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Peace Studies International Conference (May 2014)


International Conference to be held as part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Division of Peace Studies, University of Bradford

Call for papers: Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century

Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Dr Saeb Erekat, Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian Authority

Professor John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.

Peace Studies at the University of Bradford is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion we are hosting an international conference, and are seeking presenters to give papers on the future of peace studies in the 21st Century.

The conference is organised around eight themes:

• Disarmament;
• War and Peace in Africa;
• Peace Education:
• Participation;
• Conflict Resolution;

• Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding;
• Philosophy and War;
• the Security-Development Nexus.

We share our anniversary year with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, but also with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Inspired by the correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud in 1931-2 on the question, “Why War?” and its goal of exerting “a significant and wholesome moral influence on the solution of political problems,” we are inviting scholars and practitioners to Bradford to debate the intellectual agenda for peace studies in the next century.

Within each theme, the aim is to generate discussion over the state of peace studies, future challenges and directions, and the relationship between theory and practice. The conference thus aims to emulate the spirit animating the Einstein-Freud correspondence, while focusing on contemporary theoretical and political issues.

Please find the full Call for Papers here: Peace Studies International Conference (May 2014)Paper abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted to the organising committee by 14 February 2014. The submission must state the title, author(s) name and affiliation, and the relevant thematic stream. Applicants will be notified by 28 February if they have been accepted for the conference.

Conference participation is free but no travel or accommodation grants can be provided.

Registration for the conference opens on 1 December 2013 and continues until 31 March 2014.

For all enquiries or to submit an abstract for consideration, please email