20/10/2012

ESF Research Conference: In Search of Peace

Check out this conference coming up:  In search of Peace: Dialogues between theories and practices. I am about to make my way up to Sweden where I will present a paper on "The Art of Living Sideways and the Aesthetic of Transrational Peaces".  In short it is about skateboarding, peace and living. Oh yeah! Thanks for the support ESF and I am looking forward to be inspired :)
The below text is not written by me. Its a description of the conference by Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar, the lady who gave birth to this conference. 

The search for peace is longstanding. And yet, the concept remains elusive. Most probably the reason is simple, namely that peace is never fully achieved, it is not an end-point, but rather a constant process of negotiation among different actors regarding the terms of their relationships in a myriad of different arenas. 

In this conference the aim is to investigate peace as a process and the various forms in which it has been conceptually framed and empirically practiced. In order to do so, the research objectives of the conference are twofold: 

(i) to explore the ways in which specific approaches to peace are (or are not) the outcome of dominant scholarly work and policy agendas; thus conversely 

(ii) to examine and investigate how peace is constructed as a concrete and common aspiration that shapes social interactions in daily life. 

The purpose is thus to foster and facilitate a dialogue between scholarly interrogations and the various experiments and experiences of peace beyond disciplinary and territorial borders. The conference aims to bring together, on the one hand, academic analyses and research innovations in the politics, histories, and discourses of peace from various disciplines. One the other hand to nurture these debates with the practical expertise and field experiences of civil society actors, activists, journalists, artists and policy-makers. Thus, this conference offers a platform for productive exchange between scholars and practitioners that helps us move towards a sustainable peace.  

During the conference we will seek out the differences and commonalities among the various experiments, discourses, narratives, practices and performances of peace. Given the timeliness of the issue and the urgency to engage in such dialogues, we expect a wide range of participants, including various actors from multiple backgrounds and generations.  

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