Conflict Research Society Conference 14-15 Sept

Conflict Research Society’s 2015 Conference, which will take place at the University of Kent on 14-15 September.
The conference marks the 100th anniversary of CRS co-founder John Burton’s birth, and the conference is an opportunity to explore John Burton’s legacy and to discuss the latest developments in peace and conflict research and practice.

On behalf of the Conflict Research Society and the Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, which is hosting the conference, I warmly invite you to participate. We welcome proposals, papers and panels relevant to this theme or to the broad field of peace and conflict research and practice. Please find below details of the conference programme and information about how to submit paper and panel proposals.

Plenary events
The plenary sessions will include presentations by:

Scott Gates
(Research Professor, Former Director of the Centre
for the Study of Civil War, PRIO, Norway)

Kevin Clements
(Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University, New
Zealand and Director of the New Zealand National Centre for
Peace and Conflict Studies)

Kathleen Cunningham
(Assistant Professor, University of Maryland;
Winner of the CRS Book of the Year Prize
‘The Politics of Self-Determination Groups’)

Richard Sakwa
Professor of Russian and East European Politics,
University of Kent
‘Frontline Ukraine’

Panels will include:

John Burton Centenary
(Chair: John Groom, University of Kent)

Migration and Conflict
(Feargal Cochrane, University of Kent)

Practitioners Panel
(We welcome practising mediators, facilitators, people
working on conflict issues in NGOs to participate.)

Values, World Society and Modelling
(Gordon Burt, Conflict Research Society)

Please submit proposals for papers on the Conference Website. There are still places available at the conference, but please register soon to avoid disappointment. We plan to close the call for papers at the end of May and cannot guarantee to accept late submissions.
Participants and presenters will include, among others: Kristin Bakke (UCL), Isabel Bramson (Copenhagen), Gordon Burt (CRS), Daina Chibo (Essex), Yoshikai Furuzawu (Hiroshima State University), Govinda Clayton (Kent), Feargal Cochrane (Kent) Ismene Gizelis (Essex), Kristian Gleditsch (Essex), Jake Lynch (Sydney), Isabel Phillips (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), Oliver Ramsbotham (Bradford), Steve Pickering (Kobe),Marieke Schomerus (LSE), Major Dallas Shaw (Virginia Tech) Sushi Tago (Kobe University), Harmonie Toros (Kent) and Tom Woodhouse (Bradford).
Besides papers we are happy to accept proposals for posters and there will be a poster display in the foyer of the conference. To submit a proposal for a paper or a panel or a poster please visit the CRS conference website. The closing date for submissions is 31 May 2015.
We recognise that it may not be appropriate for practitioners to prepare full length papers and we are happy to accept presentations or other forms of submission for practitioners’ panels.

Cedric Smith Prize Award:
We will announce the winner of the 2015 Cedric Smith Prize for the Best Student Work in Peace and Conflict Research at the conference. One of the sessions will include a presentation by the prize-winner. The judging panel this year will include Editors from a number of high profile journals including Henrik Urdal (Editor of The Journal of Peace Research), Nicolas Lemay-Hébert (Co-Editor of The Journal of Intervention and State-building), Dylan Hendrickson (Editor of Conflict, Security & Development) and Govinda Clayton (Associate Editor of International Peacekeeping).

Sunday 13 September Programme:
There will be a social programme on the afternoon preceding the conference on Sunday 13 September, to include a river trip and a tour of Canterbury Cathedral. We hope to have a plenary presentation by a senior UK policy figure in the Northern Ireland peace process, on the evening of 13 September, followed by a peace and conflict themed quiz.

Wine Reception and Banquet:
On the evening of Monday 14 September there will be a wine reception and banquet.

Publishers’ stand:
There will be stands for publishers who wish to exhibit books at the conference.

Why come to Canterbury?
Besides the conference, Canterbury’s attractions include its medieval centre, the Augustinian abbey and the oldest church in England, St Martin’s, dating from 597. Nearby you can sail on a Thames Barge from Whitstable, visit the World War II hospital in the chalk cliffs at Dover Castle, walk the Pilgrim’s Way or swim across the English Channel (be aware that only 9% of attempts succeed). London is 50 minutes away by train and Paris and Brussels are two hours by Eurostar.
Previous visitors to Canterbury have included Julius Caesar, Saint Augustine, Thomas Becket, Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragorn, Elizabeth I and II, Erasmus, Christopher Marlowe, Mahatma Gandhi, Rana Dasgupta and Orlando Bloom. Please join them!

Registration and costs:
Participants whose papers have been accepted will be invited to register after 1 May.
The conference fees are £120. There is a concessions rate of £100 for those who are retired, unemployed or disabled. We also offer concessions for practitioners. We offer a special rate of £50 for PhD and other students which includes, for newcomers to the CRS, one year’s membership of the Society.
Accommodation can be booked at the University for £41.50 a day for ensuite rooms with bed and breakfast. The conference website will give details of local hotels and private bed and breakfast accommodation.

The conference team:
The Conference Organizer is Daniel Kirkpatrick; the Programme Chairs are Dr Madura Rasaratnam and Dr Kaisa Hinkkainen. Other members of the academic organizing panel are Professor Feargal Cochrane, Dr Govinda Clayton and Professor Hugh Miall.

Useful links:
The conference webpage;
For general information about the Conflict Research Society, and information about the benefits of membership and how to join, please visit our website.
Information about the Conflict Analysis Research Centre and the School of Politics and International Relations, in which CARC is housed at the University of Kent .
Information about the University of Kent, and how to get to the University.

We look forward to your proposals and registration.


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