Welcome from the Directors

Catalina Montoya Londono Stephen McLoughlin
Dr Catalina Montoya Londoño, Director Dr. Stephen McLoughlin, Deputy Director


The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is proud to bring together academics and practitioners who work on issues related to peace, war and conflict from a variety of perspectives. The Centre promotes the benefit of drawing on interdisciplinary approaches to shed light on the multidimensional challenges that are faced by militarism and deeply divided societies.

We aim to promote cooperation between academics and practitioners to enable innovative and original research projects, outputs and impact. At the same time, we believe in the importance of linking academic research to the lived realities of societies emerging from conflict. The Centre therefore aims to strengthen the links between theory and practice, inviting academics and practitioners alike to engage in its diverse activities.

The Centre views itself as a platform of constructive and interdisciplinary engagement. If you are interested in cooperating with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We encourage academics, practitioners, students and the interested public to become involved in the activities of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. Not only the Centre, but also Liverpool Hope University as well as Liverpool itself provide a stimulating and inspiring work environment.

We invite you to learn more about us and would like to welcome you to our Centre.

Email: tutu@hope.ac.uk


Call for Papers Annual International Conference July 2, 2018: Identity and Memory in War and Peacebuilding

Date of the Conference: July 2, 2018

Place: Hope Park Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JD

Deadline for paper submissions: April 30, 2018 

Click here to book onto the conference 

Keynote speaker:  Dr Dominic Bryan. Reader, Social Anthropology, Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice is a Global Research Institute. School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast. See profile here

Identity and memory play key overlapping roles in both war and peacebuilding. Indeed, the construction of collective identities can make a difference between choosing war or choosing more peaceful paths to dispute resolution. Identity is also deeply entwined in the ways we choose to remember past wars, through commemorations and memorials.

In this conference, we are seeking contributions from scholars who are interested in questions related to identity, broadly conceived, (including nationality, ethnicity, gender, profession, etc.) and memory inwar and peacebuilding, such as:

  • What are the narratives that shape identity in war?   
  • How do we commemorate those who have lost their lives in war (civilians, militia or soldiers)?
  • How do we recast stories of ourselves, of groupness, and of inter-group relations in post-conflict contexts?
  • What is the role of identity and/or memory in peacebuilding contexts?
  • What is the role of identity and/or memory in the aftermath of a conflict?
  • How does identity and/or memory relate to historical, current or future conflict scenarios?
  • What is the role of war commemoration practices in overcoming conflict?
  • What would rather be forgotten than remembered?

Please send abstracts of maximum 300 words (word format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes, together with a maximum of 5 keywords and a biography of 150 words including name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information and technical requirements where applicable to tutu@hope.ac.uk by April 30, 2018.

For any further enquiries please email us at tutu@hope.ac.uk


Thinking about studying an MA in International Relations or Peace Studies with us?

We are still accepting applications for the MA in International Relations and MA in Peace Studies programmes, 2017-2018 (full or part time).

Further details regarding the progammes curriculum, course fees, application process and the Postgraduate loans scheme, can be found on the MA in International Relations website home-page and in the MA in Peace Studies website home page