CFP: Representations of war and peace

The annual conference of Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies is looking for submissions to its 2016 event. The conference is titled “Representing Peace and Conflict”. It is, among other things, interested in representations found in news and other media.

The event will be held at the Liverpool Hope University, from 13th to 15th of July. Paper and panel abstracts are due on February 15th 2016.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Annual Conference 2016

13 – 15 July 2016

“Representing Peace and Conflict”



Representing plays a key role in contexts of peace and conflict. Representing may determine how peace and conflict are created, understood, remembered and encountered. Peace and conflict dynamics can be seen as facilitated or mitigated as a consequence of representation. Several aspects of representing are important: How peace and conflict is represented through the media as well as statements by public officials and other social forces is crucial for public opinion formation. How peace and conflict is represented through literary texts and other artistic forms is equally significant for public understanding and remembrance. The potential of representing is indeed manifold, ranging from the construction of news media and film representations, statements by official spokespersons and public bodies to literary accounts of peace and conflict as well as representations in artworks and exhibitions. Together, these aspects of representing impact on public knowledge, understanding and political participation.

This conference aims to examine the diverse contexts of representing in relation to peace and conflict. A key theme will be the examination of the role of representing in terms of how conflict and peace are discussed, negotiated, formed, understood and remembered.

This will involve experts from a range of fields, and we welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners in the areas of International Relations, Media and Communication, Film Studies, Drama and Theatre, History, Literature, Journalism, Sociology, Anthropology, Art History and Peace Studies. Equally we would like to include experts whose primary fields might be in other disciplines. The conference is open to those from disciplines such as Geography, Economics, Politics, Cultural Studies, Public Relations, Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy.

Among the themes that could be considered are:

• Assessments of representations of peace and conflict in news, online media, film, literature and other genres.
• Representing and public officials, PR and organised persuasive activities.
• The role of the ‘representative’ of peace and conflict: Who are the representatives of conflict, peace and transitions between them? Must the representatives of conflict and peace be formally designated as such? What role do they play within these processes?
• The role of representing in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
• Theoretical and/or methodological approaches to the role of representing in peace and conflict.
• Analysis of competing representations in specific conflict situations past and present as well as in non-fictional or fictional accounts.
• Analysis of alternative representations which challenge or have challenged dominant representations in specific conflict and peace situations.
• Analysis of the news and online media’s role in constructing representations about peace and conflict and how this relates to public understanding and participation.
• Analysis of representations in poetry, film, media and the arts which have contributed to peace and conflict.
• Personal narratives of peace and conflict.
• Analysis of the role that religious representations play in conflict situations, on the one hand, and in peacebuilding, on the other.
• Analysis of literary accounts which depict making use of representations to resolve conflicts (especially but not limited to the works regarded as ‘classics,’ including the sacred scriptures of different religions).
• Analysis of how representations about the past conflicts are used to help communities build a more peaceful future.

The conference is organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies at Liverpool Hope University. The venue will be the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP.

Please submit abstracts for papers (word format) and posters of up to 300 words or full panel abstracts (4 papers max) to [email protected] until 15 February 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by 11 March 2016. We encourage both formal conference papers and performative ‘provocations’, exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, storytelling events; or any other suitable format. Poster submissions of analysis of the above themes are welcomed. Presentation posters should be no larger than A1 paper size.

The organising team:
Dr Florian Zollmann, [email protected]
Dr Terry Phillips, [email protected]
Dr Kathrin Wagner, [email protected]
Dr Lynn Hilditch, [email protected]
Dr Guy Cuthbertson, [email protected]
Dr Peter Manning, [email protected]
Dr Michael Holmes, [email protected]
Susan Forde, [email protected]
Martha Caceres Lara, [email protected]


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