Rethinking Peace Studies III: Dialogue

November 13-14, 2015
University of Peradeniya
Kandy, Sri Lanka

We are looking forward to an engaging and productive two days together in Sri Lanka! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Paul Hastings at

Seminar Reading Materials

The third and final Rethinking Peace Studies seminar will be held in Kandy, Sri Lanka from November 13-14, 2015. The seminar, which will be held on the lush University of Peradeniya campus, will bring together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to examine the relationship between dialogue and peace studies.

The seminar will pivot around reading materials compiled by the organizing committee. We expect participants to read all of the seminar materials before arriving in Sri Lanka. We will send you a printed and bound copy of the readings in the mail. 


The following is a list of confirmed participants for Rethinking Peace Studies III: Dialogue.

Jeremiah Alberg, International Christian University
Jean Arasanayagam, Poet
Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley
Kanchuka Dharmasiri, University of Peradeniya
Mark Flanigan, Japan ICU Foundation
Paul Hastings, Japan ICU Foundation
Alex Hinton, Rutgers University
Shamala Kumar, University of Peradeniya
Kamala Liyanage, University of Peradeniya
Suketu Mehta, New York University
Nela Navarro, Rutgers University
Oliver Richmond, University of Manchester
Giorgio Shani, International Christian University
Sumathy Sivamohan, University of Peradeniya

Seminar Proceedings

The seminar will take place over a two day period (see schedule below), during which time participants will engage with seminar material and with each other. Unlike typical academic conferences, participants will not be asked to present papers. Instead, discussions will be built around the seminar materials, and will be led by Alex Hinton and Giorgio Shani.

The seminar structure is purposefully loose in order to allow for a natural dialogue. As a "think tank" we hesitate to define how our dialogue might unfold. Rethinking is after all an exercise intended to eliminate, to the extent possible, preconceptions. In addition, we have purposefully invited a diverse group of academics and practitioners who will approach the material and subject from unique perspectives. We will, however, be concerned with how the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Dialogue Studies might be useful within Peace Studies, and vice versa.

Along with reading the material provided, we ask participants to prepare answers to four prompts that stem from the readings. In order to jumpstart dialogue, the moderators will be asking participants to respond to these questions. They are,

1) What does it mean to rethink?
2) What are we rethinking?
3) What is one question that emerged from the readings?
4) What is one passage that struck a chord with you, and why?

In addition, we will ask everyone to give a brief introduction at the beginning of the seminar that touches on the question, "What was your path to peace/dialogue studies?"

Also, we will be employing Chatham House Rules, in order to allow for participants to share ideas freely. Then, we will be inviting participants to submit articles for inclusion in the culminating conference that will be held at ICU in Tokyo in June of 2016. A selection of these articles will make up an edited volume.

Seminar Schedule

Day 1 - Nov 13

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning session
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch @ the University
1:00pm – 4:30pm – Afternoon session
6:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner @ Tourmaline Hotel

Day 2 - Nov 14

9:00am - 12:00pm - Morning session
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch @ the University
1:00pm – 4:30pm – Afternoon session
4:30pm – 6:30pm – Visit to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
7:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner


Non-local participants will be staying at the Tourmaline Hotel in Kandy,  just 118 km from the capital city of Colombo. 


Breakfasts and Friday night's dinner will be at the hotel. Lunches will be at the University and Saturday night's dinner will be at a nearby restaurant.


Transportation will be provided to and from the Hotel to the University on Friday and Saturday. Based on arrival and departure schedules, travel to and from Colombo to Kandy will be coordinated with our local partners. 


For short-term visits to Sri Lanka, international participants must apply online for their Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a Sri Lanka country page for traveler's health here. We leave it to individual participants as to whether they choose to take any particular vaccinations or medicines in advance of their trip.