Wondering where the name CS Ubuntu comes from? Congratulations, you have found the answer. ‘CS’ derives from the academic field of Conflict Studies. ‘Ubuntu’ is an African concept and philosophy that acknowledges the interconnectedness of human beings and the intersubjectivity of identity. In the words of Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee: “I am what I am, because of what we all are.” In the words of the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “What you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.” At CS Ubuntu, we apply these notions when exploring the academic field of ‘CS’ – that is Conflict Studies.
Membership of CS Ubuntu is open for all Utrecht University students who want to acquire a better understanding of human conflict and human rights. As such, CS Ubuntu provides conflict studies-related activities in an international social setting, with the combined aims of knowledge sharing, capacity building, and career orientation.