Syria’s Seven Years of Tragedy: Peace and Conflict Studies in Times of Global Challenges
What is the impact of war on people, and how can peace and conflict studies contribute to sustainable peace? The VU Faculty of Social Sciences and IOVI,S Centre for Peace and Conflict organise an interdisciplinary panel of experts in collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies and VUvereniging, to examine the case of Syria.
Symposium and presentation master thesis prize
What is the impact of seven years of war, or fleeing war, on individuals? What is the role of religion in processes around peace and conflict, and what international instruments do we have in order to take into account the human dimensions of war? These questions, and the relevance of academic research and education in times of persistent political instability and armed conflicts, lie at the heart of this symposium. Also, exceptional theses nominated for the Visions on Peace master thesis prize will be presented by the future generation of peace and conflict scholars and practitioners from across universities in the Netherlands.
Marit Sijbrandij, Associate Professor Clinical Psychology VU, and coordinator of the Horizon 2020 STRENTHS project for scaling up psychological interventions with Syrian refugees.
Srdjan Sremac, lecturer at the Faculty of Theology VU, and co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of Lived Religion.
Wouter Werner, Professor of Public International Law VU.
Ruud Welten, Professor of Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam by special appointment of the Thomas Moore Foundation and Chair of the Dutch Foundation for Peace Studies.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Wolfgang Wagner, Professional of International Security VU, and director of the new minor programme Peace and Conflict Studies.
14:00 – 14:10 Opening by Wolfgang Wagner
14:10 – 14:20 Welcome by Ruud Welten
14:20 – 15:50 Panel discussion
15:50 – 16:10 Break
16:10 – 17:10 Presentations nominees Visions on Peace master thesis prize
17:10 – 17:30 Award ceremony and closing
Date: 15 December
Venue: Main Building – Aurora (ground floor)
Admission: As seats are limited, please register via registration form.