Divided Societies: Negotiating the Past, Present and Future

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January 26, 2022 to January 27, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Government and Public Service, Public Policy, Middle East History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, African History / Studies


Divided Socities: Negotiating the Past, Present and Future

Virtual Conference

26-27 January 2022

Societies around the world are increasingly struggling with the emergence of deep rifts among their populations. Topics such as Covid-19, Brexit, #MeToo and climate change can quickly become polarising, stifling debate and preventing meaningful action to address common problems. Societal conflicts are not simply a challenge for political actors but have a direct impact on our daily lives and how we deal with one another. This conference will examine the role that negotiating our past, present, and future can play in overcoming social divisions. Organized by the Institute for Global Negotiation in collaboration with the Chair of Political Philosophy and the Centre for Ethics at the University of Zurich, the goal of the conference is to link junior researchers and professionals with senior practitioners and academics to discuss contemporary topics in the field of global negotiation. To this end, the virtual conference will comprise of one keynote speech, and three expert-led panel discussions centred on the overarching theme of “Divided Societies: Negotiating the Past, Present, and Future”.


Salwa El Gantri, Head of the Tunisia office for the International Center for Transitional Justice
Willem Ellis, Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics, Gender & Africa Studies, University of the Free State
Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD), University of Westminster, Chair of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA)


Jack R. Williams, President, Instiute for Global Negotiation
Myriam Sauter, Project Fellow, Institute for Global Negotiation
Max Horder, PhD Researcher, Princeton University





Contact Info: 

Dr. Jack R. Williams, President, Institute for Global Negotiation