In this volume our authors present their various interpretations of what peace education is, as they recount personal experiences and explain various projects and encounters within the frame of peace education across the globe. From Theatre for Living, the Open Floor method and the expressive arts as projects of peace education in praxis to the theoretical groundings of elicitive peace work and facilitation, this volume takes us on a critical journey that questions the very foundations of what education is: What are its purposes and its aims? How can education be a platform and a vehicle for peace? How can we transform education as we know it in our personal lives, communities and countries, so as to work towards a more peaceful world? What is our role as peace educators, students and practitioners of peace in this pursuit?
With many of the authors of this magazine being directly connected to the Unit for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Innsbruck in some way, you will find that several make the connection to the concepts of elicitive peacework, facilitation and conflict transformation as well as transrational peace philosophy. For more information about this specific understanding of peace, please visit the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies website. Much of the work in this volume is indeed inspired by the pedagogy of the Innsbruck School for Peace Studies which has, for several years, broken free from mainstream ideas of education, offering its students diverse experiences for learning and personal growth.
With this in mind, Volume 7 seeks to offer a space beyond the traditional, rational and moral frames of education which exist within our societies. A space to dream, to think outside the box and to explore emerging methods within the field of peace which are both challenging and changing education as we know it. We hope that the stories and voices within the pages to come are good company in your own grappling with what peace education is and inspire you to continue on your journey exploring the many possibilities of peace.