Taking care not to stifle (by Ellada Evangelou)

Reflecting on the Conference, what stood out for me was the difference in dynamic among participants, and as an extension their practices. What each person brought into the conversation, elements such as institutional affiliation, professional practice, philosophy, language, origin and others, created the interesting mosaic of “the face of technology-related peace building today”. The most intense binary in terms of the dynamics appeared between western and non-western participants. In much of the work presented, represented or spoken of, the basic cultural dynamics became determining factors in the understanding of the work itself. And it became clear to me that much of what the father of post-colonial thought, Franz Fanon writes about in the first part of the twentieth century, are present, and in some cases dominant, even in conversations about peace and technology, even at the haute level of this specific gathering.

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