Citadel of Aleppo, Syria. By Bernard Gagnon.

Citadel of Aleppo, Syria. By Bernard Gagnon.

Translation

Translating the notion of peace into local contexts is challenging. Too often peace is imposed from the outside without participation from those who are meant to benefit. With this in mind, the theme of Translation will examine how peace is interpreted within various communities. It allows for both a literal and figurative exploration of the language and initiatives used by transnational and local actors.

The Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan. By Tracy Hunter.

The Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan. By Tracy Hunter.

Memory & Forgetting

When violent conflict ceases, memories remain, passing through time and space through oral, written and artistic mediums. Memories form the basis of historical narratives, which are often disputed and used for political gain. The theme memory & forgetting will allow seminar participants to explore the important role of history-formation within national and sub-national contexts.

Dialogue

Dialogue bookends conflict. When diplomacy fails, conflict emerges, and dialogue is required to end conflict and to ensure lasting peace. The theme dialogue will enable seminar participants to explore how people talk about conflict and peace both within and outside of their communities.