TAPRI and the Peace programme were happy to welcome back Dr. Juan Díaz-Prinz as he returned to teach the first part of his intensive course on Peace Mediation and National Dialogues. The course is split into two sessions this year, with the first focusing more on introduction to the topic of mediation, conflict analysis and negotiation, and the other more on mediation and dialogue. As always, the course was interactive, with role-plays and simulations, and with interesting examples from the field and personal stories. Dr. Juan Díaz-Prinz will be back to TAPRI to teach the second part of the course on the 14th and 15th of November.
TAPRI’s Master’s and Doctoral students led by Marko Lehti, together with students of International Relations and lecturer Hannes Peltonen, visited several Swedish institutions connected to peace and conflict on the 21st and 22nd of September. In Stockholm we visited Folke Bernadotte Academy and SIPRI, and in Uppsala we were guests at the Department of Peace and Conflict research, Hugo Valentine Centre, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and House of Peace. On the last day of our trip we had a chance to participate in The Martin H:son Holmdahl Lecture at the University Aula Magna given by Ambassador Jan Eliasson titled “Human Rights in a Time of Global Insecurity”. We hope to continue building connections and strengthen links between Tampere and Uppsala/Stockholm based institutes.
TAPRI and PEACE programme are very proud to present a new generation of students of the Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. 15 new students have started their studies in the fall semester 2017. We wish you enjoy your studies and we hope that we will meet your expectations. We are looking forward to getting your feedback to help us expand our curricula. Remember that students’ opinions do matter!
Time: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 13.00–16.00
Place: Linna Building, 6017, Kalevantie 4, University of Tampere
Tanja Viikki from FELM, Laura Salonen from CMI and Anisa Dotty from Finn Church Aid are visiting TAPRI on May 24 at 13:00. During their visit, they will introduce their organizations, discuss internship opportunities and possible cooperation opportunities with ongoing Master’s Thesis projects.
The visit will take place in Linna 6017 on May 24. The event will commence at 13:00 and finish approximately at 16:00.
Everyone interested is warmly welcome!
Students from the Global Society Framework programmes (Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research, Public Choice, Global and Transnational Sociology, Comparative Social Policy and Welfare) will present their master's thesis topics. The complete programme for the day:
Group 1 9:15–10:20
Imaneh Ameli - The domestication process of EU regional development policies in Nordic countries, with focus on city branding and case study of Tampere
Nadja Mikkonen - The role of journalism in polarization – an analysis of Yle's journalism concerning multicultural and asylum seeker issues in 2015–2016
Lucija Mulalic - The emergence of refugee and migrant activism in Croatia
Saki Kudo - The Influence of Firms: Female Lifestyle Decision in Finland and Japan
Daniel Kalchev - The impact of emotions on cooperative behavior in the presence of familiarity
Coffee Break 10:20–10:35
Group 2 10:35–11:40
Jeanne Ngobo - Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Case study of Cameroon’s CSR watchdogs
Ahsan Qureshi - The blasphemy law of Pakistan: a case of decoupling and beyond.
Juho Takkunen - Local conceptualisations of dialogue and violence in the Burundi crisis
Merita Remes - SSR-DDR and gendered power dynamics in Rwanda and Burundi
Aleksandr Ilikbaev - A Great Divide on Homosexuality in the Contemporary World: How Do Attitudes Change?
Group 3 12:30–13:35
Tuomo Kuivalainen - Comparative Education Systems – Private and Public Funding
Erich Molz - The intercultural skills of peace educators
Silvie Kroeker - Reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada through decolonizing education
Maarit Malkamäki - Education for Reconciliation? How do the educational model and setting of the United World College in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) support reconciliation?
Tapio Pellinen - Perspectives on peace and security in EU civilian crisis management training
Group 4 13:40–14:45
Elizabeth Harjunpää - Nudging Sustainability: triggering conservation behavior in the household’s electricity consumption
Jouni Montonen - Collective understanding of small state security in the post-Cold war era
Lauren Stevens - Brexit and Britain's international cooperation
Pekka Vatanen - Grew Up in a Slaughterhouse: An Empirical Analysis of Homicides in Chicago 2000-2016
Arseniy Lobanovskiy - Guessing Right and Wrong: Intra-Party Bargaining and Voter Support in Two-Party Democracy
26.1.2017: TAPRI SEMINAR: Global rise of populism in “the ‘West’ and the ‘rest’”
In the dawn of 2017, populist politics influence the world, taking distinct forms in different countries and regions. This panel discussion brings together three perspectives on populism, from the revival of the anti-liberal West in the form of Trumpism, to radical right-wing populism in Western Europe, to the Philippines’ populist moment under President Rodrigo Duterte. What have these, often nationally or regionally specific phenomena to do with one another? How do they differ – and how does that very difference shape global politics? Come listen, and join the discussion.
The panelists and presentations include:
"The revival of anti-liberal West: A new struggle within the West and its implications to the rest"
Docent Marko Lehti (TAPRI, University of Tampere)
"Radical right-wing populism in Western Europe"
Prof. Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen (Faculty of Management, University of Tampere)
"The Philippines' populist moment under president Duterte"
Dr. Bonn Juego (Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä)
The application period for MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict research has started TODAY. It will be opened from 1.12.2016-13.1.2017. APPLY NOW!
The Master’s Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research (PEACE) provides a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to peace and conflict research. The PEACE programme facilitates the understanding of complex nature of wars and conflicts as well as their short and long term consequences. The programme focuses not only on the study of conflict but primarily on its transformation and on the conditions for peaceful change. In the programme examines, for example, how violent conflicts, ethnic and religious discrimination and human rights violations produce forced displacement, and how different actors can respond to these crisis situations. Furthermore, the programme deals also with the role of the environment and natural resources in conflict and peacebuilding.
Students learn about the preconditions for conflict resolution and sustainable peace in local as well as in international and global contexts. Special emphasis is given to various tools and phases of conflict transformation -- peacebuilding, mediation, reconciliation and dialogue. More than just the study of conflict dynamics, the emphasis of the programme lies on the transformation of violent conflicts to achieve sustainable peace. Along with the Nordic tradition of peace research, the programme aims to take a holistic as well as a normative approach.
For more information about the programme, requirements, fees and scholarships check this website http://www.uta.fi/admissions/mdp-peace-mediation-and-conflict-research
28.11.2016: Book launch event and seminar on migration: Politico-corporeal struggles: solidarities, sovereignty and political community
Thursday, the 12th of January, 12:00-18:00
Linna, room 5026-5027
Sign up for the seminar by 7th of January 2017: https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/18198/lomake.html
Director of legal service and country information unit, Finnish Immigration Service
Researcher at Border and Cost Guard Academy, Finnish Border Guard
Academy researcher, University of Tampere
Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute
Legal adviser, Amnesty International
Senior Officer, National Rapporteur's Office on Trafficking in Human Beings, Office of the Ombudsman for Minorities
The seminar addresses human mobility and migration both as experimental phenomena and from the perspective of states. The seminar is related to the publication of Eeva Puumala's book " Asylum seekers, sivereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle" (with Routledge, Dec. 2016). In her book, Puumala focuses on the moving body, its engagements and relations through wich she examines different ways of thinking about and sensing the struggle between asylum seekers and sovereign practices. The overarching themes of the seminar are the challenges that migratory movement and migrant agencies pose to the ways of governing, practicing and thinking about political community. The main topics of the seminar are human rights, ways of belonging and the responses that human mobility evokes in terms of governance, resistance and solidarity. Invited presenters are asked to reflect upon such questions as: how can the migration crisis that faced Europe in 2015 be understood in hindsight and what can we say about the ways in which Europe/Finland responded to the crisis? Are conventional methods of governing, regulating and administering increased forms of mobility in trouble and what are the alternatives? How does governance materialize in the lives of asylum seekers and refugees and what kind of ethical and legal challenges are related to governance? Of particular importance are also questions related to migrant integration and practices of solidarity and agency that emerge through the everyday. Through the presentations, multiple perspectives are gained to the practices of engagement, resistance and governance. The audience will also have a possibility to participate in the conversation and present their views and questions to the presenters.
12:15-12:30 Opening words
12:30-14:00 Session 1: Perspectives into borders and governance (Minna Jokela, Hanna Helinko and Venla Roth)
14:00-14:30 Coffee break ( sponsored by Dwellers in Agile Cities project)
14:30-16:00 Session 2: Advocacy, solidarity, and belonging in focus (Anitta Kynsilehto, Susanna Mehtonen and Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto-Arponen)
Students in Tampere Peace Research Institute's (TAPRI) Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research can get 2 ECTS credits by participating in the seminar, reading the book Asylum seekers, sivereignty and the senses of the international: A politico-corporeal struggle and writing a 5 page reflexive academic essay.
For more information, please contact:
Eeva Puumala (postdoctoral researcher)
+358 (0)50 318 6758
15.11.2016: TAPRI/PEACE guest lecture: SARA KOOPMAN "How racism, sexism and homophobia nearly killed the Colombian peace accords-and how they were salvaged"
Thursday, the 15th of December, 14:00-16:00
Linna, room 6017
In early October the world was shocked when the Colombian people voted against peace. The accords were, amazingly, both feminist and LGBT friendly, and this led to a backslash of homophobic fear mongering from the right that was decisive in the no vote. The vote was also sharply divided by race and class, in one of the most inequitable countries in the world. This talk will discuss how these systems of power shaped the vote against peace, and how a strong popular movement rose up and pushed for the renegotiation of the accords, which was achieved on November 12, and what was changed in the new accords.
About the speaker:
Sara Koopman is a feminist political geographer, peace studies scholar and Colombianist currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Tampere with the Space and Political Agency Research Group, in the School of Management. She lived in Colombia as a small child and has maintained a connection to the country throughout her life and lived there several times since then. Her doctoral research was on internationals doing a form of peace work in Colombia known as international protective accompaniment. Her postdoctoral research looks more specifically at how in Colombia whiteness is entangled with both geographic imaginaries and imaginaries of peace and development.
28.10.2016. The course on Peace Mediation and National Dialogues was a great success
Thanks to the knowledge, experience and creativity of Dr. Juan Diaz- Prinz students have enjoyed the course and learned a lot at the same time.
The four-day intensive course on Peace Mediation and National Dialogues was created and carefully thought out by Dr. Diaz-Prinz. Everything was planned in advance and it was interesting and easy for students to follow.
Everything about this course was outstanding starting from the decoration of the lecture room, presentation of ourselves by drawing a tree (including our roots, skills, experiences and plans), lectures, interesting examples from the field and role-plays. Although students haven’t had any course that lasted 8 hours a day they didn’t feel tired because it was so interesting and different than anything they have learned before. Besides that, they have learned that a mediator has to get used to long working hours.
TAPRI/PEACE Programme is looking forward to the further cooperation with Dr. Juan Diaz-Prinz and possibilities to organize this course regularly.
14.10.2016. TAPRI/PEACE thanks Oliver Richmond for the visit
29.9.2016: Special lecture for PEACE students given by Oliver Richmond
Tuesday, the 11th of October, 12:00-14:00
Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to one of the best experts in the topic of peacebuilding. Oliver Richmond is going to give a lecture titled “Peacebuilding and the idea of peace formation”. His book Failed Statebuilding. Intervention, the State, and the Dynamics of Peace Formation is one of the books that you can read for the book exam in order to pass the course PEACE 1. Therefore, come to the lecture and you’ll have the opportunity to ask him anything related to the book and the lecture.
26.9.2016: PEACE Programme thanks Joám Evans Pim for organizing the Violence Prevention course and inviting five guest lecturers
The PEACE Programme gives special thanks to Joám Evans Pim for organizing the Violence Prevention course and inviting several more experts to give lectures to our students.
On Monday 19th of September Manuel Eisner from the University of Cambridge gave a presentation about ways to reduce global homicide rate to 2 per 100,000 by 2060.
On Tuesday 20th of September the course started with a very interesting presentation titled “Making Violence Prevention Urgent” given by James Mercy from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The series of lectures continued with two experts coming from the Prevention Institute (USA) - Larry Cohen and Rachel Davis. The focus of their presentation was on practical projects and strategies that lead to the reduction of violence in certain communities.
The course ended with an inspiring lecture given by Maria Valenti from IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War).
14.9.2016: Upcoming Seminar: Contemporary Themes in Peace and Conflict: Critical Theory, Temporality and Global Violence
Thursday, the 13th of October, 14:00-15:45
The seminar is organized by Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI) and built around professor Oliver Richmond’s visit to the University of Tampere.
Chair: professor Tarja Väyrynen (TAPRI, University of Tampere)
Professor Luc Reychler (University of Leuven): "The role of time in conflict and peace dynamics"
Professor Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester): "Peace and the crisis of critical theory and international system"
Doctor Luc Reychler is a former professor of international relations at the University of Leuven and he was a director of the Center for Peace Research and Strategic Studies (CPRS). His research interests include sustainable peace building architecture; planning and evaluation of violence prevention and peace building interventions; comparative evaluation of peace negotiations; and leadership.
Doctor Oliver Richmond is a professor of International Relations, Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Manchester. His research focus is on peace and conflict theory and its inter-linkages with IR theory; peace formation and its relation to state formation, statebuilding, and peacebuilding.
7.9.2016: New PEACE Course on Peace Mediation and National Dialogues, teacher Juan Diaz-Prinz
Dr. Juan Diaz-Prinz is coming to teach a four-day course titled Peace Mediation and National Dialogues starting from the 25th of October 2016. This course gives you the unique opportunity to see how mediation works in practice. However, Juan Diaz emphasizes that there is no ”right way” of applying mediation. What is important for mediators is to have empathetic understanding of the actors and issues, strategic approach to the process and professional conduct when it comes to conflict resolution.
What is also interesting about this course is a different way of learning which includes lectures, students’ discussions and role-plays.
If you want to find out more about Dr. Juan Diaz-Prinz please check out this website.
If you want to enroll in the course you can do it until 15.9.2016.
We are happy to announce that Joám Evans Pim from the Center for Global Nonkilling is coming to teach a course on Violence Prevention. The accumulation of evidence in the field of violence prevention suggests that we may already know enough to drastically reduce the levels of violence globally. If you want to know more about techniques that can be used to prevent violence enroll in this unique course that will be offered for the first time this year. The course starts on 19th of September and lasts three days. More information can be found in the Teaching Schedule.
TAPRI and PEACE programme are very proud to present a new generation of students of the Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research.
16 new students have started their studies in the fall semester 2016. Having students from the different backgrounds and different continents contributes to the international character that this programme is all about. Not only are we going to teach them, but we will also learn from them and enrich our knowledge and improve offered courses.
Welcome to PEACE programme and TAPRI! We wish you enjoy your studies and we hope that we will meet your expectations. We are looking forward to getting your feedback to help us expand our curricula. Remember that students’ opinions do matter!
3.5.2016 PEACE guest lecture: Leena Vastapuu (University of Turku): “Visual ethnography: researching female war veterans in post-conflict Liberia”
Linna, room 6017
28.4.2016: PEACE Visiting Lecture Series
Linna, room 6017
Oskari Eronen (Manager, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, CMI) introduces the recent activity of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) http://www.cmi.fi/en/
CANCELLED! 26.4.2016: PEACE Visiting Lecture Series
12-2 pm in Linna 6017
Maria Mekri (SaferGlobe): "Peace, business and employment-- practical perspectives”
SaferGlobe is an independent peace and security research network, which studies and develops tools for the promotion of lasting peace and security.
22.4.2016: SEMINAR "UTA Goes UN - the UN Matters"
Friday, the 22nd of April, 12:00-15:00
Pinni B lecture hall 1096
Study trip to the UN , April 2-7, 2016 - International relations, public law, journalist and Peace Program -students
18.3.2016: Visitors at TAPRI and PEACE programme
Linna, room 6017
26.4.2016: 12:00-14:00 Maria Mekri (SaferGlobe) "Peace, business and employment-- practical perspectives” http://www.saferglobe.fi/
28.4.2016: 14:00-16:00 Oskari Eronen (CMI) introduces for us recent activity of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) http://www.cmi.fi/en/
3.5.2016: 14:00-16:00 PEACE guest lecture: Leena Vastapuu (University of Turku) “Visual ethnography: researching female war veterans in post-conflict Liberia” https://www.utu.fi/en/units/soc/units/politicalscience/unit/personnel/kotilainen/Pages/home.aspx
16.2.2016: Intersectional Approaches to Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research
The PEACE course on Human Mobility in Peace and Conflict Research tried out a new, societal teaching format, where students had a chance to carry out short practical projects with local actors. Before the practical part of the course, the students learned about multiple perspectives and actors that relate to the question of human mobility. After this, the students were challenged to understand and work with large-scale phenomena in their local manifestations and implications. The practical partners of the course were two emergency shelters for asylum seekers, Mattila – a civic house for men, Kölvi with a focus on immigrant boys and Didar – a project that attends to the questions of honour related violence and cultural dialogue.
More on the projects can be found here (in Finnish): https://www.uta.fi/ajankohtaista/yliopistouutiset/ilmoitus.html?id=114501
TAPRI organized a panel discussing the recent attacks in Paris, so as to participate in the recent dialogue surrounding radicalization and terrorism. Due to the timeliness of the panel, the lecture hall was packed with people who were interested to better understand the context of such acts. The speakers dealt with a number of issues including ISIS, radicalisation in France and the UN’s various responses to the attacks.
Tarja Väyrynen pondered whether the international community could potentially negotiate with such an actor as ISIS, whose aim for the creation of an Islamic caliphate seems unnegotiable. Also, Elise Feron explained why some of the French youth are vulnerable to radicalization due to French integration policies and discrimination, and how the process is thought to take place through social networks and the internet. Finally, Unto Vesa described the response approaches of the UN towards terrorism, which seems increasingly possible with the Security Council’s unanimous position to take on ISIS. The speakers also offered hope in so far that radicalization is being increasingly addressed by different segments of Western society, and that the wider international community is seeming to find it easier to reach a consensus in its approach towards Syria, due to the recent spate of terror attacks.
You can find a link to an Finnish article about the panel below, as well as a link to the radio broadcast
12.11.2016: PEACE Lecture Series Johannes Lehtinen from SaferGlobe on Arms Trade and Arms Trade Monitoring
Tuesday, 1st of December, 17:00
As part of the PEACE Lecture Series Johannes Lehtinen from the SaferGlobe research network will be coming to tell us about SaferGlobe's research in arms trade and arms trade monitoring. SaferGlobe is an independent Finnish peace and security network, which is involved in research and developing tools for sustainable peace processes. As many of us are interested in working in peace and conflict research in the future, this lecture will be a great opportunity for us to learn more about the field.
Click here for more info.
22.10.2015: Seminar about the Nobel Peace Laureate of 2015, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
Thursday, 22nd of October, 14:00
Chair: Marko Lehti (TAPRI, University of Tampere)
Discussants: Tuomo Melasuo (TAPRI,University of Tampere)
Anitta Kynsilehto ( TAPRI, University of Tampere)
Karim Maiche (TAPRI,University of Tampere)
The Nobel Peace Prize 2015 was awarded to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011”. Tunisian development offers a successful example of locally owned mediation process that has managed to engage the civil society and to turn potentially violent antagonism into non-violent coexistence.
The seminar tries to explain who are these awarded four key organizations: What kind of dialogue processes they have initiated and facilitated? What are future prospects of Tunisian democracy in a very difficult political, economic and social situation the country is going through in autumn 2015?
Markko Kallonen is currently a trainer at CMC Finland and an expert on civili crisis management. He will be telling us about his experiences in civil crisis management operations in Georgia 2010-2013 and his recent involvement in Ukraine as an OSCE observer on Monday 28th September at 2pm at Room 6017, 6th floor Linna. If you want to speak to somebody who has been in the thick of it, he is your man. There is also a Helsigin Sanomat article about his recent role in Ukraine. Unfortunately, you cannot get it in English, but ask a friend to let you know the gist of it
Monday, 12th of October, 11:00
Linna K 113
We are happy to announce at TAPRI that Pekka Haavisto is coming as a guest speaker to tell us especially about his role as the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for mediation with a focus on Africa. There are few Finnish politicians who have such exceptional experience in peace mediation as Pekka Haavisto.
He has previously been especially active in the Horn of Africa, and is currently co-chairing in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS). He has worked in several posts within the UN, most notably leading research groups for the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). As an experienced Finnish politician he has also served as Minister of the Environment, Minister for International Development and having come close to becoming the Finnish president in 2012.
Four of TAPRI's researchers have participated in a conference by the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) in Tromsø, Norway on September 2-4. The conference, hosted by the Center for Peace Studies of the Arctic University of Norway, took place under the title "The Framing of Europe: Peace Perspectives on Europe’s Future".
The participants from Tampere were Marko Lehti, Frank Möller, Teemu Palosaari and Unto Vesa.
The abstract submitted by all participants can be found here.
TAPRI welcomes Élise Féron, PhD, as the newest member of the institute's research staff. As of September this year, Ms. Féron will work at our institute as a university researcher. Her research interests include, among others, diasporas and conflict, gender-based violence in conflict zones and gender and peace negotiations.
Ms. Féron will also act as a teacher in TAPRI's Master's Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research where she will offer the course "Transnational Dimensions of Conflicts" to our students.
A full profile including research interests, a list of publications and presentations as well as information about her scientific expert positions can be found here.
We wish her a great start at her new work place and wish her a plenty of success in her research and teaching.
TAPRI welcomes the new students in the Master's Degree Programme in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research. 12 new students have started their studies in the fall semester of 2015 at our institute and we warmly welcome them.
The degree programme with its overhauled curriculum is now embedded in the new Global Society framework of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The framework brings together several Master's Degree programmes of which some have accepted students for the very first time.
Welcome to TAPRI and UTA! We are looking forward to meet and get to know you and we hope you enjoy your studies at our institute!