[Sept 20, 2017] Rotary Peace Seminar “Peace Through Dialogue Across Differences”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Seminar inviting Prof. Hartmut BEHR, Newcastle University, UK. We look forward to many of your participation.

“Peace Through Dialogue Across Differences”

– Speaker:  Prof. Hartmut BEHR, Newcastle University, UK

– Date/Time:  September 20th, 2017.   15:10-16:30

– Place: International Conference Hall, the 2nd Floor at ICU Dialogue House

– Access: http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#17 on this map

– Language: English

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Whether we as individuals, citizens, political activists, politicians, or most importantly as conflict parties act in a peaceful way, or less so, depends on our relation to our fellow humans. Thus, peace always articulates (as) a relation to the other”. Yet, the question of the “other” that underpins the conceptualization of peace includes another question, namely that of difference. Consequently, issues around peace are to be thought of as questions of difference. Whether, or not, we act in a peaceful way is therefore a question of how we approach, think, and negotiate difference. The first argument developed in this chapter is that non-essentialist ways of thinking and acting upon difference(s) is more conducive to peaceful relations than essentialized versions of difference. The second, subsequent argument holds that in practical terms a non-essentialist way dealing with difference surmounts in the maxim of political dialogue, a dialogue that is empathetic for differences and steadily moves to, and provokes, the edges of its own rationality.

 

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Hartmut Behr is professor of international politics at Newcastle University (UK). His research specializes in political theory, sociology of knowledge of IR, politics of difference, political violence, and critical European Studies. His publications include Zuwanderungspolitk im Nationalstaat (1998), Entterritorial Politik (2004), A History of International Political Theory: Ontologies of the International (2010) and Politics of Difference: Epistemologies of Peace (2014) as well as book chapters and articles on the themes mentioned that appeared amongst others in the Journal of International Political Theory, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Geopolitics, International Political Economy, Zeitschrift fuer Internationale Beziehungen. He was Principal Investigator of the Leverhumle-funded International Research Network on “Critical Theory meets Classical Realism: Modernity, Crises, and Return of Humanity”. He is currently working, amongst others, on normative conditions of critique in political and social theory and its implications for political action and policy development.

Prof. Hartmut BEHR’s Profile:  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/hartmutbehr.html#background

The lecture will be held as part of a graduate course “Peace and Conflict Studies Class I (QPFD414)” but is open to anybody.

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[Dec 21] Rotary Peace Forum “The UN Refugee Agency – Global Challenges and Opportunities”

Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Forum inviting Mr Dirk Hebecker, Representative of UNHCR Japan as follows. We look forward to many of your participation.
Rotary Peace Forum: “The UN Refugee Agency – Global Challenges and Opportunities”
-Speaker:  Mr Dirk Hebecker, Representative of UNHCR Japan
-Date/Time: Dec 21 (Wednesday), 5 & 6 periods (15:10 – 17:40)
-Place: H-203
-Language: English
The lecture will be held as part of undergraduate course “Global Civil Society (IRL220)” but is open to anybody.
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[Oct 28]Screening: “THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN”

ICU Rotary Peace Center and Peace Research Institute will host a screening of a documentary film, “THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN”. It is about Doctor Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist and a human rights activist who mended thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This screening is a part of the 11th UNHCR Refugee Film Festival.
– Date: October 28th (Fri) 15h10-
– Place: H-253
– Co-host:ICU Peace Research Institute
– 113-minute screening
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[Oct 25]Peace Forum “Education and Development for Women”

Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Forum inviting Mr Mark Flanigan, a ICU Peace Fellow alumnus, a teacher at Asian University for Women (AUW) as follows.

-Speaker:  Mr Mark Flanigan, a Peace Fellow alumnus, a teacher at Asian University for Women (AUW: http://asian-university.org/whoweare/)
-Date/Time: Tuesday Oct 25, 10:10 – 11:20 am
-Place: H-168
-Language: English
*The lecture will be held as part of undergraduate course by Prof Dawson’s “Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Education: Education in Asia” (EDU306) but is open to anybody.

[Oct 24]Peace Forum “EU and Human Rights”

Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Forum inviting Mr Wiktor Staniecki, First Secretary Political Section, EU as follows.
Speaker:  Mr Wiktor Staniecki, First Secretary Political Section, EU Delegation to Japan
Date/Time: Oct 24 (Monday), Super 4 (13:15 – 15:00)
Place: H-352
Language: English
The lecture will be held as part of undergraduate course “International Law I” (LAW208) but is open to anybody.

[Oct 17] Screening Event: “We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear”

ICU Rotary Peace Center and Peace Research Institute will host a screening of Lebanese documentary film, “WE CANNOT GO THERE NOW, MY DEAR” directed by Carol Mansour.
This screening is a part of the 11th UNHCR Refugee Film Festival.
– Date: October 17th (Mon) 13h15-15h00
– Place: H-352
– Co-host: ICU Peace Research Institute
– 42-minute screening  *Japan premier
Trailer:
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[June 11] The 14th ICU Rotary Peace Center Annual Seminar

June 11 (Sat), 2016, 13:00-17:30 @ Kiyoshi Togasaki Dialogue House, ICU

ICU Rotary Peace Center is pleased to announce that the 14th Rotary Peace Center Annual Seminar is held on Saturday 11 June, 2016 at Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House on ICU campus.  This year eight Rotary Peace Fellows from Class XIII will be presenting their Master’s thesis works related to peace and conflict resolution.

More details….