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A Celebration
of 40 years of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford

1, 2, 3 May 2014
Norcroft Building | University of Bradford | BD7 1DP

The years 2013/14 mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. The department was established in 1973/4, in the context of the Cold War, concerns over the potential for a nuclear conflagration, and polarization in Western countries over American intervention in Chile and Vietnam.

The Bradford Approach

From the outset, the Department of Peace Studies offered an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexities of war and the power of peace, which combined scholarly rigour and critical awareness with a concern for practical application.

Peace Studies today

Forty years on we face a different world with different problems and different wars. However, the relevance of a theoretically driven, policy relevant, critical engagement with contemporary trends in the use of violence and the promotion of peace remains. Peace Studies at Bradford, through its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, and its internationally renowned and locally engaged research centres, continues to offer an environment in which scholars from all over the world study, research, and debate the future of peace and conflict in the 21st Century.

The celebration

Our 40th anniversary celebrations this year will comprise a series of events organised around the theme of new agendas for research and new approaches to peace for the 21st Century. These events will be held in Bradford and around the world, and made available through podcasts and live streaming. We hope that these events will provide an opportunity for scholars, alumni, students, and practitioners to engage with Peace Studies at Bradford and join the debate over the future of peace and peace studies. 

Peace Studies 2013/14 Annual Report Launched

Peace Studies 2013/14 Annual Report Launched

Published: Wed 5 Mar 2014

The University of Bradford's Peace Studies Division has launched a special edition of its latest Annual Report, which focuses on the theme: "Peace Studies 40th Anniversary: Past, Present and Future"

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Peace Jam 2014

Peace Jam 2014

Date and time: Sat 3 May 2014, 08:00 - Tue 8 Apr 2014, 16:00

As part of its 40th Anniversary conference, the Department of Peace Studies is hosting a special, parallel Peacejam Youth Event, with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Shirin Ebadi, on Saturday 3 May. She was Iran's first ever judge, but lost her post after the 1979 Revolution. She now lives in exile in the UK, due to her defence of women's rights in Iran and criticism of the regime's record on human rights and democracy.

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Peace Studies 40th Anniversary Colloquium in Korea

Peace Studies 40th Anniversary Colloquium in Korea

Date and time: Wed 15 Oct 2014, 13:00 - 18:00

University of Bradford and Chonbuk National University Peace Studies at the University of Bradford is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion we are hosting a colloquium in Seoul together with the Chonbuk National University. The colloquium will reflect on the experience of teaching and research in peace studies over the last 40 years and the efforts of peace-building and reconciliation in conflicts.

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Human Resource Development in Peace Studies/Peacebuilding in the 21st Century

Human Resource Development in Peace Studies/Peacebuilding in the 21st Century

Date and time: Thu 23 Oct 2014, 14:00 - 20:00

Peace Studies 40th Anniversary Colloquium in collaboration with Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center for the 2014 Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding

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