CALL FOR PAPERS
Annual Conference, 2018.
RETHINKING THE TRANSITION FROM VIOLENCE TO PEACE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
School of Government and Society
University of Birmingham
September 17-18, 2018
The annual conference of the Conflict Research Society (CRS) will be hosted by the University of Birmingham’s School of Government and Society, on 17-18 September 2018. 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 Rethinking the transition from violence to peace in uncertain times. We are, therefore, particularly keen to invite submissions that discuss the processes, drivers and actors involved in peaceful transitions. In recent years, the Arab Spring and increasing instability in Central and Eastern Europe have led to a range of protracted transitions which have been characterised by conflict between distinct ethnic, religious or regional identity groups, and have seen significant international involvement in response to this violence – or the potential for it to erupt. These developments not only invite comparison with previous transition waves in Latin America, the post-communist states of Central and Eastern Europe and Africa but prompt us to question what exactly ‘post-conflict’ means, in theory and in practice.
The conference seeks to generate debate and relationship-building between scholars and practitioners interested in key issues surrounding these issues, and the wider dynamics of political conflict, dialogue, diplomacy and peacebuilding. Contributions from practitioners working to forge peaceful transitions are especially welcome. As always, the CRS conference will offer a range of participants, papers and invited keynote speakers from both practitioners and academics. The conference will continue its tradition of multi-disciplinary focus and is open to the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches to the subject. The conference is being held in association with the journals Civil Wars, Ethnopolitics and Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and the journal editors particularly welcome panel and paper proposals aimed at these journals.
The conference will feature two keynote speeches (to be announced shortly), and the winner of the Conflict Research Society book prize. In recent years the book prize winners have included Steven Pinker for The Better Angels of Our Nature, Kathleen Cunningham for Inside the Politics of Self-Determination, Joshua Goldstein for Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide, Kevin Avruch for Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution; Kristin M. Bakke for Decentralisation and Intrastate Struggles: Chechnya, Punjab, and Québec; and Sabrina Karim and Kyle Beardsley for Equal Opportunity Peacekeeping.
We will be emailing you more details on the keynote events shortly, but for now we would like you to make a note of the date in your diaries and submit your proposals.
Individual and panel proposals should be submitted online by March 16, 2018. 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.
Looking forward to seeing you on 17-18 September, 2018 for another great conference!
Programme Chairs 2018