Five Cornerstones of Peacebuilding

The Peace Alliance specifically prioritizes the following areas:

Empowering Community Peacebuilding: community_peacebuildingSupporting comprehensive activities and strategies in communities working to address such challenges as crime, violence, and gangs. Effective programs may include hands-on street outreach and intervention, mental health services, out-of-school programs, police/community relations, and arts-based practices. Read more

#RingYourGranny for Marriage Equality

Young people in Ireland are being urged to ring their grandparents – to encourage them to vote for same-sex marriage.

The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on proposals to introduce civil same-sex marriage on May 22, just over two months away.
Amid fears that the proposal attracts less support from the elderly – who are more likely to turn out to vote – enterprising students at Trinity College have come up with a novel way to mobilise the demographic. Read more

Meet Youth in Peace!

It is important to us is that young people in the Balkans are aware of their options and opportunity!
Meet Youth in Peace!

Who are you?

YUPEACE: On this question we respond with some answers! We are a group of young people who united in peace motivate young people from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatian to make positive changes in their lives, communities, countries. Also, we have partners coming from three different countries, from five similar and different cities and from the same number of non-governmental organizations. Networked we have for our better now. Read more

Workshop in Pristina

In the frame of Divided Past-Joint Future project in Pristina (Kosovo) was organized a three day training 20-23 December for 14 facilitators coming from WB countries and Turkey.

The aim of the training was to increase competences of facilitators to run National social innovation lab workshops as well to explore innovative approach in peacebuilding in the WB and Turkey. Read more

Campaign for the Peace of Youth

The ” barrel gunpowder ” designation is increasingly marking the Balkans, the former hot peninsula, due to conflicts and wars. The phrase that was attached to the geographic territory ” mischief ” of nearly 550 thousand square kilometers has almost disappeared from the political discourse, literary or media discourse. The atmosphere of peace among the nations of this region, combining ethnicity, religion and different cultures, has left the old virtues under a strong armor. Today we have an atmosphere of peace and interaction, even though we
disagree with everything. Read more

Peace and Beyond

A conference to encourage new thinking and research in the field of peacebuilding and reconciliation

BELFAST, 10-12 APRIL 2018

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, Peace and Beyond will bring together practitioners, academics, policy makers and young leaders from the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Lebanon, the Western Balkans and Colombia.

Through a series of lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, site visits and cultural events we will: Read more

Virginia Woolf, Europe and Peace

The 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf: Call for Papers

Date: 21-24 June, 2018
Venue: Woolf College, University of Kent, Canterbury
Organising Committee: Derek Ryan, Ariane Mildenberg, Peter Adkins, Patricia Novillo-Corvalán

Call for Papers

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Marking 100 years since the end of the First World War and 80 years since the publication of Three Guineas, the 28th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf invites papers addressing the dual theme of Europe and Peace. From the ‘prying’, ‘insidious’ ‘fingers of the European War’ that Septimus Warren Smith would never be free of in Mrs Dalloway to Woolf’s call to ‘think peace into existence’ during the Blitz in ‘Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid’, questions of war and peace pervade her writings. They are also central to Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle, exemplified in John Maynard Keynes’ The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Clive Bell’s Peace at Once and Leonard Woolf’s Quack, Quack! While seeking proposals that address the European contexts and cultures of modernism between wars, we also encourage exploration of how these writings can help us think through what it might mean to create peace in Europe today amid various political, humanitarian, economic and environmental crises. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Read more

Countering Hate Speech and Radicalism

Deadline: 31 January 2018
Open to: applicants with some knowledge of the issues of hate speech and far-right radicalism
Costs: fully funded

Description

In recent years, the increase of hate speech throughout Europe has contributed to electoral victories of nationalist parties and the radicalization of far-right movements, fueling hate crimes and violence towards marginalized groups. From forcible evictions of Roma people to stigmatization and attacks of LGBTQI+ and minority faith communities, the hate narrative gradually weakened the social cohesion between communities. Besides, it challenged democracy, equality and the rule of law across the continent. The current political framing, shaped by hate speech and far-right proponents, led national governments to make policy choices that often restrain fundamental rights of people in Europe. As illiberal democracies seem to be on the rise, we are once again moving into a period of strengthening domestic positions through demonizing minority groups, undermining the conditions for transnational, open and democratic societies to thrive. To counteract those trends, European Alternatives is looking for activists and citizens from Central and Eastern Europe willing to stand against those trends and to organize for open societies. Read more