November 4, 2013
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The 2014 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces “Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades of Progress,” scheduled for March 28–29, 2014, at the University of Notre Dame. This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

What have we learned about building peace since the end of the Cold War, and how should we develop this knowledge into future strategies? These are the fundamental questions that this conference will explore. It will investigate the advancements and shortcomings of peacebuilding efforts during the post-Cold War period, foster a better understanding of peace work over the last two decades, and explore how to transform these reflections into more insightful and integrated approaches. Because history unexamined often becomes history forgotten, we believe that focusing on the contexts and patterns of recent history allows us to extract crucial lessons that we can refine into the ideas and principles of the future.

The conference committee seeks submissions from undergraduate and graduate students for paper or poster presentations, workshops, panel or roundtable discussions, media displays or artwork, and other innovative presentations of research that explore this theme.

We welcome proposals that explore, but are not limited to, topics such as: peace negotiations, international policy, nuclear disarmament, the Internet, social media, revolution, terrorism, Islamophobia, racial equality, cultural understanding, women’s human rights, crisis and disaster response, the rise of social enterprise, and other highlights of the recent period. Exploring these topics in specific historical context will allow us to facilitate discussion on themes and connections that can inform our work as the world’s future peacebuilders.

Interested students should submit an abstract or description of their project (no more than 500 words) and a short biography summarizing their academic interests and background (no more than 250 words).

Please submit proposals on this page or via the conference website. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 27, 2014.

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is an annual student conference organized by students for students to provide space for dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice.

Questions may be directed to the organizers at peacecon@nd.edu.