Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference

By Jen Retter | January 31, 2018

Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution program will host the 2018 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) Conference from September 28 to 30. This year’s theme, “Nonviolence in Violent Times: 50 years since 1968,” focuses on revolutionary nonviolence, peacebuilding methods, and relationships between civil disobedience, community self-defense, challenging structural inequalities, and pacifism.

Academics, activists, and practitioners from the United States and Canada will reflect on the 50 years since the 1968 revolutions in light of present-day conflicts around ethnicity, race, police brutality, poverty and capitalism, the rise in hate groups, authoritarian regimes, and sexism.

Participants will critically engage and analyze mainstream media’s presentation of a false dichotomy between passive liberalism and active opposition; evaluate notions of solidarity, charity, saviorism, and internationalism; challenge existing notions of what nonviolence means in 2018; and establish peace studies as a catalyst for change.

Paper submissions, particularly those related to Systemic and Historical Visions of the Nonviolence-Violence Continuum, Creating the Beloved Community: Solidarity and Engagement, or Violence and Nonviolence in “Our” Communities, are due April 15.

For more information, contact Dr. Amy Cox, director and assistant professor of IPCR at Arcadia.