CALL FOR PAPERS

Annual Conference 2023

Return of the Inter-State War or New Hybrid Reality?
The Impact of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Conflict Research and Practice

11-13 September 2023
King’s College London (KCL)

We are excited to announce the call of papers for our 2023 annual conference. In September 2023, we will celebrate the Conflict Research Society’s 60-year anniversary at King’s College London.

We invite submissions that explore topics related to conflict onset, political violence, contentious politics, conflict diplomacy, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has once again elevated grand theories of conflict and cooperation in the field of peace and conflict studies. At the same time, 60 years of research on intrastate conflicts provide us with a better idea of conflict dimensions beyond state governments and military forces.

Following the pandemic and its impact on government surveillance, populism, and civic liberties, the conflict in Ukraine has further worsened the situation for countries around the globe. Food insecurity, energy disputes, and sanction regimes have brought about new flows of refugees and aggravated global inequalities that push states to the brink of collapse. Now more than ever, multidisciplinary approaches are needed to inform policy and practice. The CRS conference promotes dialogue around these multidimensional issues. 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. As in previous years, practitioners and students will be offered a reduced registration fee. The CRS conference will feature a range of participants, papers, and invited keynote speeches. The conference will continue its tradition of multidisciplinary focus and is open to the full range of methodological approaches to the subject.

The conference will also feature keynote talks, including the winner of this year’s CRS book prize. Previous book prize winners have included Paul Staniland, Janet I. Lewis, Pamina Firchow, Christine Cheng, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, see the full list here here.

Please submit your proposals online by 15 January 2023. 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 bringing back the workshop format for the conference. The CRS will provide 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 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, Jennifer Hodge and Finn Klebe, crsconf@gmail.com.

We look forward to welcoming you to our anniversary conference!

Best regards
Programme Chairs 2023