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.

Vom S-Bahnhof „Friedrichstraße” mit der U-Bahn Linie 6 Richtung „Alt-Tegel“ eine Station bis zum Bahnhof „Oranienburger Tor“ fahren. Ausgang in Fahrtrichtung („Oranienburger Straße“). Links über die Ampel gehen, der Friedrichstraße in Fahrtrichtung folgen bis zur nächsten Kreuzung, dort links in die Hannoversche Straße.
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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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Workshop with Associate Partners - October 9th, 2015

On October 9th, 2015 we met with Associate Partners and discussed the project’s results so far. We talked about the comparative papers that have been written recently and the creative workshops that were developed in the four countries. We also brainstormed about the project’s final seminar, namely the organization of the talks. We also designated a provisional date for the event. Finally, we formalized the collaboration with the Association for Family Planning (APF), which has a specialized division that provides services to victims of human trafficking.

Rita Lopez

From left to right: Clara Sottomayor (Senior Researcher), Angélica Lima Cruz (Senior Researcher), Raquel Felgueiras (Artist-Researcher), Rita Lopez (Researcher), Ilda Afonso (Associate Partner - UMAR), Leonor Valente Monteiro (Associate Partner - APC), Fernanda Pinto (Associate Partner - APF), Rita Moreira (Associate Partner - APF), Maria José Magalhães (Principal Investigator)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Creative Dialogue" in Berlin ein Erfolg EN/DE

For english version of this entry see below

"Creative Dialogue" in Berlin ein Erfolg

Am 16. September haben das DIJuF aus Heidelberg und die Universität Osnabrück, als deutsche Partner im EU-Projekt „Cultural Encounters in Intervention Against Violence“ (CEINAV), zu einem kreativen Workshop eingeladen, um die Möglichkeiten zu beleuchten, die Kunst zur besseren Verständigung über Erfahrungen von Betroffenen mit der Intervention leisten kann. Er fand in Räumen der „WeiberWirtschaft eG“ in Berlin statt; für die Frauenhauskoordinierung nahm Heike Herold teil.

Nachdem im ersten Projektjahr die Perspektive der Fachkräfte im Mittelpunkt stand (vgl. „working papers“ hier im Projektblog) haben die beiden deutschen Teams in diesem Jahr insgesamt 27
Mit "Fusspartituren" haben die Betroffenen ihren
Weg durch die Intervention gezeigt
Interviews mit Frauen und mit Jugendlichen durchgeführt, die Interventionserfahrungen nach häuslicher Gewalt, Frauenhandel, oder Inobhutnahme aufgrund von Gewalt oder Vernachlässigung in der Kindheit erlebt hatten. Dabei wurden besonders InterviewpartnerInnen gesucht, die einen Minderheiten- oder Migrationshintergrund haben. 

Im Sommer wurden die InterviewpartnerInnen eingeladen, an einem Kunstworkshop teilzunehmen, in dem sie mit Unterstützung einer professionellen Künstlerin selber ihre Interventionserfahrungen mit den Mitteln der Kunst darstellen konnten. Die Künstlerin, Ninette Rothmüller, bot den TeilnehmerInnen Material und Möglichkeiten an, mit unterschiedlichen Medien kreativ zu werden, und es wurde dann auch eine Vielfalt von Kunstformen verwendet: Malen, Zeichnen, Wortbilder und Gedichte, ein Quilt, eine Audiodatei, ein Guckkasten. Diese Kunst sowie drei eigene Werke der Künstlerin zum Thema waren bei dem Berlinworkshop nun ausgestellt, und auch die meisten der Kunstschaffenden waren anwesend

Es war eine bunte und zugleich ausgeglichene Mischung: Teilgenommen haben vier Gruppen:
Interventionsgeschichte in einem Quilt und eine lebhafte Diskussion
sechs Frauen (darunter eine Jugendliche), die in Kunstworkshops Bilder über ihre Erfahrungen geschaffen haben; sieben Fachkräfte aus der Interventionspraxis (zu häuslicher Gewalt, Frauenhandel, oder Schutz von misshandelten oder vernachlässigten Kindern), sechs Vertreterinnen der Praxisnetzwerke, die seit 2013 das Projekt beratend begleiten (KOK, bff und IGfH), und fünf Teammitglieder der beiden Forschungspartner. Es entstanden lebhafte und sehr spannende Gespräche. Eine externe Moderatorin sorgte u.a. dafür, dass in der Gruppenarbeit die verschiedenen Perspektiven präsent waren. Die Künstlerin, die die Workshops geleitet hat, konnte in Berlin nicht persönlich dabei sein, nahm aber per Video und Skype teil.

In der Schlussrunde haben die Künstlerinnen den Wert dieser Erfahrung für sie selbst betont. Mit der Die Vieldeutigkeit der Kunst und der Reflexion über sie erweitern den Horizont und ermöglicht, im
Nachdenken vor einem Kunstwerk
von Ninette
Gespräch sehr verschiedene Wege zu gehen. Gespräche ohne einen solchen Anknüpfungspunkt entwickeln sich oft eher „linear“. Somit eröffnen sich nicht nur den Künstler/innen Freiräume, auch Professionellen, bieten sich Räume für das Vorwärtstasten und die Reflexion. Fachkraft und Künstlerin begegnen sich auf Augenhöhe, es kann sich sogar eine Umkehrung der sonst in der Beratung vorhandenen Hierarchie ergeben, denn hier war die Künstlerin die Expertin, die befragt werden musste, um zu verstehen. Das habe eine ganz andere Qualität als bei den verbreiteten Methoden der Kunsttherapie und sei damit nicht zu vergleichen. Diese Erfahrung wollten mehrere Fachkräfte mitnehmen in die Praxis; es blieb aber offen, wie das umgesetzt werden kann. Zusätzlich wurde von den Fachkräften hervorgehoben, dass Kunst, die Interventionserfahrungen darstellt, ein Mittel sein könnte, denjenigen Gehör zu verschaffen, die in öffentlichen Debatten um ‚gute Praxis’ oft nicht wahrgenommen werden. Und auch im Rahmen von Fortbildungsveranstaltungen für Fachkräfte könnte Kunst ein Mittel sein, die Reflexion über eigene Interventionspraktiken zu vertiefen. Kunst wird, so mehrere Fachkräfte, eine emotionale Tiefe schneller erreicht als in Beratungsgesprächen, und kann in einfachen Worten erklärt werden. Unausgesprochenes kann sprechbar werden. 

"War die Zeit für die Gruppenarbeit genug, zu wenig, zu viel?"

 "Creative Dialogue" in Berlin  a success

The two German partners in CEINAV jointly organised an all-day „Creative Dialogue“ workshop with associate partners (national umbrella organisations of NGOs and practitioners), women and young people who had created art works reflecting on their intervention experiences, and professionals who had participated in the 2014 workshops. It took place on September 16 in Berlin. On the day before, the two research teams from Heidelberg and Osnabrück met with representatives of the associate partners to discuss interim results of the project. The creative dialogue was focused entirely on the art work exhibited, and sought to explore the possibilities of using art to further better understanding between professionals and the recipients of intervention. 

The workshop drew on the research activities of CEINAV. During 2015 the two research teams
Participants portrayed pathways through intervention
through "foot prints"
carried out a total of 27 interviews with women and young people who had experienced intervention due to domestic violence, trafficking for sexual exploitation, or removal from the family due to abuse or neglect. Particular efforts were made to find interview partners with a migration or minority background. 

The women and young people were then invited to participate in art workshops led by an artist-researcher, Ninette Rothmüller. The artist prepared the workshops, bringing a variety of art materials and offering the participants a range of options for the kind of art work they would like to undertake, and a variety of different “products” were made: paintings, drawings, word pictures, poetry, a quilt, an audiotape, and a peep-box. Outside these workshops the artist, who is herself a sculptor, also created three art works of her own reflecting on themes that emerged from how interviewees described their intervention experience. All of the art work was on exhibit in rooms where the creative dialogue was held, and almost all of the artists took part in the workshop.

The „creative dialogue“ workshop was made up of four equal-size groups: six women who had been creative in the art workshops (five women who had
Intervention experience in a quilt and a lively discussion
survived domestic violence and one adolescent with child protection experience), seven professionals with experience in intervention in one or more of the forms of violence that CEINAV is studying, six representatives of the associate partners who have contributed the perspective of practitioners to CEINAV since 2013, and five researchers from the two partners. An external facilitator from Heidelberg moderated the workshop through the day, ensuring that discussion groups had a mix of these different perspectives. The artist-researcher who had led the art workshops was unable to be in Berlin but was present by video, giving an introduction to how the art workshops had been run, as well as explanatory notes to her own art work, and participated in a Skype discussion with all participants.

In the closing reflective discussion, the artists who had exhibited their work emphasized the value of this experience for themselves. The intervention professionals found that through art work emotional
Pondering Ninettes artwork
depths could be reached more quickly than in advisory talks, and that with the art, these feelings could be expressed in simple words. Unspoken aspects can thus find their way into speech. (This has added value for women with a migration background, who may not be fluent in German.) The ambiguities inherent in art and the process of reflecting on these widen the horizon and make it possible to take a variety of different directions in conversation. Conversations that do not have such a reference point often tend to develop in a more “linear” way. Thus, a space of freedom of action is opened up, not only for the ones who created the art, but also for the professionals, enabling both to “feel their way” forward taking a reflective approach. Professional and artist meet as equals, and this can even reverse the hierarchy in their intervention relationship, in which the counsellor is the expert and the person seeking help asks questions. Here, the ones who created art were the experts, and the professionals sought help and advice in order to understand. This changes their relationship, and is, they said, an altogether different process from the established methods of art therapy.
Some professionals explicitly said they would like to carry this experience over into their practical work, but it remained an open question how this can be done. In addition, it was said that art representing the experience of the recipients of intervention could be a means of making marginalized voices heard, and it could be used to advantage in further training with professionals to encourage them to reflect on their own intervention practice.
"Was the time for the group work enough, too little, too long?"