Peace and Conflict
Humanities Faculty Research Theme
Four elements acting in concert serve to make the Peace and Conflict project a unique contribution to scholarship:
- It features a vital normative concern around peace and security in the region – in this case human security.
- It explores how gradations of conflict impact on the attainment of human security and peace in the Southern African region.
- It moves away from the tendency (in research led by political science) to focus on powerful actors and groupings such as states, institutions, and elite groupings, besides which it focuses predominantly on individuals and communities affected by conflict situations.
- It is a multidisciplinary initiative that strives to involve disciplines such as sociology, psychology, history and gender studies.
Specific research questions include the following: what influences have informed and shaped the most prominent peace-making approaches in Southern Africa? What has been the impact on affected communities/societies? What attitudes have affected communities displayed towards peace-making efforts and initiatives? How can we explain the psychology of peacemakers in Southern Africa’s conflicts? From what quarters has leadership emerged in the course of peace-making initiatives conducted in Southern Africa? Has South Africa provided leadership? And if so, how did it unfold? What was the role assumed by the African Union in these conflicts?
Professor Maxi Schoeman, Department of Political Science, University of Pretoria
Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, founding Director of the African Leadership Centre and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King's College London.
Ms Toyin Ajao, Nigeria
'Peacemaking and Human Security: Examining the conceptual relationship and question's raised for South Africa's role in peacemaking in African conflicts'
Presented by Dr 'Funmi Olonisakin, founding Director of the African Leadership Centre and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King's College London.
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