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Activities of the Conflict Research Society


CRS annual conference 2012

Past CRS events 2011, see below

Past CRS events 2010, see below


CRS events in 2011

Has War Gone Bust? Peace, Conflict and the Global Financial Crisis
September 6-7, Tuesday-Wednesday, 2011; Richardson Institute for Peace Studies, Lancaster University, UK, hosts CRS Annual Conference. See www.crs2011.org


Dialogue Maps: a new research tool for understanding and mediating conflict
Saturday October 15th, 2011 - 09.15 - 16.30
E.Mail: h.blumberg@gold.ac.uk
Link to flyer can be found here

Past events in 2011

Conflict, Complexity and Mathematical Social Science – CCMSS IV
Thursday 31st March 2011, 14.00-17.00
Room 102, Birkbeck College, University of London, 30 Russell Square, London
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ ; http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps ; 020 7631 6000
A fee of £10 is payable on the door to cover room hire.
If you are thinking of attending, please email Gordon: gordonjburt@gmail.com

14.00-15.20     two presentations
15.20-15.40     Tea/coffee
15.40-17.00     two presentations

* Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College, London)
Keeping Order in the Agent Tent [social networks, voting and norm-governed
specification in open multi-agent systems]
* Hugh Ward (Essex U.)
Democracy, autocracy and sustainability
* Andrea Ruggeri (Amsterdam U.,)
Peacekeeping and Loss of Strength Gradient
* Phil Taylor (DSTL)
Conflict and analysis


Past Events in 2010

Peace and Conflict: an international interdisciplinary conference
Call for Papers and Sessions
Book of abstracts (draft)
Registration form

Tuesday 7th - Wednesday 8th September 2010
Conflict Research Society and Bradford Department of Peace Studies
University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Contact: Gordon Burt, gordonjburt@gmail.com

Call for Papers and Sessions
Book of abstracts (draft)
Registration form

* The African Union's Continental Early Warning System: Methodological and operational contributions from conflict research
João Gomes Porto (Bradford Department of Peace Studies)
* Peace must be writ larger: transforming global conflict
Diana Francis (former President of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation)
* Panel on the Oxford International Encyclopedia for Peace
Nigel Young and others

* Cedric Smith Prize presentation
* Discussion forum for peace and conflict research centres
* Around fifty presentations in parallel streams from 9.15 am on the Tuesday to 14.00 on the Wednesday (and possibly till 17.00).
* Informal social gathering on the evening of Monday 6th September, 5pm onwards.
* Conference dinner, Tuesday 7th September
* AGM of the Conflict Research Society

The conference embraces theory, evidence and practice – it invites presentation and discussion. It seeks to bring together developments in the ‘real’ world and developments in academic understanding … topical issues and enduring issues. Moreover it recognises the existence of disagreement: concepts, theories and approaches can be contested. Carrying forward the work of the annual conferences we have been running since 2003, the 2010 conference covers the following areas:

Stream A, fields traditionally associated with peace and conflict research:

Global and regional systems; regional and local conflict; politics and international relations; peace science; security studies; defence studies

Stream B, academic disciplines and spheres of society relevant to peace and conflict:

Psychological, sociological, cultural, linguistic, political, economic technological, military, geographical, environmental aspects. Humanities and science approaches.

Stream C, practices of conflict transformation:

Conflict prevention; Conflict resolution; Conflict transformation; Community peacemaking; Development; Developing a community; Disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration; Empowerment; Establishing a culture of harmony; International cooperation; International development; Mediation; Negotiation; Non-violent protection; Participation; Peacebuilding; Peacekeeping; Peace processes; Post-conflict building; Power sharing; Reconciliation; Repartitioning; Restorative justice; Self regulation; Sustainable peace.

Stream D, conflict and complexity
This stream builds on the work of our previous two conferences which were co-hosted with the Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent and had the theme of ‘Conflict and Complexity’ – the complexity of contemporary conflict and the contribution to our understanding of complexity science.

Stream E, non-‘standard’ sessions:

Although the core of the conference will consist of ‘standard’ 30-minute presentations, we also wish to encourage offers of non-‘standard’ sessions.



Theory into Practice: systemic approaches; mediation; consensus voting

A workshop run by Julie Lloyd, Isabel Phillips and Peter Emerson Saturday 20th March 2010, 10am-5pm
St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London
The aims of this workshop are:
* to introduce three different approaches used in conflict situations;
* to provide academics with an opportunity to experience these approaches in practical terms;
to encourage discussion about the application and connections between the approaches.
Please notify interest in attending by 5th March 2010 to gordonjburt@gmail.com.

Fourth IMA International Conference on Analysing Conflict Transformation.
June 28th-30th, St Anne’s College, Oxford:
Extended submission deadline for papers: 8th February 2010
[Note that this is not a CRS event but a number of CRS members are involved in it.]


Conflict, complexity and mathematical social science III
July 1st, 10am-5pm, London
We hope to bring together researchers in the three fields indicated in the title: in peace and conflict science and international studies; in complexity theory, modelling and simulation; and in mathematical biology, artificial intelligence, mathematical psychology, mathematical sociology, mathematical political science, mathematical economics, regional science, statistics, physics and mathematics.
Call for Papers: contributions will be accepted on the basis of a 200-300 word abstract which should be submitted by 31st March 2010 to gordonjburt@gmail.com.
Past conferences in 2009:


Modelling Social Conflict (workshop)
July 2nd, 10am-4pm, London:
Gordon Burt will present eight half-hour seminars showing how modelling in various academic disciplines can give an insight into social conflict. This is based on the book Conflict, Complexity and Mathematical Social Science, to be published later this year by Emerald Books.
Please notify interest in attending by 31st March 2010 to gordonjburt@gmail.com.







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