The Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies is a part of the new Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC)
CRIC is an interdisciplinary research centre established by a grant (15,5 million DKK) from the Danish Council for Strategic Research, aiming to strengthen the prevention and resolution of violent conflicts through developing analytical tools and practical techniques in collaboration with practitioners. Together with contributions of the participating universities, CRIC disposes over about 26 million DKK for the project period from 2013-2016. Research is targeted specifically at two phases of conflict: the role of the past in protracted conflicts and third party possibilities for breaking spirals of escalation. A defining mark for the CRIC project will be an ambition to develop a synthesised theoretical understanding of conflict, particularly through a distinct conceptualisation of the social dynamics of emotions. Regionally, it will concentrate on the Levant and the Horn of Africa.
While directed by Professor Ole Wæver and located at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, CRIC is a joint venture between several outstanding research environments at the major Danish universities. In addition to the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, this includes the research on collective memory at Aarhus University, the research environment on sociology of knowledge and the social study of science at CBS, the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Political Science at Aalborg University.
The head of department of the Centre for Contemporary Middle East Studies, Dietrich Jung, belongs to the coordinating committee and the core research group of the CRIC. As part of Work Package II, Memory in Protracted Conflicts, and Work Package III, Third Party Interventions during Periods of Escalation, Professor Jung is working on two subprojects “Dealing with the Past: Memories and Modernities” and “Narrating International Relations in Islamic Vernacular – Regional Perceptions and Third Party Intervention”. Professor Martin Beck will collaborate with CIRC with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and CIRC will in general be able to draw from the knowledge in Middle Eastern Affairs that is represented by the staff of the Centre.
For more information, see the CRIC website: cric.ku.dk