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National Conference on Social Conflicts, Civil Society and Peace Keeping

National Conference
Sept. 22-23, 2004
Organized by
Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (INDIA)
in collaboration with
AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI), New Delhi
Venue – Maulana Azad Hall, Administrative Block, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia was founded at Aligarh in 1920 in response to Gandhiji’s call to boycott government supported educational institutions. Among those who enthusiastically responded to this call were Shaikul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hasan, Maulana Mohammad Ali, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Ansari, Abdul Majeed Khwaja and Dr. Zakir Husain. These eminent personalities, along with some others, founded the Jamia Millia Islamia. They nurtured it through the changing vicissitudes of history at great personal risk and inconvenience.
The Jamia moved from Aligarh to Delhi in 1925. Since then, it has been continuously growing always, refurbishing its methods, and branching out from time to time to meet the new challenges. True to the ideals of its founders, it has, over the years tried to integrate the all round development of its students, by innovating and improving pedagogical approaches.
Though its founders and architects were Muslims, the Jamia from the very beginning remained devoted to the ideals of secular education and kept its doors open to students and staff of all creeds and denominations.
In 1963, Jamia Millia Islamia was declared a deemed university under section 2 of University Grants Commission Act. Jamia Millia Islamia was declared a Central University as per Jamia Millia Islamia Act 1988, passed by the Parliament on 26th December 1988.
The Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution is one of the latest institutions created in the Jamia Millia Islamia to undertake teaching, research, documentation and capacity building in Peace Keeping and Conflict Resolution in a holistic manner by adopting interdisciplinary approach and thus intervene to strengthen mechanisms for peace keeping and conflict resolution from grassroots to international level.
Hony. Director
1. Dr. Anita Inder Singh
2. Mr. Harsh Mander
3. Dr. Radha Kumar
4. Mr. Syed Shahid Mahdi (Dr. Zakir Husain Chair)
5. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah
6. Dr. Marie Isabelle Chevrier (visiting Fulbright Scholar)
1. Prof. Mushirul Hasan, Chairman
2. Prof. A S Kohli
3. Dr. Abid Hussain
4. Mr. Anupam Mishra
5. Mr. Harsh Mander
6. Dr. (Ms.) Kamla Shankaran
7. Dr. Meenakshi Gopinath
8. Dr. Reyaz Punjabi
9. Dr. Savyasaachi
10. Prof. S M Sajid, Member/ Secretary
11. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah
Conflicts and their resolutions have been an integral part of human civilization. But it is only now that these conflicts and their resolutions have acquired the much-deserved prominence. It is time to look at our failures and achievements and move forward in a more scientific and professional manner. Consequently arises the need for a deeper understanding of the dimensions and different voices of social conflicts. However since the dawn of modernity, the nature, content and consequences of conflicts have undergone a major transformation.
Though the domain of conflict has been dominated by ideas of ‘resources and their scarcity’, the underlying principle has always been human greed. In other words, conflicts tend to erupt at the level of culture and identities. Therefore, a broader and deeper understanding of the nature of conflict in the contemporary situation requires focusing on various identities and their fusion/diffusion before the eruption of conflict. This needs to be accompanied by capacity building of the people and institutions involved in this effort which in turn needs to be supplemented by supportive activities such as developing networks and strengthening legal and other institutional mechanisms. This calls for a re-look at the nature of peace building and conflict resolution for us to understand the work opportunities available and consequent designing of appropriate capacity building strategies.
It is in this backdrop that a two-day national conference is being organized on Sept. 22-23, 2004 to address the following objectives:
To provide an over-arching view of social conflicts and their impact on the society.
To explore multiple voices in the understanding and resolution of these conflicts.
To explore networks and support systems for peace keeping processes.
To explore the required interventions for peace education, research, documentation and capacity building.
The conference will address seven sets of themes:
Changing Nature of Conflicts: A Challenge for Peace Workers
Modern development has created conditions wherein social conflicts multiply and crisis, breakdowns, disasters colonize every possible social space. The individual is increasingly exposed and rendered vulnerable. Gradually cultural reserves get depleted. This lowers the self-esteem, and human beings are reduced to thinking of themselves as victims. The nature and scope of peace research is premised on the necessity to counter this negative dialectics. This can only be possible with collective effort.
Multiculturalism and Plurality: Exploring Possibilities for Social and Cultural Renewal
  Suffering prevents the recognition of differences within a socio-cultural milieu as a historical fact. This recognition would perhaps be possible with the regeneration of the "reserves of symbolic capital" within an individual and society. It is not unlikely that accepting the differences and recognizing diversity can become a form of narcissism. To what extent can multiculturalism/ pluralism address this problem?
Role of Media in Peace Keeping & Conflict Resolution
The media is seen as a mirror of society. In contemporary times it has emerged as a powerful agent of change by disseminating information, creating awareness and molding public opinion. The media has the advantage of reaching the largest number of people with the smallest effort and in the shortest possible time. This power of the media can be harnessed for development and for articulating the voices of all the stakeholders in a conflict. The media has both the potential and capacity to either stimulate or retard conflict to a significant degree.
Panel discussion on "Peace Making and Peace Keeping During Conflict: Government and Civil Society"
This special panel discussion looks at the possibilities and limitations for making and keeping peace, once a conflict has already begun. Panelists will debate the separate options before state and communities at such times, given conditions on the ground, and ask what would be the optimum combination of political, administration, military and civil society actions to first end conflict and then establish durable peace.
Non-Hegemonic Pedagogy: Implications for Research, Documentation, Capacity Building and Peace Education
Pedagogy and research presuppose access to the field. We learn from research already undertaken in conflict situations that it is difficult to have an access to the perpetrators as well as the sufferers of violence. The dominating classes of society protect the former and the latter get dispersed and are less forthcoming in relating their experiences. We also learn that sufferers of social conflicts and violence tend to internalize the way of thinking of the aggressors. This makes the adjudication of justice and restoration of humane living conditions difficult. How can this vicious circle be broken? How can one begin to research this question?
Social Reconstruction: Exploring Models, Institutional and Non-institutional Approaches to Conflict Resolution
Peace building and conflict resolution efforts have been a part and parcel of human history. These have been concerned amongst other things with negotiating differences; pre-empting conflict; using dialogues; stake holder’s participation at the local, regional, national and global level; and promoting peace building institutions. This is an important step for social reconstruction.
Network Support and Livelihood for Peace Workers: Enriching their Ties with Civil Society
There is a long list of development workers who have been killed and rehabilitation workers who have been threatened in the course of working in conflict areas. There is thus an urgent need for creating support structures for peace workers. Networking is one way of doing this. This involves evolving partnerships between institutions of State, Market and Civil Society leading to the development of a pluralistic society.
What kind of work would a peace worker do for livelihood? Their skills could include negotiation to prevent conflict, build communications, create conditions for dialogue and promote understanding. Some of the areas seem to be development experiments and conservation work. Here peace workers could also be researchers identifying and documenting peace efforts and sharing such work. Thus livelihoods for peace workers could be with institutions – national/international, policy making bodies, research institutions, universities/ educational institutions (schools), NGO’s/ community organizations, media groups, and as part of the production research teams of development communication institutions/agencies.
 22 Sept. 2004 
11.00-11.30 AM: TEA
I SESSION: 11.30-1.00 PM
"Changing Nature of Conflicts: A Challenge for Peace Workers"
1.00–2.00 PM: LUNCH
II SESSION: 2.00-3.30 PM
"Multiculturalism and Plurality: Exploring Possibilities for Social and Cultural Renewal"
III SESSION: 3.30-5.00 PM
"Role of Media in Peace Keeping & Conflict Resolution"
"Peace Making and Peace Keeping During Conflict: Government and Civil Society"
 23 Sept. 2004 
IV SESSION: 9.45 -11.15 AM
"Non-Hegemonic Pedagogy: Implications for Research, Documentation, Capacity Building and Peace Education"
11.15-11.30 AM: TEA
V SESSION: 11.30-1.00 PM
"Social Reconstruction: Exploring Models, Institutional and Non-institutional Approaches to Conflict Resolution"
1.00–2.00 PM: LUNCH
VI SESSION: 2.00-3.30 PM
"Network Support and Livelihood for Peace Workers: Enriching their Ties with Civil Society"
Screening of films
Access to the venue: Jamia Millia Islamia is located in the southern part of New Delhi. It is well connected from Delhi, Hazrat Nizammuddin and New Delhi railway stations and the Indira Gandhi International Airport as well. The close by landmarks are Holy Family Hospital and Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre.
Weather in New Delhi: It would normally be warm and the temperature would be around 35° C during this period.
Registration fee: The registration fee of Rs. 500/- can be paid via bank draft or in cash at the counter before the commencement of the conference. Registration fee may be waived off for student participants.
Lodging arrangements can be made only for limited number of outstation participants in the University Guest House. The Centre however will help in arranging accommodation for others on cost basis. .
Hospitality during the conference (Sept. 22-23, 2004) will be provided by the hosts.
Due to shortage of funds, participants will have to make their own travel arrangements and bear the expenses.
Contact person: Dr. KAUSHIKEE
Contact nos.:
Telefax: 11-26983518 (O)
Tel: 11-26981717 extn. 4360 (O)
Email: centreforpeace@rediffmail.com
Contact address:
NEW DELHI – 110025.