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Postgraduate Research Workshop - Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping: Ambition, Pragmatism and Adaptability




Series: International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) event series

Call for papers

Peacekeeping operations increasingly face a tension between pragmatic approaches, which seek realistically achievable outcomes, and ambitious approaches rooted in humanitarian commitments and human rights. This ‘turn’ to pragmatism speaks to the need of peacekeeping to adapt to new expectations and challenges, including increasingly complex mandates of multilateral missions and the emergence of asymmetric threats. However, these more robust and militarised operations may have negative effects on host communities and wider work towards sustainable peace. Using 'the local' lens, this workshop will explore adaptation to some of these new challenges amidst these humanitarian and security tensions. This event seeks to provide a productive space for emerging PGR voices, and each substantive panel will include a balance of practitioners, scholars and postgraduates.

This workshop is the first of a four-part series which will examine peacekeeping through three layers: the local, the national/regional, and the global. The series aims to stimulate thinking through a bottom-up approach, which builds an additional 'lens' through which to view the challenges in question, beginning with the 'local', then adding the 'national/regional' and finally the 'global'. The final event of the series will bring together PGRs, scholars and practitioners to discuss the outcomes of the workshops and to strategize directions for a robust peacekeeping research agenda.

This event is held under the remit of the BISA Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Working Group with funding from BISA PGN.

We invite submissions on the following themes and topics:

Humanitarian Aspects

  • Challenges to aspirational human rights and humanitarian goals
  • Approaching diverse actors to fulfil aspirational aims in a complex environment
  • Incorporating local needs and interests in pursuit of aspirational humanitarian goals

Privileging Security

  • What kind of security for whom? Struggles over meaning for security
  • The role of militarisation in peacekeeping and challenges in practice for local security
  • The effects counter-terrorism on local conceptions of security
  • Adaptation of peacekeeping in responding to counterinsurgency strategies

Building Peace

  • Implications of conceptual and practical interactions between militarisation, humanitarian aims, human
  • security and development on building peace
  • Strategies for balancing normative ambitions against security challenges in pursuit of peacebuilding

If you wish to present a paper: Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to and no later than 31 July 2019.

If you wish to attend, but not present a paper: Please send a brief statement (also no more than 250 words) of how the workshop will benefit your research, no later than 31 July 2019.

Selected speakers and attendees will be informed by 9 August 2019.

A limited number of travel bursaries (max. £50 pp) are available for participants who cannot secure funds from their home institution. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please provide a brief explanation in your email and whether other sources of funding are available to you.

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When and where

9.30am - 4.30pmFriday 20th September 2019

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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