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 Grinnell Peace Studies Student Conference February 28 - March 1, 2014.

After receiving paper abstracts, the program will decide which papers will be accepted and organize papers into themed panels. Students will receive word of acceptance, which panel they are on, and names of fellow panel presenters and their papers by mid-January. Final papers are due February 7, 2012. At that time, faculty respondents for each of the panels will receive copies of the papers for the panel they will be leading. 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 the faculty respondent.

Conference Deadlines

250 word (max) abstract due December 20, 2013

Acceptance and panel assignment sent no later than January 15, 2012

3000 word (max) final paper due February 7, 2014



  • All submissions should be sent electronically as attachments to vetterv[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
  • Please put your name, email address, school, and title of your paper on a cover page for both abstract and paper. Document titles should start with your last name. Email subject lines should read “Peace Studies Conference Abstract" or "Peace Studies Conference Paper.” Contact Val Vetter, coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies Program for more information vetterv[at]grinnell[dot]edu
  • Submissions from undergraduates attending any institution are welcome.
  • There is no registration fee. The program is not able to cover travel or off-campus lodging costs. However, we 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 and the 2010 Conference Program for past submissions.

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

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