» Archive for: June, 2016


This year, for the 9th time, the Dutch MA Thesis Prize “Visions on Peace” will be awarded to a Master student who wrote a thesis of exceptional quality in the field of peace and security issues.

The thesis prize is an initiative of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies (Stichting Vredeswetenschappen, SVW), a foundation that wants to stimulate scientific knowledge and expertise in the field of peace and conflict. As of 2013 SVW cooperates with UPEACE Centre The Hague, the European centre of the UN mandated University for Peace, based in Costa Rica.

Deadline for application is 30 September 2016, 5 PM Dutch time. The application procedure can be found at here.

Africa Today seminar

Category: Events

24 Jun 2016

Student protests in South Africa as new social action space

3600Date: 30 June 2016

Time: 15.30 – 17.00

Location: Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden


Student protests at South African universities over tuition fees, shortages of student accommodation, low-paid staff and the language of instruction, have crystallized into a national movement that has specific roots in apartheid and colonialism. The African Studies Centre at Leiden University will host a seminar led by Dr. Caroline Suransky (speaker) and Frans Kamsteeg (discussant) that will discuss the student movement as a new social action space and explore its strengths and vulnerabilities.

Although these protests have been happening at historically black universities for some time, only since they affected historically white universities have they become (inter)national news. South Africa’s current economic situation and the impact of neo-liberalism on global Higher Education mean that state funding has been drastically reduced. In this climate, students are trying to shape a new movement around an agenda of decolonization and a critique of transformation at universities. Transformation is slow, and not enough is done to redress power inequalities.

There are big gaps between students and between the universities, but both sides are asking: what should public (South) African universities in the 21st century look like?

Admission is free but registration is compulsory due to limited space. To guarantee your seat please register at: asc@ascleiden.nl.

RNW Media, a media organisation for social change, is looking for an enthusiastic intern to join a team working on research into and development of partnerships in the international justice sector.


Start date: Rolling, with possible entry points for internships between 3-6 months at July and September. If you are interested, please send an email with your cv and a short covering letter to janet.anderson@rnw.org



2016 Global Peace Index

Category: Events

13 Jun 2016

GPi-LOGOwithTextThe 2016 Global Peace Index, a study by international think-tank the Institute for Economics and Peace, highlights a growing inequality in global levels of ‘peacefulness’. The Hague launch of the tenth edition will have place on June 24 in The Hague Institute. Registration is required.

Can Counter-terrorism Efforts become Truly Effective Without Sacrificing Human Rights and the Rule of Law?



Germany counter-terrorism police unit. Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters

16 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:00

The Hague Institute For Global Justice 

In light of recent attacks in Europe and the “unprecedented” threat of ISIS, States have intensified their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism. But is it really possible to combat contemporary terrorism threats effectively without sacrificing human rights and the rule of law?

These issues will be discussed by a high-level panel of legal practitioners, academics, and experts on the ground, namely Tim Moloney QC, Dr. Edwina Thompson and Dr. Bibi van Ginkel. To register click here.

The international human rights organisation, Minority Rights Group International, just launched the 2016 Peoples under Threat index and online map, The ranking, which was created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing, provides early warning of potential future mass atrocities. 


The Minority Rights Group International has over 40 years experience of working with non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities. Its aim is to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard.

The Middle East and Africa dominate the 2016 rankings, with Syria topping the table for the second year. Iraq, South Sudan, Libya, Turkey, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are among the most significant risers. The Peoples under Threat index  shows that the global refugee crisis is a direct manifestation of the abuses faced by communities in those states now at the top of the index.




The violent conflict in Thailand’s Deep South has become a systemic phenomenon emerging from a host of interrelated factors. Thus, the conflict cannot be fully comprehended by its constituent parts, but has to be considered as a whole. The conference will act as an academic common space to engage and inspire participants and to explore solutions amidst a climate of indeterminate politics now and beyond.

Call for papers. Submissions are expected to address themes such as “Politicisation” case studies: From violent to non-violent struggle; theoretical and conceptual investigations of factors underlying peacebuilding, peace processes and conflict transformation; conflict and peace discourses and narratives and peace journalism. The invitation is open for abstract submission until 15 July

For more information, please visit the conference website


Peace Leadership

Category: Events| Opportunities

13 Jun 2016

International Peace and Conflict Studies Graduate Student Conference

Date: October 21-22, 2016

The conference will highlight innovative, creative, and cutting-edge graduate student research and praxis in Peace and Conflict Studies and related disciplines.  The main theme is Peace Leadership, which is understood broadly to include various approaches to developing innovative, communicative, and empowering processes for transforming, managing, and resolving conflicts at multiple levels of society. The Peace Leadership Conference is hosted by the Peace and Conflict Studies Students Association (PACSSA). It will take place at the Centre for Peace and Justice,  at the University of Manitoba, Canada.


Call for Proposals. The invitation is open for everyone who might be interested in Peace and Conflict Studies to submit proposals that address  topics, such as social movements, the role of the market, global institutions, and transnationalism, the role of gender, masculinity and sexuality and sustainability and social justice among others that could relate to, or be contextualized within, the topic of Peace Leadership. Submission Deadline is June 19th.


International Institute of Social Studies

Conflict and Peace Studies is a specialization within the Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Conflict and Peace Studies teaching team.

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