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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Professorial Lecture 2018

By U.S. Central Intelligence Agency [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Central Intelligence Agency       [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Entitlement to Islands, Rocks and Low-Tide Elevations in the  South China Sea: Geoeconomics versus Rule of Law

Professor Solomon Salako, Professorial Fellow, School of Law and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies

Date: 2 May, 2018 

Time: 12:00 -1:30 pm (lunch provided)  

Venue: EDEN014, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD

All welcome!!




The South China Sea, in South East Asia, covers an area of 648,000 square nautical miles. Located in the South China Sea are hundreds of islands, rocks and low-tide elevations. Some of these islands and low-tide elevations are rich in oil and natural gas and are of geostrategic interest not only to the littoral states but also to the United States.

China’s ‘entitlement’ to 80 per cent of the South China Sea, including the largest islands (Paracels and Spratlys), is based on discovery, occupation and historic rights spanning over two thousand years. However, there are other littoral claimants, such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan; and what is more, the United States is implicated in Japan’s claim for historical and other reasons.

Entitlement to islands, rocks and low-tide elevations in the South China Sea is based either on historical claims under customary international law or on maritime claims under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS). The objects of this lecture are: (i) to evaluate  the rule of law and geoeconomics in claims to islands, rocks and low-tide elevations in the South China Sea; (ii) to evaluate the historical and maritime claims of the littoral states, especially the Philippines-China arbitration, with a view to showing that the two claims under international law intersect and collide; (iii) to assess critically  the United States’ involvement and the Thucydides trap; and (iv) to articulate the reasons  why geoeconomics should guide not only the interpretation of UNCLOS but also state responses in terms of  joint development and unilateral strategies.

Article from Callum McNeill-Keay, MA student

Our student Callum McNeill-Keay has shared with the centre his article in the Northern Slant, Please find below the link to his article to the political week in five points!