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Session B.4: Friday, 2:30pm-3:50pm

Panel Title: The History and Current Practice of Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada

'The History and Current Practice of Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada'
Nathan Funk (Conrad Grebel University College) and Richard McCutcheon (Menno Simons College)


'The History and Current Practice of Peace and Conflict Studies in Canada'
Richard McCutcheon (Menno Simons College) and Nathan Funk (Conrad Grebel University College)

This panel explores the emergence and diffusion of peace and conflict studies in Canada, which, though closely related to peace research trends in other national and regional contexts, is a process that has been dynamically implicated in the development of Canada’s larger “peace story” – a story that has played an important role in the definition of modern Canadian national and cultural identity, and that needs to be remembered and articulated in times when the “peace content” in Canadian identity is called into question. Papers in this panel seek to recapture, contextualize, and represent manifold aspects of peace research in the Canadian context, both in their distinctiveness and in their similarities to developments elsewhere. These papers also begin the process of providing a repository for collective memory and an important reference point as the peace and conflict studies field matures institutionally in Canada, in the midst of larger social and political countertrends.