Call for Proposals

The 2020 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces this year’s conference, 2020 Visions: Where Do We Go From Here?

It seems as if our world today is coming apart at the seams. We are confronted by complex problems such as climate change, mass shootings, international terrorism, and ethnic conflict. With many of these problems appearing to spin out of control, it is easy to feel disempowered or point fingers instead of reaching consensus. As students in peace studies, we have to ask: How we can marshal coalitions to solve some of these problems? Strategic peacebuilding requires that we identify both root and proximate causes of violence and tie that knowledge to strategies for forward progress.

What are the major problems of our age, and more importantly, what is our path toward solving them?

To explore this question, the conference committee invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit interdisciplinary proposals that demonstrate how their own work advances the field of peace studies. Students can propose innovative presentations or sessions of all types: research papers or posters; presentations on experiential learning; panel discussions; roundtables on current issues; workshops or trainings; artwork, performance, or media projects; or other project formats. We welcome proposals that highlight practice as well as those based on research.

We welcome proposals that engage topics such as climate change, nonviolent resistance, ethnic conflicts, international diplomacy, structural racism, resurgent nationalism, coalition building, nuclear disarmament, gun violence, economic injustice, gendered violence, and policy reform.

The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2020. To submit an abstract, please complete our submission form.

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