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OxPeace Conference 2009: The Serious Study of Peace

This Conference was organised by an ad hoc multidisciplinary group in Oxford University, which had begun in 2006 to discuss how to network and raise the profile of the research already being done in Oxford on peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The title ‘The Serious Study of Peace’ underlines that peace was no longer seen merely as a fringe interest but was beginning to take its place in academe as a matter of serious concern to which a wide range of disciplines can contribute. The focus on peace adds a fresh dimension to established disciplines and engenders a distinctive interdisciplinary synergy. The Conference resulted in the creation of the ongoing Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace), with worldwide contacts, and led to the possibility, once endowments become available, of the establishment of research and teaching posts in peace studies in Oxford.

The conference organizers included Revd Dr Liz Carmichael MBE (Tutor in Theology, St John's), Dr Phil Clark (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group), Professor Mary King (Fellow, Rothermere Institute; UN University for Peace), Revd Dr Robin Gibbons (Kellogg), Professor Neil Macfarlane (International Relations), Dr Sondra Hausner (St Peter's; anthropologist, head of Study of Religions in Theology), Dr Hugo Slim (Visiting Fellow: Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict), and Bryony Winn (Rhodes Scholar, M.Phil. Development Studies, Student Assistant).

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 What the Communities Say: Ex-Combatant Integration and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone Breakout session on ‘Post-conflict reconstruction and Peacebuilding’, third talk: Johanna Boersch-Supan, D.Phil. Candidate, Politics and International relations, Oxford University. Johanna Boersch-Supan 18 Jan 2021
2 Evaluating Stability: An Impossible dream?’ The challenges of evaluation in Afghanistan Breakout session on ‘Post-conflict reconstruction and Peacebuilding’, second talk: Bjorn Muller-Wille, Royal Military Academy , Sandhurst. Bjorn Muller-Wille 18 Jan 2021
3 The Stabilisation Discourse and ending War.’ British experience in Helmand, Afghanistan Breakout session on ‘Post-conflict reconstruction and Peacebuilding’, first talk: Dr Stuart Gordon, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Stuart Gordon 18 Jan 2021
4 The Politics and Peace and Justice: the Role of the ICC in Uganda Breakout session on ‘Peace and Transitional Justice’, third talk: Lydiah Kemunto Bosire, D.Phil. Candidate, Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire 18 Jan 2021
5 Sierra Leone’s transition: A Road to Peace in the Short Term Breakout session on ‘Peace and Transitional Justice’, second talk: Chris Mahony, D.Phil Candidate, Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. Chris Mahony 18 Jan 2021
6 Reconciliation’s Citizen: Insights from the Peace Process in Bosnia-Herzegovina Breakout session on ‘Peace and Transitional Justice’, first talk: Briony Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, Manchester University; Student Chair, Oxford Transitional Justice Research. Briony Jones 18 Jan 2021
7 To Heal and to Create: Healing Violent Conflict and re-creating Peace with Equity, Inclusion and Art Breakout session on ‘Grassroots Peacebuilding – and linking it to national and international levels’, second talk: Dr Rama Mani, Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. Rama Mani 18 Jan 2021
8 NGO Peacebuilding in Complex Emergencies: the case of Eastern Africa Breakout session on ‘Grassroots Peacebuilding – and linking it to national and international levels’, first talk: Fr Elias Omondi Opongo, Ph.D. candidate, Dept of Peace Studies, Bradford University. Fr Elias Omondi Opongo 18 Jan 2021
9 Misplaced Analogies: 'Coordination' and 'Learning' in the Building of Peace Breakout session on 'The Role of International and Regional Organizations in Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping', third talk: Dr Jochen Prantl, Oxford University, reflects on a lack of effective learning from peacebuilding experience. Jochen Prantl 18 Jan 2021
10 Building Peace in Georgia: International Organizations and Conflict Resolution in South Ossetia and Abkhazi Breakout session on 'The Role of International and regional Organizations in Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping,' second talk: Professor Neil MacFarlane, Lester Pearson Professor of International Relations, Oxford University. Neil MacFarlane 15 Jan 2021
11 SADC and the Zimbabwe Crisis Breakout session on 'The Role of International and Regional Organizations in Peacemaking, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping’, first talk: Miles Tendi, D.Phil. candidate, Dept of Overseas Development, Oxford University. Miles Tendi 15 Jan 2021
12 Different Approaches to Institutionalizing the Study of peace Breakout session on 'The Study of Peace in Schools and Higher Education’, third talk: Professor Mary King, Fellow, Rothermere Institute, Oxford University. Mary King 15 Jan 2021
13 Building Peace into the UK HE Curriculum Breakout session on 'The Study of Peace in Schools and Higher Education’, second talk: Dr Neil Ferguson, Director, Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Associate Professor of Political Psychology, Liverpool Hope University. Neil Ferguson 15 Jan 2021
14 Constructing the defences of peace in the 'minds of man' Professor David Johnson, Dept of Comparative Education, Oxford University, on 'Constructing the defences of peace in the "minds of man."' On improving peace education curricula in schools in conflict-affected countries. David Johnson 11 Jan 2021
15 Sources for Peacebuilding in Islam Breakout session on 'Religion, Peace and Conflict'. Third talk, Imam Monawar Hussein, Eton College and Central Oxford Mosque, on 'Sources for Peacebuilding in Islam.' Monawar Hussein 11 Jan 2021
16 Christianity, Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland Breakout session on 'Religion, Peace and Conflict.' Second talk: Dr David Tombs, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. on 'Christianity, Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland'. David Tombs 11 Jan 2021
17 Forcing the End Times: US Christian Zionism and Israel Breakout session on 'Religion, Peace and Conflict.' First talk: Carlo Aldrovandi, Ph.D. candidate, Peace Studies, Univ. of Bradford, on 'Forcing the End Times: US Christian Zionism and Israel'. Carlo Aldrovandi 11 Jan 2021
18 Security and Development Dr Anke Hoeffler, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, gives the second plenary address. Anke Hoeffler 11 Jan 2021
19 Strategic Peacebuilding for the 21st Century Professor Scott Appleby, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame Scott Appleby 08 Jan 2021
20 Oxpeace 2009: The Serious Study of Peace Introduction At the morning plenary, Saturday 2 May, Revd Dr Liz Carmichael MBE (Oxford University, Theology) introduces the Conference. Liz Carmichael 08 Jan 2021
21 Oxpeace 2009: The Serious Study of Peace Keynote Professor Neil MacFarlane, Lester Pearson Professor of International Relations (Oxford) introduces Jonathan Powell to give the keynote address at the Conference dinner, on his experience of peacemaking and implementing peace in Northern Ireland. Neil MacFarlane 08 Jan 2021