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We are interested in receiving papers which critically examine the politics, ethics and methods of conducting evaluations and research that asks evaluative questions in violently divided societies. This call is open to papers which critical examine any kind of evaluation, any kind of programme, project, or intervention, in any sector, as long as it is set with the context of a violently divided society – be it divided by militarized violence, social violence, structural violence, and so on. We are interested in papers which are sensitive to, or which focus on, the ways in which the violent context affects evaluation, and the ways in which evaluation affects violent conflicts (constructively or destructively). A short list of possible issues might include: methodological limitations or possibilities of evaluation approaches in VDS; ethical challenges and dilemmas; competing ethical systems; Insider-Outsider issues; tensions around questions of integrity; competing interests; antithetical outcomes; security and safety; contested realities; power imbalances; gendered dimensions; parasitic development and evaluation interventions; data manipulation; multiple and competing accountabilities; cash-transaction relationships; epistemic colonialism, and paradigm clashes -- to name but a few.