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Right to Peace

UN Human Rights Council Working Group seeks to codify right to peace

The first session of the Open-ended Working Group took place from 18 to 21 February 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. In her opening speech, Chairperson of the Group Mona Zuficar said that "despite differences, there is growing consensus that the right to peace we are seeking to codify, does not only include negative peace (absence of direct physical violence and war) but also positive peace which addrsses the conditions for just and sustainable peace and enables building an environment conducive to social justice, respectful of human dignity and protective of all human rights" (source)

2 PhD scholarships

CfA: Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts at University of Copenhagen

Applications are invited for two PhD scholarships at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC), Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen; one of these is based at the Department of Political Science at Aalborg University (in Copenhagen). Employment is to begin 1 August 2013 or as negotiated.

Peacebuilding in small spaces. Too little or enough?

New issue of 'New Routes - A journal of peace research and action' on civil society and the concept of ‘peacebuilding in small spaces’
The opening article reflects on the relations between governments and civil society, especially in peacbuilding. In another article, Roger W. Foster and Jayne S. Docherty, Eastern Mennonite University, point to situations when ‘smallness’ in itself is an advantage. James A. Paul, Global Policy Forum, and Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, in their respective articles, picture the UN’s and governments’ attitude towards civil society.

CfP: Hybrid (Post-)Conflict Configurations: The Interplay Between the Local, the National and the International Level

Panel at 7th ECPR General Conference in Bordeaux. Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2013

Continuity and discontinuity characterise a (post-)conflict environment. Certain aspects of pre-war configurations persist throughout an armed conflict, others change drastically. In most cases, however, not least due to the intervention of external actors, the (post-)conflict configuration presents an opportunity for local and national actors to (re-)position themselves.

Memories Without Borders

Turkish-Armenian-Azerbaijani documentary online

Memories Without Borders is a unique Turkish-Armenian-Azerbaijani 54-minute documentary, looking at the impacts of troubled histories on individual lives today. At the meeting point between official history and personal lives Memories Without Borders challenges audiences to ask: what do we choose to remember about others, and what do others choose to remember about us?

Local Infrastructures For Peace

PhD Student Awards at Manchester University

Historical formulations such as conflict management, conflict resolution, citizen diplomacy, Track II, peacebuilding and statebuilding, all rested to some degree on the recognition of local, social dynamics of peace, and their legitimacy, when they were first formulated. Yet such concepts have all quickly been co-opted into the formal and political framework of the states-system and its conflict management/ peacebuilding/ statebuilding tools. New iterations of local, social processes of peacemaking are now emerging, including what have been described as 'local infrastructures for peace'.

Memory, Conflict and Space

CfP: Conference at the Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2012

Conflict is a staple of human experience, but remembrance of it takes many different forms. The concept of space is integral to understanding the enactment and representation of conflict and helps to explain conflicting practices of commemoration across the world.