The sixth annual Global Peace Workshop 2018 focuses on peacebuilding, transformative mediation for social cohesion and international migration.

Our goals are to examine how these processes support and empower people living through conflict, by offering practical tools, shaping and influencing public opinion, or reducing isolation. We will critically consider the roles played by conflict-affected people and external partners, where power lies, how change happens and what the contributions of global youth can be.

Organised by the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in the UK and Mugla Sitki Kocman University in Turkey, the workshop has built an extensive network of more than 300 active, talented and connected peacebuilders from 126 countries. In 2018 we’re expecting up to 70 carefully selected participants to join the programme, together with our team of inspirational keynote speakers, workshop leaders and volunteers.

The sixth annual Global Peace Workshop 2018 explores the role of peacebuilding, transformative mediation, and International migration through three parallel course groups, each examining the theme in different dimensions. They are:

1. Peacebuilding 101 ‘after’ conflict – an introduction to reconstruction
2. International migration, Forced displacement.
3. Transformative mediation for social cohesion

Participants through discussions with the GPW organisation committee will choose the area they would like to work
on in detail. Academics and practitioners will guide participants through the key issues that emerge in each theme in fast-paced, interactive sessions using role plays, case studies and in-depth discussion and dialogue opportunities that are fun and engaging. GPW 2018 participants will also have the opportunity to attend our popular Master Classes, brushing up on skills in areas such as first aid, facilitation and campaigning.

We’ve also got things covered on the social side. Our ‘cultural night’ celebrates the richness of our human family. Our generous host Mugla Sitki Kocman University provides daily short trips and events to help you to make the most of your visit to this beautiful region of Turkey. Visit loggerhead sea turtles at Iztuzu beach and kick back on the final day of the workshop with our boat trip around the region’s bays and islands.

If you’re a student or practitioner engaged with issues of peace, conflict and social justice, or you have a strong background in activism (for example through volunteering), and especially if you have experience working in a conflict-affected society or working with youth, then this workshop is for you.

A participation fee of £133 (€150) covers the costs of most meals and shared accommodation. There are limited travel bursaries, with some allocated to improving access for Turkish participants. Please complete your application form and send the accompanying documents to ctpsr.gpw@coventry.ac.uk by 18th of May 2018.

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