Public lecture

The Challenges of Pacifism and Nonviolence in the Twenty-First Century

  • 18 October 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Hybrid - International House & Zoom Webinar

Pacifism and nonviolence should be taken seriously for a number of compelling analytical and normative reasons, including the failure of current norms to regulate international violence, the growing literature on the effectiveness of nonviolence, and the insights from it on the interdependence between means and ends. In this keynote lecture, IAS Visiting Fellow Professor Richard Jackson (University of Otago) will elaborate on these themes and on the challenges facing the expanding scholarship on the topic. His lecture will provide a taster of the content of the inaugural issue of the new Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence, which Dr Alex Christoyannopoulos (Loughborough University) launched earlier this year. Guest Speaker Professor Berit Bliesemann de Guevara (Aberystwyth University) and IAS Visiting Fellow Dr Felicity Gray (Nonviolent Peaceforce) will then briefly introduce their recently-published special issue of the journal on ‘unarmed civilian agency in violent conflicts’. 

The Journal of Pacifism and Nonviolence is published by Brill, an esteemed academic press based in Leiden in the Netherlands. As the only journal in this area of scholarship, with a global reach and with an editorial board including experts from across Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania, it is a publication that will define this growing field of research. We are honoured that Professor Richard Jackson has come to Loughborough from New Zealand as an IAS Fellow for the launch of this journal, whose editor-in-chief is Loughborough University’s Dr Alex Christoyannopoulos.

Arrivals from 5:00pm for a 5:15pm start. 

5:00pm Arrivals and Refreshments
5:15pm Marsha Meskimmon - Welcome on behalf of the IAS
5:20pm APVC R&I Dan Parsons
5:25pm Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos - Pacifism and Nonviolence Journal overview & Speaker introductions
5:30pm Professor Richard Jackson - The Challenges of Pacifism and Nonviolence in the Twenty-First Century
6:00pm Professor Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Dr Felicity Gray - Unarmed civilian agency in violent conflicts’

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