Our Hub and its members are concerned with peaceful cooperation in emerging and established civil societies across the world and the role that communication can play in the achievement of such peaceful cooperation. Accordingly, we examine how communication can contribute to the building and strengthening of peaceful cooperation as well as to repairing fragmented and polarised civil societies, both theoretically and practically.
The Hub endorses a multi-disciplinary approach to and understanding of peacebuilding and understands communication as spanning unmediated communication such as dialogue and debate, the factual and fictional mass media, as well as the visual and the performative arts. It is this that we call hybrid communication.
Our members who come from both the University and the non-University sectors aim to closely collaborate in the implementation of communicative activities geared towards peace.
Our Mission Statement
- We aim to study and understand the communicative conditions for peaceful cooperation within civil societies.
- We understand the achievement of peaceful cooperation to be relevant to all types of civil societies (emerging, mature) in a variety of political contexts.
- We understand the communicative spectrum of civil society to span unmediated communication such as dialogue and debate, the factual and fictional mass media as well as the visual and the performative arts. In short, hybrid communication.
- We explore the role of hybrid communication practices, mediated identities, memories and perceptions in the construction and disruption of peaceful cooperation both past and present.