Practising Peace: Outreach and Advocacy at DPACS
The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies places great emphasis on outreach and advocacy. The paid and unpaid members of the Department undertake a wide range of activities, including public lectures, conferences and seminars on and off the campus, research and publication on public policy issues, hosting and facilitating workshops, and promoting public awareness through media and community activity. The Department emphasises dialogue and brings people representing diverse views together.
The Department offers conflict resolution services and support for organisations, employees and communities, and works to support those 'building bridges' in international and intra-national conflict overseas.
There are numerous specific issues for which DPACS has undertaken research, analysis, public education, peacebuilding, facilitation and advocacy. These issues include peace with justice for Israelis and Palestinians, the human rights of the peoples of Sri Lanka, reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, asylum-seeker policy, and the problem of prejudice in public affairs, politics and the media in Australia (for example against Muslims post 9-11 and the Bali bombings).
The Department conducts significant long-term projects, such as the West Papua Project, Refugee Language Program, Human Rights Education, and United Nations Emergency Peace Service.
Between 1999 and 2012, CPACS organised more than 200 events, large and small. The common theme is to build peace through education, awareness and dialogue. These activities add significant educational context and intellectual challenges for postgraduate Peace and Conflict Studies students.