2004 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

CPACS students and staff: experiences and research in conflict situations

In Semester 2 2004, some of CPACS’ postgraduate students will speak about their experiences working in conflict situations, and CPACS staff members will talk about ongoing research at CPACS.

For all seminars:
Time: 12.30 –2 pm
CPACS Oval Office, Mackie Building K01, Arundel Street, Glebe
(Across the footbridge over Parramatta Road from the main campus of the University of Sydney)

Thursday 12 August
Internal Armed Conflict and Human Rights in Nepal
PACS student Abha Shrestha (Human Rights Commission Nepal)

Thursday 26 August
Medecins Sans Frontieres in Sierra Leone
PACS student Sarah Elliot (MSF)

Thursday 9 September
The Effects of Racism on Lebanese Youth
CPACS Researchers Paul White and Fadilla Masri

Thursday 23 September
Grassroots peacebuilding in Sri Lanka
PACS student Andrew Mason (VSO)

Thursday 7 October
Unfinished business: Justice and Reconcilliation in East Timor
CPACS Lecturer and Postgraduate Coordinator Wendy Lambourne

Thursday 21 October
The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in a global perspective
CPACS Administration Officer Iris Wielders

Tuesday 25 May

Safeguarding our World or Dividing It?

(Together with SUPRA and the USYD UN Association)

Eileen Malloy (US Consulate General)
Afroz Ali (Founder and Executive Director of al-GHAZZALI Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development)
Ken Macnab (President, Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies)

7 – 8.30 pm
General Lecture Theatre N205
Quadrangle Building
University of Sydney Campus

Tuesday 18 May

"Jeremy Hardy vs the Israeli Army"
A Flim by Leila Sansour

(Together with ISM Australia and Sawiyan – Palestine Solidarity)

Thursday 22 April

The Bougainville Peace Process

An update on the Bougainville peace process with special attention for the role of womenwith

Moses Havini
Marilyn Taleo Havini
Sam Kauona
Josephine Tankunani Sirivi

12.30 pm – 2 pm
School of Society, Culture and Performance
Room 148, R. C. Mills Building (Fisher Rd, Main Campus)

About the speakers:
In 1990, Moses Havini, his Australian-born wife Marilyn and their children were forced to evacuate to Sydney when Bougainville was subjected to a blockade by the PNG Defence Force. As international representatives of the Bougainville Interim Government, Moses and Marilyn worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the gross violation of human rights occurring on the island and to promote the cause of Bougainvillean independence.

Sam Kauona, General of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, is now playing a key role in bringing ex-combatants into the process of peace monitoring and peace building. His wife, Josephine Tankuni Sirivi, is the founding president of the Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom (BWPF). Together with Marilyn Havini, the overseas co-ordinator for BWPF, Josephine has been assisting women to train, lead, travel and represent their people in Bougainville and internationally. Currently, the BWPF is organising to field women candidates in the forthcoming provincial elections in order to ensure that the voices of women continue to be heard in this traditionally matrilineal society. Josephine and Marilyn will speak, in particular, about the issues covered in their recently published book As Mothers of the Land: The Birth of the Bougainville Women for Peace and Freedom.

Further information: Iris Wielders +61 2 9351-7686, Paul Dwyer +61 2 9351-6850 or

4, 5 and 6 April 2004

Remember Rwanda:
10 years After the Genocide

A series of events to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide which began on 7 April 1994

Sunday 4 April
6.30 for 7.00 pm
Café Church
37-47 St Johns Rd, Glebe
Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide
Introduced by Dr Wendy Lambourne
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Lily Nyamwasa
Rwandan community in Sydney

Monday 5 April
12 noon for 12.30 pm
Mandelbaum House
385 Abercrombie St, Darlington
University of Sydney
Rwanda and the Holocaust: Coming to Terms with the Past
Dr Jennifer Balint
Socio-Legal Studies, Department of Criminology
University of Melbourne
with Dr Wendy Lambourne
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Sydney

Tuesday 6 April
6.00 – 7.30 pm
Lecture Theatre 1
Law School
University of Sydney
cnr Phillip St and King St, Sydney
Rwandan Experiences and International Responses
MCs: Linda Burney, MLA
and Dr Armen Gakavian
Lambert Ndakaza
Rwandan and Burundian Association in NSW
Lt Col Mick Burgess
Former Peacekeeper in Rwanda
Dr Wendy Lambourne
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Lt Col Craig McConaghy
Former Legal Officer with UNAMIR and ICTR
Video of survivor testimonials
Slide Show – first public viewing
followed by a Candlelight Vigil

Tuesday 16 March 2004

Conflict Transformation and Terrorism: Implications for Democracy

A one-day workshop by Professor Johan Galtung

9.00am - 5.30pm
At Soka Gakkai International - Australia Culture Centre, Homebush Sydney

Friday 12 March 2004

The Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) Australia presents

Action for Human Rights

9.00 am – 12.30 pm

This interactive morning forum aims to identify Australia's responsibility in chairing the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. And further, what Australia's role might be in policies for defence and prevention to do with non-violence.
The themes of the morning dialogue explore the opportunity of "Bringing Human Rights Back Home". Put simply, the agenda is –

Action for Human Rights:

  • Australia's Chair of the UN Commission on Human Right
  • Australia's role in Global Action to Prevent War

9.00 - 10.30am – The Culture of Geneva: Demystifying Human Rights

(Key Speakers: Margaret Reynolds, President United Nations Association Australia plus t.b.a. Chair: Professor Stuart Rees, Director Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies)

10.30 - 11.00am – morning tea
11.00 - 12.30pm – Prevention and Peacekeeping: Domestic and Global Action

(Key Speakers: Professor Joseph Camilleri, Co-Convenor Global Action to Prevent War Australia and Dr Sue Wareham, President, Medical Association to Prevent War. Chair: Dr Stella Cornelius, Director Conflict Resolution Network)

For further information and r.s.v.p. contact the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies on +61 2 9351 7686,

Monday 23 February 2004

Australasian Peace and Conflict Studies Roundtable

CPACS is conducting a benchmarking exercise and survey of Peace and Conflict Studies programs throughout Australia as well as internationally. As part of this project we are organising a Roundtable meeting to provide an opportunity for those involved with Peace and Conflict Studies programs to discuss some issues related to the teaching of Peace and Conflict Studies and the development of this field in Australia and New Zealand. A report of this Roundtable is available from CPACS.

Thursday 19 February 2004

Launch of the initiative '1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005'

A meeting for the media and other interested persons

  • The Hon. Dr Meredith Burgmann, President of the Legislative Council of the New South Wales Parliament
  • Nicci Simmonds, Co-ordinator for the Pacific region of the project

1 pm
CPACS, room 114, Mackie Building, Arundel Street, Glebe

For more information visit the '1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005' website.

Thursday 22 January 2004

Reporting Conflict: Responsibilities of the media

(Together with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and with the support of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance)

A seminar for journalists and journalism students

  • Jake Lynch and Annabel McGoldrick, Reporting the World, Oxford, UK
  • Chris Nash, Director, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism
  • Mark Davis, SBS Dateline and other representatives of the Australian media
  • Chaired by Lynette Simons, media skills and conflict resolution trainer

6.30 – 8.00 pm
CPACS, Lecture room 2, Mackie Building, Arundel Street, Glebe