Pete Kellett, Stacey Connaughton, and George Cheney are co-editing a book that will be the inaugural volume in the new “Peace and Conflict” book series for Peter Lang Publishing. The working title of the book is “Conflict transformation and peacebuilding through engaged scholarship.” We invite brief chapter proposals that exemplify conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are chapters that (1) demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic), including the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships; (2) feature the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts; (3) explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, including indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media; (4) show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice; (5) integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented; and (6) consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction–such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others that represent either local, regional, or global contexts. Chapters in which authors revisit, revise, update, or extend earlier work are acceptable, and will be evaluated on their own distinctive contribution. We would like the book to have broad appeal and so would like chapter authors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.
Please send proposals of 200-300 words in the form of a Word document, outlining the chapter and specifying how it fits the above call. Include also a brief (100-word or so) bio statement that specifies current affiliation. Please send proposals and any inquiries to all co-editors simultaneously pmkelletATuncg.edu; sconnaugATpurdue.edu; gcheneyATuccs.edu by Monday, March 19, 2018. We envision a due date for completed first drafts of chapters by the end of August 2018.