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Breaking the War Metaphor: Decoloniality as Processing Peace

November 11, 2016 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Breaking the War Metaphor: Decoloniality as Processing Peace, Catriona Hanley, Director of Peace and Justice Studies, University of Loyola, Maryland.

Our world culture is stuck on war: the war on drugs, war on female rights, culture war, war in Afghanistan, WWII, warring hypotheses, etc. Colonialism is one aspect of a Hobbesian calculus describing a fantasy of masculine power, wherein each struggles against all. From that perspective, decoloniality is impossible in fact because unnatural in practice. We suffer from a paucity of imagination in describing power relationships. Current historical and sociological research show that nonviolence is the norm within societies; furthermore, nonviolent revolutions are much more successful than wars of violence. Peace is the path to decolonization. Catriona Hanley is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, USA). Director of Peace and Justice Studies, she worked with colleagues to develop a cross-disciplinary academic minor in that field, which should come to fruition in Spring of 2017


November 11, 2016
10:15 am - 11:15 am
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