CfP: Krieg und Frieden, Globales und Lokales (Konferenz auf Zypern)

Wer politikwissenschaftliche und anthropologische Interessen zu mischen vermag, sich zudem noch für Fragen von Krieg und Frieden und Globalem zu Lokalem begeistert, den interessiert sich unter stehender Call for Papers. Beiträge können bis Ende April eingereicht werden, die Konferenz findet dann im September statt. Es besteht zudem die Möglichkeit von Reisestipendien – nicht uninteressant, zumal die Konferenz in Nicosia (Zypern) stattfindet. Mehr Infos unterm Strich:


The ‘Local’ in Global Understandings of War and Peacemaking
Anthropological and inter-disciplinary perspectives


NICOSIA, 1-2 September 2011

The last century has seen a proliferation of conflict in different sites, and of varying
scale and form – from civil and revolutionary/liberation struggles, to inter-communal
and global wars and, as the case of Cyprus clearly shows, combinations of the above.
While much enquiry about the background of these conflicts, their nature and not least
the so-called “war on terror” have brought the international world order and the
discourse of liberalism and democracy into question, „the local‟ still retains a rather
parochial position within mainstream peace and conflict studies, remaining the curious
exemplar that may confirm or refute the efficacy of „international norms‟. New
approaches in anthropology attempt to break away from the local/global dichotomy by
focusing on the interconnectedness and trans-locality of peace and conflict, or by
exploring the everyday of conflict through ethnographies of violence and subjectivity.

The 2011 joint PACSA-PRIO Cyprus Centre conference, organised with the support of
the University of Nicosia, will re-examine these paradigms vis-à-vis the connection
between anthropology and peace and conflict studies. Focussing on the dynamics of
local-global relations, the conference aims to re-evaluate and strengthen anthropological
contributions to peace and conflict studies as well as to the study of violence in general.
It seeks to underscore the relevance of bottom-up studies of conflict both within and
beyond anthropology and within an inter-disciplinary field that connects peace praxis
and peace activism to political analysis, sociology, philosophy, and beyond. In
combining these perspectives, the conference aims to reveal new potentialities in the re-
conceptualisation of the „inter-disciplinarity‟ of research in peace and conflict.

We thus invite participants to propose papers that contribute to the development of
innovative concepts in peace and conflict studies by integrating local-level analyses of
conflict with global understandings of war and peacemaking. Taking place in Nicosia‟s
Buffer Zone, the conference will provide participants with a unique opportunity to
explore the comparisons between „their‟ local sites and the protracted Cyprus conflict
(attended by an equally protracted peace process) that reveals the blurred frontiers
between peace, negotiations, conflict, militarization and war, and trans-national

The following themes and questions will be considered as a starting point for discussion
in the conference, as well as further elaboration in closed workshop sessions aiming to
scrutinize anthropological practice in-depth and vis-à-vis other disciplinary frames:

The temporality of peace and conflict processes: How clear or blurred are the boundaries
between peace and war, violence and conflict, militarisation and pacification? What is the
relation between modern/post-modern peace and conflict and the globalisation of
capitalism? How is the enemy (distant or proximal, imaginary or real) constructed in times
of conflict and peace?

Peace and conflict research methodologies: How do new tools and methods (e.g. multi-
sited ethnography, the extended case method) build upon anthropological knowledge, and
how applicable are they across conflict sites?

Figures of war and peace: How do the categories of the victim, the martyr and the
perpetrator transform in time and space, from one conflict to another, “at home” and
abroad? How do we account for the blurring of the boundaries between these figures?

Military practices in conflict and peace: As militaries deploy in foreign sites they interact
with/against local military personnel and civilians. How are these experiences
framed? How are technologies and tasks “exchanged” in these contexts?

The culture of non-state armed and paramilitary groups: In relation to how populations
are militarized, non-state and state warlords have emerged that are involved in compelling
human rights violations. How do these develop as élite groups, what is their history,
structure and performance culture? How does this relate to the categories of peace and

Anthropology and security: How do anthropologists relate to global processes of
securitisation and emerging security architectures? How do local experiences articulate
with the universalising logic of these wider discourses of security?

Governance in zones of conflict: International organizations implement agreements,
supervise local elections, and see that justice is made. Which policies guide the local and
international actors involved, and what are their effects on people? How can we analyse
international interventions as sites of exchange for global flows? How do anthropologists
analyze governance in areas of limited statehood?

Potentialities in the study of peace and conflict: Can a shift to the study of the
ambivalent space of relations and to political scales bring to the fore the positive or
negative potentialities of local relations? How can anthropological fieldwork enhance our
understanding of the feasibility of peace plans and agreements?

Paper abstracts (max 300 words) should be submitted by April 30th 2011. Selected
applicants will be informed by May 15th. Participants can apply for a limited number of
travel grants.
To submit an abstract of up to 300 words or request further information, please contact

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