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                                     Peace Studies

               Summer Short Course

 

                                       University of New England, Armidale

 

Nonviolent Social Change in the Contemporary World

 

 

The University of New England’s Centre for Peace Studies is pleased to announce a Summer Short Course in "Nonviolent Social Change in the Contemporary World".

ending colonial rule in India, removing ruthless

bringing down totalitarian regimes in

dictatorships in South America and the PhilippinesEastern Europe

reducing the global threat of nuclear war, and

Now, with climate change requiring further drastic action, such as the end of the wasteful extravagance of the military-industrial complex - the world’s single largest polluter, even greater significance is placed on nonviolence.

The course will give participants valuable theoretical insights into nonviolent action, through lectures and discussions. More than that, however, it will be practice-based, with exercises, role-plays and group activities that reflect the collaborative and down-to-earth nature of nonviolence praxis.

Peace activism, environmental conflict resolution, and dealing with violence in the workplace will be covered, including working in conflict or post-conflict situations or in remote Indigenous communities.

Everyday examples of nonviolence will also feature, including the importance of community development and parenting for peace and sustainability.

The course will provide valuable networking and information exchange opportunities, and you will get to experience life on a rural campus.

helping to preserve the natural environment. We hope to balance the deadly serious nature of some areas of nonviolence with humour and games, and will offer opportunities for ‘open space’ discussions and creative activities. The use of the arts in nonviolence will be discussed, and art-making sessions offered. At the main dinner, performances by participants will be encouraged.We hope to entertain as well as educate, so there will be daily films about nonviolent struggles in the 20th century (Poland, South Africa, India, Denmark, Chile, Yugoslavia), as well as protest music and a display of activist art. The course will also provide a taste of what is available in the Peace Studies courses at UNE. You will meet lecturers and postgraduates, and experience their passion for the subject and their emphasis on solutions, on practice and on collaborative learning.

Course Outline

e begin with a Welcome to Country, led by a local Anaiwan Elder Uncle Steve Widders, who will give an Indigenous perspective on nonviolence. We move on to a general introduction to nonviolence. What is it? How has it been used through history? What is its relevance in the modern world? How effective is it? Does it work against ruthless or repressive regimes?Armidale will be examined. We discuss ‘affinity groups’, and engage in bonding and trust exercises to experience how nonviolent groups begin the process of social change through strong group bonds. We examine how nonviolence works, looking at issues such as Consent Theory, coercion, openness versus secrecy. There will be a discussion on ‘consensus decision-making’, and associated practical exercises. We then discuss preparations for nonviolent direct action, and engage in some role-plays, to experience what is going on in the minds of people on different sides of the fence: police, protesters, bystanders, officials, marshals.We will also debate the psycho-social impact of violence in television and film.

 

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   JOSEPH KABUI         IN MEMORIAM                                                                
      A PACIFIC MAN OF PEACE

 

Joseph Kabui (1954 -2008) was the first President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, elected by a large majority in 2005.

 

Originally trained as a Catholic priest, he became Premier of the Province of Bougainville in 1989. Later, during the 1990s, he became a commander in the Bougainville Revolutionary Army. He was one of the few earlier political leaders to have stayed on Bougainville throughout the long years of conflict

 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the President a ‘skilled mediator and peacemaker who had a genuine interest in the future of his people’ and Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith recognised his ‘key role in restoring Bougainville to peace following the bitter conflict on the island’. The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, expressing his great sadness at the sudden death, noted that that ‘Joseph Kabui was a prominent figure in Bougainville long before conflict broke out on the island, and his mana was invaluable  during the peace and reconciliation efforts throughout the 1990s’. ‘His presidency was an affirmation of the decade-long peace process … and he presided over a critical period of stabilisation on Bougainville, which consolidated the accomplishments of that process … (his) strong leadership helped Bougainville emerge from the devastation of civil war, and set it on the path to recovery and progress. His strength of character and unwavering commitment to his people will be sorely missed’.

 

He was buried in his wife’s village Pandorima in central Bougainville.

 
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The modern development of ‘active resistance’, which partly arose in environmental blockades near

We discuss negotiation and conflict resolution strategies, and the importance of clear communication, engaging in further exercises to enhance communication and listening skills.

One session will be devoted to the use of the arts in nonviolent social change, and participants will have the opportunity to undertake arts activities such as creation of street-theatre, painting, poetry and song-writing with social change themes.

We conclude with discussions on the role of nonviolence in parenting and everyday life. Nonviolence is not just about chaining yourself to bulldozers: How can we apply nonviolent principles to our everyday lives?

This Short Course is aimed at anyone who is interested (and passionate) about creating a better world through nonviolent means. It is aimed at non-government organisations, aid workers, peace and social change activists, environmentalists, armed forces personnel (especially peace-keepers), police, artists/poets/musicians, feminists, students, health workers, and anyone who works in violent or conflict situations.

Nonviolence is the most powerful and successful philosophy of social change today. In the last century, it led to major change:

gaining women’s and civil rights in the West

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