CfP: International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis in Comparative Perspective, 4-5 July 2019 at University College London

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Call for Papers
March 4, 2019 to April 30, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Human Rights, Southeast Asian History / Studies, Public Health

International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis in Comparative Perspective, 4-5 July 2019, University College London (UCL)

We invite scholars, students,  policy makers, humanitarian workers, donors, media, activists, practitioners, officials, NGOs, community leaders, and other stakeholders to submit original short papers, discussions or concept notes on the Rohingya crisis or other cases of genocide, human rights violations, ethnic cleansing and collective violence. The conference theme is interdisciplinary in nature and will cover a range of topics especially targeting (but not limited to) the following:

  • Comparative perspectives on state-sponsored violence and genocide 
  • Role of gender, religion and/or ethics in collective violence
  • Policy, identity,  advocacy and citizenship
  • Exposure to risks, hazardous environments and climate change
  • Humanitarian field work and logistics
  • Social and economic transformations and their perceptions
  • Trauma, resilience and inter-generational transmission
  • Law, transitional Justice and conflict resolution
  • Forced migration
  • Perpetration and complicity
  • Media, representation and narratives of violence

We welcome submissions addressing these and other topics from the following perspectives: social sciences, political economy, sustainable development, history and historiography, heritage studies, human rights and dignity, public health, cultural studies, disaster risk reduction, education, humanitarianism, environmental and physical geography, law and social justice, women and gender equity, peace studies, GIS and remote sensing, sociology, development studies, international relations, religious studies, economics, genocide studies, psychology and philosophy, architectural design and shelter cluster, science and technology studies, global and regional security, diversity and inclusion, indigenous rights, language studies, and applied research. 

Concurrently a professional photography exhibition (by renowned Photographer Mahmud) and follow-up discussion will be held at the venue, providing a visual narrative of the 2017 Rohingya crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send your abstract(s) (300 words max.) and short biographies (100 words max.) to to arrive no later than 30th April 2019. Your email subject line should be – “Rohingya Conference at UCL”. Selected authors will be invited to submit full papers before 31st May 2019 and to present their papers at the conference. We will provide invitation letters to the selected authors for visa procedures.

Guidelines for full papers: A4 portrait page, margins all-over 2cm, single spacing, Arial 11 font, and all together 5,000 words maximum in length. Please send your article in MS Word format only.

Your paper must have a title and author(s) details (name, designation, and email ID), and abstract, introduction/ background, methodology, results, and discussion/ conclusion sections. Please keep the number of references to a minimum. You can add relevant high-quality original figures (300 dpi), photographs, designs, transcripts, interviews, and tables. The paper must be originally written by you (and not have been submitted anywhere else) and aligned with the conference aims. If your case study is not the Rohingya crisis, then please situate your topic in comparative perspective.

All papers will be peer-reviewed. The selected papers will be published on the UCL IRDR website as conference proceedings (later we may approach UCL Press/ Routledge for a print version). 

All participants apart from invited keynote speakers must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. We will also fully cover the travel and accommodation costs of two students from developing countries after a competitive panel-review process based on the quality and novelty of their submissions. Students’ article submission deadline is 15th May 2019.

The conference is funded through the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CCV) at the Institute of Advanced Studies, and is jointly organised by the UCL Institute for Risk Disaster Reduction (IRDR) and UCL CCV. There is no registration fee for this conference but it is essential to register. For urgent queries, please call +44(0)2031081101. Please email Dr Bayes Ahmed for any further clarification needed. We look forward to welcome you to UCL in July. 

Conference Conveners:

Professor Mary Fulbrook

Professor Peter Sammonds

Dr Maung Zarni

Professor Imtiaz Ahmed

Professor Amena Mohsin

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Conference Proceedings Editor:

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Article Peer-Review Panel:

Dr Jessica Field

Dr Matluba Khan 

Dr Bayes Ahmed

Dr Amira Osman

Dr Akhtar Alam

Contact Info: 

Dr Bayes Ahmed

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