Call for Papers Annual International 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?

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 March 1, 2018.

Information about registration to the conference and dates will be posted soon in our webpage. For any enquiries please email us at

Russian-Ukrainian conflict: An ‘unexpected’ crisis

EDEN Building


Date: 23 January, 2018     

Time: 1-2:30 pm (Lunch provided)

Venue: EDEN104, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool L16 9JD


All Welcome!  


Come and hear about the origins and the current state of affairs in the    Russian-Ukrainian crisis. The talk will consider geopolitical and identity-based explanations behind the conflict, the influence of such factors as  power,  ideas and circumstances as well as the role of religion and the state of human rights.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Vsevolod Samokhvalov is Lecturer at the University of Liege and Free University of Brussels (Vesalius College). He worked as research fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Vsevolod has worked as policy analyst and journalist in the Black Sea region, Balkans, London and Brussels.

Dr Natalia Vibla is a Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Science, Liverpool Hope University.

Dr Taras Khomych is a Lecturer in Theology, Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Liverpool Hope University.