I am a 32-year-old global citizen. My name is Johannes Langer and grew up in Salzburg, Austria. However, I have also lived in Colombia, Lithuania, Sweden, Belgium, the U.S., Kenya, and Tanzania. Since August 2017, I am based in Hamburg, Germany, as a Research Fellow and doctoral student with the GIGA – German Institute of Global and Area Studies. My doctoral thesis is about victims’ perceptions of the truth commission in Colombia that currently is set up. Earlier, I have received Magister degrees in history as well as political science from Vienna University, Austria, while I also studied with Erasmus for one year at Uppsala University, Sweden. In addition, I have an M.A. degree from American University in Washington D.C. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution thanks to a Fulbright scholarship.
I am passionate about politics, history, peace, conflict transformation and European integration. My regional focus is the European Union, East Africa and Colombia. I am very much pro-European to overcome nationalism and strengthen internal peace in Europe, thus I have been more than a decade a member of the Young European Federalists (JEF). Ultimately, I am also in favor of other regional integration projects around the globe, particularly in Africa and Latin America.
Moreover, I am co-coordinating with Eliana Jimeno the Towards an Inclusive Peace forum in Caux, Switzerland, from 11-15 July 2018 where we address violent extremism from a peacebuilding perspective and include tools of restorative justice.