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Call for Papers

The workshop ‘Peacebuilding’ consists of a two-day international meeting (preceded by a public opening lecture) with specialized lectures, presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic.

Besides empirical research, also conceptual or methodological contributions are welcomed for submission from various disciplines.

We invite theoretical and empirical papers on the following themes and questions:

  1. What is peacebuilding from a conceptual point of view? What is its conceptual history? Does it have a pre-history?
  2. Who are the peacebuilders? If peacebuilding has become a profession, who are the professionals? Are there any non-professional peacebuilders anymore? What role do religiously inspired peacebuilders play in this context?
  3. How does professional, international peacebuilding engage local counterparts and local contexts? How has this relationship evolved over time?
  4. Can peacebuilding work? When does it work? What have been its success stories?

To submit your application, fill in the online submission form and upload the following documents:

  1. the abstract (750 - 1.000 words including references, in English) of your proposed paper
  2. your curriculum vitae, in English, list of publications included (if available)

The application deadline is June 3rd 2018 - Notice of acceptance by mid-July 2018 at the latest

Applicants should:

  • be a master or doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher (we explicitly encourage junior or early career scholars, without being exclusive)
  • be involved in ongoing academic research relevant to the themes addressed in the sessions of the workshop
  • respect formal requirements of the application process

Selection Criteria:

  • fulfilment of formal eligibility requirements
  • a well written paper proposal, related to the main topic of the workshop and representative of your research work, indicating the methodology and theoretical underpinning of your research

Blind peer-review: The selection of participants will be made on a competitive basis by the members of the organizing scientific committee headed by the academic director of UCSIA. The papers will be examined through a blind refereeing process. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Presentation and publication opportunity: Selected participants will present their papers in a panel session (20 minutes in English). A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication.

Workshop attendance:

  • conference attendance, meals and accommodation for the selected presenters are free of charge
  • all participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own travel
  • all participants are expected to take part in the full programme