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Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace


Call for Papers

Theme: Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace
Subtitle: Impact in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
Type: 3rd International Conference
Institution: Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace’ (CRRP),
University of Winchester
Location: Winchester (United Kingdom)
Date: 2.–3.6.2020
Deadline: 1.2.2020



It is increasingly apparent that governments, transnational
institutions and practitioners have in principle accepted that
religious and culturally contextual forms1 of peacebuilding can in
some cases be a powerful and positive force in peace and
reconciliation processes. As a result, initiatives that claim to take
seriously the religious and cultural dimensions of peacebuilding have
increased exponentially.

The evident optimism and increased support for this area of
peacebuilding practice prompts some important questions. Is the
current optimism about these approaches justified by project results
and outcomes? To what extent is project design based on existing and
verifiable evidence? How do the practical ideas and application link
to current theoretical ideas in the subject areas of religion,
reconciliation and peacebuilding?

Given the increased emphasis in academia on best practice and
‘research impact’, one of the ways we might consider these questions
is by taking the outcomes of practical peacebuilding initiatives as a
starting point from which to retrospectively analyse the complex
factors, ideas, processes and dynamics which led to that point. An
emphasis on impact can enable contributors to critically consider:

- The direct and indirect links (if any) between theory, practice and
 impact in religion, reconciliation and peacebuilding;

- The range and type of variables which might contribute to
 determining the outcome and impacts of projects;

- The methods used to determine and measure impact and outcomes, and
 the ‘technocratisation’ of religious and cultural forms of
 peacebuilding and reconciliation;

- The existence and/or benefits of relations and cooperation between
 academics, practitioners and policy makers.

- The importance of learning from projects that did not go to plan
 and unintended negative consequences, as opposed to only focusing on
 favourable outcomes.

Proposals need not only focus on violent conflicts, but projects
addressing structural violence, oppression and inequalities are
equally welcome. Organisers will look favourably on projects which
address contemporary challenges such as violence stemming from the
Climate Crisis; resource scarcity; the global rise in populism and
nationalism; contemporary conflicts such as Syrian and Iraq.

The conference organisers are also keen to proactively support and
develop discussions between academics, practitioners and policy
makers, and therefore particularly welcome joint presentations from
contributors which span these three sectors.

The conference organisers recognise that the concepts of religion and
culture are complex, dynamic and contested, and encourage
contributors to recognise and engage with existing debates in these
subject areas.

Process for submitting abstracts/expressions of interest for
collaboration

Participants are invited to submit abstracts of 250-300 words (in
Word or Open Office format). Proposals should also include name,
institutional affiliation (if relevant), a short biography (no more
than 100 words) and an email address and phone number. Proposals for
panel discussions (organised by the participants) will be considered.
We hope to publish a selection of papers. Presentations will be in
English, and each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes with up to 10
minutes for discussion. During the conference there will also be
sessions allocated specifically for open discussions and networking.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1st Feb, 2020.

Confirmation of paper acceptance will be at the latest 28th February,
2020.

Please submit papers to:
Rebecca.Bellamy@winchester.ac.uk


Contact:

Rebecca Bellamy
Centre of Religion Reconciliation and Peace
University of Winchester
United Kingdom
Email: Rebecca.Bellamy@winchester.ac.uk
Web: https://www.winchesterpeaceconference.com