Religion and Culture In Conflict and Peace: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in South Asia
Presentations will be in English, and each speaker will be allocated 20 minutes with up to 10 minutes for discussion. During the conference there will also be sessions allocated specifically for open discussions on themed topics and networking.
- Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 7th February, 2019 13.00 CET Time.
- Confirmation of paper acceptance will be at the latest Friday 15th February, 2019.
Please submit papers to: Rebecca.Bellamy@winchester.ac.ukPresenters whose papers are accepted will have bursaries supporting their accommodation and subsistence. However, all delegates must pay for their own travel to and from the conference location. As part of the conference there will be an arranged excursion to visit some of the rich archaeological and sacred sites of Lumbini.
Conference Brief /
Understanding of the role of religion and culture in conflict and peacebuilding is crucial to building just and harmonious communities and societies across the world. This is particularly relevant in South Asia today; where religious actors and institutions are playing vital and complex roles in conflict transformation, civic awareness, state transitional processes and reconciliation initiatives.
The 2nd International Conference on ‘Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace’ offers opportunities for peacebuilding scholars and practitioners from all over the world to collaborate in exploring some of the most complex and pressing challenges we face today. The conference aims to go beyond reporting on ‘religious peacebuilding activities’, and examine critically the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding, and the contribution of religious leaders and organisations to societal harmony. It is hoped that the conference will propose new avenues for research and practice. As a result the conference organisers encourage innovative and challenging contributions which address the following themes:
- The role of religion in building just and sustainable peace in South Asian countries
- The role of the UN, governments and CSOs in empowering women’s leadership in post-conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
- The consequences and implications of the rise of religious nationalism for peacebuilding.
- The role of Reconciliation in the future of Nepal.
- Buddhist perspectives on the ethics of violence, non-violence and peace-building .
- Justpeace vs Liberal Peace? New theoretical insights and developments in religious peacebuilding