This edited volume critically interrogates the field of peace studies, considering its assumptions, teleologies, canons, influence, enmeshments with power structures, biases, and normative ends. We highlight four interrelated tendencies in peace studies: hypostasis (strong essentializing tendencies), teleology (its imagined “end”), normativity (the set of often utopian and Eurocentric discourses that guide it), and enterprise (the attempt to undertake large projects, often ones of social engineering to attain this end). The chapters in this volume reveal these tendencies while offering new paths to escape them.
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Rethinking Peace: Discourse
Giorgio Shani (Politics and International Studies, International Christian University [ICU] Japan)
1. The Inner Battles of Peace Studies: The Limits and Possibilities Ashis Nandy (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India)2. Sovereignty, Interference, and CrisisStephen Eric Bronner (Political Science and Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers, US)3. Towards A Peace with Global JusticeOliver Richmond (Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manchester, UK)4. Saving Liberal Peacebuilding: From the “Local Turn” to a Post-Western PeaceGiorgio Shani (Politics and International Studies, ICU, Japan)II. MEMORY & TEMPORALITY
Rethinking Peace: Memory & Temporality
Jay Alberg (Philosophy, ICU, Japan)
5. Cultural Memory in the Wake of Violence: Exceptionalism, Vulnerability, and the Grievable Life
Marita Sturken (Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, US)
6. Justice in the Land of Memory: Reflecting on the Temporality of Truth and Survival in Argentina
Natasha Zaretsky (Center for Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers, US)
7. Negotiating Difference and Empathy: Cinematic Representations of Passing and Exchanged Identities in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Yael Zerubavel (Bildner Center, Rutgers, US)
8. Silence and Memory PoliticsLeigh A. Payne (Political Science, University of Oxford, UK)II. TRANSLATION
Rethinking Peace: Translation
Jay Alberg (Philosophy and Religion, ICU, Japan)
9. A Translational Comics Text and its Translation: Maus in JapaneseBeverly Curran (Society, Culture, and Media, ICU, Japan)10. To Arrive Where We Started: Peace Studies and the LogosJeremiah Alberg (Philosophy and Religion, ICU, Japan)
11. The Crisis of Japan’s Constitutional Pacifism: The Abe Administration’s Belated Counter-Revolution
Shin Chiba (Politics and International Studies, ICU, Japan)
Rethinking Peace: Dialogue (Fetish)
Alexander Laban Hinton (Anthropology and Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers, US)
12. Peace-in-Difference: Peace through Dialogue about and across Difference(s)
Hartmut Behr (International Relations, Newcastle University, UK)
13. From Substantialist to Relational Difference in Peace and Conflict StudiesMorgan Brigg (Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Queensland, Australia)14. Zona Intervenida: Performance as Memory, Transforming Contested SpacesNitin Sawhney (Media Studies, The New School, US)AFTERWORDLook Again – Aleppo: The Last Lesson on PreventionAlexander Laban Hinton (Anthropology and Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers, US)
Professor Giorgio Shani is Chair of the Department of Politics and International Studies and Director of the Rotary Peace Center at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.
Professor Jeremiah Alberg teaches philosophy and religion in the Humanities Department of International Christian University. He is the Director of the Library and of the Center for Teaching and Learning.