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".  

Link to Conference Registration Here 


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.     



Donald Trump, US Grand Strategy and Forthcoming Prospects for War and Peace


Webinar, Liverpool Hope University and Chesnut College

Dr. Rob Busby, Liverpool Hope University 

Dr Jacqueline Reich, Chestnut Hill College

Date: February 28, 2017

Place: Learning Lab Eden Bldg

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

All Welcome!! 

Donald Trump, US Grand Strategy and Forthcoming Prospects for War and Peace

Since WWII, U.S. foreign policy has been informed by an activist grand strategy, specifically the idea that the U.S. should actively lead the global order, using its military and economic super power in the service of democracy and individual freedoms.  Will American foreign policy be different under the new Trump administration?  Jacqueline Reich's presentation will discuss the ways in which Trump’s preferred direction in foreign policy both differs and remains similar to American grand strategy of the past; the presentation will also briefly gauge the likelihood that Trump will succeed in achieving his preferred foreign policy direction.

Jacqueline C. Reich is Associate Professor of Political Science at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in international relations, foreign policy, and comparative politics.  She directs the Global Affairs program and is co-director of the new minor program in European Union and European Studies.  She is author of several articles, including “Achieving the Vision of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty; Can We Get There Step By Step?” “Global Learning and General Education for the 21st Century,” “Sustaining Global Learning: Principals, Agents, and Pitfalls" (forthcoming), and “Science, State Power, and Authority in International Policy-Making” (forthcoming).

The lack of detail on foreign policy in Trump’s presidential campaign leaves a range of questions about how America’s global role will change following his victorious election. His rhetoric was laced with a series of reinventions of America’s relations with Russia and China, alongside ideas of isolationism, unilateralism and perhaps most prominently pragmatism. Robert Busby's talk focusses on Trump’s world view, his likely actions and how a new grand strategy will have repercussion far beyond the North America continent.

Dr Robert Busby is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool Hope University.  He teaches a range of Politics courses and specialises in American Politics and in Political Communication. He has published a range of research material on contemporary political issues in the United States, with a focus on the Republican party and the challenges it has faced in the Obama era.

High Stakes: Women and peacebuilding in an illiberal world


International Women's Day

Judith Large, Senior Research Fellow at the Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC), University of Kent, Canterbury with twenty-five years international experience on war to peace transitions and issues of human rights.

Date: March 8, 2017

Place: FML014

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

All welcome!! 

Poster High Stakes

Marking International Women’s Day 2017, this session will examine global trends of backlash against women’s rights;  and the acute challenges facing UN operations and institutional legitimacy regarding the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  How can we better understand and navigate these conditions?

Poster High Stakes

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 and 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. Mr Gilmore has also 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).

For more information about Eamon Gilmore, click here



Professorial Lecture 2017


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

Prof. Solomon Salako

Date: May 3 2017

Place: Eden 130 Lecture Theatre 

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

All Welcome!