13 December 2016: 'Good Disagreement'. A workshop led by Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peace-building in WCRRP.
“Truth springs from argument amongst friends.” Attributed, perhaps wrongly, to David Hume (1711 – 1776). Brexit, burkinis, abortion: hot topics where conversation can collapse in acrimony and polarisation. Disagreement is a natural corollary of free speech but how can we do it well? In this workshop we considered the nature of disagreement and looked at possible strategies for having successful conversations about divisive issues. We examined patterns of behaviour and thought which lead towards combat and explored how to develop the skills of arousing curiosity, questioning, exploring paradox and embracing complexity that offer an alternative path.
Tuesday 22 November 2016: Brexit and Trump - rising nationalism?
Two experts discussed rising nationalism against the backdrop of Brexit and the US elections.
- Dr William Sheward is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Global Studies at the University of Winchester and an expert on contemporary US politics and US foreign policy.
- Dr Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is Editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism. His current ESRC grant, affiliated with the think tank Demos, examines white working-class responses to diversity in the UK.
To listen to the recording of this event, see the Media Library in right-hand side column.
15 November 2016: 'Understanding Dialogue - from Theory to Practice'. A workshop led by Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peace-building in WCRRP.
“Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to (dis)agree.” Mikhail Bakhtin. This workshop examined a range of seminal theoretical ideas about dialogue and explores through practical exercises how these ideas can inform practice, particularly in constructing conversations about conflict. The workshop includes presentations of ideas developed by David Bohm, Mikhail Bakhtin, Hans Georg Gadamer, Hubert Hermans, William Isaacs and others. A substantial part of the workshop will be devoted to working together as a group to experiment with dialogic ways of thinking together.
1 November 2016: Turkey in Turmoil: Coups and Consequences. A panel discussion on Turkey’s current situation with:
- Ismail Mesut Sezgin, Executive Director of the Centre for Hizmet Studies and member of the Dialogue Society;
- Ibrahim Dogus, founder and director of the Centre for Turkey Studies and Development (CTSD), a non-party-political forum and think tank, and founder of the first UK-based newspaper in Turkish and Kurdish, Telgraf;
- Dr Caroline Tee, a social anthropologist of Islam and an expert on the Gülen Movement.
18/19 July 2016: Buddhism and conflict transformation. An interdisciplinary exploration of Buddhist resources for peace and conflict.
The Centre of Religions, Reconciliation and Peace, in partnership with the Centre for Applied Buddhism at Taplow Court, invites scholars, practitioners and artists to join us and our keynote speakers Johan Galtung and Hugh Miall for two days of multidisciplinary enquiry into the peacebuilding capacity of Buddhism. The purpose of this stimulating forum is to act as a catalyst for a long-term research project.
24 May 2016: Understanding dialogue - from theory to practice. A workshop led by Prof. Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding.
A multi-disciplinary day workshop exploring how theoretical ideas about dialogue can be applied to create powerful new forms of communication and learning. “Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to (dis)agree” (Mikhail Bakhtin). The workshop examined a range of seminal theoretical ideas about dialogue and explores through practical exercises how these ideas can inform practice, particularly in constructing conversations about conflict. The workshop included presentations of ideas developed by David Bohm, Mikhail Bakhtin, Hans Georg Gadamer, Hubert Hermans, William Isaacs and others. A substantial part of the workshop was devoted to working together as a group to experiment with dialogic ways of thinking together.
8 May 2016: Primate of the Armenian Church in Damascus, Syria
We were delighted to welcome the Primate of the Armenian Church in Damascus Syria, His Eminence Bishop Armash Nalbandian. Bishop Armash has served in Armenia and Germany and was appointed Primate of the Armenican Church in Syria in 2006. He spoke about the situation in Syria, and answered questions.
11 - 14 April 2016: The practice of reconciliation. A 4-day intensive course, delivered in conjunction with St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
Particularly helpful to people in community leadership roles,Tthis course offered a thorough grounding in how to devise a strategy for reconciliation in a divided community. Participants explored together how ideas about reconciliation developed in conflicts around the world can help us build bridges and establish new vision in divided communities, local or dispersed. The workshop brought together students from the University's MA Reconciliation programme with people concerned about divided communities around the UK.
WCRRP leads a University of Winchester partnership with PeaceJam UK to host an annual conference with Nobel Peace Laureates at the University. Young people aged 13-18 have the opportunity to come to the University to spend two days with a world leader of peace and participate in workshops around current global issues, led by University mentors. In 2015 we welcomed Jody Williams, from the International campaign to ban landmines (see below, under Recent Events).
In March 2016, the University welcomed the Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum from Guatemala, who was awarded her Nobel Peace Prize "in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples". She is the first indigenous person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. (Image Carlos Rodriguez/ANDES). On 11 March, we hosted a welcome dinner for Rigoberta following her talk and book signing.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter, Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum and CRRP Director Dr Mark Owen at Peacejam 2016
Talking Peace: a forum to explore conflict
For early 2016, the WCRRP invited a series of speakers with significant academic and professional standing in a range of fields relating to conflict, reconciliation and peace.
15 March 2016: Douglas Murray, Israel-Palestine: What is the way forward?
26 January 2016: Alan Johnson, Creating a shared society in Israel: experiences, prospects and tasks
9 February 2016: John McHugo, The causes and effects of the Syrian nightmare
14 January 2016: Richard Wilding, Kurdistan: a dream suspended
1 March 2016: Migration & Freedom of Religion or Belief, with Prof. Anat Scolnicov and Kishan Manocha
Prof. Anat Scolnicov is an expert on the subject of Law, State and Religion. Before joining academia, Anat was an attorney for Association for Civil Rights in Israel, litigating, on behalf of ACRI, civil rights and constitutional Supreme Court cases, working on civil rights legislation with a specialization in freedom of speech, freedom of information, privacy and freedom of religion and conscience. Anat has advised many NGOs on religious freedom; she participated in a UN expert group on the rights of religious minorities and her work has been cited twice by the Supreme Court of Israel. She is currently Professor of Law at the University of Winchester; find out more about Prof. Anat Scolnicov.
Kishan Manocha has extensive experience in religious freedom and minority rights issues in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia as an advocate, researcher, trainer and consultant to a number of international and non-governmental organisations. He is currently Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. He has practised as a barrister where he was involved in a number of international criminal law cases before the English courts. And he is a Research Fellow at the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation.