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2014 ICERM 1st Annual International Conference on Ethnic And Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce its 1st Annual International Conference On Ethnic And Religious Conflict Resolution And Peacebuilding.

The theme of the First Annual International Conference, is the Advantages of Ethnic & Religious Identity in Conflict Mediation and Peacebuilding.

It is the purpose of this conference to inspire new thinking, stimulate ideas, inquiry, and dialogue & share anecdotal and empirical accounts, which will introduce and support evidence of the numerous advantages that multi-ethnic & multi-faith populations offer to facilitate peace and advance social/economic well-being.
ICERM invites papers for presentation and publication that support a shift from the focus on ethnic and religious differences and their disadvantages, to finding and utilizing the advantages of culturally diverse populations. The goal is to help one another discover and make the most of what these populations have to offer in terms of mitigating conflict, advancing peace, and strengthening economies for the betterment of all. Preferred papers will include modern examples with an emphasis on practical application.

To register and for more information, please visit their website.

Deadline: Register for the Conference by July 31, 2014

American University's Department of Anthropology 11th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, "Violence, Resilience, and Resistance"

Join us at American University for the 11th annual Public Anthropology Conference. We invite students, activists, academics, and community members to submit brief descriptions of panels, papers, films, workshops, and non-traditional presentations that contribute to this year's theme of Violence, Resilience, and Resistance.

As the Public Anthropology Conference enters its second decade, we strive to critically examine topics central to the work of both scholars and scholar-activists interested in anthropology. We seek to provide a space to share and engage with innovative ideas for conceptualizing and confronting violence, encountering resilience, and practicing resistance. We welcome submissions that address any or all of the following questions and, of course, your own ideas.

Violence: How does violence, broadly defined, impact our communities? How does violence emerge and how is it sustained? How do varying characterizations of violence - as structural, political, interpersonal, institutional, state, overt, subversive, and so on - influence our approaches to understanding and confronting them? How can we more effectively move beyond the mere study of violence and the problematization of its effects to offer concrete solutions?

Resilience: How do we conceptualize and utilize ideas about resilience in our work? What are the social dimensions of resilience? How might we develop a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between violence and resilience? Between resilience and resistance? What factors shape the expression of resilience in different contexts?

Resistance: How does resistance to injustice shape the work of anthropologists and activists? How can anthropologists better contribute to knowledge and resource networks actively engaged in resistance practices? What are the barriers to effective resistance and how can we collaborate to overcome them?

Submissions should be emailed to aupublicanthro@gmail.com by August 1, 2014. Conference will be held October 4th and 5th. Register to attend: http://www.american.edu/cas/anthropology/public/

The New Strategist: Call for Papers

The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) in the UK Ministry of Defence are delighted to announce the call for papers for the first issue of their new journal—The New Strategist.  The New Strategist represents a new and exciting opportunity for scholars writing critically, creatively, and innovatively about defence and security to write to defence leaders, in a journal published by the Ministry of Defence.  At the same time, The New Strategist encourages defence practitioners to engage with cutting-edge scholarship from such diverse disciplines as anthropology, political theory, international relations, political sociology, and organisational studies, as well as defence and security studies.  The journal will be published twice per year, and will be peer reviewed.

For more information, please click here.

Deadline: September 15, 2014

University of San Francisco: Call for Submissions: Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping

Under the guest editorship of Dr. Rachel Julian, Lecturer in Peace Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Dr. Christine Schweitzer, co-founder of the “Institute for Peace Work and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation”, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is dedicating a part of issue 27(1) to exploring the development of Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping.

Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP) is about protecting people living and working in areas affected by violent conflict --- to prevent violence and reduce the impact of violence against civilians, and to increase the safety and security of civilians threatened by violence.

We invite essays and case studies that explore the theoretical and practical development of UCP, its relationship to other agencies and frameworks, and how challenges are identified and managed. We welcome essays that are both reflective of the process thus far and/or look forward to new opportunities. Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bios to Peace Review no later than October 15th, 2014. Essays should be jargon- and footnote-free, although we will run recommended readings. 

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