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Jul 22, 2015 - Upcoming academic programmes onboard Peace Boat's 88th Voyage

As part of long-term, ongoing academic collaboration between Peace Boat and its partner organisations, two groups of international students will be joining a segment of the 88th Global Voyage for Peace this September. Groups of students from Germany and from Iran will be giving presentations and participating in discussions and workshops as part of the International Students Programme onboard. These youth will be coming from Germany's Tübingen University, where they are studying in the MA programme of the Peace and Conflict Research and International Affairs division, and the Tehran Peace Museum in Iran's capital city.

Once onboard, students will be studying a variety of topics related to conflict analysis and the reconciliation process, initially focusing on the examination of war in the former Yugoslavia. These initial topics will include looking at both the roots and causes of war, as well as the rise of nationalism and the decision making process which led to this war. Through discussions about the sieges of Sarajevo and Dubrovnik, which will be visited during their voyage, students will look closely at the character and structure of this war.

Moving on to what processes occur in the post-conflict period, the students will have a chance to think about war crimes, institutions of international justice, war responsibility and the reconciliation process after the war. They will also deconstruct media, war propaganda and political manipulation, trying to reach conclusions about the system of hate speech and why it functions so well in times of crisis.

For the students to be able to consider the consequences of war and crisis and lessons to be learned, they will also look at the examples of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, as well as the more recent Fukushima nuclear disaster. As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is a time of reflection for many across Japan and the world.

Group from Tübingen University

Both the German and Iranian students will make presentations about topics relevant to their home countries.

The German students' presentation, titled "Dealing With the Past," will be a critical depiction of how Germany as a nation has been dealing with its war history and how this has evolved since 1945. The presentation will be followed by a workshop with Japanese participants exploring the differences between post-war Japan and post-war Germany.

The Iranian students will be speaking about victims of chemical weapons during the Iraq-Iran war, as well as youth and peace education programmes currently being coordinated by the Tehran Peace Museum.

Group from Tehran Peace Museum

Further examples of Peace Boat's education programmes can be found here.

For examples of our previous programmes with Tübingen university see here:
80th voyage,
74th voyage,
67th voyage.
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