Peace Building in Ferghana Valley Workshop, 25-27 June 2014
National, religious, ethnic, group and gender identities are being re-conceptualized as borders between the Central Asian societies are defined. Redefinition of collective identities and their relations with distribution of powers may create conflicts between different communities and ethnic groups. In Ferghana Valley, there have been several conflicts happened after the collapse of Soviet Union. These conflicts produced animosity and bloody clashes between ethnic groups and communities in the Valley. The last clash between ethnic communities was in June 2010 in the Southern Kyrgyzstan. After the violent conflict, international organizations and NGOs, foreign countries as well as Kyrgyzstan transitional government and local authorities have implemented several projects of peace-building in the region.
Peace-building is as an engagement to identify and support structures which will tend to fortify and solidify peace in order to avoid a fall back into the conflict or (re)building institutions and infrastructure within a conflictual area to create conditions favorable to peace.
Therefore, the workshop has two important inter-related topics: identity-based conflicts and peace-building. While there has relatively been stable condition and an increase in the numbers of peacebuilding activities in the Valley, the change of local political structure, the fluidity of inter-ethnic relationships, and post-conflict narrative of violence may again create a potential hotspot in the region. For that reason, this workshop aims to address the formation of the geographies of peacebuilding and strategies intent to deal with the post-conflict issues.
In this workshop, scholars, experts, peace-builders and locals will discuss issues (not limited) of:
Preventative methods for the identity-based conflicts
How to manage or resolve identity-based conflicts
Peacebuilding as concepts
Peacebuilding activities in the region
Peacebuilding projects in the region
The working languages of the workshop are English, Russian and Kyrgyz.
The workshop will take place at Manas University, Djal Campus. The organizers will provide for a limited number of participants who are coming from out of Bishkek to stay at the university’s guesthouse. There is no admission or registration fees will be charged and lunches and refreshments will be provided for all participants. Furthermore, we can provide help with finding reasonably priced accommodation in Bishkek.
Please, send your topics and proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 June 2014.
Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University
Department of International Relations
Phone: +996 778 808 901
Visit the website: http://orasam.manas.kg/index.php/en/
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