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Campaign Overview

Campaign Overview

“Perspectives on Peace” is a yearlong campaign running during 2015/16 aimed at fostering creative dialogues around global issues with an emphasis on peace and conflict resolution. It will specifically focus on root causes of conflict and productive strategies towards transformation.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage the McMaster community to engage with one another to create scholarly programming around the theme in a spirit of conciliation, engagement and inclusion.

There are inherent complexities in bringing together different voices with unequal power and ensuring that marginalized voices are heard and validated. By sharing stories, we also share an opportunity to transform our understanding, enlarge our vision of hope for the future, and challenge ourselves as we look toward transforming our worldview. Although advocacy and positional stances are necessary components of the discursive process, the campaign hopes to create safe spaces for dialogue and inspire collaborative approaches to transforming social conflict, both globally and locally.

Sustainable dialogues around peace and conflict resolution can only be realized through a multi-dimensional response from international, regional and national actors. There are a range of complex issues at play, and the path to peace must include comprehensive analyses of existing conflicts and power interests, validation of marginalized and oppressed voices, and public accountability to ensure that international law and universally accepted standards are adhered to. However, none of these long term strategies can be feasible or meaningful without assessing economic incentives to wage war. There will be a particular emphasis on examining how global security concerns impact local freedoms, and what can be done to critically evaluate Western liberal conceptions of peace and forms of democratic exceptionalism in places where we live, work and study.

The campaign will feature a variety of activities based on monthly themes. The activities include a lecture series, film festival, exhibits and displays, an online archive showcase, interactive events, dialogue and storytelling circles, teach-ins, field trips, and a Model United Nations conference. Activities vary each month, but always attempt to generate thoughtful consideration of specific themes.