Public lecture on "Unlocking culture as a resource for conflict resolution and peacebuilding" - Poppy S. Winanti

Public lecture on "Unlocking culture as a resource for conflict resolution and peacebuilding"

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By Dr. Morgan Brigg
(Senior lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland)

Thursday, 5 January 2012 (08.30 - 10.00) R. BA 203 Fisipol UGM

Bagi peserta kelas Research Methods A dan B (Program S2 HI) diharapkan untuk hadir karena ada tugas individu yang terkait dengan presentasi Dr. Brigg. Tugas dikumpulkan setelah diskusi kepada Kiki Attahiyat. Bagi peserta kelas Research Methods A, public lecture ini menjadi penutup kelas, oleh karena itu kehadiran pada public lecture ini dihitung sebagai kehadiran kelas.

Abstract
Culture is increasingly recognised as a resource for managing conflict from the local to the global in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. However, a constellation of challenges prevent us unlocking culture as a global human heritage for expanding our ways of dealing with conflict among people and reconfiguring the relations of political community. At the centre of this constellation is an apparent paradox characteristic of the current age of liberal triumphalism: Cultural difference is valued yet also domesticated. Although liberalism is ostensibly more tolerant of difference than other ideologies, the freedoms it offers are always conditional in ways that make it appropriate to speak of "liberal tyranny". This tyranny currently opperates, variously, through international peacebuilding and postconflict operations, the global war on terror, and conditional developmentalism. The knowledge regime accompanying and facilitating this tyranny splits, as Bruno Latour shows, Nature from culture leaving European and European-derived scientists and "democrats" in charge of knowledge while subordinating and relegating others. Within this scheme culture/s have tended to be known and analysed as seperate entities characterised by samenesss, rather than speaking to ways of relating among humun beings across both sameness and difference. Nonetheless, scholarship is increasingly recognising the relational quality of culture/s, and this may provide liberalism with an interlocutor that both challenges and deepens liberal commitments.
 
Explanatory Note
The foregoing abstract provides an outline of a project currently under development. Rather than presenting a paper, the speaker will expand on various elements of the abstract before taking questions and engaging issues in conversation with audience members.
 
Speaker
Dr Morgan Brigg is Senior lecturer in the School of Political Science and International Studies at The University of Queensland. His research examines the challenges and opportunities posed by the politics of difference for the resolution of conflict and maintenance of political community. Morgan’s books include The New Politics of Conflict Resolution: Responding to Difference, and (co-edited with Roland Bleiker) Mediating across Difference: Oceanic and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution.