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InPeace

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The InPeace project creates an innovative network of higher education institutions from different corners of Europe, strengthening the position of European universities in peace research and education. InPeace develops new teaching material through three intensive courses, in Tromsø, Tampere, and Reykjavík, which will also serve as a basis for developing a Massive Open Online Course in peace and conflict studies for the highly acclaimed edX platform.

InPeace Intensive Course in Tampere

1 – 7 MARCH 2021

Gender, Peace and Conflict Studies

The first InPeace intensive course in peace and conflict studies will take place in Tampere in March 2021. The Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) offers the intensive one-week course in peace and conflict studies, sponsored by a Nordplus Higher Education grant and an Erasmus+ grant, focusing on people, communities and cities in peacebuilding and an inclusive and intersectional approach to peace studies.

The 2020 InPeace Intensive Spring Course is organized around four interlinked teaching and research themes (TRTs):

TRT 1: Intersections between Gender and Conflict
TRT 2: How are Masculinities and Femininities Constructed in Times of Conflict and War?
TRT 3: Impact within the Conflict/Post-Conflict context
TRT 4: How are Gender and Ethnicity used in Narratives and Political Discourses?

  • The course brings together many of the leading scholars in the field of peace and conflict studies.
  • The course is open to Master’s and PhD students.
  • Travel and accommodation are covered by the grant from Nordplus and Erasmus+.
  • The course counts as 5 ECTS credits.

Application process:

The course is available to students from the partner universities. In order to apply for the course, please send a motivation letter (500-700 words) and your CV to the contact person at your university (see here below). Please keep in mind that the course will be in English, meaning that you should be a proficient user of the language. Six to eight candidates will be selected to participate in the course from each partner university based on a competitive selection process.

COVID-19

The course will take place in Tampere in March, but students will be informed of any changes that might occur to the execution of the course due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 1 November 2020

Contact persons are:

Consortium
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Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir
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Élise Féron
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Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv
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Itziar Mujika Chao
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Zilka Spahić Šiljak

About the project

Sub- and non-state actors are increasingly relevant internationally, exemplified by sanctuary cities in the US, social movements like #metoo, various insurgencies in Afghanistan, IS in Iraq/Syria, or maoist movements in India. This phenomenon emerges simultaneously with increased nationalism and extremism, where populist parties and politicians have gained in global prominence. Many of these actors represent “grassroot” movements, reflecting the political interests of people who have otherwise not felt represented by the state. In response, renewed approaches in peace and conflict studies are needed, focusing on peacebuilding “from below”, acknowledging gender and other categories, understanding “the local” in peace processes, and sub/non-state actor roles as either spoilers or supporters of peace. This project designs an innovative approach in peace and conflict studies, building on unconventional and critical approaches to peace processes. It draws on femininities, masculinities and intersectionality, allowing for improved understanding of conflicts in the current state of affairs.

The InPeace project creates an innovative network of higher education institutions from different corners of Europe, strengthening the position of European universities in peace research and education. InPeace develops new teaching material through three intensive courses, in Tromsø, Tampere, and Reykjavík, which will also serve as a basis for developing a Massive Open Online Course in peace and conflict studies for the highly acclaimed edX platform.

Renewed approaches in peace and conflict studies call for transnational cooperation. Local manifestations of growing discontent, increased activity of grassroot movements and discrimination are all part of a larger international trend and need to be analysed as such. The project’s transnational nature is thus pivotal in order to fully comprehend, and also to adequately disseminate the knowledge created by the consortium.

The project is coordinated by Höfði Reykjavík Peace Centre, in collaboration with the Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Tampere Peace Research Institute at the University of Tampere (TAPRI), the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) of the University of Sarajevo and the Hegoa Institute and research group on Human Security, Local Human Development and International Cooperation at the University of the Basque Country.

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