Conference on Youth and Conflict, April 14-15, 2006
Organized by the Peacebuilding & Development Institute at American University. Washington, DC
In conflict and disaster areas, youth are burdened with increasing responsibility in their community while receiving little support or recognition from adults. In such situations, young people are faced with difficult choices in their struggle to survive and often mobilize themselves in a variety of ways. And therefore, these dynamic situations reflect the strengths and abilities that young people possess and are faced with on a daily basis. Their actions are being recognized, increasingly, by practitioners today, but are not thoroughly incorporated into the mainstream discussions.
This call for papers will provide a platform to expand the dialogue to include old and new approaches to youth issues in conflict zones. It will also provide opportunities for the next generation of scholars and practitioners to think critically about this field. The subsequent conference will be a unique opportunity to present recent work and to discuss current ideas and research on youth and conflict, especially by students and young people.
Topics of interest for submission include:
· Youth and violence:
o How and why are young people pulled into conflict?
o Why do most young people choose not to get involved in armed conflict or engage in violence?
· Youth Contributions to Peacebuilding:
o In what ways have young people responded constructively to conflict?
o What have youth groups or dynamic young individuals done to promote peace in
o Conflict zones and what could be done in the future? (at geopolitical, intra-community, family, and inter-personal levels)
· Relationship between Conflict and Youth:
o How do the following factors force young people into conflict and how are these factors exacerbated by conflict?
1. Youth livelihood
2. Separation from Family and Loss of Parents
3. Disruption or Lack of Education
4. Poor Health
6. Gender-based violence
· Relationship between Policy and Practice:
o International norms and practice relating to youth as they contribute to or influence conflict:
1. Domestic abuse
2. Trafficking of youth and vulnerable populations
3. Labor Exploitation
4. Political Violence
5. Legal Protection of Young People in Conflict Zones
Please send a 2-3 page abstract to PDIevents@american.edu Include the contact information cover sheet that is found on our website. The deadline for the abstract is Friday March 3, 2006. PDI will contact approved applicants for full papers.
Research papers submitted should be original contributions. Please clearly indicate if the work is under consideration by another publisher. Submissions will be read by 2-3 outside reviewers. The following types of submissions will be considered:
1) Critical case studies, or
2) Thematic discussion and analysis of topics listed above.
There is a 15-20 page maximum, including references and endnotes.
All selected papers and presentations at the conference will be compiled into an edited volume for publication.
Please contact Saji Prelis at PDI on 1-202-885-2014 or 1-202-885-2112 with questions.
The Peacebuilding & Development Institute (PDI) provides cutting-edge training, research, and capacity-building opportunities in the fields of development, humanitarian assistance, diplomacy, and conflict resolution.
For more information about PDI visit:
Peacebuilding & Development Institute
American University, School of Int'l Service
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8071 USA
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