||At the current stage of my interdisciplinary Ph.D. project, it is crucial for me to present my research in an international scholarly environment. Funded by the Research School, I attended the International Conference on Gender and Migration: Critical Issues and Policy Implications“, in May 2013 (Istanbul), and the Second Annual International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies Conference (IAPCS), which took take place at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at University of Manchester, on 12 and 13 September 2013. Both conferences enabled me to present parts of my research – each paper focusing on a different aspect of my theoretical approach. The feedback on my papers, as well as the other presentations and discussions in the context of the conferences has provided great inspiration and further strengthened the elaboration of my theoretical concepts. Moreover, I had the chance to build skills in academic debate and networking. For me, international conferences offer the chance to understand different academic cultures which shape theoretical approaches and perspectives and make them accessible through discussion and personal exchange of ideas.