Geneva: The Infrastructure of Peace?

Contextualizing urban and political geographies of global peacemaking in the city of diplomacy

Led by School of Cities Fellow Rushay Naik, this project aim to centralize the historiographies of nation-states in the urban, focusing on the physical construction of the city in its peacemaking role, and the contestations of space and identities between peace-building institutions located in the city. In documenting observations of the physical urban form, the project will tap into knowledge as diverse as social identity theories, postcolonial political geographies, and economic histories, so as to navigate narratives describing the urban conflicts of peace itself in the city, and the articulation of our world’s most pressing crises in a localized context.

This will be part of a directed-reading course managed by the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. A report will be published detailing the findings from the research abroad in Geneva. An institutional ethnography and visual mapping will be conducted as primary research methods.