CALL FOR PAPERS: Kent State University’s Annual May 4th Symposium on Democracy, April 27-29, 2011. Theme: Democracy and Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Understanding the Conflicts and Examining Potential Solutions to the Congo Crisis
Kent State University’s Departments of History, Pan African Studies, and the Women’s Studies Program are co-organizing this year’s KSU May 4th Symposium on Democracy. The annual event, a legacy of the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings, is supported with funding from the Office of the Provost. Each year, a conference is designed to focus on areas of conflict and the potentials for peaceful resolution and expanded democratic futures. This year’s focus will be on the Democratic Republic of Congo and the critical issues there of war-related sexual violence; extractive industries; existing and potential democratic grassroots efforts in the conflict zones; and the ethics of external interventions. The conference will be Wednesday April 27 to Friday April 29. There are plans for a post-conference publication.
This is a call for papers addressing the four main themes: sexual violence in war, extractive industries, the ethics of intervention, and democratic solutions to the current crisis. The conference can help support a limited number of participants through cost-shares of airfare and lodging. Some meals will be provided by Kent State.
Conference Organizers: Monika Flaschka and Timothy Scarnecchia, Department of History; Wendy-Wilson Fall, Department of Pan-African Studies; and Suzanne Holt, Women’s Studies Program
Please submit a 250 word abstract to Monika Flaschka (email@example.com) by February 10, 2011. Before the title, each abstract should state which theme it addresses, the name and host institution of the presenter, an email and postal address, and phone number.
Department of History
Kent State University
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330-672-2882 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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