We invite papers, panel and roundtable submissions for a two-day conference on Multidisciplinary Futures of United Nations Peace Operations.
Sponsored by the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group and the Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice at The Open University, the conference seeks to bring together scholars developing new theoretical and empirical research on the future of UN peacekeeping operations. Research may be drawn from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to, international relations, political science, history, law, anthropology, economics, human geography, leadership studies, sociology, and may adopt a range of theoretical approaches including gender, postcolonial and critical race theories.
The conference comes at a time when UN peacekeeping and peacebuilding are significantly underfunded and when implementation of the UN’s Sustaining Peace Agenda and the Secretary General’s Action of Peacekeeping Initiative is taking place amid multiple and compounding risks including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, climate change, health emergencies and threats posed by new technologies. At the same time, missions are experiencing difficulties maintaining positive relations with host states, maintaining consent among local populations and adapting to financial and operational realities.
Suggested topics for the conference include:
There will be an on-campus networking event including food and drinks in the early evening of Monday 20 February 2023.
Contributions from postdoctoral and early career researchers are particularly encouraged. We are able to offer £200 travel bursaries for five postgraduates who are members of BISA. Details on how to apply for these will be sent to those participants whose papers are accepted.
The event is free for members of BISA. Non-members will be required to pay £45. Virtual attendance for Standard non-member is £13. Student/ECR non-member virtual attendance is £10. While this is primarily a face-to-face conference, participants who are unable to travel will be able to present virtually. However, we look forward to being able to engage and network in person.
Papers should be submitted to the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group. The Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 7 December 2022.
Dr Georgina Holmes - Department of Politics and International Studies, The Open University
Dr David Curran and Dr Nancy Annan - Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University.