December 9

Posted by: Tamsin

Annual Conference 2020
Building Bridges, Not Walls:

Addressing Conflict and Reconciliation in Research and Practice

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

The Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Queen’s University Belfast

September 3-4, 2020

The 2020 Conflict Research Society (CRS) Conference will take place on September 3-4 at Queen’s University Belfast in Riddell Hall hosted by the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and The Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. The submission window is now closed. We had a record number of submissions this year and we appreciate your patience as the programme team reviews all proposals. We will inform you of our decision in May.

The conference theme is Building Bridges, Not Walls: Addressing Conflict and Reconciliation in Research and Practice. Presentations will inquire into the causes, dynamics, and consequences of conflict as well as the processes that contribute to peace and reconciliation. Overcoming global and local barriers to peace and prosperity call for the unified efforts of researchers and practitioners alike. By fostering dialogue and working together, the research and practice communities are instrumental in better understanding the avenues, roles, and policies needed to address conflict and to build positive peace. Migration, the climate crisis, poverty, and populism intersect and contribute to violent conflicts posing global challenges of far-reaching consequences. Forward-looking and inclusive approaches, diverse perspectives, and constructive dialogue promise to provide critical insights into the ways to prevent violence, moderate conflict, and promote reconciliation.

The conference will feature three keynote talks, including Richard English (Queen’s University Belfast) and the winner of the CRS book prize. Previous book prize winners have included Christine Cheng for Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia and Ana Arjona for Rebelocracy: Social Order in the Colombian Civil War. For a full list of winners, see here. In the final keynote talk, Jo Berry and Patrick Magee will be sharing their story of meeting in 2000, 16 years after Patrick Magee planted a bomb in a Brighton hotel which killed Jo’s father. To mark the 20-year anniversary working together building bridges towards peace and reconciliation, they will have a public conversation about the lessons learned, the challenges, and why they are still meeting.

This year the CRS are continuing with the workshop format that will take place on the day before the conference (i.e., Wednesday September 2). The CRS will provide four rooms that can be used for either a half or a full day workshop.

If you have any questions please email the conference organisers, Robert Nagel and Marina G. Petrova,

We look forward to seeing you on 3-4 September 2020 in Belfast for another great conference!

Best regards
Programme Team 2020

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