WCRRP building links with Myanmar
Dr Mark Owen recently visited Myanmar to oversee MA student Bethany Davies’s research project on ‘Hate speech and social media’. Dr Owen held very positive discussions with Religions for Peace Myanmar, the NGO Smile and the UN Mission to Myanmar about assisting with the development of interfaith projects, in particular a conflict assessment that focusses specifically on the religious factors in Buddhist/Muslim conflicts in Myanmar.
Dr Mark Owen and Professor Anna King will return to Myanmar to undertake research with Religions for Peace Myanmar in January 2016.
(Photo: MA student Beth Davies with representatives from the NGO Smile in Myanmar, where she carried out research from Oct. to Dec. 2015)
Tuesday 17 November 2015: Christian/Jewish Dialogue between Rabbi Natan Levy and Revd Andrew Ashdown, followed by Q&A.
Rabbi Natan Levy is the Interfaith and social action manager for the Board of Deputies of British Jews and chair of the Jewish Social Action Forum. Rabbi Levy is the co-author of Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims. He holds an MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College, London, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University. Revd Andrew Ashdown is an Anglican priest. He is Interfaith Adviser to the Bishop of Winchester and has been involved in Interfaith work for the past 30 years both in this country and across the Middle East, including most recently in Syria. Andrew holds an MA in Abrahamic Religions from Heythrop College, London, and hopes soon to begin a PhD in the field of Christian/Muslim dialogue.
Tuesday 20 October 2015: Jonathan Powell
Jonathan Powell talked about the Middle East, including Libya (where he is the UK special envoy), Hamas and Isil. His argument was that we always say that we will never talk to terrorists but we almost always end up doing so. He reviewed the history of such peace processes and why some work and others don't. Based on his book Talking to terrorists: how to end armed conflicts. (Photo: Jonathan Powell and Simon Keyes)
7/8 September 2015: Conference 'I too, remember dust’: Peace-building, Politics and the Arts
This interdisciplinary conference, which explored the themes of peace-building, politics and the arts in former Yugoslavia and other national and international contexts, was co-organised by Dr Mark Owen alongside colleagues from Performing Arts and the Crime & Justice Research Centre. Find out more.
6 March 2015: Peacejam Conference
Finding the Balance: Security and Human Rights in the Contemporary World by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams. Find out more about the Peacejam 2015 conference
4 March 2015 'Beyond Forgiving': film screening and discussion
Howard Grace as commander of the liberation army during the time of Apartheid Letlapa Mphahlele ordered retaliatory massacres on white civilians in response to the killing of black school children. Ginn Fourie's only daughter was killed in one of these attacks. The film explores the remarkable story of two people's journey through trauma and pain towards forgiveness and transformation. Their subsequent story is a profound example of forgiving and working together as peacemakers. A showing of the award-winning documentary film was followed by a discussion led by the Executive Producer, Howard Grace, a member of PCN Britain.
30 January 2015: 'Evaluating the legal case of Israel's presence in the West Bank and related issues'
Dr Gerald Adler and Dr Sascha-Dominik Bachmann examined the legal basis for Israel's presence in the West Bank, and explored related issues. Dr Gerald M Adler is a former Professor of International Law and member of the Executive Committee of UK Lawyers for Israel and Research Associate in the Faculty of Law, at Haifa University. Dr Sascha-Dominik Bachmann is Associate Professor of International Law at Bournemouth University, researcher of Human Rights and Historical Litigation and 21st-century Security Threats. Between them they have over seventy years of political and military experience and expertise in the arena of international law.
11 February 2015: 'Two Sided Story': film screening and discussion
It's not always easy to acknowledge the story of 'the other', to show empathy and to express a desire for reconciliation. But, as this moving film shows, it is possible.'Two Sided Story' is a remarkable film from the Bereaved Families Forum.