Call for Submissions

The 2015 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces this year’s conference, "Persisting Challenges, New Frontiers," scheduled for March 27–28, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame.

The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame was inspired by the shared vision of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. and Mrs. Joan B. Kroc for a world without the threat of a nuclear holocaust. Although many years have passed since then, nuclear weapons remain a global concern, and we face new challenges in the rise of religious fundamentalism, the persistent use of violence, and new waves of global epidemic and environmental crisis.

In today’s world, the field of peace studies seeks to apply new approaches, born of technological innovation and widespread globalization, to the challenges that have persisted into each new generation. At the same time, as new crises and threats have emerged, lessons are learned from revisiting established approaches like non-violence and strategic peacebuilding. How can the new frontiers of peace studies shed light on persisting challenges? How can traditional peacebuilding approaches be applied to the world’s new challenges?

The conference committee seeks submissions from undergraduate and graduate students for paper or poster presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, media displays or artwork, and other innovative presentations of their research that explore this theme.

We especially welcome proposals that explore topics such as: nuclear disarmament, emerging technologies and innovations, new and persistent challenges to the environment, global health issues, military intervention in armed conflict, peacekeeping missions, the current conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine, civil resistance in Hong Kong, the role of businesses in peacebuilding, international security, religious fundamentalism, grassroots movements, and social media.

Interested students should submit an abstract or description of their project (no more than 500 words) and a short biography summarizing their academic interests and background (no more than 250 words).

Proposals can be submitted at or via the the link at the top of this page.

The deadline for early priority submission is December 19, 2014. Proposals submitted before or on that deadline will be given priority consideration. The final deadline for proposals is January 19, 2015.

A printable PDF version of the call can be downloaded here: Call for Papers 2015.