Elicitive Curricular Development: A Manual for Scholar-Practitioners Developing Courses in International Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Innsbruck Press, 2019
The Elicitive Curricular Development Manual (ECDM) is a systematic collection of experiences and lessons identified in academic contexts around the world in Aus- tria, Cambodia, Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Iraq. The ECDM reflects core elicitive principles such as the impo
rtance of a focus on relationships, looking beyond the episode of conflict, collaboration, communication and local knowledge. These principles are consistent with the mission of the Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace) to teach, learn and research as reflective processes of relevant social questions of peace and conflict transformation. This manual offers helpful guidelines for academic and administrative staff, as well as international cooperation partners trusted with developing peace and conflict courses at the graduate and postgraduate levels.
Speaking the Unspeakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict
This book searches for words where words seem insufficient to express the dynamic truths of an experienced conflict. It explores how a metaphoric understanding of the Middle East as an open space full of resonating sound bodies can be applied to the Middle East Conflict. Through inquiring into the experienced truths of large-scale political violence, Adham Hamed suggests that music carries a potential for speaking ‘unspeakable’ truths. He explores hidden layers and narratives by applying the transrational approach to Peace Studies and proposes a non-territorial understanding of conflict. Hamed proposes that security and justice discourses make up the dominant primary themes in this context. Support for this claim is provided in the second part of this book, where the Israeli-Palestinian group The Jerusalem Youth Chorus and the Egyptian band Eskenderella are examined as case studies. This book uncovers where their truths meet within and beyond the restrictions of formalized language. It shows how singers and audience alike are guided by the energy of the moment as they speak a truth that is an expression of a deep resonance. This resonance can penetrate all layers of a persona, connecting the personal self to everything in one’s social space. Hamed concludes that in such moments there is the largest potential for revolutionary change in the dynamics of a rigid conflict.
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Revolution as a Process: The Case of the Egyptian Uprising
Wiener Verlag für Sozialforschung, 2014
As Egyptian society stands at a point of extreme polarization, this book about the Egyptian Revolution makes an important contribution to current debates about the Arab uprisings by bringing together theoretical and practitioner’s perspectives. The clear aim of this edited volume of the series Contemporary Studies on the MENA Region is not to construct a singular narrative about the revolution but rather to highlight the multiplicity and complexity of perspectives and theoretical lenses. Consequently, this book brings together authors from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, from the Middle East and the Global North, to raise their voices. This publication addresses scholars of the social sciences, peace and conflict research as well as anyone interested indeveloping a better understanding of the political situation in Egypt.
“It is rather easy to say no to a dictator, a ruler or a political system, but it is exhausting to build a new society. This requires the constant effort of dedicated generations. This book embraces not a master plan for a better future but it reflects from where this splendid young generation has to start anyway, the thorny challenges that are waiting for them on their path, the uncertainty of social or political reward.”
– Wolfgang Dietrich, UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austira