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Call for Papers: Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century.

Published: Mon 28 Apr 2014

International Conference to be held as part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Division of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, 1-3 May 2014.

Keynote speakers: 

  • Dr Saeb Erekat, Chief Negotiator for the Palestinian Authority 
  • Dr Helen Frowe, Director of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace
  • Ms Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate and Liberian Peace Activist (TBC)
  • Professor John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame.


Peace Studies at the University of Bradford is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion we are hosting an international conference, and are seeking presenters to give papers on the future of peace studies in the 21st Century.

 The conference is organised around eight themes:

  • Disarmament
  • Participation 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding 
  • War and Peace in Africa
  • Peace Education
  • Philosophy and War
  • the Security-Development Nexus

We share our anniversary year with the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, but also with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Inspired by the correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud in 1931-2 on the question, “Why War?” and its goal of exerting  “a significant and wholesome moral influence on the solution of political problems,” we are inviting scholars and practitioners to Bradford to debate the intellectual agenda for peace studies in the next century. Within each theme, the aim is to generate discussion over the state of peace studies, future challenges and directions, and the relationship between theory and practice. The conference thus aims to emulate the spirit animating the Einstein-Freud correspondence, while focusing on contemporary theoretical and political issues.

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