Derek Gregory to Speak at the Haven Project Symposium

The Haven Project Symposium: Intervening for Human Security
Moore Institute, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Saturday, 29 October 2016 

Conference Overview
The Haven Project centres on advancing the idea of ‘intervening for human security’ in the ongoing Mediterranean humanitarian crisis. By placing at centre stage the notion of ‘human security’, a core concern lies in challenging how Western interventionism has long been guided by military definitions of security, involving repeated mechanisms of military violence. The Haven Project is prompted by a sense of intellectual responsibility to respond constructively to the increasingly precarious geographies evident in our current moment of global geopolitics and its seemingly endless cycles of violent interventionism. Reflecting on the above and more, leading academics, including our plenary speaker Derek Gregory (University of British Columbia), will join colleagues at NUI Galway for a one-day symposium on Saturday October 29th in the Moore Institute for Humanities. They will be joined by a range of other contributors from NGO advocate groups, including Galway One World Centre, and also by representatives from Irish Aid and the Irish Naval Service. The aim is to coalesce expertise from across the public sphere on geopolitics, humanitarianism and international development, with a view to offering a critical contribution to a series of vital debates on the Mediterranean Crisis and the West’s response.

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About John Morrissey

John graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class degree in Natural Science, majoring in Geography, before beginning an ESRC-funded PhD in Geography at the University of Exeter. After completing his PhD, John taught at Exeter for a year before going to NUI Galway where he lectures on political and cultural geography. His current research explores the interventionary practices of US national security interests in the Middle East, with particular reference to US Central Command (CENTCOM). He received a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Fellowship in 2007/2008 for a research project on CENTCOM, which he spent at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY Graduate Center. He is currently writing a geopolitical history of CENTCOM for University of Georgia Press entitled 'The Long War', much of which was drafted during a year-long fellowship at the University of Cambridge in 2013/2014. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to his teaching. In 2009, he coordinated the establishment of the MA in Environment, Society & Development at NUI Galway, for which he is Programme Director. It has been a leading Masters programme at NUI Galway since, attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of research and teaching accolades for its international civic engagement element, which involves students working on the ground with the UN in Bosnia. John won the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at NUI Galway in 2011, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.
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