Slought Foundation is pleased to announce the Perpetual Peace Project, a joint initiative with the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), the International Peace Institute (IPI), the United Nations University (UNU), and the Syracuse University Humanities Center opening October 1, 2010. The project takes its form through a series of public dialogues about possibilities for international peace, including a symposium, an exhibition, workshops, and a film that will be presented at a variety of cultural, academic, and governmental institutions around the world. Each of these dialogues feature conversations with renowned philosophers and practitioners reflecting on Immanuel Kant's foundational essay Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795) with reference to 21st century international priorities and geopolitical conflicts.
The Perpetual Peace Project aspires, at its simplest, to begin a conversation between philosophers who engage with the idea of peace, practitioners who participate directly in the world of geopolitical conflict, and governing bodies who have the power to truly make peace a sustainable reality. This conversation begins with a traditional definition of international peace as a relationship between states while acknowledging contemporary realities of intra-state conlicts, issues of global governance, and human security.
Although diplomacy is conventionally understood as a specialized practice, this project also explores the possibility of an 'everyday diplomacy' where peace serves as an instrument of everyday life. The Perpetual Peace Project thus finds value in continued dialogue, collaboration, and research that takes place beyond and outside these individual events. Whether this conversation happens in the public halls of cultural institutions or governmental offices, in cafes or living rooms, newspapers or blogs, our project seeks to restart discourse without worrying where it will end.
The project, which commenced with the re-publication of Immanuel Kant's essay on perpetual peace, also features a symposium at the International Peace Institute and the United Nations in New York; a film initiative featuring philosophers and statesmen in conversation about peace; workshops with students in Pakistan, China, the United States, and other countries on what peace means to them; and an installation and public programming series at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, newly installed at Haverford College and Slought Foundation.
For more information about the project, multimedia selections, or to download the publication, please visit:
European Union National Institutes of Culture
EUNIC is a partnership of national institutions for culture, operating beyond their national borders and with a degree of autonomy from their governments.
International Peace Institute
IPI is dedicated to the prevention and settlement of conflicts between and within states by strengthening peace and security institutions.
Slought Foundation engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change through collaborations with communities, universities, and governments.
Syracuse University Humanities Center
The Syracuse University Humanities Center is an interdisciplinary center for research, events, and exhibitions in the arts and humanities.
United Nations University
The United Nations University explores, through research and capacity building, global problems facing the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.