Program Officer: Peacebuilding Analysis and Impact, swisspeace, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Deadline: 30 May 2021.
To reinforce its Peacebuilding Analysis & Impact (PAI) program, swisspeace is looking for a Program Officer – Peacebuilding Analysis & Impact (80-100%). The Peacebuilding Analysis & Impact (PAI) program is the methodology innovation hub of swisspeace. Research and practice insights shape our cutting-edge approaches, which help our partners and clients to improve analysis, management, and learning processes to ultimately increase the effectiveness and positive impact of their work in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. swisspeace stands at the forefront of advancing conflict sensitivity and adaptive management both in research and policy as well as in institutional practice.
swisspeace is a practice and research institute dedicated to advancing effective peacebuilding. It supports and advises local, national, and international actors relevant for peacebuilding, researches topics particularly relevant for peacebuilding practice, provides spaces for exchange and dialogue, and shapes peace policy in Switzerland and globally. swisspeace is an associated institute of the University of Basel.
Dr. Elenie Opffer was interviewed about the concepts of peacebuilding and safe space, on October 27, 2020, by Rehana Paul, CID intern.
Dr. Opffer answers the following questions:
- What is peacebuilding and why is it important?
- How are intercultural dialogue and peacebuilding related?
- Describe your involvement in high conflict areas of Africa.
- What are safe spaces, and why are they important?
For further information, see her one-page summaries:
Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64.
Opffer, E. (2015). Safe space. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 71.
Call for Chapters: Are We Making a Difference? Global and Local Efforts to Assess Peacebuilding Effectiveness, to be edited by Stacey L. Connaughton (Purdue) and Jasmine R. Linabary (Emporia State). Deadline for abstract only: November 1, 2020.
Chapter abstracts invited for a forthcoming edited book project on assessment and peacebuilding. The book is entitled “Are we making a difference?: Global and local efforts to assess peacebuilding effectiveness” and will be published by Rowman & Littlefield. Peacebuilding practitioners at local, national, and international levels and educators are the primary audiences for the book.
This edited volume seeks to highlight data-driven/evidence-based efforts to assess the effectiveness of peacebuilding efforts worldwide and to be inclusive of voices worldwide and of diverse methods for assessing effectiveness (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, participatory). The book will also serve as a platform to share case studies of, critical reflections on, and practical tools for assessment. We encourage chapters written by peacebuilding practitioners and/or academics from a variety of fields. We are particularly interested in chapters written by or co-authored with local peacebuilders.
Entire catalog of online courses tuition-free, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. Deadline: December 31, 2020.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces us to change the ways in which we interact with one another and as people across the United States and the world demand racial justice, today’s peacebuilders are in need of increased access to resources and tools to support them in transforming conflict. To meet that demand, the U.S. Institute of Peace is offering its entire catalog of online courses tuition-free from now until the end of 2020.
Course topics include: civil resistance, conflict analysis, community-based dialogue, peacebuilding, negotiation, and more, as well as access to the game Mission: Zhobia.
Senior Expert, Dialogue and Peace Process Support, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. Deadline: Open until filled, posted January 23, 2020.
The Senior Expert position will serve as program lead on promoting and enhancing dialogue as a predominant peacebuilding method for the Inclusive Peace Processes Team, which is located in USIP’s Center for Applied Conflict Transformation. The Senior Expert will oversee USIP’s thought leadership on dialogue as well as develop practice, particularly to support transformation in peace processes globally. This position will provide strategic guidance and practice-oriented training, and serve as a comparative analyst on issues related to dialogues including political dialogues and consultations, intercultural dialogues, national dialogues, track II dialogue, among others.
The Inclusive Peace Processes team provides support to a range of internal and external stakeholders working at various stages of peace processes. The team provides capacity-building support as well as technical expertise on issues related to peace processes such as power-sharing, ceasefires, and mediation support. The Senior Expert will report to the Director, Inclusive Peace Processes and Reconciliation. This position will be a Full-Time position, however ISIP is open to include candidates that are available to work Part-Time as well.
Call for papers: 7th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, September 29-October 1, 2020, Mercy College, New York. NOTE: Event canceled as of July; there will be another event in 2021.
The theme of the 7th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding is Ethnic, Racial and Religious Conflicts Globally: Analysis, Research and Resolution. To increase understanding of ethnic, racial and religious conflicts in different countries around the world, the conference will consider submissions from multidisciplinary fields of study and practice. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research studies from university scholars and researchers are accepted. Case studies, lessons learned, success stories, policy analysis or design, and best practices from policy makers, practitioners, and indigenous peoples are also accepted. Successful abstracts or full papers shall not only bridge theory, method and practice, but must include findings and recommendations designed to further understanding and inform practical application.
Each 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.
Call 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.edu; sconnaugATpurdue.edu; gcheneyATuccs.edu by Monday, March 19, 2018. We envision a due date for completed first drafts of chapters by the end of August 2018.
New 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.
Special 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