PEACE Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue

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Otago Polytechnic
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Full paper deadline: 30 January 2011.

Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run the sword is always beaten by the spirit. Soldiers usually win battles and generals get the credit for them. You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.
– Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

It is not troublemakers who will have the last word in a democracy.
– Nicolas Sarkozy (23 October 2010)

When a president can receive a Nobel Peace Prize while his country remains engaged in a war that predates WWII, how should we distinguish between war and peace? Simple definitions fail in the face of the global "war on terror" viewed alongside new theories of sovereignty, the mediated nation-state, and individual or communal rights. Have our paradigms changed? In what ways can the term 'peace' still be meaningful?
How do we convey ideas about states of peace and states of war—throughout history and up to the present day—in literature, science, education, visual arts, media, film, health, music, and the law? What can multiple fields of thought offer each other in the construction of topographies of peace? This issue of Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue raises questions of peace and welcomes papers that address censorship, security, oppression, countercultures, the formation of democratic thought, language, liberation, migration, diasporas and the transformation of violence.

Junctures seeks papers from authors interested in continuing a conversation that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to focus on this centrally significant aspect of the politics and aesthetics of our lives. What does it mean to make or find peace? What are the processes of agreement or appeasement?

Junctures accepts full paper submissions, and we are happy to advise authors in the process of preparing their paper.
Full paper deadline: 30 January 2011.

Recommended paper length 3000-5000 words. Shorter focus essays and reviews will also be considered.

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