Call for Papers – Chechnya: Rationales of Violence and War Experiences – Paris, 22-23 October 2012



CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PAPER – Chechnya: rationales of violence and war experiences

Paris, 22-23 October 2012

 Since 1994, the Chechen war has been qualified in diverse ways by actors and observers, and this profusion of qualifiers reveals a multitude of explanations for the causes, goals and consequences of the war. The aim of this conference will be first to sum up, renew and enrich existing research on the Chechen war, by rereading the history of Chechnya since the end of the Soviet period. Its aim will also be to put the phenomena of violence at work in Chechnya in a comparative perspective that takes into account the renewal of contemporary war studies as well as the historiography of 20th century wars.The questions we wish to address can be grouped under four main themes:

1 – Methodological aspects : How to work on this war (ethics, sources…)?

2- Political rationales of violence

3 – War experiences and socio-cultural consequences of the conflict

4- Phases of “non-war” and ends-of-war.

 See the full call for paper on 

 The inter-disciplinary conference is open to the contributions of researchers from all fields ; proposals involving a comparison between the Chechen case and other conflicts are welcome.

 This conference is organised by the research project Understanding Violence in Russia: War, Institutions, Society thanks to the support of the “Emergence(s)” Programme of the City Hall of Paris.

Information for participants

Persons wishing to participate should send to a résumé of 300 to500 words along with a short biographical note (no CV) for May 4th 2012.

Participants accepted will be informed by June 1st 2012.

Participants will be requested to provide an abstract of approximately 5-7 pages (3000-5000 words) for September 15th 2012.

Working languages: French, English, Russian (presentations are possible in these three languages, French-Russian and Russian-French translation only will be available).


Organising Institutions: Centre d’étude des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (CERCEC) (CNRS/EHESS); Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris; The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (PIPSS.ORG); Université Libre de Bruxelles-; Centre d’études franco-russe, Moscow.

Organisation Committee: Françoise Daucé (University Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand/ CERCEC(EHESS/CNRS)), Anne Le Huérou (CERCEC(EHESS/CNRS)), Aude Merlin (ULB-CEVIPOL, Brussels), Amandine Regamey (University Paris I/CERCEC(EHESS/CNRS)), Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski (CERCEC (EHESS/CNRS), PIPSS.ORG)

Scientific Committee Alain Blum (CERCEC (EHESS/CNRS)), Raphaëlle Branche (University Paris-1, CHS, IUF), Marielle Debos (University Paris Ouest, ISP), Jean-Vincent Holeindre (Panthéon-Assas University (Paris 2), Centre Raymond-Aron (EHESS)), Mary Kaldor (London School of Economics), Julie Saada (Artois University), Aglaya Snetkova (Centre for Security Studies, ETH, Zurich), Katia Sokirianskaia (International Crisis Group, Moscow), Maïrbek Vachagaev (Association for Caucasian Studies, Paris), Vanessa Voisin (CEFR-IRICE)