2011 Peace History Society Conference
Call for Papers
Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida
October 20 – October 22, 2011
The Inter-personal as Political:
Individual Witness for Peace and Justice in Global Perspective
The PEACE HISTORY SOCIETY invites paper proposals that focus on the Inter-personal as Political for its seventh international conference. Historians interested in peace and social change issues often investigate large scale resistance actions as well as national and global social movements. At the same time, organizations and social movements emerge from friendship networks, one-on-one contacts, and community organizing. Long-lived organizations are sustained by the strength of interpersonal bonds, often collapsing due to interpersonal or ideological conflicts. Nonviolence training utilizes role-playing between individuals. Groups rooted in religious witness model nonviolence and peacefully intervene in small scale, community level conflicts. Activists keep wars and human rights concerns in the public eye through lobbying relationships with legislators. Dissent maintained in times of repression thrives under the veil of individual interactions and clandestine communications and small gatherings. The rise of social networking sites has enabled citizens to organize spontaneous street protests while creating new forms of individual and collective identity.
This conference seeks to shed light on the intersection of personal relationships and active peacemaking. We are most interested in papers that take a historical approach to this topic. We welcome panel and paper proposals that compare different historical periods and locales as well as those that focus on a particular event, place or time-period. Paper proposals about peace history not related to the conference theme will also be considered.
Paper topics might include:
• Clandestine organizing under repressive regimes.
• Nonviolence Training.
• Importance of interpersonal relationships among international travelers and delegations.
• The role of vigils and individual protest in sparking and sustaining dissent.
• Struggles over resistance and sabotage
• Importance of canvassing to influence public opinion.
Strong conference papers will be considered for publication in Peace and Change to be co-edited by the program co-chairs. For conference updates, visit the PHS website, at www.peacehistorysociety.org
Please forward proposals for individual papers or a panel to both program committee chairs by April 30, 2011. Email submissions highly preferred.
Department of History
614 W. Superior
Alma, MI 48801
Byrd Center for Legislative Studies
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000
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