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Annual Conference 2020

Building Bridges, Not Walls: Addressing Conflict and Reconciliation in Research and Practice

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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. We invite you to submit panel and individual paper proposals that bridge theory, empirics, and practice in peace and conflict research.

The conference theme is Building Bridges, Not Walls: Addressing Conflict and Reconciliation in Research and Practice. We invite submissions that 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 seeks to generate debate and relationship-building between scholars and practitioners interested in the wider dynamics of political conflict, dialogue, diplomacy, and peacebuilding. Practitioners and students will be offered a reduced registration fee. The CRS conference will feature a range of participants, papers, and invited keynote speeches from both practitioners and academics. The conference will continue its tradition of multi-disciplinary focus and is open to the full range of methodological approaches to the subject.

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.

Please submit your proposals online by February 14, 2020. Panel proposals should include a title, abstract (less than 200 words), and a list of four papers. Individual paper proposals should likewise include a title and abstract.

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. To apply for a workshop, you need to provide a workshop abstract (200 words) and an indicative list of participants. For more details, please check our website.

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 Chairs 2020

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