Two Centuries of Peacemaking: From the Peace Society to Martin Luther King

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Date / time: 7 June - 8 June, 12:00 am

Newcastle University

Two Centuries of Peacemaking: From the Peace Society to Martin Luther King

On 7 and 8 June, the academics from Newcastle University and Northumbria University are jointly hosting the ‘Two Centuries of Peacemaking’ conference. The event marks two anniversaries: the bicentenary of the foundation of the Peace Society (the first major peace organisation in Britain) and the centenary of Britain’s enactment of conscription during World War One (raising the issue of conscription during wartime). Furthermore, the conference forms part of various activities in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle.

There’ll be a diverse and stimulating set of talks, featuring twenty-eight panellists as well as four keynote speakers: Martin Ceadel (Professor Emeritus in Politics, University of Oxford) on the Peace Society; Kate Hudson (General Secretary, CND) on peace activism in twentieth-century Britain; Thomas F. Jackson (Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro) on Martin Luther King and non-violence; David Cortright (Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies) on ideas of peace.

Kate Hudson’s lecture will be open to non-delegates; it is preceded by a ‘peace fair’ at which local initiatives working on peace and conflict resolution will run small information stalls. It’ll be an exciting opportunity for a dialogue involving academics and practitioners, and there’ll even be a bit of music!

For further information, feel free to visit the blog of Northumbria University’s ‘Histories of Activism’ research group ( or the web pages of Newcastle University (

There are two ways of registering for the conference:

Full conference participation:

If you’re only intending to come to Kate Hudson’ s lecture and the peace fair, you can sign up for it via