Call for papers Summer Conference



Call for Papers 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

Conference “Restoring peace: building post-conflict societies”

Date: July 3, 2017

Place: Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus

Dealine for submission of abstracts: April 15, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Patricia Lundy, Professor of Sociology, Ulster University. Paper entitled: "Fieldwork Under Fire’: Doing Critical Research, Challenges, Dilemmas and Impact".  

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Academic interest in peace building has traditionally looked at societies in transition to peace in the immediate years following a conflict. Yet, less is known about peace building as a long-term process. This conference aims to explore the ways that a multiplicity of actors and processes advance peace and stability in societies overcoming conflict. It also seeks to interrogate not only traditional issues related to peacebuilding such as security, human rights and economic development, but also aspects related to the symbolic and cultural expressions of reconciliation and social cohesion. 

We are therefore inviting contributions from wide range of disciplinary perspectives, incorporating reflections on practice and academic research about the challenges of long-term peace building in areas incorporating, but not limited to:


- Transitional Justice

- Memory

- Civil society engagement

- Public policy

- Environmental challenges

- Inequality

- Human Rights 

- Culture, arts and the media

Please send abstracts of maximum 300 words (word format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes, a maximum of 5 keywords, and a biography of 150 words including name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information and technical requirements were applicable at by April 15, 2017. 

Registration the conference and fees:

The online registration to the conference is now open and can be accessed here

The fees are £60 standard rate £35 student rate. These include: coffes/teas and lunch. An extra fee of £35 can be added for the attendance to the Gala Dinner at 6 pm.     



A tale of two cities? Social movement in the divided city of Mostar

Susan Forde

Date: March 27, 2017

Time: 3-5

Place: FML309

All Welcome! 

Come along and hear about Mostar, a divided city in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. The city is now split in to six areas, three are Bosniak on the East side, and three are Croat on the West side. Fundamentally, political divisions have the potential to instil social divisions, and as the educational system is also divided, there are limited opportunities to engage across ethno-nationalistic divides. However, in Mostar, social actors do traverse the institutional divides in the city. This talk will discuss the narratives of social movement in the city with respect to the ethno-nationalistic division, other sub-divisions and the facilitation of conflict transformation.  

Conference: Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies – A Multidisciplinary Perspective

Creative Campus

Date: April 20-21, 2017

Place: Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool

Organisers: Drama, Dance and Performance Department, in partnership with the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Working Group ‘Performance, Religion and Spirituality’; and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

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A Multidisciplinary Perspective is a two-day conference aimed at investigating the actuality of sacred places in contemporary society; their practices and performances, politics and ecologies. The overarching theoretical umbrella is the perspective of Performance Studies, which offers a prolific framework for multidisciplinary engagement and exchange.

Keynote Speakers:
Dr Joshua Edelman, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Contemporary Arts at the Manchester Metropolitan University; international artist Anne Bean working with installation, large-scale sculpture, sound art, and performance art; Prof Andy Newsam, astrophysicist at Liverpool John Moores University; international artist Louise Anne Wilson working within biological-sciences, ecology, art, and performance.


Civic Lecture 2017: Eamon Gilmore speaks about the challenges of building peace

Eamon Gilmore

Date: 24th of April, 2017

Time: 4-6 pm, followed by reception

Place: Senate Room

Come along and hear first hand about the challenges of peacemaking and peacebuilding in Ireland and Colombia

All welcome!  

Eamon Gilmore is the EU Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia since 2015. He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University and George Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair at the Central European University. Mr Gilmore has served as Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland (2011-2014), Member of the Irish Parliament (Dáil Éireann) (1989 - 2016), and Leader of the Irish Labour Party (2007 - 2014).

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Professorial Lecture 2017


Professor Solomon Salako - 150 Professorial lecture: Climate Change,Environmental Security and Global Justice

Prof. Solomon Salako, Professorial Fellow, Department of Law and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies, Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom.

Date: May 3 2017

Place: Eden 130 Lecture Theatre 

Time: 4:00- 6:00 pm, Followed by reception. 

All Welcome!

There is an international consensus that climate change is caused by human activities which substantially increase the atmospheric concentration of six greenhouse gases, viz., carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydro fluorocarbon, per fluorocarbon and sulphur hexafluoride.

The ill-effects of climate change are droughts which adversely affect the global poor who are engaged in agriculture and are less able to adapt to the health-threatening effect of climate change; storm surges which destroy local infrastructure, housing and crops; and the rise of sea levels which adversely affect the inhabitants of small island states such as Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribarti, the Marshall Islands, Antigua and the Maldives which could eventually be totally submerged.

Military strategists and intelligence analysts are preparing for future conflicts likely to be caused by environmental security issues such as threats to territorial sovereignty due to rising sea levels, climate-induced migrations and climate-related cultural and economic tensions which may exacerbate pre-existing conflicts or create new conflicts if the negative impacts of climate change are coupled with social and military factors of instability.  The ill-effects of climate change raise issues of intragenerational and intergenerational obligations, thus making climate change a matter of global justice.

The objects of this lecture are:

(i)           to evaluate the ill-effects of climate change as a matter of global justice,

(ii)         to consider whether future generations have the right not to suffer from the ill-effects of climate change, and if so,

(iii)        to evaluate the relevant conceptions of global justice, and

(iv)        to assess critically whether international law provides effective preventive responses to climate change and environmental security threats.

Finally, a monist-naturalist conception of global justice highlighting human dignity as one of its guiding principles is proffered as a solution to the problems raised by the mechanisms of dealing with the ill-effects of climate change and the attendant environmental security issues under international law.