London July 2019 Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts II: Theory and Genre
Conflict Resolution through Classical Literature
Location: London, UK
Dates: 1st to 3rd July 2019 (Monday and Tuesday)
Host Institution: King’s College London
Call for Papers: We welcome 300-word abstracts for 30-minute papers to be presented at this conference. Please include an up-to-date email address and affiliation with your submission.
Participants are invited to present on any aspect of the theories and genres pertaining to conflict resolution both ancient and modern. This entails re-evaluating established theoretical frameworks: possible lines of inquiry include interrogating the degree to which the ‘conflict resolution curve’ applies to Colombia and Brazil, asking how the global peace system as envisioned by Johansen (1978) would impact these countries, and suggesting new, culture-based conflict resolution methods for the Latin American region as a whole. Participants might also present on the theoretical aspects of applying Classical models to contemporary conflicts; even though Gentile and McMillan (1979) have demonstrated the importance of literature as a catalyst for positive social change, for example, their conclusions may require revision in light of the special challenges posed by ancient sources. Discussions linking ancient philosophical thought to conflict resolution practices are equally welcome.
Those preferring to address the question of genre might instead examine how conflict resolution is uniquely depicted in certain categories of ancient literature (epic, fable, historiography). They could also choose to identify new subgenres in modern literature, for example by investigating whether ‘conflict resolution narratives’ can be isolated from the wider traditions of the war novel and Latin American novel. The key questions to be answered during this exploration are: What are the main theories and genres of conflict resolution in extant scholarship and literature? What challenges arise when grafting solutions from ancient literature onto real-world problems? How do these relate to the specific geopolitical situations of present-day Colombia and Brazil? And in what ways should these frameworks impact the design of pedagogical materials?
The AHRC Research Networking project ‘Conflict Resolution through Classical Literature’ forms connections between academic research in Classics and War Studies and peacebuilding education in two Latin American target countries: Brazil and Colombia. The project is characterised by its double aim of research and outreach.
In three workshops (Bogota (April 2019), London (July 2019), Manaus (June 2020) participating scholars will produce new research on how Classical literature communicates and showcases conflict resolution skills, and develop ways of employing Classical literature in communicating these skills to conflict-affected youth. In so doing, they will examine ancient models of conflict resolution and map these onto the current political situation in Colombia and Brazil. In addition, they will evaluate how the Classics have historically informed pedagogical initiatives in these countries and devise ways in which ancient literature can continue to enhance peace-related education. Their conclusions will be published in both an edited volume (Workshops 1 and 2) as well as a special issue in an online open-access journal (Workshop 3).
All the information contained in this announcement can be found online at our project site: https://sites.google.com/view/conflictandclassics/home, along with links to further reading and eventually to conference programmes and pedagogical resources.