During the evening on Thursday, June 2 a special performance was held in ICU's Diffendorfer Auditorium as part of the Rethinking Peace Studies conference. The performance, titled The Mirror with Wings: Experimental Butoh Performance, featured the Butoh dancers Yuri Nagaoka and Seisaku, calligrapher and dancer Ryo Honda, composer Ida Soraya Klint, translator Veronika Melekhina, videographer and co-producer Nitin Sawhney and producer Daniel Fernandez.
The culminating event of Rethinking Peace Studies will be held from June 2-4 on the campus of International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. The three-day conference will include 16 paper presentations and three keynote addresses delivered by some of the world's leading thinkers in the field of peace and conflict studies.
RPS III: Dialogue participant Catherine Cole has been named the Division Dean for the Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle. She will assume her post in July 2016. Professor Cole was formerly a professor and chair of the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California Berkeley.
ICU professor of international relations and RPS organizing committee member Giorgio Shani co-authored a new book chapter in Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work. He recently presented on his book chapter at the International Studies Association (ISA) conference in Atlanta.
Rutgers University Professor and member of Rethinking Peace Studies' organizing committee Alexander Laban Hinton provided expert testimony this week at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, commonly referred to as the Khmer Rouge Trials.
Later this evening, Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished University Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University in Holland, will deliver a lecture as part of UC Berkeley's Program in Critical Theory.
ICU professor of international relations and RPS organizing committee member Giorgio Shani is featured in a new video about the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Professor Shani explains the unique attributes of the Rotary Peace Center program at International Christian University.
Ashis Nandy, one of India's most renowned critical thinkers, is a distinguished political psychologist and social theorist. He will be one of the keynote speakers at the Rethinking Peace Studies (RPS) Conference at ICU this June. This is an interview he gave to Governance Now this past summer regarding some of the trends he identified in government and politics in India.
Johan Galtung and Ashis Nandy have accepted our invitations to join ICU professor Shin Chiba as keynote speakers at the RPS Conference, which will be held on the ICU campus in early June, 2016.
Several RPS participants will join in The 5th Annual Conference of Japan Association for Human Security Studies, which will be held on 12-13 December 2015 at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo. The official conference theme is "Human Security: Problem-Solving and Critical Perspectives."
Suketu Mehta, one of the participants in our most recent seminar (RPS III: Dialogue) in Sri Lanka, has published a new article in The Guardian entitled "Beyond the maximum: cities may be booming, but who's invited to the party?" Suketu is the New York-based author of 2004's ‘Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,’ which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University.
Photographs from the RPS III: Dialogue seminar at the University of Peradeniya near Kandy, Sri Lanka.
The third and final Rethinking Peace Studies (RPS) seminar was held in Kandy, Sri Lanka from November 13-14, 2015. The seminar, which was held on the lush University of Peradeniya campus, brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to examine the relationship between dialogue and peace studies.
Fifteen years ago, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on women, peace and security, a landmark international law that demands women’s participation in decision-making on international peace and security. Though seldom recognized, the fundamental roots of this resolution, known as 1325, came from women’s actual experiences in armed conflict and their struggles for peace, championed by women’s organizations and civil society groups around the world.
On October 21, 2015, women and men activists, advocates, and human rights defenders will come to the United Nations Headquarters. They will come not to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, but to participate in the Prelude to the Peace Forum to recommit to the principals and transformative potential of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Pope Francis, the humble and self-deprecating leader of the world's Catholics, made a special appearance at the U.S. Congress to promote peace and justice. In the first-ever address of its type to a joint session of Congress, the Pope touched on issues of climate change, immigration, economic inequality, and related issues of reconciliation.
Professor Giorgio Shani, Director of the Rotary Peace Center at ICU, has published a new paperback version of Religion, Identity and Human Security. This work seeks to provide a fresh examination of the relationship between religion, identity and security in a globalizing world, arguing that in order to address human security issues we must seek a reconceptualization of human security along post-secular lines.
RPS II: Memory participant Nitin Sawhney helped launch Guatemala Después in NYC on April 9. Nitin is a professor of Media Studies at The New School and is the Co-curator and Project Director of Guatemala Después.
RPS I: Translation participant Bahia Shehab stars in the critically acclaimed short documentary Nefertiti's Daughters, directed by Mark Nickolas. The film just won first place at the 2015 Athens International Film + Video Festival in the Short Documentary Category.
Politically motivated changes to the Perm-36 Museum near the Russian city of Perm provides a compelling contemporary case study of what Connerton calls "repressive erasure."