Request for Participation in Survey: A Mapping Exercise of Tertiary Education Programs for Teachers in Conflict-Transformation and Peacebuilding

You are invited to participate in an online survey conducted by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Working Group on Education and Fragility.

The objective of the survey is to identify training programs for teachers and education workers in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, mainly but not exclusively, offered in contexts of fragility and overt violent conflict. The focus is on tertiary education in a broad sense: university courses, vocational training, training courses offered by NGOs and other non-state actors.

The results of this survey will contribute to:

The development of a database of courses on conflict- transformation and peacebuilding for teachers and education workers, offered by public institutions, international organizations and NGOs; The identification of case studies for further research on the conflict-sensitivity of training programs for teachers and education workers.

These outputs will serve as advocacy tools to influence decision makers - including those who determine what the higher education sector’s offerings are for educators - on what should be the training/academic requirements of educators and what kind of teaching materials are needed to contribute to peace building processes in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

The survey contains eight questions and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey offers up to three entries so in the case you would like to introduce to us more than three programs feel free to take the survey again. It is currently only available in English. We ask that responses be submitted in English, but relevant examples and materials in other languages are more than welcome.

The final results will be shared with the INEE membership through the INEE bulletins and newsletters and the database will be made available on the INEE website.

If you wish to be interviewed to provide more in-depth information or have any questions, please contact the research team led by the Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Educazione e dei Processi Culturali e Formativi of University of Florence, Sara Chiarusi and Katherine Sciglitano at

DEADLINE: August 15, 2012


Call for Papers: 11th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, June 17-20, 2013, Athens, Greece

The Politics & International Affairs Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 11th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, 17-20 June 2013, Athens, Greece. The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi.

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers, students and professionals in private and public organizations and governments of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract, by email, to: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Head, Politics & International Affairs Research Unit, ATINER and Director, International Studies Program Virginia Tech - Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at

Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a mini conference or a panel (session), chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (, President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized about 200 international conferences and events. It has also published about 150 books. Academically, the Institute consists of four research divisions and twenty research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and contribute to ATINER's objectives. Members can undertake a number of academic activities.

DEADLINE: November 19, 2012


Call for Papers and Panels: "Envisioning Peace, Performing Justice: Art, Activism, and Cultural Politics in the History of Peacemaking," October 25-27, 2013, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The Peace History Society seeks proposals for panels and papers from across the humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts disciplines that reveal both the artistic and performative dimensions of peacemaking and the vital roles that artists and activists have played as visionaries, critics, interpreters, and promoters of peacemaking efforts around the world.

Artists of all kinds—from celebrated professionals to folk, outsider, underground, and guerilla artists—have long put their creative powers in the service of initiatives for peace and justice.  At the same time, politicians and peace activists have continually crafted modes of communication, confrontation, celebration, and commemoration that employ elements of theater, fashion, music, dance, visual art, creative writing and, more recently, digital media.  These “exhibitions” and “performances” have been presented to audiences of all kinds, in venues as varied as the world’s great museums and performance halls, formal ceremonies and tradition-steeped rituals, university commons and the Internet, as well as coffeehouses, houses of worship, and the streets.

Prospective participants are encouraged to conceptualize “artistry,” “envisioning,” “performance," “representation,” “activism,” and “memorialization” in broad terms that will expand historians’ view of peacemaking and activism as art forms and of artistic production as peace activism. We invite critical reflections on, as well as appreciations of, the intersections of oppositional politics with visionary and performative identities and acts.

Included among the many questions we hope to explore within this conference theme are:

How have “peace” and “justice” been envisioned in the arts?  How have artists (professional, outsider, folk, guerilla, underground, etc.) participated (or attempted to participate) in peacemaking processes?

In what ways can peace activism be considered an art form?

How has peacemaking been “staged,” “choreographed,” “scripted,” “narrated,” or “pictured” in political institutions, at negotiating tables, in public rituals (such as the Nobel ceremony), or at sites of struggle such as demonstrations, strikes, or occupations?

How have various forms of artistic expression intervened in prevailing political discourses on conflict and peace?

How have major social movements such as labor, feminism, the counterculture, and anticolonialism shaped the ways in which groups like The War Resisters’ League, Women Strike for Peace, YIPPIE!, School of the Americas Watch and others developed distinctive languages or modes of performance in their activism?  How have activists strategically “performed” race, class, gender, and/or national identity to convey specific messages about peace or achieve specific forms of justice?  To what degree did such groups create distinctive cultures of peacemaking?

How have specific moments in peace history been presented, re-presented, promoted, altered, commemorated, contested, or misremembered through works of art?

How does a performative conception of peacemaking and peace activism either empower or hinder peace activists who wish to speak truth to power?

How do we critically analyze performative visions of peacemaking while remaining alive to these visions’ potential to revitalize peace activism and keep it culturally relevant?

The Program Committee wishes to emphasize that the theme of “artistic production” is intended to be broadening, not restrictive.  Proposals for papers that address variations of the conference theme or issues in peace history outside of this specific theme are also strongly encouraged.

Strong conference papers will be considered for publication in Peace and Change to be co-edited by the program co-chairs and Robbie Lieberman, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2012.


World Affairs Council of Orange County presents Persian Cultural Dinner and speaker event with Mr. Alireza Nadar, Senior International Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation and the lead co-author of Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran

Nuclear negotiations with Iran will take place in Moscow June 18-19. At best, they might produce an agreement on interim steps to limit Iranian enrichment and a temporary hold on some international sanctions. But regardless of whether this current round of talks succeeds or fails, what are the longer-term prospects for Iranian relations with both Israel and the United States?

* What are Iran's real intentions and capabilities to threaten American and Israeli interests?
* If military action can slow-but not halt-Iran's nuclear program, as American officials have stated, shouldn't policymakers begin considering optimal long-term policies that would address Iran's likely development of nuclear weapons capability? Is it realistic for U.S. policymakers to exclude deterrence and containment
as possible long-term strategies for dealing with this threat?
* Can any diplomatic, economic, or military efforts curb Iranian ambitions as long as the current Iranian leadership remains in power? What are the prospects for change in that leadership?

These and other critical issues will be raised at our next event with Iranian expert Mr. Nader of the RAND Corporation.

Date:  Thursday, June 21, 2012

Location: Caspian Restaurant

14100 Culver Dr.

Irvine, Ca. 92604

Complimentary Self Parking

6:00 pm Reception  *  7:00 pm Dinner  *  7:45 pm Program

Members @ $40 *  Non-Members @ $50  *  Students @ $30


Call for Papers: Spectrum Journal of Global Studies Conference on Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations , November 1-3, 2012, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

The discipline of International Relations (IR) known as an “ American” social science has in the last decade or so been discovering the importance of alternative forms of explaining international relations. More so than any other field of social science, IR has been dominated by positivist conceptions of scientific inquiry. However recent approaches in the philosophy of sciences as well as the sociological turn in IR has changed the boundaries, assumptions and methodologies of our discipline. Critical realism as an alternative to positivist as well as postpositivist understandings of social science is increasingly becoming the dominant form of philosophyzing about IR. Historical sociological approaches are taking over the static, ahistorical forms of theorizing. Marxist social theory has become more and more relevant to explain the current of changes in the international system. Internationalisation of capitalism has made the concerns of Marxism increasingly relevant to understand and explain the “international”. Recent controversies on the relation between the state system and capitalist mode of production have made important contributions to understand the link between what is traditionally understood from international relations and capitalist relations of production. These efforts have to go on as there are yet many other untouched aspects of international relations that require desconstruction and dereification. This conference attempts to further our understanding of the links between historical sociology, critical realism and Marxism. Empirical works combining the insights of Marxist historical sociology and historical materialism with that of international relations is particularly wellcome.

Most papers presented in the conference will later be published in a special issue of the Spectrum or in a separate book.

Those interested in presenting papers at the conference workshop should send brief abstracts of no more than 200 words to:

DEADLINE: July 1, 2012


Call for Papers: Second Annual International Conference on Political Science, Sociology, and International Relations (PSSIR), September 17-18, 2012, Bali, Indonesia

Depending on their importance, originality, quality, relevance and other editorial considerations, eligible research articles will be invited for publication in the GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences.

DEADLINE: May 18, 2012


Early Call for Papers: Continental Approaches to International Studies and Issues (tentative title), PhaenEx Special Topics Issue 8.2

PhaenEx is a young peer-reviewed journal that has published 2 issues a year for nearly 6 years now. The journal’s vision has been to produce a collectively-run, open-access, and interdisciplinary forum for excellent peer-reviewed work in the broad area of existential, phenomenological, and continental theory and culture. The journal's institutional home is EPTC/TCEP, the Canadian-based bilingual and international association of academics and authors working in these areas. Beginning with Issue 7.1., to be published in May 2012, PhaenEx is moving to the next phase of development, working to raise its profile significantly internationally.

Related to the Continental Approaches to International Studies and Issues issue is a panel to be held on the same topic at the annual EPTC/TCEP conference in conjunction with the huge Canadian Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences to be held in early June, 2012 near Toronto, in Waterloo, Ontario, for which draft paper submissions will be due January 9, 2012.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2013


Call for Papers: Essex Human Rights Review

The Essex Human Rights Review publishes original scholarly works addressing contemporary issues and debates in human rights. We encourage submissions from a broad range of disciplines, including law, philosophy, political science, sociology, anthropology and economics.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Contributions from academics, practitioners and postgraduate students are welcome. The EHRR accepts academic articles, conference reports, book reviews and edited transcripts of interviews with key figures in the field of human rights. We also encourage the submission of short notes and commentaries on recent developments, on-going cases, current initiatives and research relevant to human rights protection (1000 words maximum).

Articles submitted to the EHRR should be original, previously unpublished material and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

All submissions, including cover letters and other materials, should be in English. Submissions must adhere to the EHRR Submission Guidelines and Style Sheet.

DEADLINE: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Call for Papers, Reports, and Links: MENA WATCH

MENA WATCH has been put together to provide people with broad coverage of up-dates and events from nonviolent actions and people’s movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Each day MENA WATCH will collect articles, reports, analysis and links to blogs and video blogs.

MENA WATCH is meant for mass distribution and sharing to support people’s democratic nonviolent movements and to catalyze national, regional and international actions and efforts to support nonviolent developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: If you have news from the region, messages of support, key analysis or resources on nonviolence and people’s movements, especially in Arabic please send them to

DEADLINE: Open to ongoing submissions.

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Call for Papers: Online Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 

The Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security (JCTS) provides a platform to analyse conflict transformation and security as processes for managing ‘change’ in a non-violent way to produce equitable outcomes for all parties that are sustainable. A wide range of human security concerns can be tackled by both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ measures, therefore, the Journal’s scope not only covers such security sector reform issues as restructuring security apparatus, reintegration of ex-combatants, clearance of explosive remnants of war and cross-border management, but also the protection of human rights, justice, rule of law and governance.


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