On January 20th, 1949, Harry S. Truman introduced the idea of peace through development to the world when he gave his inauguration speech as the re-elected President of the United States. At the beginning of the Cold War era, he claimed, “we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas.” With this announcement, he divided the world into the West and the Rest, into an ideal, ought to be achieved universally, which the vast majority of the people of this world have to follow. Little was Truman concerned about the cultural violence that comes with such universalism. Peace thinker Ivan Illich adequately points out that the concepts of development are so closely interlinked with the idea of peace that both concepts cannot be seen as standing apart. Driven by a similar concern, and the insight that linear approaches to conflict transformation, which are always inherently prescriptive, have time and again led to different forms of violence, John Paul Lederach and Wolfgang Dietrich later developed the elicitive approach to conflict transformation as an applied consequence. Their elicitive approach always inquires about local potentials to transform conflicts and evoke vernacular unfolding. On the infamous 70th birthday of the arguably neo-colonial idea of underdevelopment, the Many Peaces Magazine is calling for transdisciplinary contributions about this nexus to inquire how the idea of development has impacted applied peace work as well as the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies around the world.

We welcome proposals to contributions in the following Editorial Sections:

  • Peace Workers
  • Conflict Transformation around the World
  • Peace Thinkers
  • The Innsbruck School of Peace Studies

Contributions may entail formats such as reports, interviews, comments, photo-essays, book reviews and illustrations.

Please send a 100 – 150 words concept of your proposed article to our Editor in Chief Clara Maier  by August 24th (early bird deadline) or by September 14th (final deadline).

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