Darren Kew is Professor of Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston and author of Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, and Democracy in Nigeria. The seminar will be facilitated by Dr Gladys Ganiel, Reader in Sociology and Mitchell Institute Fellow.
Nigeria is one of the few nations of the world that is divided evenly between Muslims and Christians, and violent conflicts frequently erupt across that divide. Many groups are working to build greater peace between Muslims and Christians, including the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), which has gained global attention for its work across Nigeria and elsewhere.
Professor Darren Kew of UMass Boston has spent much of the last 15 years working with IMC and many other Nigerian groups like it, and will present some of his findings on 1) the model that IMC has developed for bridging religious divides, which relies heavily not only on religious conviction, but also the social status associated with religious leaders, and 2) the impacts this work has had on divided communities in Nigeria. Implications for religious peacebuilding in other societies like Northern Ireland will be discussed as well.
Please book by 12noon on Wednesday 10 March 2021. A meeting link will be sent via email before this event.