Peace Studies at ASU

An initiative of the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

study of humanity’s imagination of peace and efforts to construct peace across space and time.”

Q: What is "peace studies"?

Peace studies is a broad interdisciplinary field, potentially drawing upon most, if not all, academic disciplines. Peace Studies encompasses the study of humanity’s imagination of peace and efforts to construct peace across space and time. Understanding peace as a dynamic process, it includes many topics, such as: inner peace; interpersonal, intergroup and international relations; conflict resolution; nonviolence and alternatives to violence; and peace education.

Q: How do we study peace?

Rejecting views that peace comes through violence or war, this field explores the possibilities for peace expressed in philosophical, religious, social, political, and spiritual thought, as well as in diverse cultural and artistic forms, social movements, and institutions, both within and across borders. The Hardt-Nickachos Peace Studies Initiative at ASU's Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict shares a commitment to understanding and advancing those ideas, resources and practices that will contribute to a just and lasting peace. The initiative includes public programming, support for new course development, and student scholarships and fellowships.


Peace Studies in action:

Connecting the community

Engaging minds in the discussion of conflict & peacebuilding through public programs, conferences, and workshops

Events

Building new knowledge

Fostering collaboration and advancing ideas, resources, and projects that will contribute to just and lasting peace

Projects

Preparing the future for peace

Empowering the next generation of students with the skills, knowledge, and perspective to contribute to a more peaceable future

Student Resources


Featured publications:

People's Peace: Prospects for a Human Future

People's Peace: Prospects for a Human Future

Edited by Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines
(Syracuse University Press)
Forthcoming, September 2019

Women and Peace in the Islamic World Gender, Agency and Influence

Women and Peace in the Islamic World Gender, Agency and Influence

Edited by Yasmin Saikia and Chad Haines
(London: I.B. Tauris, 2015)

Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971

Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971

Yasmin Saikia
(Duke University Press, Durham, 2011)

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