The next meeting of the Peace and Conflict Group will be held again at New College, in the Martin Hall, from 3-5pm on Monday November 5th. Apologies to those who cannot make this time.
Please confirm your intention to attend by emailing george.wilkes[@]ed.ac.uk.
The meeting will be in two parts, followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments to celebrate the success of the inaugural conference of the Edinburgh Peace Initiative, in which a number of students and staff in the Group were involved.
3-4.15pm ‘Gender and security sector reform: examining practice‘
Our presenter is Megan Bastick, a specialist advisor on gender and human
rights for DCAF (http://www.dcaf.ch/), who specialises in gender related issues and the reform of militaries around the world. She would also be happy to talk with participants about her career moves after a Masters, into the Red Cross and then to DCAF.
4.15-5pm We will focus on proposals for collaborative work together with practitioners and/or specialist bodies working on peace/conflict related areas. What follows is not in any way intended to determine our agenda: We’ve had interest in this expressed by International Alert [for instance to look at religion as a factor in peacebuilding/conflict], by MSF, and Eva has mentioned Berghof. Another possibility might be to partner with a Peace Studies institute such as the Kroc Institute at Notre Dame, where interest has also been expressed in cooperative programming on peacebuilding ethics.
You may come to one or both parts of the session, according to your interests.
If you are unable to make this time but want to register your particular interest in the possibility of taking part in a cooperative research project, please email me, noting any particular focus in which you would be interested.
5-6pm ‘Wine and nibbles‘ invitation. The invitation is also being extended to students from outside the Group who were at the Edinburgh Peace Initiative conference.