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Context, Causes and Consequences of Conflict
DESCRIPTION AND AIM
Conflict in Context: The human capacity for violence inflicts an awesome burden on society. It changes offender, victim and witnesses. Moreover, it has a powerful capacity to disrupt the stability of social structures, even if only a few deranged individuals engage in actual violence. In susceptible individuals, violence often precipitates behavioral disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder, lack of impulse control, depression or borderline personality. Affected individuals contribute to the very social conditions that promote violence, potentially creating a truly vicious circle. However, society is not defenseless against such disruptions. Humans, and other social species, have a vested interest in creating and preserving social structure. Human survival in particular requires elaborate social cooperation. Mechanisms to maintain or restore social structure in the face conflict comprise our capacity for empathy, reconciliation, attachment and our need to belong to a group. By contrast, lack of attachment and empathy, or social exclusion and reprisal are conducive to aggression and violence. Both our socially destructive and constructive capacities are subject to environmental influences that affect development, behavior and our modifiable brain.
Interdisciplinary Viewpoints: Conflict, aggression and violence can only be understood as the outcome of such opposing social capacities in the face of environmental and social challenges. The workshop will address conflict and violence in the wider evolutionary and developmental perspectives of the human capacity to destroy as well as to create, defend and repair social structure. Converging concepts in the many different disciplines addressing these issues, as well as new technologies, now, more than ever, justify a multidisciplinary approach. The workshop will convene representatives from the social and developmental sciences, neuroscience, behavioral endocrinology, psychiatry, criminology and genetics, to discuss current developments. Questions crossing the arbitrary boundaries between disciplines will explicitly be encouraged and discussed.
for Questions: The format of the 4C-workshop is derived from earlier
Final Document: Abstracts, questions and discussion will be summarized in a final document. An edited document will be made available to participants, shortly after the meeting. It eventually may be published on the internet or alternatively be the basis of a grant application. The workshop could also serve as an opportunity to get an international network on this topic started.
Cost & Topic Oriented: This meeting is
particularly intended to encourage scientists at the earlier part of their
career. The open discussion-directed atmosphere of
Fellowship: The meeting is jointly sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for
Advanced Studies (NIAS) and the
Committed Speakers (as is on 16-12-2008)
Jay Belsky, Sietse de Boer, Douglas Fry, Stephanie van Goozen, Marinus van IJzendoorn, Menno Kruk, Steve Maxson, Michael Potegal, Juliette Schaafsma, Maaike Kempes, Kipling Williams.
Menno R. Kruk