The University of New England
Armidale, NSW, Australia
December 1-5, 2022
This year UNE Peace Studies celebrates forty years of outstanding tertiary education for peace, making it one of the oldest Peace Studies centres in the world. To commemorate this historic occasion, they are holding an international conference at UNE from 1-5 December 2022.
The conference will feature five inter-connected strands which aim to showcase solutions-based approaches to minimising all forms of violence - ecological, structural, cultural and direct - and creating positive peace, sustainability, and just, resilient societies. These strands are:
- Sustainability of environments, such as responding to global warming and biodiversity loss, and reducing war and militarism, which are both extremely ecologically violent.
- Positive peace through the creation of social justice, particularly for indigenous people, youth, women, and other marginalised groups. This strand includes reconciliation, treaties, restorative justice, peace history and memorialisation, and a just transition for workers towards environmental sustainability.
- Sustainable peace-building. This strand calls for practical methods of creating nuclear disarmament and long-lasting peace in conflictual areas.
- Nonviolent activism – examines the most effective tactics for environmentalism and peacebuilding, such as direct action, industrial action and divestment.
- The arts, humour and creativity used to enhance nonviolent activism and promote environmental peace, sustainable peacebuilding and social justice.
The conference will bring together a diverse range of environmentalists, Aboriginal Elders, peace advocates, youth, artists, activists, feminists, unionists, land carers, academics, LGBTQI+ people, scientists and politicians, and have a vibrant cultural and celebratory element. A focus will be on finding common ground, collaboratively developing effective solutions, showcasing achievements, building solidarity and enabling creative, sustainable networks and movements. The organisational structure will be devolved and involve participatory democracy, where groups and individuals are encouraged to decide how they would like to be involved and what they would like to bring to the event. A range of formats is possible, including traditional 15-20 minute papers, shorter presentations, panels, workshops, field trips, and open space sessions. UNE aims for a gender-balanced con-fest which is affordable and accessible to both academic and general audiences, with minimal waste and emissions.
Gem Romuld, Australian Director of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
Dr Sue Wareham OAM, President, Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)
Uncle Steve Widders, Anaiwan and Kamillaroi Elder, Chair of the Newara Aboriginal Corporation
Aunty Rose Lovelock, Director, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
Richard Outram, Secretary of Mayors for Peace (UK/Ireland Chapter)
Senator David Shoebridge, Parliament of Australia
Patricia Garcia AO, Institute for Economics and PeaceRegister Now