Rethinking Peace Studies

Rethinking Peace Studies (RPS) is a global initiative devoted to critically rethink Peace Studies from a multidisciplinary lens. The project involves bringing small groups of academic and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds to intensively discussed the past, present, and futures of peace studies. Each of the initial three seminars, held in Tokyo (November 2014), New York (March 2015), and Kandy, Sri Lanka (November 2015), focused on a thematic, “Translation,” “Memory,” and “Dialogue,” respectively. Instead of delivering formal papers, participants were asked to contemplate a set of “classic” and current readings related to the given thematic and come prepared to begin a conversation focused on four questions:: What does it mean to rethink something? What needs to be rethought in peace studies? What is one key question we need to ask related to peace studies? What is a critical reading we need to discuss? The participants were brought together to present formal paper in Tokyo (June 2016) with a smaller follow-up gathering planned for 2017. The procedings will be published in an edited volume.

Partner Institutions
Japan ICU Foundation
Japan International Christian University (ICU) Rotary Peace Center  
Rutgers University – Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights

November 2014
RPS I: Translation
ICU, Tokyo, Japan

March 2015
RPS II: Memory
New York City, U.S.

November 2016
RPS III: Dialogue
University of Peradeniya
Kandy, Sri Lanka

June 2016
Rethinking Peace Studies: Translation, Memory, Dialogue
ICU, Tokyo, Japan

Rethinking Peace Studies I: Translation

The first of three Rethinking Peace Studies seminars was held from November 13-16, 2014 on the ICU campus in Tokyo, Japan. Thirteen participants spent four days together critically examining Peace Studies through the lens of Translation Studies. The seminar was moderated by Dr. Jeremiah Alberg (ICU) and Dr. Alexander Hinton (Rutgers University).


Rethinking Peace Studies II: Memory

The second of three Rethinking Peace Studies seminars took place in New York City on March 27-28, 2015. The seminar, held at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood, brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to examine the relationship between memory and peace studies.

Rethinking Peace Studies III: Dialogue

The third and final Rethinking Peace Studies seminar was held in Kandy, Sri Lanka from November 12-15, 2015. The seminar, held on the lush University of Peradeniya campus, brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners to examine the relationship between dialogue and peace studies.

Organizing Committee

RPS's organizing committee consists of the following members:

Jeremiah Alberg, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, ICU

Paul Hastings, Vice President, Japan ICU Foundation

Alexander Hinton, Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs, Rutgers University

Giorgio Shani, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, ICU



The following people have participated in RPS Seminars:

Alexander Hinton, Rutgers University

Bahia Shehab, American University of Cairo

Beverly Curran, International Christian University

Carolyn Forché, Georgetown University

Danielle Goldberg, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Giorgio Shani, International Christian University

Jeremiah Alberg, International Christian University

Jie-Hyun Lim, Hanyang University

John Biguenet, Loyola University

Kanchuka Dharmasiri, University of Peradeniya

Leigh Payne, Oxford University

Makiko Oku, Rutgers University

Marita Sturken, New York University

Masaki Ina, International Christian University

Natasha Zaretsky, Rutgers University

Nela Navarro, Rutgers University

Nitin Sawney, The New School

Paul Hastings, Japan ICU Foundation

Salah Hassan, Cornell University

Shin Chiba, International Christian University

Stephen Bronner, Rutgers University

Wilhelm Vosse, International Christian University

Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University