Conference at SIPA, Columbia University

1512807_10155514605205128_515925966930878170_n On April, 27, 2015, I presented on individual responsibility and peace activism in a panel with my Macedonian colleagues from Skopje, at ASN Conference, SIPA, Columbia University. The notion of responsibility for peace in this presentation is examined through the analysis of stories told by seven peace activists that have chosen to promote peace in the midst of the violent 1990s conflicts in the Balkans by resisting or rejecting violence. The study aims to explore what it means to perform responsible action (i.e. why certain individuals choose peace in the midst of conflict, despite danger and risk for themselves), and what makes their peace activities successful. The research is based on seven in-depth semi-structured interviews. By means of dynamical systems theory and Levinas’ concept of responsibility, this study traces the positive attractor dynamics within individual narratives of these peace activists, which includes actions or thinking that produce peaceful outcomes in conflict systems.

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