Conference 2017 Restoring Peace



Poster Conference 2017

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies Conference

“Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies”

Date: July 3, 2017

Place: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Patricia Lundy, Professor of Sociology, Ulster University. Paper entitled: "Fieldwork Under Fire’: Doing Critical Research, Challenges, Dilemmas and Impact".  

Link to Conference Registration Here 

Poster Restoring Peace 2017

Art Exhibition: 

Les peuples figurants / History's extras 

Steph Goodger

(click here for more information about the artist)‌  

Steph Barricade Barricades, 2015


Special launch

Sarah Black and Esther Wilson performance

"A Call to Arms. A performative response to The Mother's Day Proclamation - Julia Ward Howe (1870)"


Academic interest in peace building has traditionally looked at societies in transition to peace in the immediate years following a conflict. Yet, less is known about peace building as a long-term process. This conference aims to explore the ways that a multiplicity of actors and processes advance peace and stability in societies overcoming conflict. It also seeks to interrogate not only traditional issues related to peacebuilding such as security, human rights and economic development, but also aspects related to the symbolic and cultural expressions of reconciliation and social cohesion. 

Registration the conference and fees:

The online registration to the conference is now open and can be accessed here

The fees are £60 standard rate £35 student rate. These include: coffes/teas and lunch. An extra fee of £35 can be added for the attendance to the Gala Dinner at 6 pm.     



Book Release: The Boundaries of the Debate on Land Restitution

Los cercos del debate sobre restitución de tierras. Encuadres retóricos de la Ley 1448 de 2011 en la prensa colombiana nacional y regional

(The boundaries of the debate on Land Restitution. Rhetorical framing of the Law 1448 of 2011 in the National and Local Press)

Maryluz Vallejo Mejía and Catalina Montoya Londoño

Editorial Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2017

ISBN 978-958-781-072-1

The Law 1448 of Victims and Land Restitution aims to redress victims of the armed conflict and promote peace using an agrarian and transitional justice focus. The book explores the coverage of the Law of Victims and Land Restitution in Colombia by seven national and local news media, using an innovative methodological approach, which integrates rhetorical and framing analysis in a systematic fashion.

An analysis of more than 1,500 articles reveal political and economic interests not always aligned with the public interest, and show the ways in which media outlets of key regions in the implementation of the Law reinterpreted the governmental discourse about the Law. In addition, the analysis shows how rhetorical fallacies and figures increased the resonance of certain frames, very much in line with the post-truth environment.

The book contributes to political communication and journalism studies, with a novel methodological approach in which rhetorical and framing analysis converge in a systematic fashion. In addition, the book contributes to discussions about land tenure, a key factor of conflict in Colombia historically neglected in political and media agendas. The book will be of interest for academics, professionals in the areas of communication, politics and media, agrarian development and law interested in the context of the Law 1448, and more broadly, in the contribution that the analysis of rhetorical framing can make to public debates.      

Radio interview BBC Radio Merseyside with Catalina Montoya and Stephen McLoughlin

Listen to the interview with Catalina Montoya and Stephen McLoughlin about the Peace Process in Colombia, Northern Ireland and the current challenges of terrorism in the UK. 





Book's relaunch in paperback: Ghazali's Politics in Context

Rev. Dr. Yazid Said

2013 – Routledge

More about the book click here

"Said’s book is a valuable addition to the relatively small bookshelf on the political in al-Ghazali’s oeuvre. Its main contribution lies in the author’s inclusion of texts and teachings that others involved in this debate have not yet considered. If more studies like this one appear, we may one day be able to offer a more contextualized analysis of Ash‘arite political theory and check whether claims such as Anjum’s, that an elitist attitude to politics led to a crisis, are justified."

Frank Griffel, Professor of Islamic Studies, Yale University, NAZARIYAT Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences

Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali is perhaps the most celebrated Muslim theologian of medieval Islam, yet little attention has been paid to his personal theology. This book sets out to investigate the relationship between law and politics in the writings of Ghazali and aims to establish the extent to which this relationship explains Ghazali's political theology. Articles concerned with Ghazali's political thought have invariably paid little attention to his theology and his thinking about God, neglecting to ask what role these have contributed to his definition of politics and political ethics. Here, the question of Ghazali's politics takes into account his thinking on God, knowledge, law and the Koran, in addition to political systems and ethics. If Ghazali's legal and political epistemology provide a polemic analogous to his writings on philosophy, for which he is more famed, they would reveal to us a manifesto for an alternative order, concerned with a coherent definition of the community, or ummah. The book is an invaluable source for students and scholars of the Middle East, political theology and Islamic studies. 

Book release: Artists and Migration 1400-1850 Britain, Europe and beyond

Artists and Migration 1400-1850

Britain, Europe and beyond

Editor(s):Kathrin Wagner, Jessica David and Matej Klemenčič
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Date of Publication: January 1, 2017

This volume offers a thematic exploration of the migrant artist’s experience in Europe and its colonies from the early modern period through to the Industrial Revolution. The influence of the transient artist, both on their adoptive country as well as their own oeuvre and native culture, is considered through a collection of essays arranged according to geographic location. The contributions here examine the impetuses behind artistic migrations and the status of the foreign artist at home and abroad through the patterns of patronage, contemporary responses to their work and the preservation of their artistic legacy in domestic and foreign settings. Objects and sites from across the visual arts are considered as evidence of the migrant artist’s experience; talismans of cultural exchange that yielded hybrid artistic styles and disseminated foreign tastes and workshop practices across the globe.