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EVENT: 'Education, Conflict and Crisis'
DATE: 20/21 June 2023
VENUE: University of Sussex campus

The University of Sussex hub of the Political Economy of Education Research (PEER) Network located within the Centre for International Education (CIE), is inviting UK-based doctoral researchers working on issues of education, conflict and crisis to join a workshop to discuss their research alongside peers and scholars working in the field of education, conflict and peace. This is an opportunity to be part of a growing international network of researchers who are working in this field and to contribute to cutting edge debates around the challenges, critiques and future directions of education and conflict research.

Attending researchers can be at any stage of their PhD and based in any discipline or faculty, but their research must be focused on questions relating to the relationship between education and conflict - particularly in contexts of protracted conflict. In order to make the workshop as interactive as possible with enough time for collaborative discussion of individual presentations/feedback, numbers will be limited to 15. Participants will have their travel expenses and accommodation costs covered.



Call For Papers

Universities in Times of Conflict 2023SYMPOSIUM

EVENT: Supporting and Learning from Universities in Times of Conflict:
Towards Resilience and Resistance
in Higher Education

6/7 July 2023
IDS Convening Space,
University of Sussex, Library Road,
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RE

In a moment of intensifying political and economic crises for universities in many different contexts, with challenges for university autonomy and academic freedom across the globe, this symposium asks how can we support and learn from universities in times of conflict?

Having been neglected for many years in research, policy and practice, there is an emerging realisation that the economic and political abandonment of universities in times of conflict not only degrades national capacities and blights potential for economic recovery, but also forecloses the rebuilding of critical spaces where young people can encounter and contest different ideas, ideologies and identities in the aftermath of war. 

In Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Nicaragua, Colombia, Palestine, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Bosnia, Ukraine and countless other contexts, the trajectories of universities are powerfully shaped by the ways in which they have been supported or abandoned by national and international actors in times of conflict, with enduring consequences for post-conflict recovery and the rebuilding of a democratic society.


To present a paper, please send your title, abstract and a short biography to Helen Murray [h.murray@sussex.ac.uk] by 28 April 2023 (notification of acceptance by mid-May 2023). Papers will be loosely grouped into the following themes:

Theme 1: Academic isolation and transnational solidarities
Theme 2: The politics of international aid to higher education in times of conflict
Theme 3: Universities as spaces of resilience and resistance
Theme 4: Universities, conflict and rebuilding publics 

We particularly welcome contributions from academics and students living and working in contexts of conflict, refugee students and scholars in exile, universities in exile, transnational academic networks, solidarity movements and inter-university partnerships.  A small travel fund is available to subsidise expenses for selected speakers coming from overseas. If you would like to apply for the travel fund, you should include this with your submission

Depending on the scope of the papers, we intend to publish a special issue of the journal of Globalisation, Societies and Education.

This symposium is organised by the University of Sussex hub of the Political Economy of Education Research (PEER) Network, an AHRC GCRF funded 3-year research collaboration between the Universities of Cape Town, Nazarbayev, Sussex and Ulster on issues of education, conflict and crisis. It is hosted by the Centre for International Education (CIE) and the Centre for Higher Education Equity Research (CHEER) at the University of Sussex.




Jo Westbrook: 2021CIE Co-Director: Professor Jo Westbrook [jlw24@sussex.ac.uk] 





Linda MorriceCIE Co-Director: Professor Linda Morrice [l.m.morrice@sussex.ac.uk]





RamonaCIE Research Fellow: Ramona Saraoru [a.saraoru@sussex.ac.uk]