We have organised a workshop on 'peace in geography and politics' at Newcastle University. This is aimed at continuing the recent momentum in geography on the topic, and connecting this to parallel debates in IR. One intention is to further discussion of building a UK network for geographers and others interested in engaging public debate and doing school educational work on peace, following a call at the IBG 2 years back and a follow-up by Kelvin Mason (who will be there) on crit-geog last year. Do come and help us build a movement.
Peace - Nick.
Peace in Geography and Politics:
Critiques and Narratives of Peace
15 November 2011, 09:30-16:00, Newcastle University
Organised by Prof. Hartmut Behr and Dr. Nick Megoran
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
In both disciplines of Geography and Politics the study and production of ‘their’ respective realities is dominated by the categories such as ‘conflict’, ‘war’, ‘security’.
The purpose of this workshop is to emphasize a counterpoint and bring together scholars from both disciplines to assess the state of peace and peace research in each and to discuss the question of related normative agendas. By working across the disciplines, the value of peace scholarship and the needs of political engagement working towards peace will become visible.
This workshop brings together leading scholars from both disciplines to ‘compare notes’, by assessing the state of peace research in each and by discussing the question of normative agendas
Hartmut Behr and Nick Megoran
MORNING SESSION: STATE-OF-THE-DISCIPLINE REVIEWS
Oliver Richmond, St Andrews: Peace in International Relations
Simon Dalby, Carleton, Ottawa: Peace in Geopolitics
Fiona McConnell, Cambridge: Peace in Geography
Hartmut Behr, Newcastle: A Phenomenological Approach to Peace
NAMING THE DEAD CEREMONY
A simple and solemn naming ceremony beside the war memorial plaque in Newcastle University’s Old Quad for those participants in the symposium who feel comfortable with participation. To mark the tenth anniversary of the start of the war, names and details of 50 UK servicemen and women killed in action in Afghanistan, and 50 Afghan civilians killed by the NATO forces will be read out, with a bell tolled for each one. In so doing we (1) grieve all the dead of this conflict, and mark our desire to pursue a just and peaceful solution to it, and (2) through a collective public statement begin to move the day’s discussion from ‘critique’ to ‘narrative’.
AFTERNOON SESSION: Critiques and Narratives of Peace
The morning session identified the terrains of conceptual, theoretical, and empirical work on ‘peace’ in geography and politics: this roundtable now proceeds in asking: ‘Can the study of peace be merely deconstructive, or do we need a normative narrative and agenda?’ Four speakers will be asked to provide reflections providing their thoughts on this question, to open a broader discussion.
Georgio Shani, Christian University Tokyo
Kelvin Mason, Aberystwyth/Welsh Peace Institute
Philippa Williams, Cambridge
Greville Bibby, Commander 15 (North East) Brigade
For help with registering contact Sinead Devlin
For more information about the conference, contact Hartmut Behr ([log in to unmask]) or Nick Megoran ([log in to unmask])