A Genealogy of Ideas

by: Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons

Journal 1 – What is Old is New Again

In the first issue, titled “What is Old is New Again,” authors Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons trace some of the origins of the peacebuilding field and highlight an alternative story that preceded and runs parallel to the popular perception of peacebuilding. This publication also illustrates how diagrams that help us think (heuristic devices) emerge from adventures of reflection and collaboration. The concept of peacebuilding and the practices related to it continue to evolve as more individuals and groups take up the challenge of working towards peace with justice. This journal is an invitation to join the conversation. Journal 1 is also available for download.

Peacebuilding Wheel


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Catherine Barnes and Lisa Schirch first met as students at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their peacebuilding careers have since intersected in higher education and in the field. Part of their work has involved providing leadership and support for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), which in 2005 brought approximately 1,500 people from across the globe together and united civil society actors and their governments in an unprecedented way. In this podcast, Lisa and Catherine discuss their entry into the academic field of peacebuilding and some of their views on the development of civil society-focused peace initiatives. We recorded this conversation in April 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University as part of an e-journal series, A Genealogy of Ideas, written by Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons.


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