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.

Join the HCPB’s UN Media event on 20 April at 5pm UK time

Join us for our next Hub event on UN media on 20 April, 5-7pm UK time! It is organised and coordinated by Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob (Department of International Studies, Dickinson College, USA and of course member of our Hub and the sub-unit RUNMAPP) who will also act as the moderator of the event. 

Ingoma Nshya and its Endeavour For Peace

Music has always been seen as having the potential to facilitate cross-cultural communication, understanding, reconciliation and healing. It is also in this way that it has been used in Rwanda to encourage the population to overcome feelings of resentment brought about by the Rwandan genocide of 1994. 


We are very excited to launch our new student blog. This blog is a space for students to express their views and their insights into communicative peacebuilding projects.

Star Radio: A peacebuilding project in post-conflict Liberia

Star Radio was established by Fondation Hirondelle in Liberia after the first civil war in 1997 as a public service radio station that advocated for peace, good governance and development. However, due to its financial struggles, Star Radio went off-air in 2010 (Fondation Hirondelle).

Art in Peacebuilding: the Tree of Life in Mozambique

AfricaFocus (2005) states that “the Tree of Life” is a three-meter-high sculpture created and completed by four Mozambican artists. The statue is made entirely from weapons captured after the Mozambique Civil War. The guns were collected by an innovative project called “Transforming Weapons into Tools”, which encourages people to exchange old weapons for equipment such as sewing machines, bicycles and building materials.

The role of radio in post-civil war peacebuilding: Studio Ijambo in Burundi

In a small landlocked African country, radio has played an important role in healing post-civil war ethnic tension. Burundi, which gained independence from Belgian rule in 1962, has long been struggling with ethnic tensions between the majority group Hutus and the minority group Tutsis, just like its neighbour Rwanda.

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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