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Call for Proposals

The Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Peace in Troubled Times
April 1-2, 2016
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, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University will host the 2nd Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference in Muncie, Indiana on April 1 and 2, 2016.

Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia, discussions, papers, and posters on the theme “Peace in Troubled Times.” Proposals will be blind reviewed. We welcome submissions that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations related to peacemaking and peacebuilding, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research.  

  • 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   
  • Race relations   
  • Mediation   
  • Domestic violence
  • Volunteerism
  • Restorative justice
  • Poverty
  • Religious intolerance and/or conflict
  • 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
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Sports for development and peace
  • Suicide prevention
  • Human rights
  • Sexual harassment
  • Economic inequity or equality
  • Health disparities
  • Environmental issues
  • Homelessness

A $100 award will be given to the best student poster!

To submit proposals, register (early registration ends March 18, 2016) and to learn more about this conference, visit Questions about the conference can be directed to the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (765-285-1622; ;

Benjamin V. Cohen became a major legal architect of much of the New Deal legislation including the Securities Act of 1933 and the plan for Lend-Lease and economic stability during World War II. A shy man, Mr. Cohen worked behind the scenes where his brilliance as a legal draftsman was widely recognized. Following World War II, Mr. Cohen turned his talents to the problems of world peace and became one of the architects of the United Nations, serving on the U.S. delegation to the U.N. and on the United Nations Disarmament Commission. His abiding interest in world peace and his outstanding legal ability influenced American Presidents and world leaders until his death on August 15, 1983. The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies manages the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship and Travel Award Program.

Submit the Proposal Form by no later than December 15, 2015