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Annual Conference 2018: Identity and Memory in War and Peacebuilding

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?

Abstract deadline

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 by April 30 2018.

Keynote speakers

Dominic Bryan. School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics – Reader. The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice Institute of Irish Studies. Queen's University Belfast.

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Useful information

2nd July 2018


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Liverpool Hope University
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