OxPeace Conference: Peace in the Anthropocene: Humanity, Environment, Sustainability

With Conference Dinner on Friday, 17 May at Rewley House

Dinner speaker: Brian Lander, Deputy Director, World Food Programme, formerly at UNHCR

Welcome to the eleventh annual OxPeace Conference. We aim to explore some of the challenges to peace, and responses to those challenges, that arise from the ascendancy of human beings on planet Earth and the consequent impact on our environment.

OxPeace suggests as a working definition of ‘peace’: ‘Human security and human flourishing, in a sustainable environment, with the constructive management of conflict.’

The Conference opens with a look at 'global heating', and unfolds its many consequences in climate change, environmental impacts, human migration, loss of biodiversity, threats to food security, the nexus between environmental exploitation, crime and conflict; the significance of the Arctic, Antarctic and the oceans, urbanisation and health, and the ubiquity of plastics. What level of human population can this planet peacefully sustain? What answers are there to this question, and what ethical, political and practical issues arise?

Speakers include Professor Franz Baumann, New York University (former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Environment and Peace Operations) on 'Global heating', Prof Henry Shue(Oxford) on climate justice; Prof Charles Godfray (Oxford Martin School) and Brian Lander (Deputy Director, WFP) on food security, Prof Mark Maslin (UCL) on plastics, wildlife conservation and the need for a new ‘politics of the Anthropocene’, Dr Heather Bouman (Oxford) on the Arctic and Antarctic and the oceans’ invisible forest, Daniel Ruiz (UN, Goma, DRC) and Oluwasolape Onafowora (Nigeria) on environment-related conflict in Nigeria and DRC, Prof Romola Davenport (Cambs) on population, urbanisation and health; psychoanalytical reflections on responses to climate change by Dr Coline Covington; Serge Stroobants (IEP) on systems approaches to complex environmental problems. 


Registration: The Conference is open to all. For booking please return the attached registration form to Conference Organiser, Jeremy Cunningham: Cunningham.jeremy@gmail.com 

A contribution towards costs of £5 for students, £10 non-students, is payable on the Saturday. Coffee, tea and sandwich lunch are included. Walk-ins on the Saturday will be accepted, but please register in advance if at all possible, to help with numbers for catering, name badges, etc.

Dinner tickets are £40 for non-students, and £20 if you are a student and among the first 15 students to register, full price thereafter. To honour this year’s theme the dinner will be vegetarian – but wine is included! Dinner speaker: Brian Lander, Deputy Director, World Food Programme, formerly at UNHCR.

Payment for the dinner must be made in advance, and payment instructions will be sent to you.   

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