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2011 PJSA Conference: Call for Proposals

The Peace & Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and the Gandhi-King Conference (GKC) are pleased to announce our first-ever jointly sponsored annual conference, A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice. We welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and perspectives that address issues related to the broad themes of solidarity, community, advocacy, education, and activism as they are brought to bear in the pursuit of peace and justice.

In particular, we seek to explore how civil rights and grassroots organizing can be reimagined and reinvigorated as essential tools for peacemaking and addressing structural violence. We will examine the many dimensions of identity construction and political association as they relate to contemporary issues such as immigration, prisons, housing, and schools, and furthermore we will strive to analyze the complex interweaving of these issues in the context of local communities, framed by an ever-changing global landscape. We especially welcome contributions that explore the theories, histories, and legacies of Civil Rights and other social movements, including those addressing questions of environmental justice, first nations, urban landscapes, and militarism.

Submissions may propose offerings in various forms: research papers, presentations, round-tables, panels, hands-on workshops, posters, and creative works using a variety of media to address the broad themes identified above. Our goal is to create a stimulating environment where scholars, activists, educators, practitioners, artists, and students can build community and explore interconnections. We invite participants to engage in various modes of exploration, including papers and presentations, hands-on practitioner workshops, and a youth summit. We aim to foster an experience in which attendees will have multiple opportunities to meet and dialogue in both formal and informal settings, against the unique historical backdrop of Memphis, TN.

The deadline for proposal submissions is May 1, 2011 (after that date, late submissions will be placed in the program as space permits). Abstracts are limited to 150 words, and must be submitted electronically through the PJSA website.