European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) calls for its 11thBiennial Conference on 10-12 October 2019

 

PEACE IN DIFFICULT TIMES:

CHALLENGES EUROPE AND THE WORLD FACE

 

Venue: Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania, Italy

 

 Keynote Speaker
Mohammed Abdiker

Mohammed Abdiker has been the Direction of Operations and Emergency, International Organization for Migration Geneva (since 2018 also UN Agency for Migration) since 2009. At the time of the 2019 EuPRA conference he will just have moved to a new position as Regional IOM Director    for East Africa and Horn of Africa.He has been visiting Refugees 'hot spots' such as Lesbos (Gr.) or Yemen and Bangladesh.

 

More about Mr Abdiker's coordinating, field and political activities can be found at .facebook, twitter etc.

 

EuPRA is very happy to have this distinguished expert to share first hand information, expertise.and to learn for future research projects.

 

Current political developments in Europe and beyond are posing serious challenges to the kind of stability and peace that Europe long wished to see being established in its own region and in the world Not only the European peace project seems to be at risk but also peace in the world is facing difficult times. 

 

For Europe on the inside, political turmoil, populism, terrorism, forced migration, xenophia, growing economic inequality, climate change and an ongoing disintegration of the Western hegemony as well as an alienation from the seminal ideas that once were drivers of integration entail significant topics of debate for the political discourse and decision-making in the continent. Moreover, distrust towards Europe as a project both within and outside Europe, racist and right-wing populist movements, discourses and rhetoric are on the rise across the region, while respect for human dignity and human rights, the rule of law and other core values of Europe are increasingly neglected both on the political discourse and policy levels. 

 

On the outside, Europe is the only world power with a supranational structure, trying to find its voice and stance in a world where other world powers such as the US, Russia and China are increasingly hostile to one another.  In a world, where the US shows serious signs of isolationism at the cost of its long-time allies - first and foremost Europe -, where Russia reasserts itself in world politics with more and more confidence and where the role of China as the probable next superpower is discussed more than ever, Europe has the challenge of positioning itself in this new emerging world (dis)order as it tries to deal with the internal issues stated above. 

 

Given these many challenges, a strong, present, audible, vigorous, transnational and influential peace research and activist scene is direly needed. The European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) invites interested scholars and practitioners to address the mentioned problems with reference to sustainable peace. How can the centrifugal forces in Europe be contained? How can tensions be reduced? What can and should Europe do to uphold the ideal of sustainable peace within itself, with its neighbors and beyond? How can increasing militarization be replaced with disarmament? What needs to be done in view of a more just distribution of scarce resources? How can diverse forms of current peace work be integrated to achieve societal and political influence? 

 

We welcome all kinds of papers and presentations concerning peace in Europe and its neighbourhood. The following is a-non-exhaustive list of sub-themes of the conference (topics within the broad range of interdisciplinary issues relevant to peace research other than the ones stated below will be given consideration as well): 

 

  • Problems of forced migration, human mobility and borders
  • The role of political economics in contemporary social problems, especially inequality
  • The problem of populism in Europe and beyond
  • The role of peace journalism
  • The state of peace education
  • The problem of new arms races, unprecedented military spending and the need of disarmament and/or arms control
  • The role of peace activism
  • The state andfuture of European peace research

 

Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions. Participants without a paper are also welcome to register.

Unfortunately, EuPRA is not able to offer any travel/participation grants to any of its participants. 

Submission of Abstracts:Abstracts for the EuPRA 2019 can be submitted by email. Please download the application form here, fill it in and send it to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Deadline for submitting the abstract is June 30th 2019. Accepted papers will be notified by July 8th 2019.  

Registration will be open from July 2019 on. Participation fee is 80 euros for early bird and 100 euros for regular registration. Registration dates, procedures and account details regarding EuPRA 2019 Conference will be announced on the EuPRA webpage in July 2019 as well as individually by email to participants whose abstracts have been accepted. 

For more information, please see the EuPRA webpage www.euprapeace.org or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Daniela Irrera, President-EuPRA

University of Catania, Sicily-Italy

 

Dr. Metin Ersoy, Secretary-EuPRA

Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus

 

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