New Perspectives on Non-State Political Violence

22-23 November, 2019
Belfast, UK

Call for papers

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics of Queen’s University Belfast opens a call for papers for the conference dedicated to new perspectives on non-state political violence. We welcome PhD and early-career researchers as well as experienced academics and practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds who are interested in innovative ways of researching and analysing non-state political violence. This includes the following areas:

New approaches to research non-state political violence
  • theoretical frameworks and interdisciplinary approaches: philosophical, historical, anthropological, economic/PR, artistic/cultural, etc.;
  • approaches to data collection and analysis;
  • ethical aspects of doing research on political violence;
New trends in political violence
  • historical heritage within the 21st century non-state political violence;
  • threats;
  • modi operandi;
  • terrorist financing and economic resources;
  • propaganda and radicalisation
New responses to terrorism
  • counter-terrorism strategies;
  • intelligence and information-sharing;
  • legislation and state security practices;
  • ethical side of counter-terrorism.
Please submit your abstract (max. 500 words) and a short bio to  by August 31, 2019
Notifications of Acceptance by September 30, 2019

All submissions should be in English.

If you wish to organise a conference panel please email the conference organisers regarding the theme and panellists’ names. All panellists should submit individual abstracts before the deadline.

For more information, please, contact us at

Conference programme

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Registration and coffee/tea
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Introductory Remarks
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Non-state actors’ modi operandi: new trends, the Senate Room (QUB Lanyon Building)

Chair: Mr. Barry Sheppard

Andrew Thomson, Queen’s University Belfast
“FARC perceptions of insecurity in the Colombian peace process in the context of multiple armed groups.”

Keith Smith, King’s College London
“Solidarity, brothers and sisters: the ethics of transnational war fighting”

Mauro Lubrano, University of St Andrews
“Innovation in Leaderless Resistance Movements: a case-study on the Informal Anarchist Federation.”

Séverine Robert, Queen’s University Belfast
“Terrorists or freedom fighters? The case of Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coffee & Tea Break
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr Lorenzo Bosi, Scuola Normale Superiore
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch Break, Main Site Tower foyer
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Understanding political violence: theoretical and practical challenges, the Senate Room (QUB Lanyon Building)

Chair: Ms. Séverine Robert

Thomas Watts, Royal Holloway, University of London,
“Remote warfare and the changing character of Western interventionism.”

Mahmoud M.A. Abdou, University of Warwick
“International law and the territorial control of non-state armed groups.”

Thomas Hooper, Queen’s Mary University
“Sanitising the ethics of political violence: the critical inadequacies of revisionist just war thinking when considering foreign fighters in Syria.”

03:30 PM - 03:45 PM
Coffee & Tea Break
03:45 PM - 05:15 PM
Responses to non-state political violence: dangers and opportunities the Senate Room (QUB Lanyon Building)

Chair: Dr. Michael Bourne

Edward Moxon-Browne, University of Limerick
“The ethics of counter-terrorism: the case of targeted killings in the Occupied Territories.”

Zuza Roslonska, University of St Andrews
“The Good, the Bad, and the Gendered. A study of gender narratives in cinematic portrayals of counter-terrorism.”

Brahim Saidy, Qatar University
“Qatar's strategy for counter-terrorism: legislation and state security practices.”

Ahmed Abozaid, University of St Andrews
“Counterterrorism strategy and human rights in post‐revolutionary societies: the case of Egypt.”

Daniel Sobelman and Ofek Riemer, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Coercive disclosure: public disclosure of intelligence as a tool of coercion in IR.

05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Wine Reception
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Conference Dinner, Town Square
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Coffee & Tea Break
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Terrorist propaganda: new forms and methods , the Senate Room (QUB Lanyon Building)

Chair: Edward Moxon-Browne
Yannick Veilleux-Lepage and Emil Archambault, University of Leiden
“Flying like a state: an analysis of drone imagery in Islamic State propaganda.”

Maura Cremin, Bogdan Popescu and Alexandra Greiwe, University of Chicago
“Assessing the relationship between propaganda and violence: evidence from ISIS.”

Simone Papale, University of Nottingham
“Framing frictions: Al-Shabaab’s propaganda and recruitment in Kenya.”

Moign Khawaja, Dublin City University
“Like No Other State: determining the ‘stateness’ of Islamic State via their video propaganda.”

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Coffee& Tea Break
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Maura Conway, Dublin City University
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Lunch Break, Main Site Tower foyer
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Dimensions of political violence: archaeological, sociological and regional aspects, the Senate Room (QUB Lanyon Building)

Chair: Ms Rebecca Kerr

Rawan Nasser, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Hearing the Nakba today: the politics of viscerality in an unending uprooting.”

Mazen Iwaisi, Queen’s University Belfast
“Non-state archaeo-political violence: The Associates for Biblical Research and the re-excavation of the Israelite conquest theory.”

Ezenwa Olumba, Royal Holloway, University of London“Threats and modi operandi of ecoviolence in the Middle Belt of Nigeria.”

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Closing Remarks

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