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Crafting Peace for Papua: an Update

with Dr Budi Hernawan

Date: Tues 10 April 2015

Time: 11am-12.30pm
Venue: Room 107, Mackie Building/CPACS Posters Gallery

Dr Budi Hernawan is a research fellow at Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith and Peace at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta.

He currently works on the intersection between restorative justice, human rights and peacebuilding in the context of Indonesia’s politics drawing on his PhD thesis entitled “From the Theatre of Torture to the Theatre of Peace: The Politics of Torture and Re-imagining Peacebuilding in Papua, Indonesia” awarded unconditionally by The Australian National University (ANU) in 2013.

Alongside his current research, Budi works as a research associate at Franciscans International, an NGO accredited with the United Nations operating from Geneva and New York. Previously for 12 years he worked in the field of human rights in Papua at the Office for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jayapura in which he served as a director from 2005-2009. During his doctoral research period, he was invited to deliver guess lectures in major universities in Australia and New Zealand and to present his research at Yale and Oxford Universities.

His publications include: ”A spectacle of dialectics of the sovereign and the abject” in P King, J Elmslie & C Webb-Gannon (eds.), Comprehending West Papua, The West Papua Project, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney, Sydney (2011). He regularly writes for The Jakarta Post, the main English daily in Indonesia, and academic blogs and online media on the issues of political violence.

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The 25+ CPACS Anniversary Forum and Dinner

CPACS, launched on 16 May 1988, is celebrating 25+ Years with a:

Looking Back & Looking Forward: Peace with Justice Forum

Followed by CPACS Celebratory Dinner

DATE: 25 February, 2015

Looking Back: 1.45 to 3.15pm
Looking Forward: 3.45-5.15pm
Venue: John Woolley Common Room, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney.

Hosted by Yola Lucire and Bruce Childs, with celebrity guest speaker, Meredith Burgmann
When: 6.30 for 7pm Start
Venue: 345 Edgecliff Rd, Edgecliff (Street parking only)
$20 entry fee at the door.

For more information please go here for the CPACS Flier and full Program

Aboriginal Kinship Workshop

When: 10am to 1 pm, 26th February, 2015
Where: Room 114, Mackie Building, Arundel St, University of Sydney

Led by Lynette Riley, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney.

In the Workshop, you will gain a greater understanding and insight into:
- Aboriginal Kinship systems and how they operate
- Aboriginal social structures and how these differ from Western societies
- how cultural difference impacts upon Aboriginal people in the social systems which operate in Australia, such as: through education, criminal justice systems and the legal system more broadly.

Kinship is at the heart of Aboriginal culture and controls all facets of social behavior. It has existed for tens of thousands of years and is alive and well today. Understanding and appreciating Aboriginal Kinship fosters harmony and respect for all First Nations Peoples.

Lynette Riley is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree. She was Academic Coordinator in the Koori Centre, University of Sydney (2006-2012) and is now the Academic Leader (Curriculum) in the newly
established National Centre for Cultural Competence (2012-2015). Lynette has more than 35 years working experience, as a teacher and in Aboriginal education and administration, and was one of the founding members of the NSW DET Aboriginal Education Unit.

For more information, or to book a place in this workshop, contact Lynda Blanchard:

This workshop is organised as part of the 2014-15 CPACS-Chuo University Faculty of Law 'Investigating Diversity, Human Rights and Civil Society in Japan and Australia' Programme.

Vienna 2014 - New York 2015: Looking Backward & Looking Forward

On December 8th & 9th 2014, 158 Governments (including Australia) met
in Vienna to discuss the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. The agenda paid much attention to accidental nuclear war, probabilistic risk analysis, and to the global climatic consequences of large-scale nuclear war. The official intergovernmental meeting was attended by over 1000 NGOs and diplomats and held in the same room as that in which the Treaty of Vienna that ended the Napoleonic wars had been negotiated in 1815. It was preceded by an ICAN conference attended by around 900 civil society

Daryl Le Cornu, John Hallam, Tanya Oglivie-White of ANU and Marianne Hanson, University of Queensland, will discuss Vienna 2014 and New York 2015. Chaired by Prof. Peter King.

Time: 5-6.30pm, 27th February, 2015
Venue: Room 114 at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Mackie Building K01, University of Sydney.

To RSVP please contact Prof. Peter King on or John Hallam on

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