Geneva, 20 Mars 2019 Indigenous Perspectives on Peace event

Indigenous Perspectives on Peace hosted by The Human Rights & Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones (HR&C) Student Initiative of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, co-hosted by Amnesty International's Group 40.

The aim is to explore a variety of non-Western, indigenous views on peace and understand how those views differ from and what they have in common with liberal understandings of peace. While we do not want to romanticize non-Western conceptions of peace, we regard it as crucial to engage with them in order to arrive at a more inclusive understanding of peace, which can ultimately inform approaches to conflict resolution. Apart from giving a theoretical introduction, we aim to discuss several concrete instances of indigenous understandings of peace. After short lectures by our speakers, we will have a panel discussion, which will ultimately be opened to questions from the audience. The presentations will be in English.


16:00 Opening remarks by HR&C initiative, Introduce moderator Mr. Peter Cattan (Amnesty Group 40)
16:10 Introductory lecture by Dr. Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff (Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding)
16:40 Lecture by Ms. Pauline Tangiora (Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine Tribe in New Zealand)
17:10 Performance by Dr. Rama Mani (Theatre of Transformation Academy)
17:45 Q&A/Debate
18:30 Apéro


Dr. Isabelle Schulte-Tenekhoff is an honorary professor of Anthropology and Sociology at IHEID and is also a Faculty Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development & Peacebuilding. Her areas of interest include war and peace, non-Western epistemologies, and rights of indigenous peoples. Dr. Schulte-Tenekhoff’s talk is titled “Peace Otherwise,” which will provide a broad overview of indigenous understandings of peace and its role in promoting peace and its relationship with liberal understandings of peace.

Ms. Pauline Tangiora is a Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine Tribe on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa/New Zealand. She holds expertise on indigenous rights and is the former Regional Women’s Representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples. She is currently the Vice President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa. Ms. Tangiora’s talk will focus on the views among the Maori (the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand) regarding peace. She may also comment on whether generalizations on indigenous perspectives on peace can be made.

Dr. Rama Mani is a peacebuilder, poet, and performance artist. She is the founder of the Theatre of Transformation Academy, a non-profit organization that utilizes performance art and creativity to shape the future and promote solidarity between people and cultures. She specializes in global security and transformative leadership. Dr. Mani and other participants will perform two poems, showcasing the troubles and thoughts of indigenous peoples in their struggles to keep their communities and cultures alive.


The event will take place at the Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix, Petal 2, Salle S8. This event is organized by the english-speaking Geneva Amnesty group and Human Rights & Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones (HR&C) Student Initiative of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva.