The Peace and Conflict Studies Program hosts a biennial Student Conference on campus. The next conference is slated for 2018, with a Call for Papers in fall 2017. To get an idea of the process, you may review last year’s call below.

Call For 2015–16 Papers (closed)

The Grinnell College Peace and Conflict Studies Program is seeking undergraduate student paper submissions addressing issues of peace and conflict from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities for the 2016 Grinnell Peace and Conflict Studies Student Conference, March 11-12, 2016.

Abstracts (250 word maximum) are due Dec. 18, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Final papers (3000 word maximum) are due Feb 8, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Submit abstracts and papers directly via the Conferences @ Digital Grinnell website - see below for submission details.

Presenters will be notified of paper acceptance and organized panels by mid-January. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes for each paper. Panel sessions will allow time for a short faculty introduction, presentations of three or four papers, followed by discussion, including questions from a faculty respondent.

Deadlines and Submission information:

250 word (max) abstract due December 18, 2015

Acceptance and panel assignment sent no later than January 18, 2016

3000 word (max) final paper due February 8, 2016

Submissions for 2015–16 will be accepted online.

Abstracts can be copied and pasted into the submission form.

Please put your name, email address, school, and title of your paper on a cover page for your paper. Paper document titles should start with your last name, and be in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or RTF format. URL addresses within your paper should be active hyperlinks and ready to click. Illustrations and figures should be placed within the text at the appropriate places, rather than all at the end.

Submissions from undergraduates attending any institution are welcome.

There is no registration fee. Peace and Conflict Studies is not able to cover travel or off-campus lodging costs. However, Peace and Conflict Studies can arrange for student presenters from off campus to stay with Grinnell students. We can arrange for a limited number of off campus faculty to stay at campus guesthouses. A dinner and lunch will be provided for all participants.

See the 2012 Conference Program, the 2010 Conference Program, 2014 Conference Program, and 2016 Conference Program for past submissions.

Questions? Email PACS Coordinator, Simone Sidwell

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental conflict
  • The role of social media in effecting change
  • Interfaith dialogue
  • International conflicts
  • Education and peacemaking
  • Economic development and peacebuilding
  • Language, power and conflict
  • The arts and peacebuilding
  • Trauma healing and the arts
  • Trauma and identity
  • Mediation
  • Restorative justice
  • Peace vs. justice
  • Peace, conflict and human rights
  • Feminist perspectives on peacebuilding
  • Truth and reconciliation commissions
  • Transitional justice initiatives
  • Peace psychology
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Culture and violence
  • Bioethics
  • Human trafficking and human rights
  • Alternatives to violence
  • Community building
  • Nonviolent regime change