Transforming 21st century conflicts - Winter School final program

1. Understanding Conflict (Day 1)
This unit is dedicated to the overall course introduction and to an introduction to the topic of conflict, with a focus on some tools and conceptual frameworks for conflict analysis. The goal is to show conflict as a complex, multi-layered, relational structure, that transcends rigid legal schemes and, therefore, requires interdisciplinary and innovative lenses to be understood and analyzed.

2. Conflict in context (Day 2)
This unit is meant to help understanding conflicts within the complex relationship between individuals and communities, and to outline how they are highly context- and culture-sensitive. The focus will be on critical issues such as those ones connected to community involvement and accountability, cultural heritages and biases, and, e.g., problems connected to race, gender and minorities.

3. Restorative, responsive and transformative approaches to conflict (Day 3)
This unit is dedicated to an introduction to approaches and paradigms of conflict transformation that, in different sectors, are grounded on peculiar premises, commonly characterized by a relational attitude and by the promotion of dialogical, participatory and possibly agreed-upon solutions: restorative justice; transformative justice and responsive regulation are briefly outlined as paradigms that require a wholly different “vision” of conflict and its solution.

4. Critical and innovative applications of restorative, responsive and transformative approaches (Day 4)
This unit is specifically designed to be more interactive and to bring the student to envisioning critical and innovative application of restorative, responsive and transformative approaches to current social, political, and institutional conflicts.

5. Crafts for conflict transformation (Day 5)
This unit will focus on conflict transformation as a social craftsmanship. It will offer skill, schemes and tools that are required to future professionals involved in the field, among others, argumentative skills; techniques for building and managing dialogue; strategic tools for promoting negotiated solutions; skills and techniques for enhancing creative and parallel thinking.

6. On building peace (Day 6 - half-day only)
Conflict transformation aims at peace, considered not just as a ceasing of the conflict itself, but rather as a situation where relational resources are enabled to interact in a constructive way. This final unit offers a perspective on issues like apologies and reconciliation in their anthropological value, and also on resilience.