The Visualising Peace Library has two aims. Firstly, it represents a footprint for our various research projects – in particular, our Museum of Peace. Secondly, it is designed not just to reflect the research that we have been doing but also to stimulate and expand future research. In bringing together a wide range of publications, from different disciplines and sectors, we aim to stretch (not reinforce) habits of studying, learning and thinking about peace.
Inevitably, it is a work-in-progress, reflecting our team’s personal interests and diversity as a team. With each semester of development, we add new entries and update cross-references. Our aim is not to offer comprehensive coverage of all areas of Peace Studies; we could never fulfil that ambition. Instead, our goal is to introduce researchers to studies of peace and peace-building that they may not have come across before – either because they sit outside their subject area or because they sit outside academia itself. We have deliberately sought out reports, podcasts, blogs and other publications that reflect and influence what peace practitioners do, with a view to encouraging more dialogue between theory and practice. Similarly, through our tagging and cross-referencing systems, we have tried to build pathways between publications on (for instance) medieval conflict resolution and 21st-century peace-building theory, or research into the ethics of peace journalism and the goals of peace education (to take just a couple of examples). Our hope is that visitors who follow up individual cross references or explore the range of items tagged under our cross-cutting categories will encounter ideas and approaches that take them out of their comfort zone and get them exploring peace in new ways.
We hope you enjoy browsing the resources that we have gathered together under the categories below. And you can use the word cloud of tags on the right hand side of each categories page to sift search results differently. Please do send feedback on what you find and what you do not – we are always interested in suggestions for new entries. And please let us know how our categories and tags work for you – and whether you would suggest other options. You can contact us via our feedback form.