1945-2045: Towards a Politics for a Future Peace. May 19th 7pm. Leeds Civic Hall.

Politics and Applied Global Ethics, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds City Council Peace Links Group present:
The 2014 Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

1945-2045: Towards a Politics for a Future Peace

by Jenny Pearce
Professor of Latin American Politics, Department of peace Studies, University of Bradford.

Leeds Civic Hall. Calverley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1UR

Monday 19th May
6.45pm for 7.00pm start.

We will begin with a review by Paul Rogers of 1945 to 2045, what he terms a ‘Century on the Edge’. Jenny will then explore the on-going weaknesses in the character of politics as a means of addressing the uncertainties faced by planet and people.

This lecture will begin with a review by Paul Rogers of 1945 to 2045, what he terms a ‘Century on the Edge’. The human community has had to come to terms with its capacity for self-destruction through the invention of weapons of mass destruction and its ability to destabilise the global ecosystem in an era of deep socio-economic divisions. Jenny Pearce’s lecture will then explore the ongoing weaknesses in the character of politics (local to global) as a means of addressing the uncertainties faced by planet and people. Our politics, she argues, still reflects our fears of each other and our potential for violence rather than the potential for cooperation and mutual dependence. As Roger’s century moves closer to the edge, how can politics meet the challenges of a future peace? How can politics become a source of human fulfillment that reduces violence and ensures an equitable response to the threats on the horizon?

Jenny Pearce is a specialist in issues of violence, conflict, social change and social agency in Latin America and has published widely on these themes. She has pioneered learning from Latin America (South-North Learning) about innovative forms of grass roots participation using participatory research methodologies which co-produce with the ‘researched’. She works closely with movements for peace and change in Colombia and Central America, in particular. Her latest research is on Elites and Violence in Latin America and on Violence and Politics. She has also worked for many years with communities in Bradford District, around inter-community relations, community organising, power and activism. Her interest in bringing all forms of knowledge together to explore learning for change led to the co-development of the Community University (CommUnity) with Bradford community activists.

Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 1UR

Monday 19th May 6.45pm for 7.00pm start.

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