Deadline Extended: Call for Proposals - 4th Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community

February 03, 2021

The deadline to submit proposals to present at the 4th Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference: Building a Beloved Community has been extended to February 15, 2021 (5pm EST). While we have received many excellent proposals including from individuals in, for instance, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, England, India, South Africa, Canada, and the USA, we want to give additional individuals an opportunity to submit their work.

The Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies will be hosting this Conference on Zoom on April 9 and 10. As mentioned in an earlier email, the conference registration fee is quite inexpensive (see rates at end of email). We are hoping a very large number of individuals from around the world will present and attend this meeting.

Scholars, students, practitioners, and activists from all disciplines as well as laypersons are invited to submit proposals to present symposia and lightning rounds on the theme “Building a Beloved Community;” a concept introduced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Proposals will be blind reviewed. We welcome submissions, in particular, that focus on strategies, research, and recommendations based on Dr. King’s work and legacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, and those that explore the bridge between activism and research.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Community peacemaking/peacebuilding theory and praxis
  • Community violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
  • COVID-19 and peace
  • Political polarization
  • School violence causes, analysis, alternatives, solutions
  • Structural violence relative to race, gender, sexuality, class, religion
  • Justice and reconciliation
  • Race relations
  • Law enforcement and marginalized populations
  • Mediation
  • Domestic violence
  • Volunteerism
  • Restorative justice
  • Poverty
  • Religious intolerance and/or conflict
  • Community corrections
  • Community organizing
  • Legislative access
  • Immigration
  • Gun reform
  • Internet and social media for peacemaking/peacebuilding
  • Post-conflict reconstruction
  • National/international law and local politics
  • International peacemaking and peacebuilding/peacemaking and peacebuilding across borders
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Sports for development and peace
  • Suicide prevention
  • Human rights
  • Sexual harassment
  • Economic inequity or equality
  • Health disparities
  • Environmental issues
  • Homelessness

Deadline for submitting proposals: February 15, 2021 (5 PM EST).

Click here to review the guidelines for submitting your proposal.

To submit proposals for the conference:

Acceptance of proposals does not exempt presenters from paying the full registration fee.

The deadline for early registration is March 6, 2021. Late registration ends on March 26, 2021.

Registration fees are as follows:

Students/Community Members: $15 (early registration); $25 (late registration)

Professionals/Faculty: $30 (early registration); $40 (late registration)

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