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Peace Education in Societies in Transition

This research group responds to the need to contribute to the prevention of (re)eruption of violence through the development of teachers’ conflict transformation competences, qualities, skills and attitudes in educational settings in societies in transition.

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Peace Journalism

This research group focuses on questions of peace journalism and its various forms. Starting from what constitutes peace journalism and how it can work, a central concern of this research group is to conceptualize peace journalism from an elicitive approach towards conflict transformation.

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Body Oriented Approaches and Arts in Peace and Conflict Transformation

This research group is dedicated to investigating artistic and body-oriented approaches to peace and conflict.

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Innsbruck Peace Lecture Series

The Innsbruck Peace Lecture Series at InnPeace invites distinguished speakers from within the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies as well as applied conflict transformation work to the University of Innsbruck.

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InnPeace Members

Rina Alluri

Rina Malagayo Alluri,
Head of InnPeace

Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies

rina.alluri@uibk.ac.at

uibk.ac.at/peacestudies/alluri


1. Why is Peace and Conflict Research relevant in your field of study? ↓↑

I am a political scientist and international development scholar who has been raised and educated both in the Global North and the Global South. My mixed heritage and migration journeys have contributed to a deep desire to understand myself and the complex and diverse societies that we live in. The study of peace and conflict enables me to gain insight into how we can address structural disparities through critical education and practice.


2. Why are you part of InnPeace? ↓↑

InnPeace provide a research space where scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds can come together to explore mutual interests related to how we can address conflicts in our society by exploring different forms of inner and outer peace. The research centre offers a space for joint events, publications and discussions on pertinent topics today.

Andreas Oberprantacher

Andreas Oberprantacher,
Deputy Head of InnPeace

Department of Psychology

andreas.oberprantacher@uibk.ac.at

Personal website


1. Why is Peace and Conflict Research relevant in your field of study? ↓↑

As a philosopher I have strong inclination towards Peace and Conflict Studies because, simply put, I think that it is indeed paramount to understand, but also to confront the history of human violence and to explore venues for alternative modes of co-existence on this planet. This is also why I think that Peace and Conflict Studies is not just a pressing area of studies, but also one that immediately relates to a range of philosophical topics.


2. Why are you part of InnPeace? ↓↑

I am part of InnPeace because I do believe that trans- and interdisciplinary research centers such as ours are urgently needed to develop Peace and Conflict Studies further. In particular, I think that InnPeace is the ideal networking infrastructure for jointly engaging in research projects, for inviting international scholars and for promoting also what is so special about Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck.

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Tatjana Schnell,
Deputy Head of InnPeace

Department of Psychology

tatjana.schnell@uibk.ac.at

Personal website


1. Why is Peace and Conflict Research relevant in your field of study? ↓↑

My field of study is existential psychology, with a special focus on life meaning. What people see as meaningful is highly subjective. For some, engagement for peace, tolerance, and equality are obviously meaningful. Others see radical action – and even violence – as the only viable way towards what they find meaningful. When trying to gain insight into people’s life worlds, it is crucially important to understand what they value as meaningful, and if they fear that this might be desecrated by others.


2. Why are you part of InnPeace? ↓↑

The team of InnPeace advocates for a balanced and empirically grounded concept of peace. It takes into account individual and group goals, attitudes and values, but also acknowledges transrational factors that influence personal and organisational mood and action. Accordingly, the concept is non-normative, but open to subjective understandings of peace and to their cultural embeddedness. It is here that research on meaning and peace can cross-fertilise: to support a worldview that gives credit to the plurality of viewpoints, the necessity to understand what people actually mean by their actions and words, and to thus strengthen the visibility of our common humanity.

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Pia Andreatta

Department of Psychosocial Intervention and Communication

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Vera Brandner

Department of Sociology

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Rocío Cachada Dibuja

Department of Media, Society and Communication

e-mail

Herbert Dietrich

Department of Psychology

e-mail

Lena Drummer

Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies

e-mail | Website

Adham Hamed

Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Fatma Haron

Department of History and European Ethnology

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Jennifer Hausberger

Department of Philosophy

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Timo Heimerdinger

Department of History and European Ethnology

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Sandra Heinsch-Kuntner

Department of Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies

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Norbert Koppensteiner

Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Walter Kuntner

Department of Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies

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Martin Lang

Department of Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies

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Andreas Maurer

Department of Political Science

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Andreas Oberprantacher

Department of Philosophy

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Walter Obwexer

Department of European Law and Public International Law

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Sabrina Stein

Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Dirk Rose

Department of German Studies

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Dirk Rupnow

Department of History and European Ethnology

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Bernadette Voetter

Department of Psychology

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Mission

The Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace) brings together faculty and doctorate students from the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as from a variety of academic backgrounds who utilize their own disciplinary epistemologies and methodologies in the research of a diverse range of peace and conflict-related topics. [more]

As a relatively young academic subject, Peace and Conflict Studies invites and welcomes and encourages a lively, transdisciplinary exchange of scholars from neighboring disciplines.

Through such transdisciplinary encounters and work InnPeace aims at further developing the profile of the Innsbruck School of Peace Studies, which draws on the ontological and epistemological basis of transrational peace philosophy and elictive conflict transformation.

This is done through aiming at academic excellence through relational encounter and a collaborative approach towards academia. The work of InnPeace currently is structured in three research groups:

All three research groups organize activities under the joint umbrella of InnPeace. In addition to those three research formats, InnPeace has established the Innsbruck Peace Lecture Series, which brings distinguished scholars and practitioners of Peace and Conflict Studies to Innsbruck, with the aim of opening scholarly debates to a broader public, interested in the diverse field of peace and conflict.

Besides the aims of excellency in research and research communication, InnPeace also develops joint teaching formats through didactically innovative approaches in order to translate the state of the art in transdisciplinary debates on peace and conflict to students at the University of Innsbruck.

Ultimately, this shall serve the challenge of addressing a wide range of conflict dynamics and peacebuilding questions, which call on researchers’ innovative, collaborative and pioneer spirit in the formulation of relevant and contemporary research questions and insights.


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Contact

InnPeace – Research Center for Peace and Conflict
Grillhofweg 100
6080 Innsbruck
Austria

innpeace@uibk.ac.at

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