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Portraits of the Dead and Living : Bosnia and Rwanda 20 Years On

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is pleased to invite you to the upcoming event: ‘Portraits of the Dead and Living: Bosnia and Rwanda 20 Years On’. In this presentation, Dr Olivera Simić (Senior Lecturer Griffith Law School, Griffith University) will explore the role of art in post-conflict societies. Analysing a permanent documentary and multimedia installation in Gallery, 11/07/1995, Sarajevo, BiH, and Portraits of Reconciliation, a photographic exhibition of Rwandan people, Dr Simić will discuss the potential for art to have both a positive and negative impact on peacebuilding and reconciliation. Dr Simić’s interdisciplinary research concentrates on transitional justice, international law, gender and crime and her latest publications include The Arts of Transitional Justice: Culture, Activism, and Memory after Atrocity (with Peter D Rush, Springer, 2013) and Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir (Spinifex,2014).

When: Monday 11 May from 5.30-7 pm
Where: Mills Seminar Room 148, RC Mills Building, Fisher Rd, University of Sydney

For further information, please find the flyer attached.

Creators of Peace Circle

The Creators of Peace is an international women’s initiative that began in 1991. A program of Initiatives of Change, the workshop seeks to help women explore their peacemaking potential in a supportive learning environment.

The workshop will run over three days and is facilitated by Shoshana Faire - the International Coordinator of Creators of Peace and Patricia Garcia – a Visiting Scholar at CPACS. Numbers are limited so please get in quick to secure a place!

Day 1: Saturday April 11, 10am – 5.30pm
Day 2: Sunday April 12, 10am – 5.30pm
Day 3: Monday April 20, 6.30pm – 9pm

Where: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Mackie Building
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Sovereign Power Ambitions and the Realities of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

The Human Survival Project invites you to this seminar discussing Japan’s long-harboured desire for great power status is evident in its commitment to continuing its nuclear power programs despite the unresolved Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Three issues need to be explored in relation this situation: investment in nuclear technology exports, nuclear reprocessing and nuclear waste storage; weapons exports, and; the anti-ballistic missile system and the alliance with the United States.

In light of these issues, what are the implications for Japan's position in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation regime?

Adam Broinowski is an ARC postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Pacific and Asian History, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. His recent work includes two articles: ‘Conflicting Immunities: Priorities of Life and Sovereignty amid the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster’, European Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, December 2014, and 'Undermining Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Energy and Security Politics in the Australia-India-Japan-U.S. Nuclear Nexus', The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, November 2014. His book, Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War, is forthcoming in 2015.

When: 5:00 – 6pm, Friday 17th April 2015
Where: Room 114, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Mackie Building, University of Sydney
Register via email or call 0422 647 025

Past Events

Crafting Human Rights in West Papua and Security Sector Reform

with Bhatara Ibnu Reza

The seminar discusses Afghanistan’s position as a country plagued by violent conflict and its aspirations for peace with justice. Recently the actors have shown renewed interest in restarting peace talks in Doha. Reflecting on peacebuilding efforts and its tension with peacemaking, the seminar presents ways to achieve the long overdue sulh in Afghanistan.

DATE: 5pm - 6.30pm, Friday 27 March

Venue: Room 114, Mackie Building/CPACS Posters Gallery, University of Sydney

The 69th anniversary celebration of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) in Surabaya, East Java province on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 saw marked the departing Yudhoyono administration’s successful further modernisation of the TNI, but Yudhoyono had nevertheless maintained the military culture of impunity, whereby human rights abuses by soldiers went virtually unpunished.

Jokowi’s election as President has brought great hope for Indonesians, including people in Papua who have lost their trust in the central government in Jakarta. During parliamentary and presidential elections in 2014, Jokowi visited Papua twice. Jokowi wants to give special attention to West Papua, to resolve social and economic disadvantages.

This forum will explore how the new government in Jakarta could move reform within the security sectors, especially the army and police, and address ongoing human rights issues in Papua and West Papua provinces.

Bhatara Ibnu Reza is a researcher from IMPARSIAL, the leading NGO human rights monitor in Indonesia. Mr Reza has long been prominent in research on Security Sector Reform and West Papua. He is currently a PhD student at UNSW.

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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 representatives.

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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