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Research Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) Peace research Groningen conference

Past, present and future of peace research

Peace research conference, 11 and 12 December 2014 in Groningen, The Netherlands

Overall theme

This year the University of Groningen celebrates its 400th anniversary. A short, but remarkable episode in that long history has been coloured by three decades of peace research at the Polemological Institute (1962-1993), based in the Faculty of Law. Its origins and end coincide with the Cold War period, and global concerns about nuclear weapons. Yet, its agenda was much wider, including peace education, conflict management and development studies. These agendas are still alive, but in new institutional settings.

The conference will reflect on peace and security, international law, human rights, development issues, civil wars and peacebuilding, patterns of enmity & amity, as well as the institutional position of peace research in academia.

The opening speeches will be delivered by one of the founding fathers of contemporary peace research, JOHAN GALTUNG, and by the distinguished international lawyer NICO SCHRIJVER, who started his career at the Polemological Institute.

The conference will be closed by a new generation of scholars working in the tradition of peace research: the nominees for the MA-THESIS PRIZE “Visions on Peace”.


Registration deadline: 4 December - There is no entrance fee, but registration is required. Registration is needed because of the limited number of seats available, and to get access to the conference papers..


Globalisation Studies Groningen in cooperation with the Department of International Relations and International Organization - IRIO; the Dutch Foundation of Peace Research – SVW and the University for Peace Centre The Hague.


Conference coordinators Jaap de Wilde and Ingrid Sennema, conference.peaceresearch

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