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Call for Applications / Summer School 2015

Political Violence

Perspectives from Law, History and Political Theory

University of Edinburgh / 24 to 26 June 2015

In June 2015 the University of Edinburgh will offer an interdisciplinary Summer School on Political Violence. This three-day event will give participants the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of an unrivalled panel of international experts in the field of war and political violence and to receive critical feedback on their own projects. The programme combines people and perspectives from History, Law and Political Science and will involve intensive scholarly discussions and social activities that allow participants to network with each other in a friendly environment in the scenic, culturally vibrant setting of the city of Edinburgh. Participants will include a diverse mix of academics, MA and PhD students from the Social Sciences and Humanities, and practitioners working in NGOs and legal institutions.

List of Speakers

Professor Christine Bell, Law, University of Edinburgh.
Professor Donald Bloxham, History, University of Edinburgh.
Professor Elizabeth Frazer, Politics and International Relations, Oxford University.
Professor John Horne, History, Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Kimberly Hutchings, Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Manfred Nowak, Law, University of Vienna.

The programme will feature morning lectures by expert speakers and presentations from participants in the afternoon. Our speakers will attend and comment on the afternoon presentations. The detailed programme will be published in early 2015. In order to facilitate productive discussions, the maximum number of participants will be capped at 25. All participants are expected to share their papers a week before the Summer School starts.
The tuition fee for the Summer School is £150. This covers participation in the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks over three days. Fees must be paid before the start of the Summer School. Participants will need to organize and finance their own travel arrangements and accommodation, though there will be a limited number of places available in University accommodation organised on a first come, first served basis (single-room @ £40 per night). For a select number of participants there will be a possibility of a fee-waiver and financial assistance for accommodation, which will take into account both academic merit and economic circumstances.
The Summer School is supported by a number of institutions at the University of Edinburgh, including the Global Justice Academy, the Graduate School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office, College of Humanities and Social Science.
A PDF version of this Call can be downloaded here.

How to Submit your Application

To apply please send a message to Eirini Souri (eirini.souri@ed.ac.uk), containing the following information:
Name and institutional affiliation.
Curriculum Vitae, including research interests and relevant publications (not more than one page).
Title and short abstract of your current research project (not more than 500 words).
Letter of motivation, indicating why you would like to participate in the Summer School (not more than 500 words).
The deadline for submitting your application is 16 January 2015. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Organization and Contact

The Summer School is jointly organized by Dr Mathias Thaler (Politics and International Relations) and Dr Niall Whelehan (History). Eirini Souri (School of Social and Political Sciences) offers administrative support. Please contact Eirini (eirini.souri@ed.ac.uk) for all matters relating to the Summer School. The Summer School is partly funded through a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (JUDGEPOL), led by Dr Mathias Thaler.



Important Dates

Applications deadline: 16 January 2015.
Notification of acceptance: 7 February 2015.
Deadline for papers: 17 June 2015.
Summer School dates: 24 to 26 June 2015.

Visa Information

Unfortunately, we cannot assist participants in arranging visas to travel to the UK, but we will send you an official invitation letter provided your application has been accepted.

Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical feminist perspectives

09–11 September 2015

School of Geography, University of Leeds

This three-day conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for scholars at all career levels to come together in a supportive environment to engage in critical feminist perspectives on violence. The organizers draw upon a wide definition of violence from sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences, seeing this both as an everyday social force inflicting harm, suffering, grief and trauma and as a transformative force that produces gendered agency, social action and resistance. We will examine violence as embedded in the very fabric of everyday life via gendered encounters with for example – modernity, neoliberalism, sovereign power, rule of law, globalization, technology, as well as institutional, popular and everyday cultures. Papers that discuss these issues through in-depth focus on empirical contexts across the world are particularly welcome.

Abstract submission deadline: 1 December 2014.

For more information please see here.

Violent Conflicts 2015 The violent decade?! Recent Domains of Violent Conflicts and Counteracting February 25-27, 2015

bielefeld cfpOrganized by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) At the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld

“Are we living in a decade dominated by an underestimation of forms of violence causing a lack of investment in prevention and intervention? The international Conference on “Violent Conflicts 2015: The violent decade?! Recent Domains of Violent Conflicts and Counteracting” in Bielefeld provides a state-of-the-art description and analyses of current inner-societal forms of violence which have the potential to cause massive crisis within as well as between societies.

Four characteristics determine the conference program: The central facets conflict and violence are connected in discourse to deal with a fundamental question: When does conflict lead to violence and when on the other hand does violence initiate or perpetuate conflict? Secondly the conference focuses on the political dimension of current and historical phenomena of violence posing a threat to societies. Thirdly the conference aims at representing the state-of-the-art of international research on conflict regarding potential of science-to-action transfer and thus fourthly wants to provide a forum for science in conjunction with other publicities through a systematic exchange of findings and perspectives.

Topics are:

Youth and Violence – Generations of conflict (Panel A)

Violence and Football – Arenas of conflict (Panel B)

Violence and Religion – Spheres of conflict (Panel C)

Expressive Violence – Radicalization of conflict (Panel D)

Pacification of political violence – suppression of conflict (Panel E)

In order to achieve a systematic exchange the conference is composed of three components. Every day will start with a keynote on conflict and violence research, follow up with the panel-sections and end with a panel discussion concerning the variety of topics presented in the panels. To further give room to fruitful discussions there also will be social events in the evenings.”

Further information in CfP_Violent Conflicts 2015 and at https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/%28en%29/ikg/konferenz.html

The following recent publications may be of interest to the Group’s members:

Violent Societies: Networks of Violence in Civil War and Peace

By Christina Steenkamp, Palgrave Macmillan, October 2014

Purify and Destroy: The Political Uses of Massacre and Genocide

By Jacques Semelin, University of Columbia Press, October 2014

Consumption and Violence: Radical Protest in Cold-War West Germany

 By Alexander Sedlmaier

University of Michigan Press, September 2014

Rendering Violence: Riots, Strikes, and Upheaval in Nineteenth-Century American Art

By Ross Barrett, University of California Press, September 2014

Mass Killings and Violence in Spain, 1936-1952: Grappling with the Past

Edited by Peter Anderson and Miguel Angel del Arco Bianco

Routledge, September 2014

The Australian Association for European History (AAEH) XXIV Conference ‘War, Violence, Aftermaths: Europe and the Wider World’.

Submissions of abstracts close 1 February 2015.

Conference to be held from 14 to 17 July 2015.

For the first time the University of Newcastle, Australia, will host the 24th biennial meeting of the Australasian Association for European History (AAEH).

The themes for 2015 Conference coincide with anniversaries of a number of key events in Europe, and deal broadly with war, violence and aftermaths, including: the bi-centenary of the battle of Waterloo; the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli; the centenary of the Armenian Genocide; the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War; and the 20th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica.

The conference encourages reconsideration of Europe’s violent past – national, regional, religious, economic, ethnic, social, cultural, generational, and international. The Organizing Committee particularly invites proposals for papers that address the history of European conflict in terms of its repercussions for the non-European world. Papers on Early Modern Europe are also welcome, as are specialists in the First World War.

The conference will be structured in parallel panels, plenary sessions and round tables. Each panel presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

Panels may explore ideas, such as:

  • Violence in society, culture, economics and politics
  • The origins and consequences of war and acts of mass violence
  • Ethnic, racial, religious and ideological violence Violence and war from a transnational perspective
  • Cultural constructions and representations of war and violence
  • Emotions and memories of war and violence
  • Aftermaths and legacies of war and violence

For more information and how to submit, visit the AAEH Conference website




The Worlds of Violence
9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations
Wednesday 23-Saturday 26 September 2015, Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Organised by the European International Studies Association and the University of Catania

The organisers are interested in rethinking and interrogating violence as an object and a concept, in light of this proliferation of meanings and problematics across the social and human sciences, but also in parallel with the development of complementary or antagonistic worldviews grounded in discourses on ‘norms’, ‘international society’, ‘social order’, or ‘civilizing process’ (among others). We invite contributions that can speak to the ontological, interdisciplinary, political, and epistemic dimensions and implications of research on violence.
While participants are especially invited to respond to the conference theme, proposals on all aspects of the worlds of international relations will be considered, and accordingly we invite contributions from within all areas of International Studies scholarship (such as, but not only, International Relations, Global Political Economy, Political Theory, policy-oriented research). Moreover, given the rich and innovative debates taking place across the social and human sciences, we welcome sections that draw on cross-disciplinary and collaborative scholarship beyond International Studies.
Reflexive interventions that address how violence and/or violence-based narratives impact on scholarship itself as a social practice, and on academic disciplines as social orders are also welcome.


Proposals should be submitted to paneuroconf2015@gmail.com
The closing date for section proposals is Sunday 12 October 2014.
After the authors of accepted section proposals have been notified, a call for papers and panel proposals will be issued in December 2014.
For more information please see http://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/The%20Worlds%20of%20Violence%20European%20International%20Studies%20Association%20.pdf


Violence, colonialism and empire

Call for papers deadline 1 December 2014

Proposals, including a  title, institutional affiliation, email address, and  brief description of the proposed paper (up to 500 words), should be submitted by email to Professor Philip Dwyer by 1 December 2014.

The conference will be held from 29 June to 1 July 2015 at the British Academy, London, UK.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • the forceful means employed to impose foreign rule, including legal and extra-legal means used to impose imperial structures
  • forceful contestations of the land, including patterns of violence and war on colonial frontiers
  • interpersonal violence between the coloniser and the colonised
  • the gendered nature of colonial violence in the building of settler colonial spaces and polities
  • the role of violence in maintaining social order in colonial societies
  • the political dynamics of colonial and imperial violence, including ideological and political justifications of violence
  • representations of violence in either the empire or the metropole
  • resistance to the imperial enterprise by the colonised, including violent, anti-colonial struggles in exits from empire
  • the aftermaths and legacies of colonial and imperial violence

The organisers invite proposals from scholars working in all disciplines to apply.




Call for Papers below. Note the imminent deadline of 30 September:

Handa Graduate Conference on Terrorism and Political Violence

 The Future of Terrorism Studies

 4 & 5 December 2014, Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews, Scotland.

 Deadline for proposals: 30 September 2014

Contact: cstpvgc@st-andrews.ac.uk

The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence is delighted to invite you to a two day conference in December to explore and discuss the future of terrorism and political violence and the future study of these phenomenon. CSTPV was the first such research centre to be established in Europe. This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of its foundation. This graduate conference seeks to facilitate dialogue between research students from a variety of disciplines whose work focuses on aspects of terrorism and political violence.

All abstracts (limited to 500 words) on the broad theme of ‘The Future of Terrorism Studies’ will be considered. We particularly welcome submissions on such topics as:

  • The changing nature of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism
  • The death or perseverance of ethno-nationalist terrorism
  • New technologies of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • The role of history and historiography for the study of political violence
  • Changing discourses on political violence in the media and the arts

Research Postgraduates and PhD candidates are invited to send abstracts of no more than 500 words to cstpvgc@st-andrews.ac.uk by 30 September 2014. Please include name, email, and institutional affiliation.

For more information, visit our conference website: cstpvgradconf.wordpress.com

Information below about a major new European research project:

Print“Funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the 3-year, €2.9 million PRIME Project kicked off at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science in June 2014. Bringing together researchers from six leading European institutions (University College London, Kings College London, University of Warsaw, University of Leiden, Hebrew University Jerusalem, and University of Aarhus), PRIME sets out to improve our understanding of lone actor terrorism and to inform the design of social and physical counter-measures for the prevention of radicalisation, the disruption of terrorist plots, and the mitigation of terrorist attacks carried out by lone extremists. In this endeavour, PRIME adopts an innovative multidisciplinary approach, which combines formal modelling techniques drawn from security engineering with relevant expertise from the ecological, social, behavioural and criminological sciences. The end-product will be a decision-support tool for end-users whose remit is to deal with the lone actor terrorism threat at the local, national or international level.

We are keen to involve end-users and subject matter experts at every stage of the PRIME Project. If you would like to take part in our validation activities or be kept appraised of our findings, please contact the Project Coordinator, Dr Noémie Bouhana, to express your interest (n.bouhana@ucl.ac.uk).”


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