Modular Period II

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Introduction


January 04th to January 15th 2010
Lectures, held at the Grillhof Seminar Center 
Modular Period II is coordinated by Wolfgang Dietrich, Josefina Echavarría
Norbert Koppensteiner and Andreas Oberprantacher.

The Grillhof Seminar Center

 

Date

Hour

Instructor

Topic

Sun,
03 Jan
Arrival Day

Mon,
04 Jan

08:30-12:00
13:30-18:00

Introduction to the Place and Program

Tue,
05 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to the Program

14:00-17:00 Dietrich/Echavarría Crossreading Group A
14:00-17:00 Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher Crossreading Group B
Wed,
06 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

09:00-12:00 Koppensteiner Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross-Reading Group B

Thu,
07 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

09:00-12:00 Koppensteiner Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross-Reading Group B

Fri,
08 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Intoduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

09:00-12:00 Koppensteiner Transrational Interpretations of Peace
14:00-17:00 Scott Wars: Old and New
20:00 Opening Ceremony

Mon,
11 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

 

09:00-12:00

Koppensteiner

Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross-Reading Group B

Tue,
12 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

 

09:00-12:00

Koppensteiner

Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross-Reading Group B

Wed,
13 Jan

09:00-12:00

Dietrich

Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation

 

09:00-12:00

Koppensteiner

Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross-Reading Group B

Thu,
14 Jan

09:00-12:00 Dietrich Introduction to Elicitive Conflict Transformation
09:00-12:00 Koppensteiner Transrational Interpretations of Peace

 

14:00-17:00

Dietrich/Echavarría

Cross-Reading Group A

 

14:00-17:00

Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher

Cross Reading Group B

Fri,
15 Jan

09:00-12:00

Fischer

Mirno More

14:00-17:00 Dietrich/Echavarría Cross-Reading Group A
14:00-17:00 Koppensteiner/Oberprantacher Cross-Reading Group B

 

20:00-21:00

 

The obligatory Integrative Seminar will be held every Wednesday




The Program reserves the right to changes in schedules.

Dear Jaime,

thank you for the question. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to ask anytime. And, indeed, the structure of our program can appear quite complex.

About security, in general terms, the approach of the program: if I remember correctly, then Chelsea's question was whether our program was security-based, to which Wolfgang empathically replied that this was not the case and that we do not follow a security approach but in fact are rather critical of the very notion of security. This I would like to underline. We do not believe in the notion of security as it is taught in the Realist and Idealist schools. From our point of view peace can not be secured but is, on the contrary always risky and insecure. It is the striving for security that very often leads to something rather different - an increase of violence. The article under discussion currently in the seminar (under: 'text discussion') speaks to exactly this point - deconstructing security - as well as opening a space for discussion with other students.

Although we are critical of security, we still engage with it, can not just ignore it.. Security is a prevalent topic within the field of Peace Studies and as such poses a socially powerful discourse not  be neglected. Whether we agree with it or not (especially if we do not!) this concept is there in the world and as such has consequences. It is in this manner that our winter terms focus more on the security and development, the summer terms on peace and conflict transformation - the overall program is called the "MA Program for Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation".
This implies that we (also) engage with those topics during the corresponding terms, yet does not mean that our own approach, the contents we ourselves teach and especially not the didactics are in each case based upon those notions. The two terms which are key for our own approach and didactics are elicitive conflict transformation and transrational peaces.

Now, concretely to the online seminar: each term the topics of the seminar deal with different facets or aspects of relevance for Peace Studies. As such those topics change from term to term - last summer  term's topic for first term students, for example, was simply on the notion of 'peace' itself and for second term students it was on 'conflict'. Other terms focused on questions of 'work' or 'family' or 'order' etc.
You will notice that in the current online seminar second term students also deal with a different topic - that of 'progress'. Once more this does not imply that we agree with the modern notion of progress, but believe that it is important for Peace students to engage with it and develop their own approach to it.

In this sense, to cut a long story short: the purpose of the online seminar is for you to develop your own voice and perspective. If you feel strongly in particular about the topic of security, then, great, so much the better! Please take the opportunity of expressing that in your paper. This is precisely the point we want to make: we want to hear your voice. If you have a certain notion of security that you like or dislike and would like to counter argue, please do not hesitate to do so. Conformity is not required, on the contrary. Argue your point, show yourself. Your views will be respected.

This brings me to the first question of the seminar, which deals exactly with your very own view. Do not be afraid to bring in your own experiences with security, your own personal understanding of it.
In the online seminar we have students from all over the world who bring to the table a broad variety of different backgrounds, ideas and understandings of the same topic. Developing your own perspective and learning about that of others allows for a multifaceted, plural, panorama on the same question or concern.

Last but not least, of course all questions about the content of the online seminar can also be addressed directly to the course professors, who will be there help you with their feedback.

Reading this e-mail again I hope that I could answer your question. If not, please just let me know.
With kind regards,
Norbert