Peacekeeping conference: Submission deadline

December 22, 2017 all-day

Call for Student Papers

Building and Keeping the Peace: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

1 March 2018

University of Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian International Council will host a one-day conference to examine peacekeeping and peacebuilding from a multi-disciplinary perspective. This conference supports the objectives of the Manitoba Chair for Global Governance Studies (MCGGS). We wish to involve a broad spectrum of academics, practitioners and students from fields including political science, international development, international relations and security studies, women and gender studies, human rights, economics, history, health and sociology. The CIC and other organizations are holding similar discussions across Canada in anticipation of and response to the Government of Canada’s recent declaration of its renewed commitment to peacekeeping.

The Winnipeg Branch is accepting proposals for papers from Honours and post-graduate students, related to the theme of the conference and key questions identified below. The paper may be the fruit of a complete or ongoing academic endeavour. Please identify your programme of study and year of graduation, and include a brief note of endorsement from your thesis supervisor or lecturer, with their contact details.

Your proposal must not exceed 300 words. Presenters will be organised in thematic panels and each presenter will be allowed no more than 15 minutes for their presentation. As a rule of thumb, allow 2 minutes for each page of double-spaced, 12-pt text.

Conference Theme

Peacekeeping and peacebuilding have never been more important, or more central to global governance. Peacekeeping is a product of the United Nations (UN), the world’s primary institution of global governance, and continues to be enacted primarily through multi-state international organizations (IOs) including, but not limited to, the UN. Peacebuilding is a related process that attempts to rebuild post conflict states by developing social, political and economic institutions that foster peace, demobilization, demilitarization and democratization. As in peacekeeping, IOs are often principal actors in peacebuilding, drawing on international expertise to secure and sustain peace through international collaboration. In contrast with the original vision of peacekeeping pioneered by Canada in the Sinai – where peace between two consenting parties is monitored and maintained – peacekeeping in the 21st Century often takes place in settings where the existence of peace is more aspiration than reality. Similarly, peacebuilding often takes place in settings where the lines between conflict and post-conflict may be blurry. In both settings, international intervenors deal with the involvement of both state and non-state actors, and navigate complex relations of power and cultural differences.

Key questions to be considered include:

• Does the ‘classic model’ of peacekeeping still serve a purpose given the changing nature of conflict?

• What is the economic impact of peacekeepers on their home countries? Does having donor countries dependent on the income of peacekeepers change the practice of peacekeeping?

• What is the frontier between peacekeeping and peacebuilding?

• What happens when those implementing or maintain peace violate the rights of those they are meant to serve (ie Code Blue initiative on Peacekeepers and sexual assault/abuse)? Who polices the peacekeepers?

• Can peacebuilding work across cultures?

• What are the gender implications or peacebuilding and peacekeeping? We now have had all-female peacekeeping units – what are the lessons learned?

• How does spending by an intervention force impact the local economy?

• The importance of UN funding for peacekeeping operations on the attitude of troop contributing countries and the quality of their contributions.

• What roles do peacekeepers play is support of IOs and state and non-state donors?

• How does the international community manage transitions between peacekeeping and peacebuilding?


Winnipeg Branch will consider all proposals submitted no later than 22 December 2017. Please submit your proposal by e-mail to

We will advise successful applicants no later than 15 January 2018.

Successful applicants will be required to submit their final paper no later than 15 February.