CANADIAN POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARS VISIT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

CANADIAN POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARS VISIT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Thirteen Conflict Studies Masters students from the University of St Paul in Ottawa, Canada, accompanied by their leader, Professor Heather Eaton, recently visited UKZN’s School of Social Sciences.

The group joined the School for a series of seminars presented by several UKZN Conflict Transformation & Peace Studies (CTPS) staff and invited speakers.

Research topics presented included Pacifism, Liberation and Violence, Solidarity; Church and State Relations; Hunger as a Potential for Conflict in South Africa and Biofuels and Land Contestations in Zimbabwe.

The School also hosted a colloquium at which students from UKZN and St Paul’s presented their work.

Canadian student Mr Norm Desjardins said the seminars were informative and interesting. ‘Listening to the topics presented, it has been sobering for me because you now tend to appreciate the complexities and the challenges people face. It’s also great interacting with other students and engaging in critical analysis of situations where one can apply political theories and share in the different perspectives,’ he said.

According to Dr Alain Tschudin of CTPS, the students enjoyed a tour of Durban.

‘Local and Canadian students undertook an exploratory tour of inner city Durban to share more about relevant projects and initiatives and also visited the Gandhi settlement and Ohlange, the house of John Dube (founder of the ANC) in Inanda. It was an enriching experience for all involved,’ said Tschudin. 


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