Dialogue as a Peacebuilding Process (Canada)

Applied ICDEach year Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an institute of Canadian Mennonite University, invites the peacebuilders of the world to gather in Winnipeg, Canada, for a selection of five-day courses in June. Come take a course or two for professional and personal development or for academic credit. We offer courses from local, national and international peacebuilders, to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based groups. Consider learning with this international network in various approaches to peacebuilding, justice, reconciliation, conflict resolution, and development. CSOP Dates: June 11-15, 18-22, 2018. Application deadline: April 1, 2018.

Join us for “Peace Skills – Dialogue as a Peacebuilding Process” at the 2018 Canadian School of Peacebuilding, with instructors Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento and Paulo Baleinakorodawa. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion of differences is needed to facilitate understanding and build relationships among people. Through this course, students will explore their own and others’ narratives in various social and institutional contexts, while learning from each other’s perspectives and from the practice of dialogue. Students will expand options for taking action to create change and bridge differences at the interpersonal and social/community levels. This course is valuable for those engaged in group and community processes. This course is offered in partnership with Resolution Skills Centre (RSC) and Mediation Services and counts as 2 days of elective credit towards an RSC certificate.

CFP Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding Through Engaged Scholarship

Publication OpportunitiesCall for chapter proposals: Kellett, Connaughton, & Cheney—Conflict transformation and peacebuilding through engaged scholarship. Deadline: March 19, 2018.

Pete Kellett, Stacey Connaughton, and George Cheney are co-editing a book that will be the inaugural volume in the new “Peace and Conflict” book series for Peter Lang Publishing. The working title of the book is “Conflict transformation and peacebuilding through engaged scholarship.” We invite brief chapter proposals that exemplify conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are chapters that (1) demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic), including the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships; (2) feature the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts; (3) explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, including indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media; (4) show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice; (5) integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented; and (6) consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction–such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others that represent either local, regional, or global contexts. Chapters in which authors revisit, revise, update, or extend earlier work are acceptable, and will be evaluated on their own distinctive contribution. We would like the book to have broad appeal and so would like chapter authors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.

Please send proposals of 200-300 words in the form of a Word document, outlining the chapter and specifying how it fits the above call. Include also a brief (100-word or so) bio statement that specifies current affiliation.  Please send proposals and any inquiries to all co-editors simultaneously pmkelletATuncg.edusconnaugATpurdue.edugcheneyATuccs.edu by Monday, March 19, 2018. We envision a due date for completed first drafts of chapters by the end of August 2018.

CFP: Books on Conflict & Peace

Publication OpportunitiesNew book series in Conflict and Peace edited by Peter Kellett & Stacey Connaughton, to be published by Peter Lang.

This series highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3)  We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice.  We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome.  We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.

We welcome initial inquiries about possible projects, as well as complete proposals. For more information contact Peter Kellett and Stacey Connaughton.

Study Abroad in Northern Ireland: Peacebuilding through Storytelling & Dialogue

Study AbroadSpecial Opportunity for short term study in N. Ireland: Peacebuilding through Storytelling and Dialogue in Northern Ireland. Application deadline: November 30, 2017.

This unique course is designed to learn how communication through storytelling and dialogue can lead to Peace in a highly divided society. Students will work with former combatants to share stories and to develop healing and ethical remembering in the process to transforming the culture of Northern Ireland.

Building on Transmedia Skills including, photography, blogging, journaling and interviewing, students will be engaged in documenting this arduous but transformative process.  This cultural immersion process will have many take-away skills including intercultural competence and communication skills enhancement, peace and conflict negotiation, healing and ethical remembering.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students

Class meetings will take place in Derry, Northern Ireland December 31, 2017 – January 15, 2018.  Course materials will be placed online with discussion opportunities and there will final material due at the conclusion of the course

Tenzin Dorjee Researcher Profile

Tenzin Dorjee photoTenzin Dorjee (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building, and conflict resolution. He has authored and co-authored  peer-reviewed articles and chapters on Tibetan culture, identity, and communication, nonviolence and middle way approaches to Sino-Tibetan conflict, intergenerational communication context, and others. He was awarded Faculty Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011, Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2013, Annual Author Award in 2014, Faculty Recognition Service: Extraordinary and Sustained Service in 2015, and Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2016  by CSU Fullerton.  He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English.  He worked as a translator at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India, for over 13 years.  He is also a published author of articles and  translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He had the honor to translate for many pre-eminent Tibetan Buddhist Professors including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India and North America. He is a former  Member-At –Large in the Executive Council of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Chair of WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, Basic Course Director of the Department of Human Communication Studies, CSUF, and Vice President and President of the Tibetan  Association of Southern California. He has served on the Dalai Lama Trust Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee and Restorative Schools Vision Project, Sacramento.  In the summer of 2013, he volunteered over two months at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and in the summer of 2016, he volunteered teaching intercultural communication, teaching pedagogy, and research methodology at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, India, and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru, India.. During his summer sojourns in India, he also gave series of invited talks on a wide range of intercultural themes such as such as Tibetan culture and  identity,  and , translation  methodology at many Tibetan institutions including the Tibet Policy Institute, Central Tibetan Administration Staff, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives,  Institute of Buddhist Dialectics,  and Tibetan Astro-Medical College, Dharamsala, India.

Samples of his publications are:

Dorjee, T. (2015)  Communication accommodation theory. In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 103-107). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dorjee, T. (2015)  Identity and  intergroup communication . In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 410-414). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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Grants for Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation (USAID)

FY 2016 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund)
Agency for International Development
Deadline: April 25, 2016
Amount: Upper $1,500,000USD, Lower $100,000USD

The United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), invites applications for funding from qualified entities to carry out activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war in the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Colombia, Liberia, Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal (including cross-border programming with Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and The Gambia), Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

see also:
US Aid People-to-People Peacebuilding

Key Concept #64: Peacebuilding by Elenie Opffer

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. Click on the thumbnail to download the PDF. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Key Concept #64: Peacebuilding by Elenie Opffer

Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/key-concept-peacebuilding.pdf

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.


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IPD Academy in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Intercultural Dialogue (2015)

Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD)
Academic Programs 2015

A) 2 International Summer Academy programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue

– I Summer Academy: 7-17 August, 2015

– II Summer Academy: 17-27 August, 2015

Place: Baar, Switzerland

B) 3 Month Certificated Academic School in Mediation & Conflict Resolution (CAS in MCR)

Date: 17 August – 17 November 2015

Place: Switzerland

Rosanne Teniente-Micro grant report

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In Spring 2014, Rosanne Teniente was awarded a micro grant funded by the Association for Business Communication. The following is her report.


This past August I was privileged to have the opportunity to attend the Institute for Peace and Dialogue’s Summer Academy on Peacebuilding and Intercultural Dialogue hosted in Baar, Switzerland. IPD is an organization dedicated to conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and intercultural dialogue, and host conferences and trainings for those interested in peacebuilding and cross-cultural communication. I was there for ten days from August 17th through 27th and was partially funded through a microgrant from ABC, awarded through CID.

To say the least, it was a truly inspiring experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. The experts invited were all very knowledgeable about their speaking topics, ranging from the Middle East conflict, non-violent communication and civil disobedience, to learning how to influence and persuade others, especially in dealing with conflict. Experts included a former French diplomat, the founder of the Pancevo peace movement in Serbia who was also directly involved in the Otpor movement that brought down Milosevic, as well as a former British colonel who worked on the Transnistrian conflict. There were also several experts in communication topics, ranging from cross-cultural communication, persuasive communication for successful negotiation, and non-violent communication. Every day had enthralling lectures, with great exercises and activities to really involve the participants.

Perhaps what really made the conference as special as it was were the other attendees. There were about thirty other participants, attending from all over the world. Everyone’s unique cultural background and experiences lent to amazing discussion and insight. One gentleman hailed from the Democratic Republic of Congo and was able to share his experiences in such a high-conflict country. Another came from Iraq and was able to eloquently explain the issues of ISIS and how his country is faring in the post-Iraq war years. Other participants were active peace practitioners, working for the United Nations, the Carter Center, and Peace Brigades International. At the end of the conference, we all agreed that one of the most rewarding aspects was that we were all blessed to have met and gotten to know each other during the time there, and to have forged such great connections with people from unlikely places.

I feel so fortunate that I was able to participate in such an event. As a graduate student and military spouse, it would have been very difficult to afford to attend the conference without funding from CID. I was also lucky that my university program was also able assist with a supplementary travel grant. While I did have to cover about half of the cost by myself, the microgrant from CID made it possible to attend, and as I said before, this will be an experience that I carry with me for the rest of my life.

TechChange course: Technology for Conflict Management

TechChange course

Course Description

During the last ten years access to mobile phones and internet has increased dramatically worldwide, including regions affected by conflict and violence. These developments provide conflict management and resolution professionals with a variety of new tools for monitoring violence, sustaining dialogue during peace processes, and localizing peacebuilding efforts. This course will cover the use of mobile phones, digital mapping, and social media in conflict management and peacebuilding. Case studies from Kenya, Syria, Uganda and Myanmar, live discussions with experts from international organizations, academia and government, and instructor moderated discussions will make up the core of the learning experience. Participants will also get hands-on experience with mapping software during a simulation the final week of the course. By the end of the course, participants should expect to have developed an understanding of how different pieces of technology work, be able to do basic assessments of technology integration for their organizations, and some basic hands-on experience with crowdsourcing technologies.

NOTE: This course is NOT offered by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, but by TechChange. Visit their website for further information and to register.