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.

Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education

“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?

New Publication – The Oslo Forum 2016 Meeting Report

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

“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.

New Book – Peace Education in a Conflict-Affected Society: An Ethnographic Journey

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.

Free ebook by Rebecca Solnit – Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

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

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.

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Elise Boulding: A Pioneer in Peace Research, Peacemaking, Feminism and the Family

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.

New Publication: How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching

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.

Call for Submissions: On-line How to Manual for Colleges and Universities Developing and/or Enhancing their Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies

Submissions are sought for contributions to the 2nd Edition of the Free On-line How to Manual for Colleges and Universities Developing and/or Enhancing their Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies. Submission deadline: October 1.

Illustration from the cover of "Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice"

Education for Peace: Experiences from Practice (Montenegro and Serbia)

The handbook “Education for Peace-Experiences from Practice” has been translated into English and is now available online. The handbook is the result of cooperation of participants of the regional project “Educational Institutions Implement Education for Peace” and contains articles and lesson preparations with elements of education for peace. The project was jointly implemented by NDC Serbia and NDC Montenegro (GPPAC Western Balkans). The official promotion of the handbook was held in Belgrade on 16 July 2016 during the meeting of the representatives of Nansen Dialogue Network.

Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. “Human Rights and Schooling” explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child rights education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized.