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The University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp organises, in the framework of the CHAIR ON PEACE EDUCATION, a session on peacebuilding in English on Wednesday, December 5th 2018.

This session is the third in a series of three, with Meena Sharify-Funk and Cheyney Ryan on December 6th 2017 about ‘Pacifism in Practice’ and Campbell Craig on ‘Non-nuclear Peace’ on May 23rd 2018.


19.00h Welcome by Luc Braeckmans, Director of UCSIA
19.10h Introduction by Jorg Kustermans, Assistant Professor, Research Group International Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Antwerp

Keynote lecture by Oliver Richmond, Research Professor in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester, UK

Contrary to most debates about state formation, this lecture outlines an alternative perspective on the shaping of political community, based upon the agency of actors engaged in peaceful forms of politics after war. Drawing on long standing critical debates, it investigates the positive potential of ‘peace formation’, outlining the theoretical development of this new concept, as a parallel process and often in opposition to modern state formation with which it is often bound up in.

It also examines the limits of peace formation and its engagement with old and new types of power and conflict.

This perspective on the formation of political order has implications for the international peace architecture and its evolution, including in terms of a shift from analogue to digital forms of peace.

20.15h Response by Bert Ingelaere, Lecturer, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp
20.30h Q&A
21.00h End


Oliver Richmond is a Research Professor in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester, UK. He is also International Professor, College of International Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea and a Visiting Professor at the University of Tromso. His publications include Peace Formation and Political Order in Conflict Affected Societies (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Failed Statebuilding (Yale University Press, 2014). He is editor of the Palgrave book series, Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, and co-editor of the Journal Peacebuilding.

Bert Ingelaere is assistant professor (lecturer) at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp (UA). His research focuses on the legacy of mass violence He has undertaken over 40 months of fieldwork in Africa's Great Lakes region. He was advisor or expert for international NGOs, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The World Bank, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO) and the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV), Yale University. His work was awarded the United States African Studies Association Graduate Student Paper Prize and the Auschwitz Foundation Prize. His book Inside Rwanda's Gacaca Courts: Seeking Justice After Genocide won the 2017 Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize. He is the co-editor of Genocide, Risk and Resilience.

Jorg Kustermans teaches international politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. His scholarship is situated at the intersection of international theory and social theory and has dealt with such questions as state personhood, republican security, the nature of social practices, and the relation of boredom and war. He is currently writing a book on the cultural origins of the democratic peace.

Practical details
Language English
When 5 December 2018
7 pm - 9 pm

University of Antwerp 
Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerp

Registration Free entrance.
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Lecture Series - Chair Peace Education

Pacifism in Practice - 6 December 2017
Cheyney Ryan & Meena Sharify-Funk

Non-Nuclear Peace - 23 May 2018
Campbell Craig

Peacebuilding - 5 December 2018
Oliver Richmond

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