Summer School 2015: Call for Papers

Update (9 February 2015)

The Call is now closed, and we will soon announce the final programme for the Summer School.


Call for Applications

Political Violence

Perspectives from Law, History and Political Theory

University of Edinburgh / 24 to 26 June 2015

In June 2015 the University of Edinburgh will offer an interdisciplinary Summer School on Political Violence. This three-day event will give participants the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of an unrivalled panel of international experts in the field of war and political violence and to receive critical feedback on their own projects. The programme combines people and perspectives from History, Law and Political Science and will involve intensive scholarly discussions and social activities that allow participants to network with each other in a friendly environment in the scenic, culturally vibrant setting of the city of Edinburgh. Participants will include a diverse mix of academics, MA and PhD students from the Social Sciences and Humanities, and practitioners working in NGOs and legal institutions.

List of Speakers

The programme will feature morning lectures by expert speakers and presentations from participants in the afternoon. Our speakers will attend and comment on the afternoon presentations. The detailed programme will be published in early 2015. In order to facilitate productive discussions, the maximum number of participants will be capped at 25. All participants are expected to share their papers a week before the Summer School starts.

The tuition fee for the Summer School is £150. This covers participation in the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks over three days. Fees must be paid before the start of the Summer School. Participants will need to organize and finance their own travel arrangements and accommodation, though there will be a limited number of places available in University accommodation organised on a first come, first served basis (single-room @ £40 per night). For a select number of participants there will be a possibility of a fee-waiver and financial assistance for accommodation, which will take into account both academic merit and economic circumstances.

The Summer School is supported by a number of institutions at the University of Edinburgh, including the Global Justice Academy, the Graduate School of Social and Political Sciences, and the Research and Knowledge Exchange Office, College of Humanities and Social Science.

A PDF version of this Call can be downloaded here.

How to Submit your Application

To apply please send a message to Eirini Souri (, containing the following information:

  1. Name and institutional affiliation.
  2. Curriculum Vitae, including research interests and relevant publications (not more than one page).
  3. Title and short abstract of your current research project (not more than 500 words).
  4. Letter of motivation, indicating why you would like to participate in the Summer School (not more than 500 words).

The deadline for submitting your application is 16 January 2015. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Organization and Contact

The Summer School is jointly organized by Dr Mathias Thaler (Politics and International Relations) and Dr Niall Whelehan (History). Eirini Souri (School of Social and Political Sciences) offers administrative support. Please contact Eirini ( for all matters relating to the Summer School. The Summer School is partly funded through a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (JUDGEPOL), led by Dr Mathias Thaler.

Important Dates

  • Applications deadline: 16 January 2015.
  • Notification of acceptance: 7 February 2015.
  • Deadline for papers: 17 June 2015.
  • Summer School dates: 24 to 26 June 2015.

Visa Information

Unfortunately, we cannot assist participants in arranging visas to travel to the UK, but we will send you an official invitation letter provided your application has been accepted.

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