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Religion and Conflict 2018 : Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace


When Jun 20, 2018 - Jun 21, 2018
Where Winchester (UK)
Submission Deadline Jan 29, 2018

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
Inaugural international conference on:

Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018
At the University of Winchester (UK)

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Monday 29 January 2018

Keynote Speakers:

Susan Hayward
Senior Advisor, Religion & Inclusive Societies, United States Institute for Peace

Professor Mohammed Abu Nimer
American University School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Conference Brief

Even a cursory review of contemporary global events reaffirms that religion and culture are important factors in violent struggles and conflicts around the world. As is well documented, religious and cultural factors often play a complex role in conflict, in as far as they are often perceived to be part of the problem, but also part of any potential solution.

This inaugural international conference provides an important opportunity to stimulate critical investigation into all aspects of the role of religion and culture in conflict and peace-building. It encourages innovative, evidence-based practical and theoretical contributions from academics, practitioners and policy makers, with the explicit aim of seeking to contribute positively to addressing some of the most complex and pressing challenges we face in the world today.

Whilst the conference is situated at the interface between religion, culture, and peace and conflict studies the organisers recognise the essential benefits of cross and multi-disciplinary research, and therefore welcome contributions from scholars working across a range of disciplinary fields, including international relations, political sciences, law, psychology, anthropology, cultural studies, critical theory and gender studies, post-colonial studies, and media and journalism.

The conference organisers understand the contested terms ‘religion’ and ‘culture’ in their broadest and most inclusive sense, and encourage presentations which problematize religion and culture as concepts and constructs. Similarly, papers are welcome which recognise and interrogate the dynamic and fluid nature of conflict and peace; particularly with reference to religious and cultural meanings and contexts. Papers which address any type of structural and violent conflict, or any dimension or aspect of peacebuilding, will be considered.

In light of the challenges faced around the world today the organisers specifically invite contributions on the following topics:

· Religion, culture and reconciliation
· The role of religion and culture in Syria and Western Asia
· Religious nationalism and violent conflict
· Religion and mass migration in Europe
· The role of religion in countering violent extremism
· Religion, culture and climate change

Papers on other or related subjects will be considered, and preference will be given to papers which engage with contemporary issues.

Process for submitting abstracts

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. We hope to publish a selection of papers.

Presentations will be in English, and each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes with up to 10 minutes for discussion. During the conference there will also be sessions allocated specifically for open discussions and networking.

• Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 2nd March, 2018.

• Confirmation of paper acceptance will be at the latest Friday 23rd March, 2018.

Please submit papers to:

Conference web page:

Keynote Speakers:

Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward is a senior advisor for religion and inclusive societies at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She directs the Institute’s efforts to advance conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation projects engaging the religious sector. Since joining the Institute in 2007, Susan Hayward’s fieldwork has focused on Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Colombia, and Iraq. From 2010 to 2012 she coordinated an initiative exploring the intersection of women, religion, conflict, and peacebuilding in partnership with the Berkeley Center and the World Faiths Development Dialogue. She co-edited a book Women, Religion and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (2015). Professor Hayward previously worked with the Academy of Educational Development in Sri Lanka; the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation; and the Carter Center. She studied Buddhism in Nepal and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Mohammed Abu Nimer
Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer is a Senior Advisor to KAICIID, and served as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute, School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C. (1999-2013). He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Chad, Niger, Iraq (Kurdistan), Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka. He founded Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, an organization that focuses on capacity building, civic education, and intra-faith and interfaith dialogue. In addition to his numerous articles and books. Professor. Abu-Nimer is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.

The University of Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace

The conference is being organised and hosted by the ‘Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace’ (CRRP) at the University of Winchester. The CRRP was established in 2010 with the intent of encouraging research and knowledge exchange between communities affected by conflict and their leaders, practitioners of reconciliation and peace, and academics seeking greater understanding and dissemination of ways to sustainable peace. Our staff work with a range of religious, academic and humanitarian organisations nationally and internationally, with the aim of sharing knowledge, skills, and best practice in reconciliation and peacebuilding with people of all religions and none.

For more information please visit:

Or contact Director, Dr Mark Owen –

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