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Talk: 'Pacifism as a Discursive Resistance to Contemporary Studies'

Event Details

October 12, 2016
4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tobin Hall

Room: 423

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Debbie Weyl

Richard Jackson, professor of peace studies and deputy director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago, New Zealand, speaks on "Pacifism as a Discursive Resistance to Contemporary Studies."

Jackson has published 10 books and more than 60 articles and book chapters on critical terrorism studies, the causes of war, political violence, conflict resolution and pacifism. Recently, he published a novel titled Confessions of a Terrorist (2014, Zed Books), which tries to explore why someone would become a terrorist. His latest academic book is The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies.

The theory and practice of pacifism has long been silenced and ignored in international relations, in large part because of a series of misconceptions and misrepresentations about its credibility and relevance. However, a growing body of recent research highlights the growing success of nonviolence and the decline in the efficacy of violence. In this talk, I argue that pacifist theory has a great deal to offer IR, both in terms of normative theorising about war and the use of force, and for thinking about practical challenges such as dealing with political differences, civilian protection, peacebuilding, responding to terrorism and resistance. 
The talk is part of the Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series in which distinguished researchers and activists share critical reflections on resistance issues.

Refreshments will be served.


Event Category

Lecture/Talk/Panel Sociology