Archive for Conferences

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Courage Under Fire: An Intimate Look at UN Peacekeeping

UNA-USA – Nationwide conference call on Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. ET

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Ken Payumo
Chief of the Peacekeeping Operations Support Section for the Department of Safety and Security, United Nations

Wednesday, August 6, 2 p.m. ET

U.S./Canada Dial-in: 866-454-4208
Passcode: 8136862

Please RSVP via email to membership@unausa.org.

What do you do when you are up against a government trying to harm its own people? As men with guns tried to enter the UN camp in Bor, South Sudan, Ken Payumo, a civilian officer in charge, stood up to the South Sudanese military when 12,000 refugees fled to the UN base for safety. His brave actions are thought to have saved thousands of lives.

Join us for a conversation with Mr. Payumo, who will provide a closer look at the day-to-day challenges of UN peacekeeping and give an update on the current crisis in South Sudan.

About our speaker:

Ken Payumo is currently the Chief of the Peacekeeping Operations Support Section for the Department of Safety and Security. This section is responsible for overseeing the security of all UN peacekeeping missions. Having more than 14 years of experience in the United Nations, Mr. Payumo’s UN service includes that of Legal and Policy Advisor, United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET); Political Officer, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Asia Middle East Division (AMED); Mission Management Officer (DPKO Police Division), and most recently Head of Office for Unity and later Jonglei states, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Prior to the UN, Mr. Payumo had served as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. Mr. Payumo is a citizen of the United States of America and was born in New York City.

-Text taken directly from e-mail from UNA-USA Membership membership@unausa.org

 

 

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Conference at Georgetown: Managing Diversity in Divided Societies

Georgetown University Conflict Resolution Program will host a conference on Divided Societies from January 30-31, 2014. In a globalized world with increased migration and mobility, diversity has become a central issue in society and government. Differences in race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and sexuality have both enriched societies and fueled tensions. In this light, conflict-affected communities encounter unique challenges to the implementation and realization of diversity. However, they also offer valuable perspectives and practices that can serve as model for other societies. We have yet to determine under which conditions diversity can be best utilized for the well-being of society rather than constituting a dividing force. Approaches by government have varied significantly between a laissez-faire policy and formal intervention utilized to foster multiculturalism or assimilation. Civil society groups have similarly struggled to bridge divides while recognizing differences.

Papers will be presented from a diverse group of scholars, artists and practitioners. Keynote Speaker will be Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks. Click here for more information on guest speakers, registration and location.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Call for Papers: Notre Dame Student Peace Conference 2014, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

kroc conferenceThe 2014 Notre Dame Student Peace Conference Committee announces “Building Peace: Integrating Two Decades of Progress,” scheduled for March 28–29, 2014, at the University of Notre Dame. This event is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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 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, crisis and disaster response, the rise of social enterprise, and other highlights of the recent period. Exploring these topics in specific historical context will allow 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). Please submit proposals on this page or via the conference website. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 27, 2014.

The Notre Dame Student Peace Conference is an annual student conference organized by students for students to provide space for dialogue on important issues related to peacebuilding, global issues, and social justice. Questions may be directed to the organizers at peacecon@nd.edu. Click here for other information.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

CONFERENCE: Historical Justice and Memory: Questions of Rights and Accountability in Contemporary Society

justiceAHDA’s (The Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability) Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network, at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, will hold its second annual conference in New York City, December 5-7, 2013. The conference seeks to consider questions relating to historical dialogue, with particular focus given to the following themes: sharing sacred spaces; perpetrators as victims; and historical dialogue as part of conflict resolution. For further details, visit the website. This is not a call for papers. You can register for the conference and participate from December 6-7, 2013.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

RSC International Conference 2014 – Refugee voices, Oxford

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The Refugee Studies Centre’s international conference, 24-25 March 2014, will explore the voices and aesthetic expressions of those dispossessed, displaced and marginalised by the pre-eminence of the nation state. The Conference will bring together scholars from across the social sciences as well as researchers in cultural studies, literature and the humanities, to look beyond the nation state and international relations in order to give new attention to the voices and aspirations of refugees, stateless persons and other forced migrants themselves.

Call for Papers: Among the themes to be explored are historical and cultural sources and meanings of flight, exile and forced migration, as well as the significance of encampment, enclosures and forced settlement. Conference papers are sought which recognise and investigate unheard voices of forced migrants who exhibit adaptability, resilience and resistance in the ‘grey zones’ and borderlands between states and state bureaucracies.

Deadline extended: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 30 November 2013. Authors of abstracts which are selected to proceed to full papers will have until 28 February 2014 to submit their final drafts. The conference organisers intend to edit and publish a selection of papers in special issues of leading journals. An interest in having a paper published should be indicated at the time of submission of the abstract. Other initiatives to share the outcomes of the conference papers and events with those whose voices have been sought will also be developed. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

CODEPINK event: Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance Washington DC, November 16-17, 2013

dronesThe peace group CODEPINK, progressive think-tank Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter) are hosting a second drone summit titled “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance” in Washington, DC.

We are bringing together drone survivors and families of victims from Pakistan and Yemen, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, social media experts, technology experts, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists for an International Drone Summit.

The event will be hosted on November 16-17 from 9am – 6:30pm (Saturday) and 9am – 4:30pm (Sunday) at the Georgetown Law Center, Hart Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Click here for more information and registration.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Center for Conflict Studies 2013 Conference on November 14-16, 2013

CCSSave the date for the upcoming 2013 Annual Conference from the Center for Conflict Studies. Meet interesting practioners and scholars and support Prof. Iyer and MIIS students at panels during November 14-16, 2013.

 

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Call for Essays “Many Languages One World” UN Academic Impact Student Essay Contest

Submit an essay (2000 words or less) exploring how multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding. Your essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context. Entries must be in one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s mother tongue or language of instruction. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Essay Submission Deadline: February 21, 2014.

Winners will be invited to New York for an International AcademicImpact Youth Forum, June 25-29, 2014. They will present their work in a Conference at the United Nations Headquarters on June 27, 2014. Airfare, room and board provided. For application process, please click here.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Invitation to Q&A session with General Palomeros, hosted by Atlantic Community

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The German think tank atlantic-community.org is inviting students to take part in a Q&A session with General Jean-Paul Palomeros, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. This Q&A series help students to further their opinions and add a decision maker’s perspective to their studies. Learn more about the Q&A and watch an exclusive video statement from General Palomeros about the role of the Allied Command Transformation here. You can join for free, network with your peers and submit op-eds on any international relations issue that is of importance to both the United States and Europe.

Questions should be submitted to the editorial team via email to staff@atlantic-community.org by Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Atlantic-coomunity.org is an award winning foreign policy think tank based in Berlin, Germany with over 7,500 members worldwide. Atlantic Community seeks to encourage open and democratic dialogue on the policy challenges facing Europe and North America, giving a voice both to the seasoned and new generation of thinkers. It is a project by the German non-partisan, non-profit NGO Atlantische Initiative e.V.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

3rd Annual African Alliance for Peace Summit, Rwanda, 16-19 February 2014

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The African Alliance for Peace (AAP) is one of the largest peace initiatives on the continent. Growing out of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures of Peace (GAMIP), it includes members from Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon, and continues to grow.

Its vision is to support the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence in all African countries, including calling for structures in government and civil society to support a culture of peace. The third AAP Summit is for all peacebuilders in Africa and friends of peace globally. During the Summit we hope to enhance our understanding of peace education, develop new skills and approaches to educating our communities for peace and develop meaningful networks for peace in Africa.

PRE-SUMMIT TRAINING

Kigali, Rwanda 10-15 February 2014

The pre-summit training is for peace workers in Africa to enhance their skills in peacebuilding. The training will equip participants in the alternatives to violence program, nonviolent communication, conflict resolution and peace education.

The Summit costs $300 and Pre-summit training $350. Limited scholarships and partial-scholarships are available. Registration closes on December 16th, 2013. For more details about the 3rd AAP Summit, contact Jean de Dieu Basabose at (+250) 0788403868 or (+250) 0788686324 or shalomeducatingforpeace@gmail.com

The summit will be hosted by Shalom Educating for Peace Rwanda with the support of the following: International Alert Rwanda, Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace, World Vision Rwanda , ALARM, GPPAC East Africa, MCC Rwanda and Burundi, Young Peacebuilders Initiative, International Centre on Nonviolence, Labenevolencija, Mercy Ministries International/Great Lakes, ADRA Rwanda, Search for Common Ground Rwanda, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, International Centre of Nonviolence, Teachers Without Boarders, and the Rwandan National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, amongst others. For more information, click here.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

International Summer School in Forced Migration, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, 2014

Plan your summer 2014 and travel to the UK to attend the International Summer School in Forced Migration, hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. The event runs from July 7 to 25.

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The summer school offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It aims to enable people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. Now in its 25th year, the three-week course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning. A first degree as a minimum and proficiency in the English language is required. Click here for the online application form.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Corruption Conference in New York City, November 21 and 22

imagesThe Center for Public Scholarship is going to present the 30th Social Research conference, “Corruption,” on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22, 2013, at The New School in New York City. Event schedule is available here.

Signs of corruption and the damage it causes are painfully evident in political and corporate life everywhere. Policy makers, historians, lawyers, and scholars will discuss the many systems undermined by corruption and the transparency and accountability protocols that could serve to reduce corruption, if not eliminate it. Specifically, the conference will examine both U.S. and global aspects of the problem of corruption, including social and historical dimensions of corruption, the systems most at risk of corruption (governments, business, labor, and markets), and possibilities for reform. For information on ticket prices, publications, and keynote speakers, click here.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Call for Applications: Ashoka ChangemakerXchange

imagesThe Ashoka ChangemakerXchange is a platform for collaboration among the world’s most inspiring young social entrepreneurs. In 2012 40 youth from Europe and Turkey got the chance to come together in Istanbul and Berlin to share experiences, exchange ideas and develop new social innovations. ChangemakerXchange 2013 is on it’s way – stay tuned!

The application deadline for the next changemakerXchange conference, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, is Sunday, September 22 2013. Final participants will be chosen and notified latest by Monday, September 30 2013.

images45Selection Criteria: – you are between 18-28 years old – you lead, co-lead, founded or co-founded your own social venture which is up and running – you speak English well enough to understand presentations in English and participate in discussions – you are interested in meeting other European, Turkish and North African young social entrepreneurs – you are willing to start collaborations with other young social entrepreneurs from different countries Country restrictions | Please note: For the changemakerXchange summit in Istanbul we can, unfortunately, only accept applications from people living (or being born) in Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco – more countries will be added for the next summits.

 

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Call for Applications, American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford

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The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) is a student run initiative at Stanford University. It is currently calling for application for its 2014 Summit in April. During the summit, workshops will allow for engaging leaders from the MENA region and network with other fellows. In addition, delegates will finish the summit with TED-talk style presentation to enhance their own public speaking skills and share their ideas. These presentation will be available online.

AMENDS offers a unique opportunity to interact, collaborate, and form personal relationships with fellow youth leaders from across the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States, while exchanging ideas and implementing initiatives that work towards a better future. AMENDS has three main components: networking, summit, and the AMENDS Talks. The AMENDS initiative requires commitment and dedication that goes beyond the conference. Click here for application procedures, potential financial assistance and contact information.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

How to Make a Living and Change the World, Launch of PCDN’s Online Event Series with Dr. Craig Zelizer

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Given the PCDN’s community desire for increased interaction and learning, the network is pleased to announce their new online event series. Regular series of online webinars with leading scholars and practitioners from around the world, related to core themes of PCDN’s mission are planned for the future. This will include career guidance, advice on scholarships/funding, discussion of new books, applied practice and much more.

To start the series PCDN will be using a wonderful new platform called Shindig  a revolutionary patented technology for large-scale video chat events (see below for more details about Shindig)

This first event with Dr. Zelizer, on How to Make a Living and Change the World will be a pilot to see how strong is user interest and using the technology with a global community. Dr. Zelizer will conduct a short presentation and then there will be time for discussion and questions with the PCDN community. He is one of the world’s experts in the field and has helped mentor thousands of younger practitioners and students in their professional development. To RSVP for the free event, visit http://shindig.com/event/pcdn0820 (and click on RSVP)

The events are free and open to participants around the world.

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

2nd Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma: Communal Trauma and Victim Identities in Amman, Jordan

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The Common Bond Institute will be hosting the 2nd Annual International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma for 4 days in October in Amman, Jordan. It will run from October 16th through October 19th, 2013. For more information on guidelines for calls for proposals, conference fees and travel expenditures, please click here.

Purpose and goals of the conference: Transgenerational trauma is seen as an underlying and potent fuel for the eruption of violence in the past, present, and future. Understanding it’s dynamics, influences, and implications, and developing new ways to effectively treat it, are essential to freeing ourselves of fear-based beliefs, healing and reconciliation within and between communities, establishing compassionate local and global relations, and achieving a true and sustainable culture of peace.

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Call for Papers for Conference at Columbia University, December 2013

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 Historical dialogue and accountability is a growing field of advocacy and scholarship that encompasses the efforts in conflict, post-conflict, and post-dictatorial societies to come to terms with their pasts. In contesting nationalist myths and identities, in examining official historical narratives, and opening them to competing narratives about past violence, historical dialogue seeks to provide analysis of past violence grounded in empirical research; acknowledge the victims of past violence and human rights abuses; challenge and deconstruct national, religious, or ethnic memories of heroism and/or victimhood; foster shared work between interlocutors of two or more sides of a conflict; identify and monitor how history is misused to divide society and perpetuate conflict; enhance public discussion about the past.

This conference seeks to consider questions relating to these topics, with primary consideration given to the following themes: sharing sacred spaces; perpetrators as victims; and historical dialogue as part of conflict resolution.

Please e-mail a 300-500 word abstract and a 2-3 sentence bio as well as contact information to ahda@columbia.edu no later than September 5, 2013. The abstract and bio should be sent as a single e-mail attachment. Applications for panels or roundtables are also welcome. Partial funding may be available for participants.

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Call For Application: International Fellowship For Reconciliation 2013!

logoAre you between the ages of 18 and 28? Then you are eligible to apply with the International Fellowship for Reconciliation School for a 9-week nonviolence training and internship program in Nyack, New York. The program will start October 21 through December 21. Deadline is August 30, 2013.

The Fellowship School is sponsored, among others, by the European Union’s Youth in Action program. Fellows are supported to design and implement their own project. At the end of the program, each participant has 7 months to evaluate the implementation of the project, and even get the opportunity to attend the School’s centennial celebration in Konstanz, Germany to present their projects in August 2014.

 

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Institute for Humane Studies Announces Hayek Fund Grant

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The Hayek Fund awards grants to academics who pursuit careers that go beyond standard curricula. Up to $750 can be provided for career development for students and untenured scholars. The grant can cover a variety of projects: travel costs for presenting a paper at a conference or for an interview abroad, publications and library research, application or conference fees, or other career-related expenses. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy offers Master Programs and Certificates

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The Centre for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany, offers a variety of academic programs and professional certificates which comprise the “World´s first Master Degrees in Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations/Global Governance/Globalization as well as Certificates & Training Programs” and a PhD Program in Cultural Diplomacy and Global Economy. CCDS also hosts conferences with experts and scholars from Europe and the United States.

For more information about deadlines, application requirements and upcoming conferences, please click here.