The UNCG Department of Peace and Conflict Studies is the new academic home for peace researchers Douglas P. Fry and Geneviève Souillac. Dr. Fry, who arrives to Chair the Department, is an internationally known anthropologist of peace. Dr. Souillac, likewise, is renowned for her interdisciplinary, humanities-based approach to peace studies, the field in which she has taught and published for over twenty years from the USA and Finland to Australia and Japan.
Drs. Fry and Souillac, husband and wife, often publish together. They are currently writing a book that explores nonviolence, pro-sociality, and human survival in the Anthropocene.
“I am absolutely delighted to be at UNCG. My new colleagues in Peace and Conflict Studies have accomplished a great deal in a very short amount of time. I look forward to working together as a team to grow the department in new and exciting directions.”
Fry and Souillac previously worked together to build peace studies Master’s programs at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and at two cooperating universities in Finland.
“We are at a critical moment historically and globally, where we as human beings must redefine our collective civic identity by building on the emancipatory skills of nonviolent conflict transformation and by amplifying behaviors of civility, respect, and authentic dialogue in and across our societies.”
Souillac, who is French and was based in Europe and Asia for many years, is the author of books such as The Burden of Democracy and A Study in Transborder Ethics: Justice, Citizenship, Civility. Fry is known for such titles as Beyond War, the Human Potential for Peace, and War, Peace, and Human Nature. Both Souillac and Fry enjoy teaching and working with students.