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

Date of the Conference: July 2

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

Time: 9am - 6pm

Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2018

Keynote speaker: Dominic BryanSchool 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. See profile here

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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 by April 30, 2018.

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Ruben Zamora talks about the social challenges in El Salvador today

By United States Mission Geneva

(Flickr: Interpeace Partners Forum) [CC BY 2.0 (],

via Wikimedia Commons

Event organised by The Romero Trust, The Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Liverpool and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu for War and Peace Studies


Date: 19 March, 2018     

Time: 1-2 pm (lunch provided)

Venue: FML201, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD

All Welcome! 

Rubén Zamora is a distinguished Salvadoran diplomat, academic and social democratic politician with close links to the UK. From a devout Catholic family, Rubén Zamora studied for the priesthood for several years before pursuing a career in politics. After a degree in Law in El Salvador he obtained an MA in Political Science from Essex University.  

 As a member of the Christian Democrat Party of El Salvador he served briefly in the cabinet of the 1979 reformist government, resigning in early 1980 in protest at the escalation of repression. His brother, the Attorney General Mario Zamora, was assassinated by a right-wing death squad in February 1980.   Throughout the war in El Salvador Ruben Zamora was a passionate advocate for peace, and as a founding member of the political opposition front, FDR, he travelled the world to build diplomatic support for peace negotiations.  Due to threats against his family, he was forced to spend some years in exile but after the Peace Accords in 1992, he stood as presidential candidate of the FDR-FMLN centre-left coalition.

 During the 1990s, he served as Vice President of the National Assembly and as a member of the National Peace Commission, and he founded and led the United Democratic Centre party. He has taught political science at several Universities in Central America as well as in Stanford University and Essex, worked as an advisor on democratisation in Africa and has published many works on Salvadoran politics.

 In late 2017 Ruben Zamora stepped down from his post as El Salvador’s permanent representative to the United Nations having served previously as the country’s Ambassador to the United States and Ambassador to India. He is currently based in El Salvador as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.