Johan Galtung, World-Renowned Founder of Peace Studies, joins Vesalius College

Photo: Johan Galtung during his 2013 lecture at Vesalius College

Vesalius College is pleased to announce that Professor Johan Galtung, world-renowned peace and mediation expert, joins Vesalius College as Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies in Fall 2017.

Professor Galtung is widely considered as the founder of ‘peace studies’, having developed key concepts and theories in the field, such as ‘positive vs. negative peace’, ‘structural violence’ or ‘peacebuilding’. A prolific writer, researcher (with over 100 written, co-written and co-edited books and close to 1000 articles) and interdisciplinary thinker, Professor Galtung has also consistently bridged the theory-practice divide, by

Professor Galtung is widely considered as the founder of ‘peace studies’, having developed key concepts and theories in the field, such as ‘positive vs. negative peace’, ‘structural violence’ or ‘peacebuilding’. A prolific writer, researcher (with over 100 written, co-written and co-edited books and close to 1000 articles) and interdisciplinary thinker, Professor Galtung has also consistently bridged the theory-practice divide, by mediating in his life-time in over 130 conflicts around the globe. Professor Galtung will bring his wealth of experience to the College’s newly created MA degrees in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies and the MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance.

Vesalius College has a strong tradition in cooperating with Professor Galtung. In 2013, he delivered the distinguished opening speech of the College’s Annual European Peace and Security Studies Guest Lecture Series with a talk on “The European Union Foreign Policy of My Dreams”. In 2015, Professor Galtung held a three-day intensive seminar at Vesalius College on “The Art of Peace.”

“We are absolutely delighted about Professor Galtung’s continued involvement with Vesalius College and his appointment as Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies for the new MA Programme in Global Peace, Security and Strategic Studies and the MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance”, comments Prof. Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College. “Professor Galtung’s far-reaching knowledge and inter-disciplinary expertise will provide important perspectives and learning experiences for our students and excellent opportunities of exchanges with our faculty. His involvement in the programmes is an important further step in the build-up of the College as a strong, interdisciplinary Global Affairs school.”

Trained originally as a Mathematician, Galtung completed a second PhD in Sociology and dedicated his research to interdisciplinary approaches to the promotion of peace, drawing on insights from economics, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology as well as western and non-western theology. His institutional legacies include the founding of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in 1954, the creation of the Journal or Peace Research in 1964 and the world’s first chair in peace and conflict studies at the University of Oslo.

At Vesalius College, Professor Galtung will teach on mediation and conflict resolution as well as on the global history of ideas of peace, peace movements, and civil resistance.

Photo Johan Galtung with VeCo students and GGI interns during his lecture in 2013 at Vesalius College

Photo: Johan Galtung with VeCo students and GGI interns during his lecture in 2013 at Vesalius College. From right to left: Levi Maxey, Megan Duffy, Adjunct Professor Hubertus Juergenliemk (now UN), Johan Galtung, Dean Joachim Koops, VeCo alumnus Ziggy Vandebriel and VeCo instructor / GGI Senior Analyst Giulia Tercovich