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CGP lecturer Tommaso Durante publishes book chapter on the impact of pictures to peacebuilding

Tommaso Durante, lecturer of the module Changing Global Landscapes: Globalization Challenges for the IRO master program published a contribution to the book The Palgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace of Aigul Kulnazarova and Vesselin Popovski. 

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With existing literature focusing largely on Western perspectives of peace and their applications, a global understanding of peace is much needed. Spurred by more recent debates and discourses that criticize the dominant realist and liberal approaches for crises in contemporary state- and peace-building, the contributors to this handbook emphasize not only the need to solve this eternal conundrum of humanity, but also demand—with the rise of increasingly more violent conflicts in international relations—the development of a global interpretive framework for peace and security. To this end, the present handbook examines conceptual, institutional and normative interpretive approaches for making, building and promoting peace in the context of roles played by state and non-state actors within local, national, regional, and global units of analysis.

Tommaso Durante, lecturer in Global Studies at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and teacher of the Module Changing Global Landscapes: Globalization Challenges for the IRO master program, has published a contribution to the book The Palgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace

His chapter offers an empirical and conceptual discussion on the relationship between the growing global consciousnesses of the world as a whole—the global imaginary—and the emergence of visual-discursive narratives of “positive peacebuilding” in defined socio-historical urban contexts across the globe. In identifying a new class of images categorized as “visual ideological markers of peacebuilding”, the author focuses on the ways in which these new figures of knowledge, through their symbolic power, contribute to more inclusive, peaceful and just societies, under present conditions of globalization. “Approaching Peace Visually” concludes with two case studies carried out through the lenses of sociopolitical theory.

Durante T. (2018) "Approaching Peace Visually: Global Imaginaries and Narratives of Everyday Peacebuilding." In: Kulnazarova A., Popovski V. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Global Approaches to Peace. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp 663-683.

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