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‘Where are the African Scholars in the Liberal/Post-liberal Peace Debate ? Join DARN Talk on 24th Feb
February 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Theme: ‘Where are the African Scholars? The Liberal/Post-liberal Peace Debate’
Guest Speaker: Dr. Patrick Tom
A growing literature has evaluated the international approach to peacebuilding in societies emerging from violent conflict. There is a general agreement that, for the past two decades, this approach has been grounded in the idea of the ‘liberal peace’ – the idea that liberal democracies are by their nature more peaceful than non-liberal democracies. Scholars based in the global north have dominated research and publication on the liberal peace. Yet, much of international peacebuilding which is liberal peace-oriented has been taking place in the global south, including Africa. African peace scholars based in Africa have largely remained silent on this debate, which has an impact on knowledge production and dissemination. This presentation aims at provoking debate on the issue of excluding African voices in this debate.
Patrick Tom earned a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews where he has also taught International Relations of sub-Saharan Africa. He also taught Philosophy at the University of Zimbabwe and several theological colleges in Zimbabwe. Patrick has conducted research in Africa including Uganda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. He has published in the areas of Applied Ethics, and Peace and Conflict Studies. His forthcoming book is titled Liberal Peace and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding in Africa.
For further info, please visit University of Dundee’s website; https://www.dundee.ac.uk/events/2017/17-02-24-african-scholars–the-liberal-post-liberal-peace.php
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