Event: 23 Nov @ 5pm UK time. Join us on ‘Disinformation: (post)Soviet practices’ with Vasily Gatov and Ilya Yablokov

Russian disinformation and how to deal with it is the issue that became topical after the US Presidential elections 2016. Evgeniy Prigozhin’s troll farms as well as international broadcaster RT are at the epicentre of scholarly and political attention. Yet, the take of many media outlets in the US and the UK on the attempts of the Kremlin to influence public opinion outside of the Russian borders is informed by the comparison between the Soviet propaganda and the current post-Soviet disinformation campaigns.

Book review: Digital Contention in a Divided Society: Social Media, Parades and Protests in Northern Ireland (by Paul Reilly)

Digital citizenship and activism can be considered as relatively new when one talks about democracy and how citizens engage with digital media in relation to politics. Mostly, those who study the impact of digital media and democracy can be categorised into two main camps, namely optimists and pessimists.

Community Media, Youth Participation and Conflict Transformation: Towards Critical Peace Literacy

Peace education, in a broad definition, refers to pedagogical efforts to provide people with knowledges, skills, and values that support non-violent relationships and peaceful co-existence within and across societies. Oftentimes targeting children and youth in formal and informal educational settings, the aim of peace education is to initiate a learning process to dismantle direct and indirect forms of violence, by promoting constructive ways of dealing with conflicts and creating structures that support and sustain peace

Silence and symbolism: the constructive and destructive uses of silence in peace-building and the case of mass trauma.

By Maria Menezes de Oliveira “The silent side of history is seen a little in the silent suffering of men and nations. But more suffering is lived through than is seen from the outside. It seems that mankind prefers to suffer in silence, prefers to live in the world of...

The curious case of the Russian ‘propaganda bullhorn’

   By Ilya Yablokov  The idea to write a book on RT (Russia Today as the channel was called before 2010) came in 2013 when the channel was growing as an international broadcaster interested in fringe opinions and alternative facts. This was before the catch phrase...

Event! 8 November @ 9.30am UK time: Peacebuilding and the audio-visual media with our HCPB Hub members Dr Valentina Bau and Eugenie Mikail

We are delighted to invite you to our HCPB Hub event on the audio-visual media in peacebuilding. We will have two exciting presentations: one by Dr Valentina Bau, Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, on 'Researching Reality TV and Civic Engagement....

Book launch 21.09.2021: Statebuilding Missions and Media Development by Kerstin Tomiak

Join us for an exciting event on 21 September 2021 @ 3pm UK time! we will launch Kerstin Tomiak’s new book entitled ‘Statebuilding Missions and Media Development. A context-sensitive approach’.

Attending to the Great American Divide

Attending to the Great American Divide

By Stacey Connaughton

About this time five years ago, our colleague Jessica Berns and I wrote an article published in The Diplomatic Courier reflecting on what we termed “the great American divide.” We expressed profound sadness and frustration at the growing violence the United States had witnessed at that time and the injustices that preceded and accompanied it. We, as did many others, felt compelled to do something which, among other things, was to make our voices heard in the form of a short article where we offered lessons we had learned over our years of doing peacebuilding work in West Africa and beyond.

Young People Choreographing the Steps Toward a Peaceful, Sustainable Future

Today’s generation of young people are and will be disproportionally impacted by climate change and conflicts that may result from rising sea levels, reduced access to water, and conflict related migration. Likewise, around the world young people are leading and participating in activism in support of peace and climate action. This includes both explicit political movements and more informal activities that contribute to everyday understanding and practice of politics.

Imagining a different reality: Filmmaking and Research

Imagining a different reality: Filmmaking and Research

by Nicky Armstrong and Dr Evelyn Pauls

Scholars of the “aesthetic turn” in International Relations have broadened the scope of not only how to study international politics but also what to study (art forms, such as literature or film; aesthetic practices of states, such as military parades or national holidays; and visual material, such as photographs from Abu Ghraib). Bleiker and others have shown how “aesthetic sensibilities can help us rethink some of the most serious problems in global politics” and to find new ways of thinking, seeing, hearing, and sensing the political.

Drawing on the research project “I Have to Speak”, that used participatory documentary filmmaking to explore the long-term reintegration of female ex-combatants as both a method and a dissemination tool, we can look at filmmaking, its potential, and its challenges from three different perspectives: (1) Film as data; (2) film as method and (3) film as output.

Our Hub and its members are concerned with peaceful cooperation in emerging and established civil societies across the world and the role that communication can play in the achievement of such peaceful cooperation. Accordingly, we examine how communication can contribute to the building and strengthening of peaceful cooperation as well as to repairing fragmented and polarised civil societies, both theoretically and practically.

The Hub endorses a multi-disciplinary approach to and understanding of peacebuilding and understands communication as spanning unmediated communication such as dialogue and debate, the factual and fictional mass media, as well as the visual and the performative arts. It is this that we call hybrid communication.

Our members who come from both the University and the non-University sectors aim to closely collaborate in the implementation of communicative activities geared towards peace. 

We aim to study and understand the communicative conditions for peaceful cooperation within civil societies.
We understand the achievement of peaceful cooperation to be relevant to all types of civil societies (emerging, mature) in a variety of political contexts.
We understand the communicative spectrum of civil society to span unmediated communication such as dialogue and debate, the factual and fictional mass media as well as the visual and the performative arts. In short, hybrid communication.
We explore the role of hybrid communication practices, mediated identities, memories and perceptions in the construction and disruption of peaceful cooperation both past and present. 


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