Roads to Peace? Infrastructures, Peace, and Conflict

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June 14, 2022 to June 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Environmental History / Studies, Military History, Peace History / Studies, Urban History / Studies

2022 Annual Conference of the German Association for Historical Peace and Conflict Research

June 14–15, 2022




June 14, 2022


1:00 PM – 1:15 PM


Jan Hansen (University of Southern California, Los Angeles) and Christoph Laucht (Swansea University): Roads to Peace? Infrastructures, Peace, and Conflict


1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Panel 1: Transnational Flows and the Politics of Development

Anja Westermann (University of Paderborn): A thin line – The United Nations and the Struggle for Water Resource Development

S. Waqar H. Zaidi (Lahore University of Management Sciences): Development Through Civil Aviation: US Technical Assistance for Asian Airlines, 1955-1970

Chair: Daniel Marc Segesser (University of Bern)


2:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel 2: Infrastructure and Mobilization for War/Conflict

Mitterand M. Okorie (Rhodes University, Grahamstown): Blockade without end? Conflict and Infrastructure deficit in South Eastern Nigeria

Daniel Marc Segesser (University of Bern): Preparing for War by Fostering Alpine Winter Tourism: Herman Czant and His Ideas on Infrastructure for Fighting in High Altitude

Christoph Laucht (Swansea University): Infrastructure, Space, Symbolic Power: The Kiel Canal as Trade Route, Threat Zone and Defence Area, 1895–1955

Chair: Tomás Irish (Swansea University)


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Kenny R. Cupers (Basel University): Designing Mobility in the Postcolony

Chair: Jan Hansen (University of Southern California, Los Angeles)


June 15, 2022


1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel 3: Roads and State Formation

Oscar Aponte (City University of New York): Colombianizing the Amazon Rainforest: Road Building and State Formation during and after the Colombia-Perú Conflict, 1932-1940

Efrat Hildesheim (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology): On Borderoadscape: The Landscape of Israel’s Highway 90 and the Eastern Border

Viliebeinuo Medom (Indian Institute of Technology): Connections that Disconnect: Imperialism, Nationalism and Naga Conflict in South Asia

Chair: Hilary Orange (Swansea University)


2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel 4: Infrastructures and the Search for Order in the Global North

Robert Kindler (Free University, Berlin): Dealing with the Reds: German Plans for “Change through Trade” after World War I

Isis Luxenburger (Saarland University): The Railroad Keeps the Town Alive: Infrastructure, Conflict and Order in the Canadian North

Chair: Daniel Stahl (University of Jena)


4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel 5: Infrastructure and Nation Building in Africa

Dominic Davies (City University of London): Infrastructural Monumentalism: From the Cape-to-Cairo Railway to Rhodes Must Fall

Biruk Terrefe (Oxford University) and Harry Verhoeven (Columbia University): The Road Not Taken: Infrastructure, Climate and the (Dis)Integration of Political Communities in The Horn of Africa

Chair: Frederik Schulze (Bielefeld University)


5:45 PM – 6:00 PM


Chair: Christoph Laucht (Swansea University)


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Contact Info: 

Jan Hansen
Max Kade Institute
University of Southern California
2714 S Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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