National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago

 Wednesday 2 August, 1pm, St David Seminar room 4 

Dr Simon Whitby, Senior Lecturer from the Division of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

In the early 1970s, significant attention was given over to taking peace studies forward as a distinct academic discipline – one that had a distinct applied orientation. In this connection, the first occupant of the Chair of Peace Studies at Bradford – Adam Curle – articulated a vision for the study of peace that was closely aligned to the work of Galtung. The aims and objectives of Peace Studies were broad but they included a strong value orientation that inspired both analysis as well as a call to practical action both of which were underpinned by a commitment to bring about peaceful non-violent change. This talk focuses on contestedness concerning the concept of peace and on its applied orientation.

Dr. Simon Whitby is Senior Lecturer at Division of Peace Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford, UK. He is currently part of a catalyst project to roll out Team-Based Learning across the Institution.  His academic and policy research is located at the interface between the life science and national security communities to address the threat of deliberate disease in the context of rapidly advancing science and dual-use technology. Whitby’s work has focused on raising academic awareness at government, civil society, life science and industry levels about the ethical, legal and social implications of life science research. All welcome.

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