The previous Peacemakers Events showcased pioneering work in a new age of conflict resolution and were developed out of the idea of dissecting the roots of prejudice and bringing together communities, that have historically experienced conflict from regional dynamics, including migration, through the lens of dignity and the role dignity plays in the breakdown and restoration of relationships.
In order to improve the sustainability and reach of the program, this year’s Peacemakers Workshop is designed in the “train the trainer” format. Masters and PhD students, and representatives from NGOs working on migration issues are welcome to apply! Come and be a part of this empowering experience on one of the most important issues facing the region at present! Then take your gains back to your institution to share them with those around you!
As in 2015, this year’s workshop will also be led by Dr. Govinda Clayton, a professional in the field of International Conflict Analysis, with an award for teaching innovation. He will mentor young leaders coming from Europe, who will engage in an interactive, intensive workshop aiming to overcome the dimensions of prejudice currently entrenched in regional dynamics. The goal is to raise the future leaders who are respectful towards diversity.
The workshop that were led by Dr. Donna Hicks until 2014, and by Dr. Govinda Clayton in 2015, gave an opportunity to 81 young leaders coming from Türkiye and the selected countries to engage in interactive, evidence based, intensive workshop to overcome the dimensions of prejudice currently entrenched in the dynamics between the countries of focus.
Govinda Clayton is a lecturer in International Conflict Analysis in the School of Politics and International Relations. His research is primarily focused on negotiation and mediation during civil conflict. In this work Dr Clayton uses advanced quantitative methods to systematically assess the conditions that shape the outcome of third-party led conflict management. This work has a proven impact beyond academia, as is evident from the negotiation capacity building workshops he has run in Rome and Beirut for the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. Dr Clayton is the Strategic Director for the British Conflict Research Society and a member of the Folke Bernadotte Conflict Prevention Working Group. Dr Clayton is also an award winning teacher who is involved in the development of innovative teaching methodologies. In particular he has been instrumental in the development of role plays and online simulations for teaching negotiation. His work in this area has been awarded the British International Studies Association award for teaching innovation, the Social Science Faculty Teaching Prize, and two Kent Union Awards for ‘Best Teacher’.
Since I am a PhD student, I have found especially interesting the conceptual part, linking the theoretical with the practical aspects of the peace building and conflict management.Dragana Svraka
Everyone that attended had either an impressive professional career or was a brilliant academic. . I really enjoyed spending time with this diverse group of people.Thomas E. Lord
I liked the diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.Giulia Scavuzo
My favorite subject was about conflict mapping and the exercises, especially the one in which we played the role of a government and needed to find solutions (crises management activity).Melina de Siqueira
The profiles of the participants were very well elected, because it was based on multidisciplinary approach of the participants background.Milena Sosic
The best part was the negotiation skills. Being myself an academic, this section opened new ways on how to perceive and interpret certain issues which was highly relevant for my doctoral dissertation.Viktorija Jakjimovska
Peacemakers workshop serves its purpose well.Meena Pillai