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.

About Prof. John Morrissey

John has published widely in the areas of geopolitics, imperialism, security and development. His books include Negotiating Colonialism (2003), Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (2014), The Long War (2017) and Haven (2020). His research has been supported by various grants, from the British Academy, Clinton Institute for American Studies, ESRC and IRC, and in recent years he has held research fellowships at City University of New York, LUISS University Rome, Virginia Tech, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. In addition to his research, John is passionately committed to teaching. At NUI Galway, he is the Programme Director of the MA in Environment, Society and Development, a leading Masters programme attracting international students from all over the world. The programme has won a number of accolades for its 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 for a second time in 2018, and in 2012 won the NAIRTL Irish National Academy Award for Research and Teaching Excellence.
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