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Call for Proposals

The Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Promoting nonviolence at home and beyond
April 5-6, 2013
Muncie, Indiana

Please fill out the appropriate Call for Papers form:

Benjamin V. Cohen passed away on August 15, 1983. To honor his legacy and dedication to resolving worldwide conflicts peacefully, on this 30th year anniversary of his death, Ball State University will host a Conference in Muncie, Indiana, April 5-6, 2013.

Jointly organized by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University and the city of Muncie, community activists and scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals related to the theme Promoting Nonviolence at Home and Beyond. We invite presenters from a wide range of fields and disciplines to share strategies, research, and recommendations related to peacemaking and peacebuilding, particularly those that consider how peace is deeply embedded in local, national, and international contexts.

We welcome symposia, papers, and posters that examine intersections between disciplines or present cutting-edge research in peacemaking or peacebuilding from the perspective of a particular discipline. Proposals will be blind reviewed. Local participants are developing sessions on food and water security and anti-genocide efforts and we especially welcome additional proposals from practitioners, organizers and activists aimed at exploring what activism and research can offer each other.

Suggested themes include (but are not limited to):
• Community peacemaking/peacebuilding theory and praxis
• Community violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
• School violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
• Structural violence relative to race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
• Justice and reconciliation
• Mediation
• Volunteerism
• Restorative justice
• Community corrections
• Community organizing
• Legislative access
• Internet and social media for peacemaking/peacebuilding
• Post-conflict reconstruction
• National/international law and local politics
• International peacemaking and peacebuilding/peacemaking and peacebuilding across borders
• Ethnic conflict
• Religious conflict

Please direct inquires to peacecenter@bsu.edu. Symposia will last 50 minutes, individual paper presentations 12 minutes, and poster presentations 50 minutes. A $100 award will be given to the best student poster. Proposals for full sessions are especially welcome.

The conference will open at Muncie’s City Auditorium on Friday evening at 5pm, April 5 and continue at 9am on Saturday, April 6 at the Ball State University Alumni Center (2800 W Bethel Ave, Muncie, In 47306). The registration fee to attend the Saturday conference is as follows: professionals and faculty ($40 before March 22; $50 after March 22), students ($25 before March 22; $35 after March 22), and community members giving a presentation ($25 before March 22; $35 after March 22). Community members that are not presenting are welcome to attend the conference at no charge, but lunch will not be provided. More information can be found on the conference website.

Submit the Proposal Form by no later than January 28, 2013.