CFP Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding (USA)

ConferencesCall for papers: 7th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, September 29-October 1, 2020, Mercy College, New York. Deadline: July 18, 2020.

The theme of the 7th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding is Ethnic, Racial and Religious Conflicts Globally: Analysis, Research and Resolution. To increase understanding of ethnic, racial and religious conflicts in different countries around the world, the conference will consider submissions from multidisciplinary fields of study and practice. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods research studies from university scholars and researchers are accepted. Case studies, lessons learned, success stories, policy analysis or design, and best practices from policy makers, practitioners, and indigenous peoples are also accepted. Successful abstracts or full papers shall not only bridge theory, method and practice, but must include findings and recommendations designed to further understanding and inform practical application.

Dialogue as a Peacebuilding Process (Canada)

Applied ICDEach year Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), an institute of Canadian Mennonite University, invites the peacebuilders of the world to gather in Winnipeg, Canada, for a selection of five-day courses in June. Come take a course or two for professional and personal development or for academic credit. We offer courses from local, national and international peacebuilders, to serve practitioners, professionals, activists, students, non-governmental organizations, and faith-based groups. Consider learning with this international network in various approaches to peacebuilding, justice, reconciliation, conflict resolution, and development. CSOP Dates: June 11-15, 18-22, 2018. Application deadline: April 1, 2018.

Join us for “Peace Skills – Dialogue as a Peacebuilding Process” at the 2018 Canadian School of Peacebuilding, with instructors Maria Ida “Deng” Giguiento and Paulo Baleinakorodawa. Courses are available for professional development, personal inspiration or academic credit. In a culturally and socially diverse society, discussion of differences is needed to facilitate understanding and build relationships among people. Through this course, students will explore their own and others’ narratives in various social and institutional contexts, while learning from each other’s perspectives and from the practice of dialogue. Students will expand options for taking action to create change and bridge differences at the interpersonal and social/community levels. This course is valuable for those engaged in group and community processes. This course is offered in partnership with Resolution Skills Centre (RSC) and Mediation Services and counts as 2 days of elective credit towards an RSC certificate.

CFP Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding Through Engaged Scholarship

Publication OpportunitiesCall for chapter proposals: Kellett, Connaughton, & Cheney—Conflict transformation and peacebuilding through engaged scholarship. Deadline: March 19, 2018.

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.edusconnaugATpurdue.edugcheneyATuccs.edu by Monday, March 19, 2018. We envision a due date for completed first drafts of chapters by the end of August 2018.

CFP: Books on Conflict & Peace

Publication OpportunitiesNew book series in Conflict and Peace edited by Peter Kellett & Stacey Connaughton, to be published by Peter Lang.

This series highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3)  We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice.  We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome.  We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing.

We welcome initial inquiries about possible projects, as well as complete proposals. For more information contact Peter Kellett and Stacey Connaughton.

Study Abroad in Northern Ireland: Peacebuilding through Storytelling & Dialogue

Study AbroadSpecial Opportunity for short term study in N. Ireland: Peacebuilding through Storytelling and Dialogue in Northern Ireland. Application deadline: November 30, 2017.

This unique course is designed to learn how communication through storytelling and dialogue can lead to Peace in a highly divided society. Students will work with former combatants to share stories and to develop healing and ethical remembering in the process to transforming the culture of Northern Ireland.

Building on Transmedia Skills including, photography, blogging, journaling and interviewing, students will be engaged in documenting this arduous but transformative process.  This cultural immersion process will have many take-away skills including intercultural competence and communication skills enhancement, peace and conflict negotiation, healing and ethical remembering.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students

Class meetings will take place in Derry, Northern Ireland December 31, 2017 – January 15, 2018.  Course materials will be placed online with discussion opportunities and there will final material due at the conclusion of the course

Tenzin Dorjee Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesTenzin Dorjee (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). His primary teaching and research interests are in intergroup, intercultural, intergenerational communication, identity issues, peace building, and conflict resolution.
Tenzin Dorjee photo

He has authored and co-authored  peer-reviewed articles and chapters on Tibetan culture, identity, and communication, nonviolence and middle way approaches to Sino-Tibetan conflict, intergenerational communication context, and others. He was awarded Faculty Teacher-Scholar Award in 2011, Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2013, Annual Author Award in 2014, Faculty Recognition Service: Extraordinary and Sustained Service in 2015, and Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity in 2016  by CSU Fullerton.  He is also a published author of articles and translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English.  He worked as a translator at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India, for over 13 years.  He is also a published author of articles and  translated works of Tibetan Buddhism and culture into English. He had the honor to translate for many pre-eminent Tibetan Buddhist Professors including His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India and North America. He is a former  Member-At –Large in the Executive Council of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), Chair of WSCA’s Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, Basic Course Director of the Department of Human Communication Studies, CSUF, and Vice President and President of the Tibetan  Association of Southern California. He has served on the Dalai Lama Trust Graduate Scholarship Selection Committee and Restorative Schools Vision Project, Sacramento.  In the summer of 2013, he volunteered over two months at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and in the summer of 2016, he volunteered teaching intercultural communication, teaching pedagogy, and research methodology at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah, India, and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, Bengaluru, India.. During his summer sojourns in India, he also gave series of invited talks on a wide range of intercultural themes such as such as Tibetan culture and  identity,  and , translation  methodology at many Tibetan institutions including the Tibet Policy Institute, Central Tibetan Administration Staff, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives,  Institute of Buddhist Dialectics,  and Tibetan Astro-Medical College, Dharamsala, India.

Samples of his publications are:

Dorjee, T. (2015)  Communication accommodation theory. In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 103-107). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Dorjee, T. (2015)  Identity and  intergroup communication . In J. Bennett, The Sage encyclopedia of intercultural competence, 2-Volume Set (pp. 410-414). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Grants for Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation (USAID)

FY 2016 Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation Programs and Activities (Global Reconciliation Fund)
Agency for International Development
Deadline: April 25, 2016
Amount: Upper $1,500,000USD, Lower $100,000USD

The United States Government, as represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), invites applications for funding from qualified entities to carry out activities that mitigate conflict and promote reconciliation by bringing together individuals of different ethnic, religious, or political backgrounds from areas of civil conflict and war in the following countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burundi, Colombia, Liberia, Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal (including cross-border programming with Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and The Gambia), Sri Lanka, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

see also:
US Aid People-to-People Peacebuilding

Key Concept #64: Peacebuilding by Elenie Opffer

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC64: Peacebuilding by Elenie Opffer. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Key Concept #64: Peacebuilding by Elenie Opffer

Opffer, E. (2015). Peacebuilding. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 64. Available from: https://centerforinterculturaldialogue.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/key-concept-peacebuilding.pdf

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.


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Elenie Opffer Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesElenie Opffer, Ph.D., Communications, University of Colorado, Boulder is a faculty member at the Western Institute of Social Research in Berkeley, CA. She is also affiliate faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA and serves as a teaching fellow at the Intercultural Communication Institute’s summer intensive program.

Elenie Opffer

Her research focuses on studies investigating the intersection of cultural, gender, and/or sexual identities and the ways in which people construct, negotiate and transform their identities and communities. She is currently involved in applied research to aid peacebuilding and gender violence reduction efforts in high conflict areas of Nigeria. She serves as a senior advisor to the Center for Sustainable Development and Research in Africa, and the National Peace Summit Group of Nigeria. While she has conducted ethnographic and discourse analysis studies, her passion is for conducting action research where the results can be immediately applied to social transformation efforts. In this endeavor, she has created conflict transformation materials and LGBTQ Safe Zone Materials used in universities and communities.

Selected publications:

Opffer, E. (2010). The rhetoric of Rocky Mountain Women: Talking, trekking, and transforming a male preserve. In L.K. Fuller (Ed.), Sexual sports rhetoric globally. New York: Peter Lang.

Opffer, E. (2005). My mother is Greek and my father is plain: Growing up Greek in America. In W. Leeds-Hurwitz (Ed.), From generation to generation: Maintaining cultural identity over time. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.

Opffer, E. (1997). A Systemic Approach to school conflict resolution programs. Theory to Practice, 36(1), 46-52.

Opffer, E. (1996). Constructively confronting intractable conflict: Lessons from the Amendment II controversy. Working Paper 96-4. Boulder: Conflict Resolution Consortium, University of Colorado.

Opffer, E. (1994). Coming out in class: Notes from the college classroom. In R.J. Ringer (Ed.), Queer words, queer images: Communication and the construction of homosexuality. New York: New York University Press.

IPD Academy in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Intercultural Dialogue (2015)

Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD)
Academic Programs 2015

A) 2 International Summer Academy programs in Peacebuilding, Mediation, Conflict Resolution & Intercultural Dialogue

– I Summer Academy: 7-17 August, 2015

– II Summer Academy: 17-27 August, 2015

Place: Baar, Switzerland

B) 3 Month Certificated Academic School in Mediation & Conflict Resolution (CAS in MCR)

Date: 17 August – 17 November 2015

Place: Switzerland