In this new phase of the Perpetual Peace Project, we investigate those political and institutional spaces best equipped to forge new practices of peace, especially in addressing current geopolitical conditions that seem to make peace unlikely, if not impossible
This could not be more important than at a time when most discussions of “peace” in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine seem to be deadlocked into well-worn political phrases about nationalist and imperialist wars.
In PPP ~ 2022, we are especially interested in the university and other institutions of higher education that claim to be global in scale and serve the wider and more diverse community, but have no room for practices of sustainable and even planetary peace! Over the next several years, the PPP will sponsor several interrelated projects that aim to strategically place “perpetual peace” at the center of the global university’s mission. This is not simply another academic discussion, but an engaged and active effort to redesign the concept of peace itself—from new course offerings, design briefs, community interventions, international collaborations, and new trans-disciplinary knowledges.
As a collective, we start our work in Central and Eastern Europe, where the effects of the war in the Ukraine are most urgently registered today, but we are also concerned that the future role of the research university is being threatened by competition and nationalist economic interests. Ultimately, we hope to catalyze a peace movement within the university, and will be developing projects with our partners throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.