A brief history of the Peace Justice Conferences in Tvind
The Peace Justice Conferences are hosted by DNS – The Necessary Teacher Training College and PTG International Youth College at the Tvind campus in Western Jutland, Denmark. Other partners contribute to the planning and practical preparations of the conference.
The first conference was held in 2015, and there has been one every year ever since, even though the 2020 and 2021 conferences had to be held online for pandemic reasons.
Please find below a brief description of past conferences, and to access the archives please click their respective images.
Peace Conference 2015
The first conference was a one-day event which took place on 25 April 2015 and was simply called: Peace Conference 2015.
Key Note speaker Jan Øberg delivered a speech called “From militarism to conflict resolution and peace”.
Several Danish peace organisations presented their projects and experiences, “Aldrig mere krig”, “Fredsministerium” and “Fredsvagten” were among the most prominent.
Following the succes of the first conference, the hosts decided to turn it into a yearly tradition, to take place in the last weekend of April.
Peace Conference 2016: Stop Wars – Not Refugees
The second conference was held over three days, April 29th – May 1st 2016, under the headline: Peace Conference 2016: Stop Wars – Not Refugees.
The first day of the conference consisted of workshops on a number og subjects, and artistic expression, like music, action art and contemporary dance.
The second day of the conference was dedicated to speeches by Jytte Martinussen, Øyvind Wistrøm, Yassir al-Haj, Yonathan Goldsthein og Jonathan Ofir.
Key Note speaker Jan Øberg lectured on the state of the world: “Peace, War and Conflict. “The last day of the conference took place in Aarhus on Mayday, joining the demonstrations under the banner “Refugees welcome”.
Peace Justice Conference 2017: Learn | Act | Share
The third conference was held on April 28th – 29th 2017. By this time, the organisers had decided to change the name to Peace Justice Conference, since there can be no peace without social justice.
Again, Jan Øberg held the Key Note Speech.
Students from the participating schools and people from different organisations held workshops on a variety of topics – thus sharing their experiences.
Peace Justice Conference 2018: Meeting the Other
The fourth conference was held on May 11th – 13th 2018.
Students from the participating schools and people from different organisations held 25 different workshops on a variety of topics – thus sharing their experiences.
Key Note speakers were:
- André Vltchek
- Kamal Ahamada and
- Maleeha & Rukshar Asif.
Peace Justice Conference 2019: Teach Peace!
The fifth conference was held on May 10th – 12th 2019.
Instead of a having few key note speeches, the conference had some shorter talks, respresenting different aspects of peace initiatives around the world.
There were twenty-six workshops spanning a broad range of topics from artful expression, dialogue exercises, eco-pedagogy and identity politics to nature, colonialism and solutions for an open future.
Peace Justice Conference 2020:
The New World Rises in the East
The sixth conference was held on 17 May 2020. It was a one-day online event which was hastily organised since all other plans had been cancelled because of lock-downs due to the raging pandemic.
Peace researcher Jan Øberg talked about a topic which receives little or no attention in the West, namely China.
Peace Justice Conference 2021:
A series of lectures
The seventh conference was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Instead, DNS – The Necessary Teacher Training College took the initiative to launch a series of lectures and discussions in the autumn of 2021. The topics included nuclearism, militarism, the purpose of NATO and the “Belt & road” initiative.