Call for Papers

Theme: Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace
Type: Inaugural International Conference
Institution: Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace,
University of Winchester
Location: Winchester (United Kingdom)
Date: 21.–22.6.2017
Deadline: 3.3.2017


A quick review of contemporary global events confirms that religion
and culture are still important factors in violent struggles and
conflicts around the world. Religious and cultural factors often play
a dual role in as far as they are part of the problem as well as part
of the solution. This inaugural international conference provides a
unique opportunity to stimulate critical investigation into all
aspects of the role of religion and culture in conflict and
peacebuilding. It encourages contributions from academics,
practitioners and policy makers and it especially welcomes scholars
with an innovative and multidisciplinary focus. The conference has
the explicit aim of seeking to contribute positively to peace
building and conflict transformation by addressing some of the most
complex and pressing challenges we face in the world today.

The conference organisers understand the contested terms ‘religion’
and ‘culture’ in their broadest and most inclusive sense; and
encourage presentations which recognise and problematize religion and
culture as concepts and constructs, and understand notions of
conflict and peace as dynamic and fluid.  They therefore welcome
papers which investigate the complex interplay between religion and
culture, and which address all types of structural and violent
conflict, or any dimension or aspect of peacebuilding.  Whilst the
conference is situated at the interface between religion, culture,
and peace and conflict studies the organisers recognise the
significant benefits of cross and multi-disciplinary research, and
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, and postcolonial studies, and media and

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

- Religion and mass migration in Europe
- The role of religion in countering violent extremism
- The role of religion and culture in Syria and the Middle East
- Religious nationalism and violent conflict
- Religion, culture and reconciliation
- Religion and climate change

Papers on other or related subjects will be considered, and
preference will be given to papers which engage with contemporary
issues. Presentations will be in English, and each speaker will be
allocated 20 minutes with five minutes (not enough!!!) for
discussion. Throughout the conference sessions will be allocated
specifically for open discussions and networking.

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.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 3rd March 2017.


Rebecca Bellamy, Events Manager and Administrator
Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
Winchester SO22 4NR
United Kingdom
Email: rebecca.bell...@winchester.ac.uk
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/religionconflictpeace/


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