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Durham University

Durham Global Security Institute

Violence, Peacebuilding and the City

Matariki meeting at Durham University, UK, September 6-7, 2018

Peace and Conflict Studies have started to take a strong interest in the ways in which dynamics
of violence as well as peacebuilding are affecting cities and are processed in urban contexts. In
a context of migration and urbanisation, cities around the world have therefore been seen as
microcosms of both war and peace. We would like to invite our Matariki partners who take an
interest in ‘the urban’ in relation to peace and violence to a network meeting in Durham on 6
September (pm) – 7 September (am) 2018. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

- The destruction of cultural heritage in cities
- Urban ‘badlands’ and violence
- The role of the arts in the city
- The transformation of urban landscapes
- Memory sites in urban contexts
- Cities as micro-sites of peacebuilding
- Building trust through urban networks
- Urban infrastructures and architecture as catalysts of segregation and unification
- Relocations as spatial tools to restructure urban politics
- The global marketplace and the city
- Violence and peacebuilding in divided cities
- The (global) governance of cities

We would like to run this workshop in an open format, so you are free to present a paper you
would like some feedback on, a project idea /initial findings, or propose a facilitated discussion
about potential collaborative projects. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions are
very welcome.

Please let us know whether you will attend and what you would like to contribute to the meeting
by 1 May 2018. Please respond to Raphaela Kormoll ( with your
contribution and to confirm attendance.

We understand that each Matariki university holds a fund for meetings of this kind. We will
investigate whether it is possible to book accommodation in our colleges meanwhile and
provide more specific information in due course.

If you have any further questions, please email Stefanie Kappler

For the Programme of the Matariki Meeting click here.