University of Birmingham

November 13

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Conflict Research Society Annual Conference


Annual Conference, 2018.


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. The call for papers has now closed and we would like to thank all those who have made a submission. This year there has been a substantial interest in the conference with a wide range of submissions from both academics and practitioners.

Key Information:

Registration closes 8 June 5pm. Please let the conference organiser, Daniel Kirkpatrick, know if you cannot register by this date for any reason or would like to withdraw. All paper-givers who have not registered by this date or not emailed, will not be included in the conference programme. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but it is necessary in order to plan the programme in advance of the conference and communicate this to all delegates.

The CRS has reserved 50 rooms with the University’s new hotel. Bookings can be made by calling 01214143362 or emailing and advising of the agreed code (CRS2). Rooms need to be booked by 21/08/18 and there is limited availability. You will need to give the following details when making a booking:

Code: CRS2
Location: Edgbaston Park Hotel
Rate: £90 B&B

To see what the rooms look like see:

Additional accommodation has been reserved with Lucas House at the University of Birmingham for the nights of the 16th, 17th and 18th September, prices starting from £75 per night. There is limited availability so please book early to avoid disappointment. You must book these directly on the University of Birmingham’s Conference website at the following site using the promo code ‘CRS18’: The code applies on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if it doesn’t work it will be because all reserved rooms are booked. However, you may still be able to book without the code subject to availability. Alternatively we have also arranged accommodation with the Marriott Hotel in Birmingham for the 16th, 17th, and 18th September. Single rooms will cost £131 and Twin rooms £151, and are available to book using the following link: Again please book early as rooms in the Marriott are only reserved until the end of June 2018.

The conference programme is available here.

With thirty-six panels on a wide range of different topics this promises to be yet another excellent conference. Moreover, we are delighted to announce that our plenary speakers this year will include Marsha Henry from the London School of Economics, the CRS book prize winner Ana Arjona from Northwestern University for her book Rebelocracy, and one final plenary speaker will be announced very shortly.

If there are any questions regarding the timing of your presentation please contact the conference
organiser ASAP via

Please note that due to work taking place in around Muirhead Tower – access to the tower and Alan Walters Building won’t be possible via the front entrance of Muirhead Tower. Delegates will need to either access Muirhead Tower via the side entrance next to Starbucks and then walk through the building to get to the Alan Walters Building or come in via Pritchatts Road.

All delegates are expected to exchange their papers with their fellow panellists by no later than Friday 31st August. This is the responsibility of the panel chair to arrange in advance. We cannot make available all email addresses for delegates due to data protection, but these are generally available online.

Most panels will have between 3-5 paper-givers so the Conference Chairs recommend that presentations be kept to around 12-15 minutes each to allow time for discussant feedback and Q&A. All rooms will be fitted with audio-visual equipment, but please leave sufficient time to upload any presentations to the computer in advance. Please make sure to use a Windows file format to avoid any technical issues. If using a MAC laptop please ensure that you have the necessary connection cables to connect to the projector.

Conference Dinner
We have booked the conference dinner through the University of Birmingham’s Conference team and so it will take place on campus in the Horton Grange Large Meeting Room. All delegates need to let us know in advance if you would like to attend and can do so by booking the dinner alongside your registration.

For information on travel to the conference please see:

Lunch will be provided for all delegates alongside tea and coffees during breaks. Therefore, if you have any specific dietary requirements which you have not informed us of please contact the Conference Organiser Daniel Kirkpatrick, via, ASAP. This also applies to those attending the conference dinner who have not yet provided any details or selected ‘other’ for their dietary requirements.

Publisher Information
This year we are pleased to have representatives from Manchester University Press and Rowman & Littlefield attending the conference. They will be available throughout the course of the two days. Routledge have offered conference delegates the following benefits:

Browse new and noteworthy conflict research books in our specially curated book
Enjoy a 20% discount* across our whole range of Routledge books
Enter our prize draw to win £100 of Routledge books of your choice
Click here to find out more

Looking forward to seeing you on 17-18 September, 2018 for another great conference!

Best regards

Programme Chairs 2018

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