The Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK) Centre for Peace organised the following events on a wide variety of issues related to Conflict Transformation and peace building.
Lectures And Talks
Gender and Peace Building:
Speaker: Ms. Rita Manchanda, Research Director for South Asia Forum for Human Rights, journalist, writer and scholar. She is directing a multi-country research programme on “Human Rights & Peace Audits of ‘Partitions’ as a Method of Resolving Ethno-Nationalist Conflicts.” In addition, Ms. Manchanda is a founder and national committee member of the Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy. The students discussed how the various cultural practices conspire to oppress women and how women have responded to these challenges.
Conflict in Kashmir:
Speaker: Ms. Sumona Dasgupta, Senior Research Consultant with Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA). The students examined the various peace initiatives and the role of Indian government in the region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sacred Geographies and Conflicts:
Speaker: Ms. Anisha Saxena, Researcher, Assistant Professor, Department of History, LSR. She has done her PhD from JNU. A Fulbright scholar she has presented various papers in international and national conferences.
Role of Conflict Transformation/Antagonisms in a Pluralist Democracy:
Speaker: Mr. Suvaid Yaseen, Assistant Professor, Department of Political science, LSR. The students participated in a lively debate on how conflict affects communities and what are the ways to help manage the conflict.
Conflict Transformation with a special emphasis on Pakistan:
Speaker: Ms. Mossarrat Qadeem, Executive Director, Paiman Alumni Trust, Pakistan. The students interacted with the speaker on various issues that affect the daily lives of people caught in the conflict areas of Pakistan.
Conflict Mapping and Analysis:
Speaker: Dr. Shweta Singh, Assistant Professor, South Asian University, New Delhi. The students were given an insight into the analysis of conflict by deliberating on issues and then making group presentation based on their analysis of the theories of peace building.
Theories of Conflict Transformation:
Speaker: Ms Manjri Sewak. The lecture focussed on how the process of peacebuilding has been theorised by various thinkers over time. The students discussed their present relevance and the prospects for future peacebuilding efforts.
Communal Riots in Godhra:
Speaker: Harsh Mander. Mr. Harsh Mander is a social worker and writer, working with survivors of mass violence and hunger, as well as homeless persons and street children. There was a lecture on the the various aspects of communal riots focussing on Godhra and its similarities and dissimilarities with Muzaffarnagar riots.
Education for Peace:
Speaker: Prof. John Mark Webb, Deputy Director, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne. John Webb is a scientist, educator and former diplomat who served in the Australian High Commission in New Delhi from 2005-8 as Counsellor of Education. He is Research Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne at the Centre for Transformative Innovation.
Speaker: Mr. Ravi Nair. Ravi Nair is the Executive Director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC). He is the recipient of the M A Thomas, National Human Rights Award for 1997. A series of lectures were held on various dimensions of Human Rights.
Reflections on Gandhi/Ambedkar and the 'Caste Question'
Speaker: Prof. Vinay Lal, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. There was a discussion on Gandhi/Ambedkar 'divide', especially in the context of the debate around that really obnoxious concept 'love jihad' and 'honour killings'.
A Research Methodology workshop
Conducted by Dr. Bindu Menon, Department of Journalism, LSR and Dr. Rityusha Mani Tiwary, Department of Political Science, LSR. The workshop helped students to streamline the topics for their dissertations and introduced them to various methods and methologies required for research.
Activities organised within the College
Performance-Dialogue ‘Women crafting Peace’ by a renowned artist Dr. Rama Mani:
Dr Rama Mani is a Senior Research Associate of the University of Oxford, Centre for International Studies. She is an internationally respected expert on peace, justice and human security. She was the Director of the Carnegie Corporation-funded multi-disciplinary research project at CIS: Ending Mass Atrocities: Protect: Southern Cultural Perspectives, culminating in the co-edited book with Prof Thomas Weiss.
Dr. Rama Mani during her performance ‘Women crafting Peace’
Visit of Researchers from South Africa:
The Centre organized a discussion on issues of gender related violence especially in the context of 16 December rape case in Delhi. The discussants were two researchers from South Africa, Ms. Vivienne Mentor-Lalu and Ms. Joy Watson. Vivienne Mentor-Lalu has worked for many years in the NGO sector, both locally and abroad, with a special focus on advocacy in the women's sector. Joy Watson is a feminist researcher with 20 years experience in feminist activism. Her research areas of specialization include women in politics, women and governance and violence against women.
Panel discussion on Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons:
The ASSK Centre for Peace along with UNIC held a panel discussion on total elimination of nuclear weapons to mark the very first observance of the International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The event was inaugurated by UNIC Director Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, and featured JNU Professor Dr. CSR Murthy, Dr. Veena Ravi Kumar, Mr. Siddharth Tripathi, who discussed the politics and morality of nuclear weapons, and the role of the UN in the world's nuclear history.
Prof. Murthy from SIS, JNU delivering his lecture on the first observance of the International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons(Left) and Dr. Krishna Menon, Director, ASSK Centre for Peace with UNIC Director Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman.
Panel discussion on the politics and morality of nuclear weapons, and the role of the UN in the world's nuclear history
Dialogue on Partition literature between the students of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS):
The Centre along with the Department of English, LSR organised a dialogue on partition literature between the students of Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). The event was moderated by Urvashi Butalia. Dr Maya Joshi introduced the theme and the session. There were presentations by students on topics common to both the neighbours.
Beyond Borders, Students and faculty from LUMS, Pakistan and LSR, India