Presentations | Berit Bliesemann de Guevara


  • Reflections of Researching War and Peace from Below: Insights from Burma and Syria, 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 13-16 September 2017, Barcelona, with Birgit Poopuu.
  • The Fieldwork Industry, 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, 13-16 September 2017, Barcelona.
  • 'Going to see for oneself': the 'situation on the ground' and the question of authenticity in politicians' travel, travel writing conference Borders and Crossings, Aberystwyth, 10-12 July 2017.
  • Power – Trust – Ethics: Research relationships in the Raising Silent Voices project in Myanmar, workshop Research Brokers in Zones of Conflict, Research Node Conflict and Method, Uppsala University, 15-16 June 2017.
  • Intimate Networks and Conflict Knowledge in Peacebuilding Interventions, 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Cardiff, 7-10 June 2017, with Roland Kostic.
  • Doing exhibitions and IR differently: a conversation about exhibiting international ‘conflict textiles’, 4th European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS), Cardiff, 7-10 June 2017, with Christine Andra, Danielle House and Lydia Cole. 
  • Researching Violent Conflict Where/When It Happens? Fieldwork Impressions from Burma, Hugo Valentin Centre research seminar, Uppsala University, 27 April 2017.
  • Raising Silent Voices, Critical Global Politics seminar series, Manchester University, 15 March 2017.


  • Intervention Theatre: Performance, authenticity and expert knowledge in politicians' travels to post-/conflict spaces, KNOWLEDGE Centre colloquium, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, 7 December 2016.
  • Politicians' field visits to conflict zones: From empirical observation to theoretical contribution, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), Oslo, 10.05.2016.


  • Roundtable participant: Methods as a site of critique, subversion and innovation, 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sicily, Italy, 23.-26.09.2015.
  • ‘The situation on the ground’: Exploration of an ubiquitous epistemic narrative in conflict expertise, paper at the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sicily, Italy, 23.-26.09.2015.
  • "On Afghan footpaths and sacred cows in Kosovo: Urban legends of intervention", Conference Narratives of Peace and Conflict, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, 1.-3.07.2015 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • Workshop "International Crisis Group, the ‘Conflict Experts’: Methodology – Authority – Impact", Research Training Group on “Wicked Problems, Contested Administrations: Knowledge, Coordination, Strategy” (WIPCAD), Potsdam University, 17.06.2015.
  • "'Assessing the Situation on the Ground': The role of performance in conflict knowledge production", Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University, 23.04.2015.
  • "International Crisis Group, the ‘Conflict Experts’: Methodology – Reliability – Impact", Uppsala Forum Guest Lecture, Uppsala University, 15.04.2015.
  • "Methodology and Myths: the International Crisis Group's Organisational Culture", 56th International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 18.-21.02.2015.
  • "Tacit Complicity: The Criminal Side of the Politics-Economy-International Community interface in Bosnia and Herzegovina", 56th International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 18.-21.02.2015.


  • Discussion Forum "International Crisis Group, the 'Conflict Experts': Methodology - Reliability - Impact", Berghof Foundation Berlin, 10.12.2014.
  • "Battles of epistemes? 'Witnessing the situation on the ground' as narrative in violent conflict and intervention contexts", HWK Fellow Lecture, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study, Delmenhorst, 26.11.2014.
  • "Wettbewerb der Episteme? 'Die Lage vor Ort' als Narrativ in Konflikt- und Interventionskontexten", Tagung des AK Gewaltordnungen "Was wissen wir schon!? - Gewalt, Ordnung und Wissen in der Weltgesellschaft", Universität Bremen, 14.11.2014.
  • Participant at workshop "Knowledge, ‘information’ and conflict: What we know, how we know it and what it means", Birmingham University, 7.11.2014.
  • "Conflict Expert Authority: the International Crisis Group", Marburger Zentrumstage 2014 "Autorität(en) im Konflikt", Marburg University, 29.-31.10.2014.
  • "Practices of Knowledge: Potentials and Pitfalls of Conflict Expertise", Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC) conference 'Facing Organized Violence: Research Agendas and Conversion Potentials', 27.-28.10.2014, Bonn.
  • "Assessing the 'situation on the ground'? Knowledge production and international statebuilding", Global Development Research Group, Dept of International Politics, Aberystwyth, 3.10.2014.
  • "Expertenautorität unter der Lupe: zur Analyse der International Crisis Group", 4. Offene Sektionstagung Internationale Politik der DVPW, Magdeburg University, 25.-27.09.2014.
  • "On methodology and myths: exploring the International Crisis Group's organisational culture", Nordic Political Science Association (NOPSA) XVII Congress, Gothenburg, 12-15.08.2014.
  • "Intervention-Theatre: Politicians' troop and field visits and the performance of international intervention", conference' Knowledge production in conflict and intervention: the art of composing the picture', Uppsala University, 2.-3.06.2014.
  • "The Theatre of Intervention and Aid: Politicians’ field visits to humanitarian spaces and the politics of aid", at ISA workshop ‘Objects and spaces of humanitarian intervention: A workshop in Memory of Lisa Smirl’, 55th International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, 24.03.2014.


  • "Global Neighborhood statt Kalter Krieg? Zur Debatte um global governance, 1990er bis 2010er Jahre" (invited), Marburg University, 2.12.2013.
  • "Intervention-Theatre: German and British politicians' troop visits and the discourse on military intervention", 8th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, Vienna, 3-5.07.2013 (w/ A. Finlan).
  • "Potemkin'sche Staaten? Probleme des Umgangs der ‘internationalen Gemeinschaft’ mit Nachkriegsgesellschaften auf dem Balkan" (invited), Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, 14.05.2013.
  • "Der Umgang mit Expertenwissen zu Konflikt und Intervention: Das Beispiel International Crisis Group" (invited), Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, 13.05.2013.
  • "How do we know? International Crisis Group and the production of knowledge under dire circumstances", 54. International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 4.-6.04.2013.


  • "Intervention-Theatre: Studying the functions of politicians' troop visits in domestic discourse on interventions", University of Birmingham, 7.12.2012.
  • "The Balkans experience in international peacebuilding", ICVR Workshop "Violence, education and development: Strengthening local capacities to understand violent conlfict", IKG, Universität Bielefeld, 21. November 2012.
  • "Dimensionen der Globalisierung: Regierungsfähigkeit und Regieurngskunst. Auf dem Weg zur global governance?", lecture, Universität Marburg, 20.11.2012.
  • "Cannibalism, Cataclysms and Communicative Culture: Tentative Results of the ‘Urban Legends Of Intervention’ Project", Jahrestreffen der DGEPD "Narrative Formen politischen Denkens, München, 24.-27.10.2012 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Cannibalism, Cataclysms and Communicative Culture: Tentative Results of the ‘Urban Legends Of Intervention’ Project", 53th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, San Diego, 1.-4.04.2012 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg: Dekonstruktion eines Charismatikers", HSU Hamburg, 14.02.2012 (w/ J. Ketelhut and T. Reiber).
  • "InterventionsTheater: Der Heimatdiskurs und die Truppen- und Feldbesuche deutscher Politiker – eine Forschungsskizze", Auswärtiges Amt/Foreign Office, Berlin, 11.01.2012.
  • "Knowledge and power in international security governance: The role of the International Crisis Group (ICG)", 1. Tagung des Forschungsnetzwerks „Macht und Wissen in der international (Sicherheits-)Governance, Hamburg, 1.12.2012.


  • "Urbane Legenden der Intervention", Tagung des DVPW-AK Gewaltordnungen, GIGA Hamburg, 21.10.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "The Genesis, Challenges and Dilemmas of Peacebuilding", keynote speech (invited), GIZ Peacebuilding Academy „Building Peace, Promoting Resilience: Debates, Dilemmas and Dogmas“, Königstein/Taunus, 1.09.2011.
  • "Illusion Statebuilding – funny things happen on the way to more stability. A critique of westernized state-building approaches" (invited), Summer School „Implementing Humanitarian Intervention – Problems, Prospects, Pitfalls“, Universität Münster, 10.06.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Illusion Statebuilding" (invited), Vorlesungsreihe „Was bleibt vom externen Statebuilding? Anspruch und Wirklichkeit internationaler Interventionen“, Universität Marburg, 6.06.2011.
  • "The Illusion of Statebuilding" (invited), Konferenz der Akademie für Konflikttransformation, Bonn, 28.04.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Urban legends of intervention. Narratives about locals and international peacebuilders", 52nd International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, 16.-19.03.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Potemkin States: Remaking the World in the Western Image?", 52nd International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, Montreal, 16.-19.03.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Illusion Statebuilding", HSU Hamburg, 9.03.2011 (w/ F. Kühn).


  • "On Afghan Footbaths and Kosovar Sacred Cows: The Urban Legends of Intervention“, Konferenz „Conflict, Intervention and the Politics of Knowledge", Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, 25.-26.11.2010 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Der westliche Staat – ein sperriges Exportgut?", Salon Junge Wissenschaft, Parlamentarische Gesellschaft Berlin, 16.06.2010.
  • "State-Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina" (invited), Security and Defence Speaker Series, Centre for International Relations (QCIR), Queen’s University, Kingston/Ontario, 19.05.2010.
  • "Stability in the Western Balkans: The Road Ahead – A Comment from an Academic Perspective", Körber-Netzwerk Foreign Policy, Berlin, 10.03.2010.
  • "Who are the statebuilders? A micro-sociological analysis of the ideology and practices of statebuilding", 51. International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, 17.-20.02.2010 (w/ C. Goetze).


  • "Who are they? A micro-sociological analysis of the ideology and practices of statebuilding", conference "The Future of Statebuilding: Ethics, Power and Responsibility in International Relations", University of Westminster, 9.-11.10.2009 (w/ C. Goetze).
  • "Material Reproduction and Stateness in Times of Statebuilding", Brazilian International Studies Association (ABRI)/International Studies Association (ISA) Joint International Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, 22.-24.07.2009.
  • "Legal Justice, Legitimacy and Stateness in Times of Statebuilding", 21st World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), Santiago, Chile, 12.-16.07.2009.
  • "Potemkinsche Staaten – Zur dringenden Entzauberung westlicher Statebuilding-Politik", Abschlusstagung Sozialwissenschaften des Deutschen Studienpreises 2009 der Körber-Stiftung, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), 19.06.2009.
  • "Von ‚Demokratisierung’ zu ‚Zentralisierung’: Internationale Ansätze der Polizeisektorreform in Bosnien und Herzegowina", Tagung des DVPW-AK Gewaltordnungen, Magdeburg, 17.04.2009.


  • "Flüchtlingsrückkehr als Friedensinstrument? Erfahrungen aus Afghanistan und Bosnien- Herzegowina", Diakonieverein Migration, Pinneberg, 25.09.2007 (w/ F. Kühn).
  • "Of Sovereignty and Other Façades: International intervention, security sector reform and stateness in Bosnia and Herzegovina", 6. Pan-European Conference on IR, ECPR Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR), Turin, 12.-15.09.2007.
  • "Statebuilding: Kritische Überlegungen zu Grundlagen und Auswirkungen am Beispiel Bosnien und Herzegowinas", Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Frieden und Internationale Politik von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Frankfurt a. M., 23.06.2007.
  • "Wo bitte geht’s hier zum Frieden? Facetten der Gewalt in Guatemala und Nordost-Indien", 2. Nacht des Wissens, Hamburg, 09.06.2007 (w/ T. Reiber).
  • "Governing via Consulting? The Role of International Think Tanks in Post-Conflict State-Building", 48th International Studies Association Annual Convention 2007, Chicago, 28.02.-03.03.2007.


  • "Idealistic advocates, political instruments or interested parties? – A critical assessment of ESI and ICG in Europe", 23. wissenschaftlicher Kongress der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW), Münster, 25.-29.09.2006.
  • "Too Little or Too Much? The paradoxes of internationally controlled state funding in Bosnia and Herzegovina", Konferenz "The Artifices of Government. On the Appropriation, the use and the formation of states", Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, 20.-21.07.2006.
  • "Does External State-Building Build States? – The Example of Bosnia and Herzegovina", 47th International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 22.-25.03.2006.
  • "Unbekannte Konfliktgebiete. Nordost-Indien und Guatemala", Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, 13.12.2006 (w/ T. Reiber).