Description: The focus of "Dialogue Under Occupation" is the ongoing exploration of dialogue and discourse in areas of the world experiencing occupation. This fourth Dialogue Under Occupation conference is scheduled to take place at the Peacebuilding and Development Institute at American University in Washington, DC from June 1-4, 2010.
“Dialogue” is presented as a complex concept, requiring the participants, the conditions for dialogue to commence, the goal(s) of the dialogue—pre-established or arrived at through the dialogue itself.
First, a minimum of two parties (i.e., individuals or groups of individuals representing a side or perspective) must be present. Second, conditions may include preconditions necessary to bring the parties together, procedures for engaging in dialogue, and a certain degree of mutual respect, without which the dialogue could not proceed and will not lead to any resolutions. Lastly, the dialogue itself must have a purpose—a common, achievable goal that participants can agree upon despite their differing perspectives. Purposeful dialogue has the potential to lead to an outcome that recognizes and respects the needs of the various participants while emerging with an agreement which all parties can abide.
“Occupation”, however, is a complicating factor which creates a power differential between participants: the occupied and the occupiers. If dialogue under occupation is to be successful, then, the conditions must include 1) the realization that the power differential exists; and 2) the willingness of the powerful to concede their preconceived, often hegemonic, notions of their position. It must also be understood by all parties that engaging in dialogue under occupation does not mean that the less powerful or powerless are accepting the occupation in any form, but that they are willing to confront their occupiers in an effort to be recognized as having equal human rights, including the ability to make autonomous decisions about how they should live and pursue their own definition of happiness.
The goal of the conference is to provide a venue to maximize the investigation of differing perspectives, to actively promote greater understanding of the ideologies, issues, concerns, etc. of individuals affected through dialogue, and to apply the outcomes to the resolution of occupation.
Scholars and professionals from various disciplines are invited to submit proposals that address the creation, maintenance, resistance, and resolution or occupation; the agreement to participate indicates willingness not only to present, but also to engage in debate and discussion actively. Work relating to hegemony, power, agency, identity, among others, will be particularly relevant.
23rd Annual Student Conference: Peace and Justice for our Planet
Deadline: March 22nd
Description: Attention students in DC, Maryland and Virginia. You are invited to present your best intellectual, academic, artistic or activist work on peace, justice, social change, and the survival of the planet in a supportive setting at Georgetown University on Saturday April 10th. Be part of a vibrant community of peace educators and students to enhance your learning and build a regional network. This free conference is a welcoming and hospitable environment for young people to gain professional experience presenting or moderating, inviting feedback on their work, sharing activism, and networking for internships or jobs. Students will hear speakers, interact with representatives of non-profit organizations, and join in collective activities (meals, music, movement, etc.). Diverse visions and definitions of peace and justice are welcomed. There are NO fees to attend or exhibit. It is free.
Types of Proposals
Paper: Papers with similar themes or topics will be organized into sessions featuring 2 or 3 presenters. Each person will have15 to 20 minutes to present, followed by commentary and questions-and-answers. We are looking for students to present and moderate.
Roundtable: This is a more informal session among several participants, each of whom gives a 3-4 minute summary of his or her ideas on a common theme or issue, before opening up the discussion for everyone to comment. Student moderators keep track of time and ensure everyone has a chance to speak.
Workshop: These are designed to be experiential or practical in nature. Workshop presenters share their expertise with participants, provide practical exercises, or lead demonstrations of skills. Past workshops have been organized around topics such as career and professional development, conflict resolution skills, action and reflection for social justice, lobbying, teaching tolerance, among many other skills.
Description: Intercultural Management Quarterly (IMQ) is dedicated to addressing the complex challenges that culture poses to the management of global organizations. IMQ contributions come from scholars, practitioners, industry professionals and students in the fields of intercultural communication, education, business, development and many others. IMQ continually welcomes submissions of articles related to intercultural communication and management issues.
Possible topics include:
Conflict/Post-Conflict Management Overseas
Relationships Between Culture and Development
Culture and Business
Issues in International Human Resources
Culture and Technology
Intercultural Management Theory
Articles must be innovative and contribute to the knowledge in this field, but authors should avoid overly academic jargon or extensive endnotes or references. Submissions should be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 2,000 words, with Turabian style endnotes for citations. Each submission is refereed by members of the IMQ editorial review board and accepted pieces are subject to editing.
Earn up to six credits this summer with PDI, while learning alongside experienced practitioners from conflict-affected and developing countries. Our interactive training courses integrate theory with cutting-edge practices. Register through my.american.edu.