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All inclusive: lustrum UG, 5-15 June 2019

Science programme Conference: “Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion”

Joram Tarusarira

Joram Tarusarira
Joram Tarusarira

Joram Tarusarira is Assistant Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace building at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

He is also the Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization at the same university. He is a religious studies and sociology of religion scholar whose research interests, include knowledge systems, the role of religion in conflict and its transformation, religious non-conformism and cultural dynamics, religion and civil society, social movements, post-conflict reconciliation.

Knowledge systems as pathways to Inclusive societies and sustainable peace

Using the case of religiously articulated conflict and violence, I will argue for why, in pursuit of inclusive societies and sustainable peace, we need not only to pay attention to the knowledge (categories, concepts, ideas) we operate with but also how we produce, authentic and disseminate it.

My central thesis is that realizing inclusive societies and sustainable peace requires inclusive attitudes and consciousness, both of which are influenced by the knowledge that we operate from. Exclusive knowledge systems yield exclusive attitudes and consciousness, which are a direct affront to inclusive societies and sustainable peace.

The dominant knowledge systems that determine how society is organized or should be organized, more so in times of conflict, has increasingly become contested against the background they do not provide equal distance to all knowledge systems in the endeavour to understand reality.

Instead, some knowledge systems are privileged, while others are marginalized despite that they inform the worldview of some sections of society.

For inclusive societies and sustainable peace, epistemic freedom (the right to think and produce knowledge from various epistemic sites) is imperative.

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