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PJSA Conference: Call for Proposals

PJSA 2013 - "Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation"

October 17-19, 2013 in Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA

{Note: The deadline for submitting proposals for 2013 has passed, but late proposals may be submitted and considered for inclusion as space permits.}

The enduring tension between tradition and innovation, and between continuity and change, will be the overarching theme of the 2013 meetings of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, to be jointly hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Global Studies along with several other Faculties and Departments. A concurrent undergraduate student conference (including grades 11 and 12) is also being planned.

Inspired by the broader Kitchener-Waterloo region -- where a long and distinguished history of Mennonite peacemaking exists alongside a growing reputation as one of Canada’s most dynamic high-technology hubs -- the 2013 PJSA conference theme honours the tradition, history and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while simultaneously seeking to expand the movement’s frontiers in search of new and innovative ways to promote both the practice and the culture of peace in a divided world. Accordingly, the conference will welcome proposals from across a wide range of disciplines, professions and perspectives on issues such as the innovative use of social or communications technology in the promotion of peace, the use of unconventional or unorthodox peace promotion strategies by long-established actors in the field, or on the comparative accomplishments of ‘new’ vs. ‘old’ actors in the field of peace and justice studies.

We invite maximum 150-word proposals for papers, workshops, poster sessions or film presentations by April 30, 2013, through the PJSA website:


In your proposal, please indicate which of the following specialty sessions or panel tracks, if any, for which you wish to be considered:

Special Pre-Conference and Concurrent Conference Focused Sessions

• K-12 Teacher Professional Development Days (Friday / Saturday): Innovative Classroom Resources for Peace, Social Justice and / or Conflict Resolution coordinated by the WLU Faculty of Education and local School Boards

• Pre-Conference (Thursday morning / afternoon) Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Workshops, open for PJSA registrant attendance. Theme to fit into vertically integrated peacebuilding.
(Note: concurrent panels on peacebuilding also within the conference – see below).

• Pre-Conference (Thursday morning / afternoon) Mediation / Restorative Justice Workshops
(2 or 3 hour time slots available; please indicate).

Main Conference Special Tracks and Panels

(not exhaustive; additional proposals welcome; those listed below will have special session coordinators):

o Aboriginal Residential Schools and the resulting Truth and Reconciliation Commission
o Our Aboriginal Heritage and the Quest for Peace and Justice
o Business Innovations for Peace and Justice (e.g. CSR)
o Science, Technology, Complexity and Innovation for Peace
o Competing Innovations: Do new forms of Warfare require new forms of Peacemaking?
o Religion and War and Peace
o Peacebuilding: Where Tradition and Innovation meet
o Music and Protest
o WWI Centenary (and the 1914 Christmas Truce): After a century, what can we still learn?
o War of 1812: Did we remember well or badly?
o Other themes as proposed, including Graduate Student-focused panels with respondents / discussants.


(Detailed student competition descriptions and deadlines to be posted on the PJSA website soon):

• Student (both Undergraduate and Graduate) Music Composition Competition – to be adjudicated by the Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College and by the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University.