Call for Papers: Notre Dame Student Peace Conference 2015

Author: Kristi Flaherty

The 2015 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces "Persisting Challenges, New Frontiers," scheduled for March 27–28, 2015, at the University of Notre Dame. This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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. 

Founded in 1986, the Kroc Institute was inspired by its founders' vision of a world without the threat of nuclear war. While nuclear weapons remain a global concern, new challenges have surfaced such as the rise of religious fundamentalism, persistent violent conflict, and new waves of global epidemic and environmental crisis.

The field of peace studies seeks to apply new approaches, growing out of technological innovation and globalization, to longstanding global challenges. At the same time, as new crises and threats have emerged, lessons can be learned from revisiting established approaches like nonviolence and strategic peacebuilding. How can the new frontiers of peace studies transform persisting challenges? How can traditional peacebuilding approaches be applied to the world’s new challenges?

Call for Papers

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

We especially welcome proposals that explore topics such as: nuclear disarmament, emerging technologies and innovations, new and persistent challenges to the environment, global health issues, military intervention in armed conflict, peacekeeping missions, the current conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, civil resistance in Hong Kong, the role of businesses in peacebuilding, international security, religious fundamentalism, grassroots movements, and social media.

How to Submit

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).

The deadline for early priority submission is December 19, 2014. Proposals submitted before or on that deadline will be given priority consideration. The final deadline for proposals is January 19, 2015.

General registration will open 8-12 weeks before the conference.

Questions may be directed to the organizers at