Symposium 2014: Peace 2.0: Social Media as a Space for Peace Education

Peace 2.0: Social Media as a Space for Peace Education

Braunschweig, Germany

The Georg Eckert Institute hosted the first Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace on July 30 and 31, 2014. Social media is transforming the way people, especially young people, perceive, communicate and interact. The GEI’s first Georg Arnhold Professor, M. Ayaz Naseem from Concordia University in Montreal, had focused on social media and peace education during his tenure at the GEI, and accordingly devised the symposium’s theme.

Experts from five continents gathered in Braunschweig to explore the potential of social media to act as an educational space for the development of peace. The central theme was the role of the new digital “educational space” in various regions of the world. Academics, along with early-career scholars and representatives of civil society, discussed the ways in which social media influence people’s, and in particular young people’s, engagement with their societies and citizens’ participation in social and political processes. The Symposium’s keynote speakers were the U.S. Internet pioneer and author Howard Rheingold and Lynn Davies, a distinguished scholar with unique expertise in the field of international and comparative education from the U.K.

The experts of the symposium were

  • Adeela ARSHAD-AYAZ, Concordia University, Department of Education (Canada)
  • Edward J. BRANTMEIER, James Madison University, Department of Education (USA)
  • Nelson DE LUCA PRETTO, Federal University of Bahia, School of Education (Brazil)
  • Theo DOLAN, United States Institute of Peace (USA)
  • Eszter HARGITTAI, Northwestern University, Department of Communications (USA)
  • Tami HAY-SAGIV, Peres Center for Peace (Israel)
  • Mike HORSLEY, Central Queensland University, Learning Teaching Education Research Center (Australia)
  • Philip N. HOWARD, University of Washington, Department of Communication (USA)/ School of Public Policy at the Central European University
  • Mohammed IBAHRINE, American University of Sharjah, Department of Mass Communication (United Arab Emirates)
  • Stephanie KNOX CUBBON, Teachers Without Borders (USA)
  • Saila LINDROOS, Family Federation of Finland (Finland)
  • Babak RAHIMI, University of California, Department of Literature (USA)
  • Craig ZELIZER, Georgetown University, Department of Government (USA)