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Impact in Reconciliation and Peace 2022 : Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace: Impact in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding

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When Jun 13, 2022 - Jun 15, 2022
Where Winchester, UK
Submission Deadline Feb 18, 2022
Categories    peace   conflict   oppression   religion
 

Call For Papers

Third International conference on-
Religion and Culture In Conflict and Peace: Impact in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 June 2022
In-person, University of Winchester, United Kingdom


It is increasingly apparent that governments, transnational institutions and practitioners have in principle accepted that religious and culturally contextual forms of peacebuilding can in some cases be a powerful and positive force in peace and reconciliation processes. As a result, initiatives that claim to take seriously the religious and cultural dimensions of peacebuilding have increased exponentially.


The evident optimism and increased support for this area of peacebuilding practice prompts some important questions. Is the current optimism about these approaches justified by project results and outcomes? To what extent is project design based on existing and verifiable evidence? How do the practical ideas and application link to current theoretical ideas in the subject areas of religion, reconciliation and peacebuilding?


Given the increased emphasis in academia on best practice and ‘research impact’, one of the ways we might consider these questions is by taking the outcomes of practical peacebuilding initiatives as a starting point from which to retrospectively analyse the complex factors, ideas, processes and dynamics which led to that point. An emphasis on impact can enable contributors to critically consider:



The direct and indirect links (if any) between theory, practice and impact in religion, reconciliation and peacebuilding;
The range and type of variables which might contribute to determining the outcome and impacts of projects;
The methods used to determine and measure impact and outcomes, and the ‘technocratisation’ of religious and cultural forms of peacebuilding and reconciliation;
The existence and/or benefits of relations and cooperation between academics, practitioners and policy makers.
The importance of learning from projects that did not go to plan and unintended negative consequences, as opposed to only focusing on favourable outcomes.


Proposals need not only focus on violent conflicts, but projects addressing structural violence, oppression and inequalities are equally welcome. Organisers will look favourably on projects which address contemporary challenges such as violence stemming from the Climate Crisis; resource scarcity; the global rise in populism and nationalism; contemporary conflicts such as Syrian and Iraq.

The conference organisers are also keen to proactively support and develop discussions between academics, practitioners and policy makers, and therefore particularly welcome joint presentations from contributors which span these three sectors.

The conference organisers recognise that the concepts of religion and culture are complex, dynamic and contested, and encourage contributors to recognise and engage with existing debates in these subject areas.


Process for submitting abstracts/expressions of interest for collaboration
Participants are invited to submit abstracts of 250-300 words (in Word or Open Office format). Proposals should also include name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), a short biography (no more than 100 words) and an email address and phone number. Proposals for panel discussions (organised by the participants) will be considered.

Presentations will be in English, and each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes. During the conference there will also be sessions allocated specifically for open discussions and networking.

Email submissions to: Rebecca.Bellamy@winchester.ac.uk

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 18th February 2022

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