2015 Annual Conference

“Cultivating the Just and Peaceable Self: Understanding Transformation and Transforming Understanding in Research and Practice”

October 15-17, 2015, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

James Madison University

Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley during its fall foliage season, the 2015 PJSA conference is part of a three-year initiative entitled Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self: Summit Series on Transformative Teaching, Training, and Learning in Research and Practice.

Highly consistent with the mission and values of PJSA, as well as the overarching goals of the summit series, Cultivating the Just and Peaceable Self will bring together key stakeholders in pursuit of two interrelated goals: (1) Understanding the Content and Process of Transformation; (2) Transforming Understanding into Research and Practice. To date, we've received a large number of high quality proposals, and also are delighted to announce a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, which thus far includes: Catherine Barnes; David Cortright; John Dirkx; and Emily Welty.

(for more details about this year's theme, please read the full call for proposals HERE)

Register for the 2015 PJSA conference now! 

(for details about a special registration option this year for Shenandoah Valley residents, go HERE)

We have two outstanding PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS available this year on Thursday Oct 15. Also this year we will have a Halloween Party & PJSA Fundraiser on Saturday Oct 16 from 8-10pm — prizes for best costumes and plenty of socializing for a good cause!  We also will be offering Fair Trade items for sale with all proceeds going to PJSA.


James Madison University and the Peace and Justice Studies Association are committed to creating events that are accessible to all. If you need an accommodation related to a disability or condition, please contact us at least one week in advance if possible to ensure that we are able to best meet your needs. You can email:  summitseries@jmu.edu or call 540-568-5843.


We thank those who have sponsored this year's conference!






Looking Ahead…

Our 2016 conference will be held at Selkirk College, in Nelson and Castlegar (British Columbia), from September 22-24, 2016.

Previous Conferences

2002: Georgetown University (Washington, DC), “Confronting Injustice, Ending War: The Role of Peace Educators and Activists After 9/11”

2003: Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), “Fostering Alternatives to Violence”

2004: University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), “The Challenge of Globalization: Incorporating Peace, Justice and Human Rights”

2005: Goshen College (Goshen, IN), “In Solidarity: Engaging Empire in Activism, Education and Community Strategies”

2006: Manhattan College (New York, NY), “Who Speaks for the Common Good?”

2007: Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA), “Cultural Identity in a Mass Culture World”

2008: Portland State University (Portland OR), “Building Cultures of Peace”

2009: Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), “Exploring the Power of Nonviolence”

2010: Menno Simons College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), “Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace”

2011: Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN), “A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice”

2012: Tufts University (Medford, MA), “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace”

2013: Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), “Peace Studies Between Tradition and Innovation”

2014: University of San Diego (San Diego, CA), “Courageous Presence: Shifting Stories and Practices of Peace”

2015: James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA), “Cultivating the Just and Peaceable Self: Understanding Transformation and Transforming Understanding in Research and Practice”

2016: Selkirk College (Nelson and Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada), “TBA