We are pleased to announce the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice annual postgraduate and PhD student conference. The title of this year’s conference is ‘Multi-disciplinary Standpoints on Conflict Transformation’. The conference aims to explore approaches to conflict resolution through interdisciplinary collaboration. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to present, network and forge academic relationships with fellow students and practitioners working in the field. Conference participants will also benefit from the opportunity to be considered for publication of their research papers within the Mitchell Institute’s Working Paper Series.

In addition to papers from delegates, the conference will include a keynote speaker who is an expert in their area. And to further enhance postgraduate research skills, representatives from the ‘Women Are Boring’ online community will give a short talk and work-shop on increasing impact beyond academia. The conference will also feature a panel of individuals from the victims and survivors sector, in order to facilitate a space for exchanging experiences of post-conflict reconciliation.

We welcome 15-20 minute paper proposals that emerge from (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Border and identity
  • Peace building and reconciliation
  • Arts and conflict transformation
  • Post conflict trauma and memory
  • Gender
  • Media
  • Segregated education in Northern Ireland
  • Legacy (Victim and survivors)

Format of presentations

Each speaker will present a 15-20 minute paper based on their research (e.g. dissertations and theses) and will then have an opportunity to take questions for the audience. Panels will be chaired by postgraduate students and will be constructed around the key themes.


Please submit your proposal with your name, institution, email address, title and abstract (300 words max) and a 150 word biography via email to:


All paper proposals must be submitted by 31st July 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal by 11th August 2017. Those selected will be asked to confirm their acceptance. The full programme, abstracts, and further details about the conference will be published on the website and via email at a later date.

Please contact us if you would like further information about the conference or the call for papers.


The ‘Multidisciplinary Standpoints on Conflict Transformation Postgraduate Conference’ will be held on the grounds of Queen’s University Belfast on 11th September 2017. The main venue for conference presentations will be the Canada Room, but parallel sessions may take place in the Peter Froggatt Centre. The conference will open for registration at 9 am, break for lunch at 12.30 pm, and end with a wine reception at 6 pm.

 Travel, accommodation and catering

Unfortunately we are unable to cover accommodation and travel costs; however, we can provide details on travel and local accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, QUB accommodation) on request.

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Twitter: @qubpgconf2017

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Facebook: Mitchell Institute Conference 2017 Open Group

 Programme and organisation

Anna Szabelska

Ankita Roy

Cheryl Lawther

Doreen Awuah

Jonathan Adeyemi

Kathryn Mitchell

Scott Eaton

Sean Murray



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