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

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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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