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Conflict Tipping Podcast 30: Ubuntu in Practice with Bryony Vince

Exploring Indigenous Approaches to Peace-building: The Idea of Ubuntu

In this episode of the Conflict Tipping podcast, host Laura May interviews Bryony Vince, a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield in the UK and an advocate for context-specific indigenous approaches to peace-building.

Bryony talks about her PhD focus on Ubuntu, a South African worldview that underscores interconnectedness and mutual dependence, as a tool for peace-building in South Africa. She discusses the challenges and nuances in implementing Ubuntu on the ground and its misinterpretations or misuse by governments and NGOs.

In addition, Bryony shares her personal experiences in conducting field work, and her hopes for future research focusing on participatory methods, dialogue, and public space in peace-building.

0:00 Introduction
00:56 Why Ubuntu? Why this subject?
04:00 Why is this topic important to you?
05:06 What is Ubuntu?
09:05 The link between Ubuntu and peace-building
12:10 Bry speaks Isoxhosac
13:35 Back to peace-building and Ubuntu
16:42 Do you practice Ubuntu?
19:00 What’s participatory research?
20:58 Ubuntu as a peace ‘tool’?
26:31 Ubuntu post-Apartheid and structural conflict
29:40 The favourite thing you learnt?
31:39 Who’s doing the unpaid care work? Who is peace building?
36:26 What surprised you?
39:57 What’s next?
41:47 How can people find you?



Laura May

Laura is a freelancer, former Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute and a negotiation and mediation lecturer.  Her doctoral research asked “in what ways does blame make villains in politics” and covered the gamut from literature studies and linguistics to psychology and neuroscience, victimology to political science.  Her expertise includes emotions,… MORE >

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