also yielded a plan for an edited book to which the both the lead researchers and the early career researchers will contribute papers; a prospectus is being developed within the next few weeks. It will be a site for explaining more fully the methodology, the theoretical framework, and some interesting findings. 

left to right back: Thomas Meysen, Rita Lopez, Maria José Magalhães,
Liz Kelly, Vlasta Jalušič, Carol Hagemann-White, Janna Beckmann,
left to right front: Veronika Bajt, Lana Zdravković, Bianca Grafe,
Raquel Felgueiras, Angélica Lima Cruz

The space of four days in Ljubljana opened up time for every participant to comment on a preliminary version of the video, and on the draft paper of ethical foundations. In depth debates during the meeting concerned how ethical guidance for practice might be connected with ethical theories. Comparing overall “intervention cultures” was also a topic of lively debate, where the contentions around the notion of culture and the complexity of intervention systems and practices circulated to further develop our understanding. There is work still to be done on a conceptual framework for our findings, with the challenge of integrating intersectionality and postcolonial theories with insights from the theories of subalternity and coloniality, This path will help us articulate and clarify the connections between structural violence and interpersonal violence. 

Surrounded by beautiful sights and wonderful sunshine, CEINAV researchers gathered new energy to take back to our respective countries and to work on the final steps of the project. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

CEINAV Closing Event, 02.-03.06.2016, Berlin


Grundorientierungen und Ethik

bei Interventionen zum Schutz vor Gewalt

Ergebnisse aus einem Forschungsprojekt in vier Ländern

Nach drei Jahren Forschung im internationalen Projekt „Cultural Encounters in Interventions Against Violence (CEINAV)“ stellen die Forscher/innen ihre Ergebnisse vor und wollen sie mit Fachkräften aus der Praxis des Kinderschutzes, der Interventionen bei häuslicher Gewalt und bei Menschenhandel zur sexuellen Ausbeutung diskutieren. In interdisziplinären Workshops mit Praktiker/inne/n, in Interviews mit betroffenen Jugendlichen und Frauen haben die Universität Osnabrück und das Deutsche Institut für Jugendhilfe und Familienrecht eV (DIJuF), Heidelberg, die Praxis und das Erleben der Adressat/inn/en näher beleuchtet.

Zusammen mit Partnern in England, Portugal und Slowenien sind sie den jeweiligen Grundorientierungen bei Interventionen zum Schutz vor Gewalt und den ethischen Fragen sowie Dilemmata nachgegangen. Zusammen mit einer Künstlerin haben die Frauen und Jugendlichen ihr Interventionserleben künstlerisch ausgedrückt, um es bei einem „Creative Dialogue“ über das Medium Kunst mit Fachkräften und Forscher/inne/n ins Gespräch zu bringen.
Deutschland geht im internationalen Vergleich einen sehr eigenen Weg, auf dem die Hilfebeziehungen und Fragen der Vertraulichkeit eine große Rolle spielen. Quer über alle Gewaltformen, Akteursgruppen und Länder beschäftigt die Professionellen das Schwanken zwischen zu früh und zu spät, zwischen zu viel und nicht genug.

Aber neben den auffallenden Gemeinsamkeiten gibt es auch signifikante Unterschiede, die eine nähere Betrachtung lohnenswert machen.
Zur Fachtagung erwartet werden 100 Teilnehmer/innen aus den Bereichen Kinderschutz, Interventionen bei häuslicher Gewalt und bei Menschenhandel zur sexuellen Ausbeutung.


Deutsches Institut für Jugendhilfe und Familienrecht eV (DIJuF), Heidelberg, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität Osnabrück im Rahmen des Projekts CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS IN INTERVENTIONS AGAINST VIOLENCE (CEINAV) im Rahmen des EU-Programms HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area)

Tagungsort und Übernachtung:
Hotel Aquino – Tagungszentrum, Hannoversche Straße 5b, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Hotelbuchungen können selbstständig vorgenommen werden. In mehreren Hotels verschiedener Kategorien wurden Abrufkontingente (Stichwort „CEINAV“) eingerichtet. Auf der Internetseite des DIJuF ist eine Hotelliste hinterlegt.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Interview with Carol Hagemann-White and Maria José Magalhães on "International Innovation"

Professor Dr Carol Hagemann-White and Professor Maria José Magalhães outline the CEINAV project and respective research aims as well as the benefits of forming international partnerships on the website "International Innovation" with the title "Seeking to understand the impact of violence interventions for women and children across Europe".
You can find the article here and download the pdf from there to disseminate further.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

1st Visual Culture Encounter, Coimbra, 11th November, 2015

 The 1st Visual Culture Encounter dedicated to the topic “The share of the visible: gazing politics” took place on the 11th of November. The event was held at the University of Coimbra, at “Casa das Caldeiras” and was organized by a recently formed Working Group on Visual Culture from the Portuguese Communication Association (PCA). 

In the communication “Visual Narratives: the expression of intervention by women and youngsters victims of violence”, the CEINAV team presented the analysis of the visual narratives produced in a participatory art process. The presentation covered the following topics: introduction, methodology, ethical considerations, creative project's structure, results analysis and conclusion. The visual narratives analysis allowed us to identify three main categories: confinement, liberation and resignation. Image and interpretation were combined for a better understanding of the research that CEINAV is conducting.