2012 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

"The Forgotten Palestinians" with Professor Ilan Pappe

Professor Ilan Pappe,
Director of Middle East Studies, University of Exeter

Sunday September 16th @ 4:00pm,

Eastern Avenue Auditorium,
University of Sydney

Celebrated Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe whose landmark publication, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” documented the planned removal of 700,000 Palestinians from their lands in 1948, has also written of “The Forgotten Palestinians”, those who still live within Israel’s borders.

This is the first event of Professor Pappe’s 2012 Australian lecture tour.

It is hosted by the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney with the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Leichhardt Friends of Hebron.

Professor Pappe is in Australia as the guest of AFOPA to deliver the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture at the University of Adelaide.

New Media, New Journalism: Challenges and Opportunities Conference

When:13 September 2012

Where:Senate Room, Quadrangle, University of Sydney

About the Speakers:
(in order of appearance)

  • Professor Robert A Hackett is Professor of Communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver; co-director of NewsWatch Canada, and co-founder of the (Canadian) Campaign for Democratic Media. His recent works include Remaking media: the struggle to democratise public communication. Prof Hackett serves on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies and four other
    journals in the field.
  • Dr Penny O’Donnell is Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism at the University of Sydney. Her most recent publication, Journalism at the Speed of Bytes (2012), co-authored with David McKnight (UNSW) and Jonathan Este (Walkley Foundation), examines the future of Australian newspapers.
  • Dr Alana Mann is a Lecturer in the Media and Communications Department at the University of Sydney. Her PhD Framing Food Sovereignty: A Study of Social Movement Communication was completed in 2011. Her current research focuses on non-state actor engagement in international food policy networks.
  • Professor Gerard Goggin chairs the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney. His books include New Technologies and the Media (2012), Mobile Technology and Place (2012), Global Mobile Media (2011), and Cell Phone Culture (2006).
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch is Director of CPACS and Secretary General of IPRA. He is the most published and frequently cited author in Peace Journalism.
  • Professor Wendy Bacon is a journalist and media researcher with the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at UTS; a Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology board member and a contributing editor to New Matilda and Pacific Journalism Review.
  • Professor John Keane is Director of the newly created Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a full-scale history of democracy, The Life and Death of Democracy (2009) and (forthcoming) Democracy in the Age of Media Decadence.

Contact arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au for more information

Click here to download the brochure.

How safe is your future? The urgent need to take 2,000 nuclear weapons off high alert

Colonel Valery Yarynich, (ret.)
30-year veteran, Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces

Colonel Valery helped to design and bring into operation the 'Perimitr' or 'Dead Hand' 'doomsday machine'.

Now he’s part of the worldwide campaign to lift a threat held over from the Cold War, which sees 2,000 nuclear weapons still on ‘high alert’, ready to launch within minutes.

This keeps us in peril of a nuclear conflagration being triggered by human or system error. Colonel Valery has demonstrated through computer modelling of 100 possible nuclear war scenarios that ‘de-alerted’ weapons are safer than those kept on high alert.

Seminar Room 030, New Law School Building,
Wednesday 8 August, 4.00 – 6.00 pm

More information: arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au 9351 7686

Event marks the launch of CPACS’ new Human Survival Project

Over here: US Marines – and what else?

‘The quiet but extraordinary growth in Australia-US military and intelligence cooperation in the last decade’

An event in the ongoing collaboration between the Sydney Peace Foundation and Medical Association for the Prevention of War, equipping the Australian community to resist militarism.


Professor Richard Tanter: Director of the Nautilus Institute and expert observer of the new ‘joint facilities’ – of which the ‘permanent rotation’ of US Marines, at Darwin’s Robertson Barracks, is just the most visible.

Associate Professor Jake Lynch: Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Executive Council member of the Sydney Peace Foundation

Mackie Building Room 114, Thurs July 26, 6.00 - 7.30 pm

Followed by refreshments in CPACS Gallery. For more information: peace.foundation@sydney.edu.au

Is Democratic Global Governance Possible?: A Symposium

CPACS, World Citizens Association (Australia) and Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance invite you to the symposium "Is Democratic Global Governance Possible?” The symposium includes presentations by six speakers and panel discussions. Our feature speaker is Senator Bob Brown.

Date: June 15, 2012
Time: 8.45am -1.00pm
Venue: Old Geology lecture Theater, Edgeworth David Building, University of Sydney

For further details and to view the poster, please Click here
For the program, please Click here

Forming a Culture of Peace: A book launch

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies will be hosting a book launch for the book Forming a Culture of Peace: Reframing Narratives of Intergroup Relations, Equity and Justice. The book features chapters by CPACS alumni Rachael Hart and Violet Rish.

Date: June 12, 2012
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm
Venue: Room 107, Mackie Building, University of Sydney

For a flyer Click here

UNRWA Commissioner General in a Public Talk at CPACS

CPACS and Sydney Peace Foundation will be hosting a public meeting with UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi. The meeting will address the role of UNRWA in relation to providing services to Palestine refugees, with time for questions.

Date: May 29, 2012
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm
Venue: Room 107, Mackie Building, Arundel St, University of Sydney

All welcome!

Kony 2012: Beyond the Hype

Thursday 22 March 2012
4 – 6 pm
Room 275, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney

“The media have become the social space where power is decided.”
- Manuel Castells

Speakers: Professor Robert Cumming (Public Health) & Dr Wendy Lambourne (CPACS), both recently returned from Northern Uganda

Panelists: Dr Richard Okello (UNSW), Atem Atem (ANU)
James Tonny Dhizaala (USYD), and others

Admission is free, all welcome, please spread the word!

For more information email arts.cpacs@sydney.edu.au or robert.cumming@sydney.edu.au
or call the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (02) 9351 7686

Daring to Trust: Making Friends against the Odds in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Palestinian - Jewish Dialogue Group invites you for the conversation on community based peace building. Join us to hear from our distinguished speakers Abe Quadan, Nayef Hajaj, Lyndall Katz and Donna Jacobs Sife.

Date: March 29, 2012
Time: 5.45 for 6 - 8 pm
Venue: Education Lecture Theatre Room 424, Education Building, Manning Road, University of Sydney

Admission is free, gold coin donations appreciated

For more information, contact Abe 0412460373, abeq13@yahoo.com.au or Donna 0417241418, donnajsife@gmail.com

For Event Flyer Click here

Negotiation as a means of Peace and Conflict Resolution The Moroccan Experience

CPACS is hosting a talk by the Ambassador to Australia of the Kingdom of Morocco, His Excellency Mohamed Mael-Ainin. This event is the latest in an occasional series of events the Centre has organised, in pursuit of our interest in the issues of Peace with Justice involved in the Western Sahara conflict, which the Ambassador plans to address as part of his remarks.

Date: Thursday March 15th, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Place: Education Lecture Theatre 351, University of Sydney

For the invitation letter and the abstract sent by the embassy for the event click here

Statebuilding and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan: With Astri Suhrke

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) is hosting writer Astri Suhrke in an event to discuss her book When More is Less: The International Project on Afghanistan, which critically analyses the statebuilding-peacebuilding project there.

Western-led efforts to establish a post-Taliban order in Afghanistan are in serious jeopardy. Beginning with the dynamics of Western intervention and its parallel peacebuilding mission, Astri Suhrke examines the forces that have shaped this grand international project and the apparent systemic bias toward deeper and broader inter¬national involvement.

Date: Tuesday March 13, 2012
Time: 12.30-2.00 pm
Place: Quad Senate Room, University of Sydney

For event flyer click here
For publishers flyer about the book click here

Academic and Civil Society Seminar on “Power and Dynamics of Civil Resistance”

Do you want to:

Learn more about people power?

Understand the interplay between strategies, tactics and mobilization for effective nonviolent struggle?

Interact with experts on the subject?

Then you should apply for the

Academic and Civil Society Seminar on “Power and Dynamics of Civil Resistance”

Organized by:

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (Washington, DC) and
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

February 20 -22, 2012, 9-5:40 p.m. / University of Sydney, rooms to be announced

Application process: Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and write a one-page motivation letter explaining: why they are interested in the seminar; how it will build on or enhance their current academic or work-related projects; and how they think the seminar content will be relevant to their previous and future professional pursuits. Applicants must also draft a statement affirming their intent to attend all three days of the seminar.

Please send applications by Wednesday, February 10 to Jake Fitzpatrick at ICNC:

For questions about the seminar and application process, please contact: jfitzpatrick@nonviolent-conflict.org.

For local questions, such as the venue and timing, please contact: arts.cpacs@usyd.edu.au or call:

For more details