Peace Scholar Post: The Trans-disciplinary Nature of Peace Studies

This is part of a series of blog posts written by the 2014 Peace Scholars as they experience their summer program in Norway. This post was written by Anne Savereide from Anne Savereide from Concordia College. 

In Ted Loder’s poem, “I tremble on the edge of a maybe,” he describes feelings of “eagerness and uneasiness in this new thing we would be and do.”  Those words have felt especially relevant since our arrival in Norway, as we have the opportunity to explore Peace Studies and dialogue, new identities as peace scholars, and a new country.

The time we spent at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, and these first few weeks at the International Summer School in Oslo, have provided many experiences that broaden and transform previously held conceptions of ourselves.  With an academic background in chemistry I felt initially reluctant to speak up in conversations of an unfamiliar discourse.  But through our readings and conversations, I’ve come to understand that Peace Studies is a necessarily trans-disciplinary field, with a need for voices from diverse backgrounds. I also have realized how easy it is to forget that you define your major and that your major doesn’t define you.  

And what does it mean to be a peace scholar?  We are still creating and exploring that meaning, and considering what that identity and responsibility means as we move forward.  These weeks have been full of good conversations and reflection, and I hope that wherever we go from here that we will be able to find and create spaces for meaningful dialogue in our lives and the lives of others.

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