This publication’s authors, who include some of the world’s leading scholars, diplomats and activists on the topic, examine historic, strategic, humanitarian and economic aspects of general and complete disarmament to elaborate and elevate the case for prohibiting conventional weapons systems as well as nuclear weapons.
“A Global Security System: An Alternative to War,” a publication of World Beyond War, describes the “hardware” of creating a peace system, and the “software” — the values and concepts — necessary to operate a peace system and the means to spread these globally. World Beyond War invites educators to consider “A Global Security System” for class adoption in peace studies programs. Free examination copies are available to faculty upon request.
In Factis Pax is a peer-reviewed online journal of peace education and social justice dedicated to the examination of issues central to the formation of a peaceful society – the prevention of violence, political challenges to peace and democratic societies. Volume 10 Number 1, 2016 is now available.
Transformative Peace Pedagogy: Fostering a Reflective, Critical, and Inclusive Praxis for Peace Studies
This article by Tony Jenkins offers a brief philosophical and pedagogical framework and rationale for transformative peace pedagogy as a preferred approach and philosophy of teaching and learning in peace studies. Transformative peace pedagogy fosters the development of a self-reflective praxis and nurtures a holistic, inclusive relationship between the inner (personal) and outer (political, action oriented) dimensions of peacebuilding. This praxis is the basis for both internal consideration and social and political action that is pursued by peace studies.
This working paper by Paul Darvasi, published by the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development / UNESCO, addresses how digital games may be uniquely suited to further the work of peace education and conflict resolution.
“Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education,” a new book by Martin Gap, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Angel, Lea Fenner (Ed.), asks what opportunities offer combinations of human rights education and history learning for the empowerment of learners and for further development of both educational approaches? And what would such a combination look like in educational practice?
Co-hosted by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Oslo Forum regularly convenes conflict mediators, peacemakers, high level decision-makers and key peace process actors in a series of informal and discreet retreats. The overarching theme of the 2016 event was ‘Adapting to a new conflict landscape’, reflecting the emergent challenges mediators face in responding to the changing face of conflict.
“Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character-Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying” is a new book by Naomi Drew with Christa Tinari. “Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School” focuses on positive and prosocial attitudes and behaviors that build a respectful and compassionate school environment, while also addressing the tough issues of prejudice, anger, exclusion, and bullying.
This resource guide developed by Craig Zelizer of PCDN provides an introduction to Twitter, discusses the role it can and has played in peacebuilding and social change and offers key resources to begin actively using the platform.
Peace education initiatives have been subject to heated public debate and so far the complexities involved have not been fully understood. This multilayered analysis examines how teachers negotiate ideological, pedagogical and emotional challenges in their attempts to enact a peace education policy. Focusing primarily on the case study of conflict-affected Cyprus, Michalinos Zembylas, Constadina Charalambous and Panayiota Charalambous situate the Cypriot case within wider theoretical and methodological debates in the field and explore the implications of their findings for theory and practice.
#CritEdPol, Swarthmore College’s Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, announces an open call for undergraduate papers/projects for their next issue with the theme of care mobilized as a necessary and humanizing act within education policy. Preliminary submissions due December 10, 2016.
With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next.
Peace Science Digest: Volume 1, Issue 5, published by the War Prevention Initiative, is now available for free download. Inside this issue: research examining multiple lenses of war prevention and the viable nonviolent alternatives; how domestic protests influence coups; oil, terrorism and insurgency in the Middle East and North Africa; democracy, human rights and terrorism as possible motives for U.S. military intervention; the uneven distribution of civilian casualties, politics, and public support for Israel; and how nonviolent resistance contributes to strong democracies.
Springer Publishing has released four edited volumes on the life work of Elise Boulding. Edited by her son, J. Russell Boulding, these volumes honor the lifetime achievement of the distinguished activist and scholar on the occasion of what would be her 96th birthday (1920-2010). Known as the “matriarch” of the twentieth century peace research movement, she made significant contributions in the fields of peace education, future studies, feminism, and sociology of the family, as well as serving as a prominent leader in the peace movement and the Society of Friends.
Young people have an innate sense of right and wrong, fair and unfair. Explaining the basics of human rights in age appropriate ways with stories and examples can set the foundation for a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and global citizenship.
How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching, a publication of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR), focuses on gender as a missing lens when teaching history in school. The silencing of women’s involvement in Cyprus history results in the neglecting of the multiple ways in which they have contributed to and participated in society. After reviewing the different ways Greek-Cypriot as well as Turkish-Cypriot women have been kept absent from school history, we conclude with eight lesson plans for teaching history from a gender perspective.
To mark the International Day of Peace, Peace Science Digest (a publication of the War Prevention Initiative) published a special issue on peace education.