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Durham University

Durham Law School

Events & Workshops

Workshop on Ideational Dimensions of Mediation in the 21st Century

Call for Proposals

Organisers

Dr. Catherine Turner and Dr. May Darwich

Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University

Identity, culture, religion, ethnicity among other ideational factors are salient features of international conflict and peace. Conflicting parties’ preferences and interests are often infused with ideational dimensions in shaping international peace. This workshop moves beyond interest-based analysis of mediation by focusing on how ideational dimensions in world politics affect the outcomes of mediation in militarised conflicts. Despite an extensive body of literature on international mediation, little theoretical and empirical attention has been devoted to the ideational attributes of the disputants or mediating third parties, and their effect on mediation. In light of the growing interest in the influence of ideational dimensions on international relations, this workshop explores how identity, religion, and culture among other ideational factors drives/hinders peace mediation. The workshop will be an opportunity to explore conceptual and empirical aspects related to various ideational dimensions in the mediation of militarized process.

We also welcome theoretical and/or empirical contributions that examine various world regions — be it comparative or singe case studies — that address some of these questions:

  • How do cultural affinity or divergence between disputants and mediators and among disputants affect mediation outcomes?
  • How do identity politics affect questions of inclusion and exclusion in the mediation process?
  • How do we draw on interdisciplinary tools to understand the role of ideational dimensions at local/global levels in shaping peace-making behaviour?
  • How do religion and religious communities at the local, regional and international levels influence peacemaking?
  • How do ideational dimensions affect what is perceived as ‘fairness’ in mediation?
  • How do identity-related dimensions, such as recognition, dignity, and ontological security, influence mediation and peace diplomacy?

To explore these questions, we invite proposals for a workshop to be held at Durham University on 6 November 2019. The workshop will be held as part of a project entitled ‘Mediation for the Twenty First Century’ sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University. Travel and accommodation will be covered for participants.

The workshop will revolve around the discussion of short papers of approximately 4,000 words, circulated at least two weeks prior to the workshop. The workshop will discuss each paper intensively, and after revisions all papers will be submitted towards a special issue or a special forum in an academic journal.

Proposals should include a 500-word abstract and a 150-word bio by 15 August 2019 to Dr. May Darwich may.darwich@durham.ac.uk and Dr. Catherine Turner catherine.turner@durham.ac.uk

Contact catherine.turner@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.