Call for Proposals

The 2014 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces this year's event, Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades
of Progress
, March 28–29, 2014, at the University of Notre Dame.

What have we learned about building peace since the end of the Cold War, and how should we develop this knowledge into future strategies?

These are the fundamental questions that this conference will explore. It will investigate advancements and shortcomings of peacebuilding efforts during the post-Cold War period, foster a better understanding of peace work over the last two decades, and explore how to transform these reflections into more insightful and integrated approaches. Because history unexamined often becomes history forgotten, we believe that focusing on the contexts and patterns of recent history allows us to extract crucial lessons that we can refine into the ideas and principles of the future.

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

We welcome proposals that explore, but are not limited to, topics such as: peace negotiations, international policy, nuclear disarmament, the Internet, social media, revolution, terrorism, Islamophobia, racial equality, cultural understanding, women’s human rights, the rise of social enterprise, crisis and disaster response, and other highlights of the recent period. Exploring these topics in specific historical context allows us to facilitate discussion on themes and connections that can inform our work as the world’s future peacebuilders.

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 link at the top of this page. The deadline for submission was Monday, January 27, 2014.

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