Deadline: 15 May 2014

Open to: policy and decision makers, NGO leaders, experts, academics and journalists

30 September - 2 October 2014 at Hotel Hyatt in Belgrade


All accepted papers will be presented during the academic event of Belgrade Security Forum (September 30). This year, the theme of the papers is “Usable Past, Collective Memories and International Security”.

The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Such a historical context represents a good opportunity to reflect on the role of collective memories in world politics. The papers should discuss how collective memories are implicated in the construction of contemporary security representations and practices. We welcome all contributions that work at the intersection of international relations, security studies and memory studies in order to shed light on the importance of collective memories for theory and practice of international security. Specific attention will be paid to the following issues:

· the use of historical analogies in security policy making as well as the culture of remembrance by and within security institutions - the military, intelligence services and police forces.

· the implications of historicity and memorialization for securitization processes, security dilemmas and security community building;

· the role of new media and social networks in the (re)construction of collective memory and its implications for national and international security.

All submissions are required to include the applicant’s CV (up to 2 pages) attached to his/her paper proposal (up to 400 words). Submissions should be made electronically to entitled “Call for paper proposals for BSF 2014”. The applicants should clearly state whether they would like to be considered for the accommodation and travel grant. Incomplete applications will be excluded from our review. The organizers will financially support travel and accommodation expenses of selected participants on a needs basis. Following the conference all presented papers will be peer-reviewed for publication in the Journal of Regional Security.

The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2014. All successful candidates will be contacted by 5 June 2014.

BSF is the biggest international security conference in Southeast Europe, each year bringing together several hundred top level policy and decision makers, NGO leaders, experts, academics and journalists. This year it will be organized from 30 September until 2 October 2014 at Hotel Hyatt in Belgrade. Belgrade Security Forum is co-organized by the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the European Movement in Serbia. The general topic of this year's Forum is “Europe 2014: Closure and/or New Beginning?” 

For information regarding BCSP activities please contact Radomir Cvetkovic (