CRS 2019

CRS 2019, Conflict in a Post-Liberal World: a personal selection[1]

Gordon Burt[2]


Would you be willing to send me your paper and/or slide show?
I would then include it on the website.
For example I have already put up my own paper and slides:
See the two files below labelled ‘Burt’.
See also the files for other speakers: ‘Rothbart’

How the conference has developed! People don’t know what they are missing! [3]

The plenaries

The three plenaries provided a rich panorama of the field.

Funmi Olonisakin, King’s College London
Funmi has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice. Her most recent research has focused on 'Reframing narratives of Peace and State Building in Africa' and on 'Future Peace, Society and the State in Africa.'

Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia
Christine Cheng, King’s College London
Winner of the CRS Book of the Year Prize
Oxford University Press, Oxford

A population bomb? Linking demography and security
Henrik Urdal, Peace Research Institute Oslo

The sessions I went to

Inter-group relations and conflict transformation  

Chair: Andrew Livingstone   Discussant: Jacob Berah • Paper 1: Andrew Livingstone, ‘They just don’t understand us’: Examining the role and practical potential of felt understanding in intergroup relations • Paper 2: Michael Moncrieff, The Recruitment of Extant Identifications for Institutional Change • Paper 3: Christoph Daniel Schaefer, The Chances and Limits of Tolerance in Conflict Resolution • Paper 4: Dana Landau, Shifting approaches to ‘ethnic diversity management’ in a post-liberal world

Book Launch

Peter Emerson: Majority Voting as a Catalyst of Populism. Springer, Heidelberg

Pathways to peace talks: shining a light on prenegotiations 

Chair: Alexander Ramsbotham  Discussant: Christine Cheng • Paper 1: Cate Buchanan, Preparing for peace  • Paper 2: Sophie Haspeslagh, Revisiting prenegotiation concepts in the light of Colombia • Paper 3: Akiko Horiba, The Patani conflict in the Deep South Thailand: key challenges to prenegotiations • Paper 4: Aden Abdi, Seizing opportunities for peace in Ethiopia

Location in conflict analysis

Chair: Corinne Bara Discussant: Melanie Garson • Paper 1: Katerina Tkacova: Identifying Changes in Protracted Conflicts: A New Geographical Unit of Analysis • Paper 2: Corinne Bara, Where is the Conflict Zone? The Location of Violence During and After Civil Wars • Paper 3: Christian Oswald, Explaining the timing and location of terrorism in civil conflicts: Evidence from quantitative case studies • Paper 4: Jolle Demmers and Lauren Gould, The Remote Warfare Paradox

(De)politicization, Power and Democracy

Chair: Anna Jarstad Discussant: Anna Jarstad • Paper 1: Daniel Rothbart, The Paradox of State Power over its Political Subjects • Paper 2: Gordon Burt, Brexit: the majority problem. Competing democratic criteria • Paper 3: Tatiana Kyselova and Anne Isabel Kraus, The Dilemma Behind the Exclusion of NonMainstream Views in Dialogue in Ukraine • Paper 4: Charlotte Fiedler, Different types of electoral participation and conflict recurrence • Paper 5: Lee Daly, Who Votes for Peace: A Study of Election Results in Peace Deal Referendums

Language in peace and conflict

Chair: Jim O’Driscoll Discussant: Jake Lynch • Paper 1: Jim O’Driscoll and Lesley Jeffries, Interconnections between Language and Conflict • Paper 2: Oliver Ramsbotham & Tom Woodhouse, Afterwords - responses from the conflict resolution community • Paper 3: Stefanie Pukallus, The communicative bases for sustainable peace in post-civil war settings: the creation of safe discursive spaces and the building of civil norms 

Attitudes Towards Peace & War

Chair: Herbert Blumberg Discussant: Herbert Blumberg • Paper 1: Petia Paramova, Dimitra Pachi, Albena Krumova, Herbert H. Blumberg, Liat Appel, Ruth Zeligman, and Shira Tibon-Czopp, Individual Differences or Social Attitudes? Significant

Predictors of Attitudes to War and Peace in Three National Contexts. • Paper 2: Herb Blumberg, Ruth Zeligman, Liat Appel, Dimitra Pachi, Petia Paramova, and Shira TibonCzopp, Contextual and Developmental Perspectives on Peace and War Attitudes • Paper 3: Nicolas Van der Linden, Djouaria Ghilani and Annalisa Casini, Attitudes towards War through a Gender Lens • Paper 4: Neil Ferguson, Does Making Peace Change Perspectives of War and Peace? Northern Irish Experiences

[1] Conflict Research Society Annual Conference Rethinking Conflict Research and Practice in a Post Liberal World, 8-10 September 2019. Sussex Centre for Peace and Conflict Research.

[3] I was delighted to meet up with Steve Hills again. Steve and Jim Bryant kept the Society going during its leaner years and nursed its growth but Steve has not been at the conference for a few years. He was impressed at how it had developed in the intervening years.

For Daniel it was his first CRS conference. People in the USA don’t know about the conference. He had been tipped off about the conference from his George Mason University colleague, Chris Mitchell, a key figure in the society since its founding in 1964.

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