Call for Student Papers: Notre Dame Student Peace Conference 2013



The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference announces “Fusion, Where Theory and Practice Meet,” scheduled for April 5-6, 2013, at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

The submission deadline for student projects is January 25, 2013.

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is an annual event organized by students for students. Its mission is to provide space for graduate and undergraduate students to engage in dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice. The conference is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

The 2013 conference explores the integration of theory and practice in peacebuilding. Peacebuilding involves both theory and practice; both are integral components of a larger picture. Sometimes approaches and theory learned in the classroom fall apart when applied in the field. Sometime successful practices used in the world inform research and lead to evolution in theory. Globalization has exposed the evolving nature of both peacebuilding theory and practice. To bring peace to a modern, ever-changing world, we must understand how theory and practice combine to inform our approach and increase our success.

The conference committee seeks undergraduate and graduate student papers, presentations, media displays, and workshops that explore the theories and practices of peacebuilding, especially submissions that address the intersection of theory and practice in the modern world.

Suggested thematic areas include:

  • Grassroots Movements
  • Social Networking
  • Role of Media
  • Global Citizenship
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Women and Conflict
  • NGOs and Third Parties
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Cultural Understanding 
  • Sustainable Development
  • Peace Negotiations
  • Nuclear Disarmament

For consideration, please submit a one-page abstract or description of the project and a separate one-paragraph biography with information about your academic interests and background. Please include a project title, the author/creator name, and the school in a header on all pages.

Email submissions to as a Word or PDF attachment with “Submission” as the subject line.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 25, 2013.  Questions may be directed to the conference organizers at