International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies - "State Fragmentation, Regional Crises and War Endings", 19 – 31 July, 2015, Cyprus

Publish Date: Apr 30, 2015

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Event Dates: from Jul 19, 2015 12:00 to Jul 31, 2015 12:00

Following the success of the 2014 International Summer School (ISS) in Peace and Conflict Studies, the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, announces the Second International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies, which is organized in collaboration with the European Consortium for Political Research and the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies. The 2015 ISS focus theme will be "State Fragmentation, Regional Crises and War Endings."

Theme & Objectives

The continuation of war, terrorist and secessionist movements, and the radicalization of politics in cross-national and regional contexts present pressing and persistent crises to the international system. In some occasions, basic governance and welfare provisions have collapsed. Humanitarian relief has become ever more necessary but increasingly dangerous. Beyond the fragility of state institutions, the viability of 20th century state formations is in serious doubt in certain regions. Conflict resolution and peacebuilding theory and practice face new problems and challenges that require serious reflection and understanding, careful engagement and well-thought action.

The purpose of the ISS is to bring together leading academics in the interdisciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies with practitioners and postgraduate students who are working in this area. The objective is to develop a corpus of critical knowledge which will influence peacebuilding theory, methodology, ethics and policy, as well as to have a broader impact on the key agendas of IR-peacemaking. To this end, the subjects and themes of the summer school will range from peace and conflict theories to policy analysis and field work experiences. This multileveled approach to the problems of peace and conflict studies – from theory to practice – will be channeled into all the various themes and subjects; in this way, the ISS forum will be both broad and deep in scope.

Target group
The ISS seeks to attract reflective research students (MA or PhD), preferably with field experience, working on a broad range of issues pertaining to peace and peacebuilding. The aim is to broaden rather than restrict input and to bring together individuals with different disciplinary backgrounds and professional experiences.
The Summer School will be taught in intensive morning and afternoon sessions. It will be organized around lectures and seminars led by experts. It will also include roundtables, panels and discussion sessions with scholars and practitioners. Furthermore, there will be an UNFICYP study tour along the buffer zone in Nicosia. A fieldtrip will be organized around a specific topic, while events will be held to facilitate the discussion of research agendas. One hour each day will be invested for student consultation, while one day will be allocated to students to present their own research work and receive feedback from the teaching faculty.
Teaching Faculty
International Teaching Faculty: Emel Akçalı (Central European University), Annika Björkdahl (Lund University), Rebecca Bryant (LSE), Ayşe Betül Çelik (Sabancı University), Thomas Diez (University of Tübingen), Daniela Donno (University of Pittsburgh), Yael Navaro-Yashin (University of Cambridge), Sandra Pogodda (University of Manchester), Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester), Nicholas Sambanis (Yale University).

Local Teaching Faculty: Constantinos Adamides, Costas M. Constantinou, Antonis Ellinas, Maria Hadjipavlou, Mete Hatay, Nayia Kamenou, Farid Mirbagheri, Yiannis Papadakis, Charis Psaltis, Socrates Stratis, Michalinos Zembylas.

Topics to be covered

State Fragmentation, Statebuilding and Hybrid Peace Formations

• Understanding Civil War

• The Political Geography of Secession and Partition

• Crisis, Deescalation and Desecuritization in Contemporary Diplomacy

• Memory, Conflict and Nationalism

• Regional Governance and Post-Conflict Democracy-Building

• Media, Conflict and Peace Journalism

• Remembering and Forgetting Atrocities

• Pedagogies of Reconciliation

• Gender, Sexuality and War

• Situating Peace Agency in Urban Spaces

• The Architecture of Post-Conflict Reconstruction

• EU and Conflict Transformation

• Economic Crisis and Political Conflict in Europe

• Jihadism & Political Islam in the Middle East

• State Formation, Control and Fragmentation in the Contemporary Middle East

Location & Cyprus

The summer school will take place in Old Nicosia, the heart of Cyprus's divided capital, which provides a cozy and vibrant environment, as well as the opportunity for social and cultural entertainment during day and nighttime. The intractable Cyprus Problem provides a useful backdrop to study issues of peace and conflict. In the heart of a vibrant divided city, participants will be able to experience first-hand peace and conflict predicaments and reflect on wider issues from around the globe.

All participants receive a Summer School Certificate of Attendance (5 ECTS) or a Diploma (10 ECTS) on the basis of a 7000 words Research Paper.
Fees & Accommodation

1100€ (en suite accommodation), 1000€ (accommodation), 800€ (no accommodation)

The Summer School provides university student accommodation for the participants. If you opt for your own accommodation, here are some suggestions. Special prices have been negotiated for participants.

Hotel Centrum – Price Range €48-81 (

Hotel Classic – Price Range €46-60 (

Hotel Royiatiko – Price Range €61-90 ( For reservations, use code "ISS 2015".

Youth Hostel Nicosia – Prices from €10 (

Participation fees (no accommodation) for selected candidates who are students / researchers at the University of Cyprus are 400€.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded on a merit and need basis to partially cover participation and/or travel expenses.

Organizing Committee

Maria Hadjipavlou (Chair), University of Cyprus

Costas M. Constantinou, University of Cyprus

Antonis Ellinas, University of Cyprus

Applications & Further Information
We accept students on a rolling admissions system, so please apply early to secure a place and be able to book air tickets and/or accommodation at lower prices.
The deadline for submitting complete applications is 31 May 2015.

For further information contact Nayia Kamenou (

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