Virtual Annual Conference 2021

Beyond Polarization? Healing Divides and Seizing Opportunities
in Conflict Research and Practice

8-10 September, 2021

We are excited to announce the call of papers for our first virtual conference. We are disappointed to not be able to welcome you in person this year, but given the ongoing pandemic, and the uncertainty this brings, we have opted to make the early decision to move online.

We invite submissions that explore topics related to conflict initiation, political violence, polarization, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. On both global and local levels, polarization is a driver of conflict and a major obstacle to peace. The global pandemic has added to the long list of challenges such as the climate crisis, poverty, and populism that strain societies and fuel polarization. Promoting dialogue, diversity, inclusiveness, and fact-based knowledge is a step forward to limiting polarization, preventing violence, moderating conflict, and advancing reconciliation and peace. In search for solutions to reduce polarization and to secure pathways to peace, the research and practice communities are pivotal in the joint efforts to better understand polarization and its link to conflict and peace. We invite you to submit panel and individual paper proposals that bridge theory, empirics, and practice in peace and conflict research. 

The conference seeks to generate discussion and help build relations between scholars and practitioners interested in the wider dynamics of political conflict, dialogue, diplomacy, and peacebuilding. The conference fees will be reduced as the event will take place online, and practitioners and students will be offered an even further 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. While the global pandemic has deprived us from an in-person conference, we see moving online as an opportunity to welcome new participants from around the globe. To this end, we intend to schedule panels at times that accommodate different time zones.  

The conference will feature keynote talks and the winner of the CRS book prize. Previous book prize winners have included Pamina Firchow, Christine Cheng, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, John Paul Lederach, and Kristin Bakke, see the full list here.  

Please submit your proposals here by 29 March 2021. 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 is continuing with the workshop format as part of the CRS Virtual Annual Conference. The CRS will provide virtual rooms that can be used for either a half or a full day workshop. The workshops will provide scholars and practitioners with the space to learn, exchange ideas, and form collaborations. The focus of the CRS workshops can vary from substantive topics through methodological issues to teaching and professional development. We welcome, in particular, workshops that feature graduate students, early career scholars, and practitioners. The workshops should ideally bring together scholars and practitioners, inspire collaborations between different sub-disciplines as well as junior and senior researchers, and/or facilitate the start or on-going process of a book project. To apply for a workshop, you need to provide a workshop abstract (200 words) and an indicative list of participants. 

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

We look forward to welcoming you to the first ever CRS virtual conference! 

Best regards 

Programme Chairs 2021