Welcoming a new book on decolonising peace studies through Indigenous research
Editorial board member Heather Devere (left) and PJR designer Del Abcede catch up at Ponsonby's Little Garden café and discuss Heather's latest book on peace and conflict studies and Indigenous research.
Pacific Journalism Review congratulates the co-editors – Kelli Te Maihāroa, Michael Ligaliga and PJR editorial board member Heather Devere – on their new publication, Decolonising Peace and Conflict Studies through Indigenous Research.
As noted by the co-editors in their Introduction, “the field of Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) as cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary is … Eurocentric, Western, gendered and silent on several issues including racism”.
This volume considers calls to decolonise academia through Indigenous research, and acknowledges the dearth of Indigenous knowledge in PACS.
The 15 contributions on research with, by and for Indigenous Peoples in this book are by scholars from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Caribbean, Hawai’i, Mexico, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Samoa, the United States and West Papua.
Of particular interest to PJR readers are the chapters Exploring Indigenous Peace Traditions Collaboratively, by Kelli Te Maihāroa, Heather Devere, Maui Solomon and Maata Wharehoka; Decolonising the (Indonesian) “Peace Concept” in West-Papua, by Cahyo Pamungkas, and Indigenous Conflict Resolution: A Samoan Perspective, by Michael Ligaliga.
The next edition of Pacific Journalism Review is due out in July and the editorial team are hard at work on the publication at present.