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"Build Peace" Peace Conference in Chemnitz

300 international guests from more than 60 countries are expected at Chemnitz University of Technology from November 4 to 6, 2022 - Conference motto is "Exploring the unseen - making the unseen visible"

Peace is not something that can be taken for granted. The war in Ukraine is currently demonstrating to Europe and the rest of the world how difficult it is to achieve security, human rights, and, ultimately, democracy itself. This makes sending a signal for international peace all the more important, especially now. Katja Meier, Saxony's State Minister for Justice and Democracy, European Affairs, and Equality, is this year's patron of the international peace conference Build Peace. The conference will be held in Germany for the first time, from November 4 to 6, 2022, in Chemnitz. "As Minister for Democracy, I am delighted to accept the patronage of the international peace conference Build Peace," she says. A society worth living in is built on democracy and peace. They are not automatic, as we are currently experiencing, and must be won over and over again. This peace conference is more relevant and necessary than ever before to discuss new, innovative approaches to long-term peace in Europe, and I am especially pleased that it sends an important signal from Saxony."

Since 2014, the international Build Peace conferences in Boston, Bogota, Belfast, San Diego, and Zurich have addressed questions about emerging challenges for peace in the digital age, as well as how innovations can be used for peace work, democratic participation, and citizen involvement. Under the motto "Exploring the unseen - Making the unseen visible", the goal this year in Chemnitz is to approach previously unseen and unheard perspectives, narratives, stories, people, and places. Around 300 international guests from more than 60 countries are expected, as well as partners and interested citizens from the Chemnitz region.

Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology, commented: "We are very pleased that the Build Peace Conference in November 2022 will not only take place in Germany for the first time, but also - as part of the Capital of Culture project - at Chemnitz University of Technology, which as an extremely international and cosmopolitan university is intensively committed to peace, democracy, cosmopolitanism and tolerance - values that, as we are unfortunately currently experiencing, are not a matter of course and for which we must constantly work with the greatest commitment. With this in mind, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Saxon State Ministry of Justice and for Democracy, European Affairs and Equality and to State Minister Meier for their support and sponsorship of the hosting of this extremely important international peace conference."

The Chemnitz association ASA-FF e. V., with the new undiscov_red narratives program, is the organizer and sponsor of the Build Peace Conference 2022. The event takes place in cooperation with Chemnitz University of Technology (Professorship of Sociological Theories, Prof. Dr. Henning Laux), which acts as host, and the Build Up association. The conference is part of the activities leading up to the European Capital of Culture 2025.

Stefan Schmidtke, Managing Director of the European Capital of Culture Chemnitz 2025 GmbH: "The diversity of cultures provides an excellent opportunity to learn about peaceful coexistence and peace, which is more relevant than ever to end the war in Ukraine and to accompany Ukraine's accession to the European Union. The Congress and the Capital of Culture processes will help in this regard."

Peace actors, political educators, activists, scholars, policymakers, artists, and technology enthusiasts from all over the world are being invited to apply to the Build Peace Conference Open Call, which will be held in the form of short presentations, dialogues, workshops, or open space formats.

(Source: Medienservice Sachsen / Translation: Brent Benofsky)

Matthias Fejes

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