Call for Papers: Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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Call for Papers
Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

June 17-19, 2011
Emory Conference Center Hotel, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Due Date: March 5, 2011

The Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding initiative of Emory University seeks submissions of presentations for its International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding to be held at Emory University’s Emory Conference Center Hotel on June 17-19, 2011.

The Conference is a major component of Emory University’s Initiative on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. It reflects the University’s commitment to engaged scholarship designed to enhance the flourishing of human life and improving the human condition. Kiran Bedi, former Police Chief in India, internationally renowned activist on women’s issues and Indian jail reform will be the featured speaker, along with other internationally known scholar / activists.

The focus of this year’s conference is: “Local Peacebuilding and Religion: Context, Practices, and Models.” We desire submissions for presentations from engaged academics and research-oriented practitioners whose work addresses the issues of local peacebuilding and who are capable of engaging practitioners in productive and meaningful conversations. Presentations will take place in a workshop format. Papers may be ethnographic, theoretical, descriptive, or evaluative, but a major criterion for selection is the ability of the proposed paper topic to extend the discussion of the following questions:
* What constitutes a successful practice?
* Do different models work better at different stages of a conflict?
* What is religion’s role in:
• Conflict prevention?
• Minimizing violence?
• Ending a violent conflict?
• Post-conflict reconciliation?
* What does religion bring to local peacebuilding? (We presume that religion’s effects can be both negative and positive, so reflectively critical papers are invited.)
* How can practices be taught?
* What is the role (if any) of gender in directing certain individuals to particular practices or models?
* What can the academy do to assist local religiously-informed peacebuilders?
* How does one identify and respond to particularity?
* How much does local religious context matter?

Additionally submissions focusing on the geographical areas of Tibet/China, West Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Ireland, as well as the Southern United States are particularly encouraged.

Proposals consisting of:
* A 300-500 word abstract
* A two-page proposal identifying the main issue of the paper, the locale and parties involved, and discussing the paper’s relevance to the summit
* A one page c.v
Should be sent electronically in pdf format to: Tom Flores Ph.D. at tom.flores(at) with the subject line reading: Proposals Second RCP Summit

Questions regarding submissions should be directed to: Edward Queen, Ph.D., J.D. at equeen(at) or Laurie L. Patton at lpatton (at)

*SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT NO LATER than March 5, 2011 for consideration.

Details of the 2011 Conference will be posted shortly on the Religions and the Human Spirit website under Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Initiative. The current address is the following.…