Call for Papers

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence Presents

The 6th Annual John D. Stratton Conference

Seeking Peace in a World of Nations

Multi-disciplinary conference will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 on the campus of
Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio

Proposals Due November 8, 2019

The project of seeking peace between nations invites creative academic and practical work across a wide spectrum of disciplines. Why do international violence and other conflicts arise and how can they be prevented? What are the challenges unique to peacebuilding between nations as opposed to other groups (such as ethnic or religious groups)? In post-conflict situations, what are successful strategies for peacebuilding, such as those to achieve security, the rebuilding of infrastructure, human rights protection and advocacy, humanitarian aid, and the prevention of future conflict? How have changing and rival conceptions of corporate identities and national sovereignty helped or hindered peace prospects? How does justice for victims of war and war criminals contribute to lasting peace? What are the roles of international law, national law, local governments, and NGOs? Which approaches to diplomacy, mediation, and conflict resolution are best suited to a global context? What are innovative strategies for addressing today’s specific conflicts?

The goal of this one day conference is to focus on questions such as these by considering the prospect of peace in a world that is comprised of nations. In order to enhance the discussion, we are seeking presentations from a variety of academic disciplines. Both theoretical and practical considerations are welcome.

Possible topics for individual papers and panels might include (but are not limited to): 

  • Local perspectives on international peacemaking

  • Historical, sociological, and political case studies

  • Philosophies of international peacemaking and/or the key figures who have advanced them

  • Economics, trade, and development

  • Democracy and democratic movements

  • Gender and peace

  • Role of media and journalism

  • Religious, spiritual, or theological perspectives

  • Culture and art

  • Climate change and migration

  • Practical training / workshop

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted using the online submission form no later than November 8, 2019. Presenters should plan on a 35-minute paper or presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome panel proposals.

Presenters are welcome to engage in technical and academic debates, but they should avoid jargon and be aware that the conference audience will be diverse, including scholars from multiple disciplines, practitioners from many fields, students from various backgrounds, and community members.



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