Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Non-Nuclear Peace

Call for papers for international workshop
on 23-25 May 2018 in Antwerp (Belgium)
deadline for submission: 3 December 2017

On 23-25 May 2018 UCSIA organizes an international academic workshop on 
Non-Nuclear Peace at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

UCSIA is organising a series of three workshops to examine the problem of peace in light of contemporary global political and cultural conditions. What meaning does peace have today and what practices and institutions are taken to embody it? Does global public opinion value peace or does it favor the comfort of security?

A first workshop will analyze the vitality and viability of the current state of pacifism. This second workshop will focus on the future of the role of nuclear weapons in world politics. Nuclear weapons are often perceived as stabilizing instruments in international politics, especially in the nine possessor states as well as their non-nuclear allies. The most important criticism vis-à-vis nuclear weapons is probably that the use of nuclear weapons would be contrary to the major principles of international humanitarian law (discrimination, proportionality, … ). Because of their destructive capacity, their use is generally (except by the nuclear-armed states) regarded as illegitimate. Due to the so-called Humanitarian Initiative of 123 states and many NGO's, UN multilateral negotiations have been started up and concluded in 2017 to ban nuclear weapons. The nuclear-armed states and their allies, however, are still not convinced of the usefulness of a Ban Treaty despite their disarmament obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. They refer to the humanitarian and security aspects related to nuclear weapons. The advocates of the Humanitarian Initiative and the Ban Treaty respond that nuclear weapons provide more insecurity than security. The effects of the use of nuclear weapons - let alone a nuclear war - will likely be felt beyond the borders of a single state.
Confirmed guest lecturers:
  • Daniel H. Deudney, Associate Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Political Theory, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
  • Patricia M Lewis, Research Director International Security, Chatham House (UK)
  • Harald Müller, Executive Director (ret), Peace Research Institute & Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Casper Sylvest, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark
  • Nina Tannenwald, Faculty Fellow, Watson Institute & Director of the International Relations Program (USA)
The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic. Presentations can summarize empirical research outcomes, but also historical, conceptual, methodological related contributions are welcomed for submission.
Researchers, doctoral students, and other experts are welcome to submit their application until 3 December 2017. Full details on
Organizing committee:
  • Tomas Baum, Director, Flemish Peace Institute
  • Etienne De Jonghe, former Director, Pax Christi International
  • Jorg Kustermans, Tenure Track Professor, Research Group International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp
  • Tom Sauer, Head of the Research Group International Politics, Dept. of Political Science, University of Antwerp
  • Wim Smit, Director-General of Wereld Missie Hulp
  • Luc Braeckmans, Professor of Philosophy, University of Antwerp and Director of Academic Affairs, UCSIA
  • Dominiek Lootens, Theologian, Deputy Director of Academic Affairs, UCSIA
  • Barbara Segaert, Scientific Coordinator, UCSIA
Contact: Barbara Segaert, Project Coordinator,, T +32 (0) 3 265 45 94
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