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Laurier to host Peace and Justice Studies Conference in October
Laurier will welcome between 300 and 500 visitors from North America and around the world to its Waterloo campus October 17-19 as co-hosts of the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference.
The theme of the conference, hosted in partnership with Conrad Grebel University College, is “Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation,” inspired by the area’s long and distinguished history of Mennonite peacemaking and its thriving technology hub.
The conference, to take place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, will include a K-12 Teacher Professional Development Strand on themes related to Peace and Conflict Resolution within the classroom, and teaching about global peace and conflict in the K-12 setting. The teacher professional development strand is organized by Laurier’s Faculty of Education and open to school boards. There will also be a student conference for undergraduates and grade 11 and 12 students organized by Laurier and Conrad Grebel graduate students.
“This conference is a great opportunity for Laurier and for our partners at Conrad Grebel,” says Edmund Pries, assistant professor in Laurier’s Global Studies department, PJSA board member and conference organizer. “We are thankful for the chance to share the leadership thinking and application that is taking place in our Peace and Conflict Studies program and our Faculty of Education, and to join in the inspiring discussions at the conference.”
Through the conference and its speakers, organizers intend to honour the history and accomplishments of the peace and justice studies movement while seeking new and innovative ways to promote the practice and culture of peace in a divided world.
The conference tracks are multi-disciplinary and include wide-ranging themes such as: Aboriginal Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Aboriginal Heritage and the Quest for Peace and Justice; Business Innovations for Peace and Justice; Science, Technology, Complexity and Innovation for Peace; Religion and War and Peace, and Music and Protest.
“The PJSA conferences attract internationally recognized figures in the fields of Peace Studies, Global Justice Studies and International Relations,” says Timothy Donais, associate professor of Global Studies at Laurier and conference organizer. “We look forward to welcoming them along with activists and educators who have made contributions to peacemaking and peace education.”
In addition to keynote speakers and breakout panels, the conference will also include an event for the broader community.
Conference organizers are accepting proposals from a wide range of disciplines, professions and perspectives on peace and justice studies until April 15. Laurier faculty members are invited to submit proposals for papers, workshops, poster sessions or film presentations at http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/conference/call.php and to spread the word among colleagues at other institutions.
The PJSA is the North American Affiliate of the International Peace Research Association. The PJSA conference is held annually, and hosted in Canada every three years. Last year’s conference was held at Tufts University in Massachusetts.