Call for Papers

The 2021 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference steering committee announces this year’s conference, Beyond the Surface: Moving the Needle on Global Peace, sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu

Our world today is plagued by an overwhelming number of issues: climate change, racial injustice, civil unrest, gender-based violence, health crises, and many more. In recent months, we have witnessed a great awakening of hearts and minds across the globe in response to many of these issues.

This awakening has allowed people of all ages in all places to voice the injustices they see and do what they can to create change. As scholars of peace studies, we have a duty to take action and respond to the most pressing challenges of our time. Given where we find ourselves in the world today:

How can we use our individual experiences as well as our knowledge to unify and move forward in addressing, and ultimately solving, these challenges?

How can we channel current social unrest in such a way that allows for communities across the world to adopt principles of strategic peacebuilding?


How can we each contribute our own bit of good to move the needle on global peace?

The conference committee invites undergraduate and graduate students from all different fields of study to submit interdisciplinary proposals that demonstrate how their own work and scholarship advances the field of peace studies.


Students can propose innovative presentations or sessions of all types: research papers; analyses of experiential learning; panel discussions; artwork or media projects; or other project formats. We welcome proposals that highlight practice as well as those based on research.

Strong proposals might engage with, but are not limited to, topics such as:


Structural Violence
Gender-Based Violence
Coalition Building
International Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation


Climate Change
Racial Justice
Ethnic Conflict
Media
Policy Reform


Erosion of Democracy
Nonviolent Resistance
Strategic Peacebuilding
Nuclear Disarmament
Economic Injustice


The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22, 2021. Proposals received earlier may be given preference in the review process.