“Terrorism, Peace and Conflict Studies: Investigating the Crossroad”
University of Kent, Canterbury 10-11 September 2012
Call for papers
In an era when virtually every academic institution offers undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Terrorism and Peace Studies, key issues continue to remain unexplored. Indeed, few have investigated how the two fields are related and how they may interact. How can peace and conflict studies help us further our understanding of terrorism and, crucially, engage in conflicts marked by terrorist violence? Conversely, can terrorism studies inform peace studies by strengthening, for example, its understanding of asymmetric violence? How can the terrorism and peace and conflict scholars come together to investigate key epistemological and ontological questions on terrorism and political violence – including root causes, intervention and engagement, how and when negotiations may occur, and how a subsequent political process may emerge which is sufficiently inclusive but also maintains and contributes to acceptable standards and norms (local and international). Eleven years after 9/11, the need for a collaborative, sustained and rigorous analysis of terrorism and Terrorism Studies is more pressing than ever.
The conference aims to highlight and explore the empirical, methodological, ontological and epistemological points of interjection of the two fields by bringing together scholars and researchers of both Terrorism and Peace and Conflict Studies; international and national policy actors; civil society actors that have experienced terrorist and counter-terrorist violence; and PhD students.
We welcome papers with a focus of the following themes:
- Adapting peace/conflict studies frameworks to the study of terrorism
- Epistemological and ontological challenges of studying terrorism from a Peace and Conflict Studies perspective.
- The problem of causation in relation to Terrorism Studies
- Counterterrorism and the limits of self-defence
- Comparative case studies: Building peace after terrorism
- Justice and reconciliation after terrorism
- The role of institutions and organisations in shaping the agenda on terrorism
- The rise of the BRICS: understanding terrorism in a changing international environment
- Critical terrorism studies: Challenging the peace and conflict orthodoxy