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Research Profile

The Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies is dedicated to state-of-the-art Peace and Conflict Research, with a particular focus on transrational peace philosophy and elicitive conflict transformation. This approach has also become renown as Innsbruck School of Peace Studies. Research and projects aim at fostering a plurality of approaches to Peace and Conflict and are currently located on four continents. Faculty engages in research activities are undertaken both within the disciplinary framework of the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies as well as transdisciplinary within the Research Center for Peace and Conflict (InnPeace).

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PESTUGE - Georgia

This project contributes to the enhancement of teaching as well as training activities in Peace Studies at graduate level for students in Tbilisi, Georgia and regional universities in conflict-affected areas.

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APPEAR - Ethiopia

This Austrian Development Cooperation funded project facilitates an academic partnership between Innsbruck and Haramaya University, to strengthen capacities for Peace and Development Studies in Ethiopia.

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UNDP - Iraq

In this UNDP-funded project the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies facilitates the development of Peace Studies at nine Iraqi Universities in the framework of national reconciliation in post-ISIS Iraq.

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Book Series

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Many Peaces Trilogy

This book completes Wolfgang Dietrich’s path-breaking trilogy of the Many Peaces.

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Elicitiva

Friedensforschung und Humanistische Psychologie

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Masters of Peace

A Series for Outstanding MA-Thesis written at the MA Program for Peace Studies and published by the UNESCO Chair

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Variationen über die vielen Frieden

Schriften des UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies der Universität Innsbruck.

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Edited Volumes

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Transrational Resonances

This book comprehensively gathers the current academic literature, field expertise and artistic developments on Wolfgang Dietrich’s Many Peaces theory, in the ways it has been conceptualized and practiced by peace and conflict workers around the world.

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Both scholars and practitioners challenge and creatively explore the field of transrational peace philosophy, contributing their insights on elicitive methods and conflict mapping. The book is further enriched by artistic perspectives on integrative approaches to theatre for living and intercultural soundscapes.

The articles collected here respond with innovative strength and vigor to the worldwide need for further research on peace and for practical approaches to conflict transformation. This book therefore equally appeals to scholars, peacebuilders and practitioners as well as artists engaged in conflict transformation.

Echavarría Alvarez, Josefina, Ingruber, Daniela, Koppensteiner, Norbert (Eds.) (2018): Transrational Resonances, Echoes to the Many Peaces, Palgrave Macmillan UK

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The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies

In this ground-breaking new volume, the social function of 'peace' is explored through the prism of cultural pluralism.

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Prominent scholars and thinkers from more than 30 different cultures reflect on the notion of peace, and the diversity of their perspectives highlights the different cultural perceptions surrounding the meaning and scope of peace. What we understand as 'peace' is dependent on the context within which it is used. Some cultures have a multitude of notions that translate into English simply as peace, whereas an equivalent to peace in the European sense does not even exist in others. This volume shows that the concept of world peace can only be realised as a plural of 'many peaces'; an understanding of peace cannot be reached without the explicit acceptance of the many different notions of peace.

Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Gustavo Esteva, Daniela Ingruber, Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2011): The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective, London, Palgrave Macmillan

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Key Texts of Peace Studies

This trilingual compendium contains some of the most important key texts of Peace Studies, including works by Wolfgang Dietrich, Ivan Illich, Francisco Muñoz, Wolfgang Sachs, Wolfgang Sützl and Gianni Vattimo.

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Dietrich, Wolfgang, Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Norbert Koppensteiner (eds.) (2006): Key Texts of Peace Studies / Schlüsseltexte der Friedensforschung / Textos claves de la investigación para la paz, Vienna, LIT-Verlag.

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Revolution as a Process

Selection of Monographs

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In/security in Colombia

Echavarría Alvarez, Josefina (2010): In/security in Colombia. Writing political identities in the Democratic Security Policy, Manchester, University of Manchester Press.

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The Art of the Transpersonal Self

Koppensteiner, Norbert (2009): The Art of the Transpersonal Self. Transformation as Aesthetic and Energetic Practice, New York/Dresden, Atropos Press.

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Speaking the Unpseakable: Sounds of the Middle East Conflict

Hamed, Adham (2006): Speaking the Unspeakable. Sounds of the Middle East Conflict, Masters of Peace Volume 12, Wiesbaden, VS Verlag.

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