Seminar Programme - Spring 2015 (PDF)


The podcasts below are recordings of presentations given at seminars organised by the Centre of Peace and Development Studies in the Spring Semester of 2015.

Overseas volunteering:  Examining the benefits and the challenges
Powerpoint presentation
Mags Liddy, University of Limerick

Peacebuilding in divided multicultural  societies.  Insights from post-Apartheid South Africa
Cathy Bollaert, University of Ulster

Development education and civil society work between Ireland and South Africa
Emma Murphy, Amawele

Protest in South Africa:  Motive and meanings
Tom Lodge, University of Limerick

Guest Lectures

  • Dr Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Maxine Lacousta-Kaufman, Canadian and Israeli peace activist and writer


Responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Connecting Public Administration, Policy and Communities
In May 2012 we were pleased to receive news of the award of Irish Aid/HEA funding to investigate ‘How systems of public administration may help or hinder effective HIV/AIDS policies’ to a team in the Department of Politics and Public Administration together with colleagues at the University of Makerere, the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of more

Film Series

The CPDS film series was launched on 24 April, 2012 with the screening of Shooting Dogs, a powerful based-on-fact film, following John Hurt's priest and Hugh Dancy's idealistic young teacher as they watch bureaucracy, institutional racism and generations of hate lead to mass murder in Rwanda.

In April 2012, a cluster of CPDSJ members came together to deliberate on the questions posed by Irish Aid as part of a review of its 2006 White Paper. The group reflected on the paper, and on points arising from the public debates around the review. These discussions were the basis for a CPDS submission to the review, focusing on the challenges of the current context for development aid and ways of responding to these.