Building Sustainable Peace: Ideas, Evidence, and Strategies

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An interdisciplinary conference on the state of the field of peace research and practice and the nexus between them. 

November 8-10, 2019
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, one of the world's leading academic centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace, invites scholars, educators and practitioners to a Fall 2019 conference on the state of the field of peace research and practice, and the nexus between them. The conference is designed to animate conversations about the synergies and the contestations between theory and practice, the field and the classroom, and the different local, national, regional and global orientations towards peace. 

The conference is organized around four overarching themes:

  • Understanding Violence
  • Peacemaking
  • Confronting Injustice
  • Building Peaceful Societies

Keynote speakers include:

  • John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute
  • Séverine Autesserre, Professor of Political Science, Barnard College​​​​​​, Columbia University
  • sujatha baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project and Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow at Impact Justice
  • Sergio Jaramillo, Colombia’s Former High Commissioner of Peace; Ambassador of Colombia to Belgium

View the full conference schedule.

Call for Submissions

The deadline for submitting a proposal for the conference is now past. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by July 15, 2019. Conference registration will open on June 17, 2019. 

Papers will be considered for publication in an edited volume following the conference. 

Conference Registration

Registration is now open

The registration fee includes all meals served on the Notre Dame campus during the conference (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast). Limited need-based registration fee waivers are available for presenters.

Fees are tiered as follows:

  • Graduate Students: $50
  • Practitioners and NGO employees: $75
  • Junior Faculty Members: $100
  • Senior Faculty Members: $150

Questions? Contact Ariane Woodworth at