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Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 PJSA Call for Proposals Extended to April 16

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Extended to April 16, 2010

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders:
Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace

The 8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association
October 1-2, 2010
Menno Simons College and The Global College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Submission Deadline - Extended to April 16, 2010

We have had an excellent response to our call for proposals; however, the
PJSA Program Committee wants to make sure that everyone has an opportunity
to join in with this exciting conference that will feature speakers
including Cynthia Enloe, Marilou McPhedran, Catherine Morris, Carolyn
Nordstrom, Sherene Razack, Betty Reardon, and Sandra Whitworth. Therefore we
have extended the submission deadline to April 16, and invite you to
submit your proposal for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the PJSA, to be held on
the campuses of Menno Simons College and The Global College, in Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada, on Friday October 1 and Saturday October 2, 2010.

Peacemaking is in so many ways the building of bridges across divides -
divides of conflict, divides of identity, divides of world view and
ideology. How have the fields of peace studies and conflict resolution
developed differently in Canada and the United States? What do we have to
offer each other, to enrich our research, our teaching and our activism, as
we hold our first conference in Canada?

We welcome proposals from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and
perspectives that address issues related to gender, identity, and security
in the search for peace. We encourage you to consider how your research
connects to any of these four central concerns: gender - identity - security
- peace. As always, while we especially welcome proposals that deal with all
or part of the theme, we also welcome proposals on other topics of interest
to our membership. Here are examples of what you might consider in terms of
this year¹s theme:

Gender: We welcome proposals related to the particular contributions of
women to peacemaking, the way that gender helps us analyze conflict and its
resolution, and especially how gender issues interact with and impact on
related questions of identity and security. We have two special sessions
already being planned for contributions that explore the legacy of great
women peace advocates in the tradition of Jane Addams, and look forward to
proposals and initiatives of various forms that reflect on and assess the
legacy, impact, and future of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women
and Peace.

Identity: We welcome proposals that explore a wide variety of questions
related to identity, peace, and conflict, which could include explorations
of culture, race, ethnicity, and religion. How do identity questions
intersect with gender or reflect a particular site of struggle for feminist
analyses? How does identity have an impact on alternative modes of security

Security: One of the key words animating many discussions in peace and
conflict studies is security. We welcome proposals that explore alternative
models and conceptions of security. Some have proposed the language of human
security or environmental security as an antidote to prevailing militarized
conceptions of security. We also welcome critiques of contemporary
conceptions of security. We especially encourage the exploration of security
with recognition of its relationship to gender and identity issues. In what
ways does security, and the way it is framed, shape our analysis of gender
and identity in the search for peace?

As we consider core concepts and practices of gender, identity, and security
we are consistently framing them by the Search for Peace.

Submissions may propose offerings of various forms: research papers,
presentations, round-tables, panels, hands-on workshops, posters, and
creative works using a variety of media to address gender, identity, and
security in the search for peace. Our goal is to create a stimulating
environment where academics and activists, educators, practitioners, and
artists can build bridges and cross borders. The conference will invite
participants to engage with three avenues of exploration: papers and
presentations, hands-on practitioner workshops, and a youth summit. It seeks
to create an environment in which attendees will have multiple opportunities
to meet and dialogue in both formal and informal settings.

The extended deadline for all proposal submissions is April 16, 2010.
Abstracts should be approximately 150 words. Those greatly exceeding this
limit may not be printed in the program. All proposals must be submitted
electronically through the PJSA website:

We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg!

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