[20 July] The 22nd IPC Seminar "Business Peacebuilding Potential" & "Organizing for Peace" To Be Held

IPC Seminar


  • "Business Peacebuilding Potential: Responsible Supply Chain Management of Conflict Minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo"
  • "Organizing for Peace: Refugee Entrepreneurship and Beyond"

Lecturer: Dr. Miho Taka (Coventry University) and Dr. Huriye Yeröz (De Montfort University)

Date and Time: Thursday, 20 July, 2023 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (JST)

Venue: IDEC Large Conference Room

Language: English


Business Peacebuilding Potential

Minerals originating from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been blamed for sustaining violent conflict as conflict minerals over the past decades. Conflict minerals have been a key issue within the field of business and human rights, especially responsible supply chain management. The conflict minerals issue has created a significant shift in responsible supply chain management: extending producer responsibility to respect human rights in the total supply chain through establishing traceability and transparency as well as developing legally binding supply chain responsibility. This lecture discusses some efforts to source conflict-free minerals through human rights due diligence and explores whether and how business can contribute to conflict transformation and peacebuilding in the DRC.

Organizing for Peace

In this seminar, Dr. Huriye Yeröz will elaborate on the emerging stream of Entrepreneurship for Peace Studies, which aims for a critical interrogation of entrepreneurship studies, including migrant and refugee entrepreneurship, for how it has tended to privilege certain forms of engagement around positive economic and societal perspectives by and for the benefit of Global North. It seeks to extend entrepreneurship research horizons by highlighting the changing patterns and climate of migration and entrepreneurship, focusing on prevailing conflict and violence that informs the emergence and practice of refugee entrepreneurship. In this seminar, Huriye, in particular, will provide some insights from her ongoing research on Syrian refugee entrepreneurship in Turkey on how different entrepreneurial actors-refugee entrepreneurship support organizations, civil society organizations, and refugees themselves organize their activities in the context of ongoing conflict concerning Syrian Refugee entrepreneurship in Turkey.


International Peace and Co-existence Program
Prof. Mari Katayanagi (marikat[at]hiroshima-u.ac.jp)

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International Peace and Co-existence Program

This cross-disciplinary program aims to consolidate students’ basic knowledge and to enhance their critical thinking skills in the academic disciplines of Peace Studies, Cultural Anthropology, International Relations, Law, Ethics, Area Studies, and Memory Studies under the common key concept of “Peace and Co-existence.”

Students can choose a subject area and a specific topic to conduct independent research, with guidance from the academic staff who specialize in a variety of research fields, including nuclear damage, armed conflict, and the interrelations between development and culture. Other research interests include social inequalities stemming from issues of poverty, gender, ethnicity and religion as well as war and ethics, and security and nuclear weapons.