Call for Proposals
Resources for Peace
An Interdisciplinary Conference for Faculty and Students
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014
at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and UW–Whitewater are pleased to invite faculty members and students, as well as the public, to a joint conference to explore Resources for Peace. Resources are goods, symbolic as well as material. Resources like oil, water, metals and food are in shrinking supply and inequitably distributed. Many wars are fought over these natural resources and experts predict increasing global competition. This can often contribute to the sacrifice of social resources like education and healthcare. Most disturbing, personal resources and loved ones have always been and continue to be lost in wars.
This call for papers is thus a series of questions.
· What needs to change for the world to shift to a sustainable and peaceful economy?
· Are there more effective or other approaches to the distribution of resources that are less prone to war?
· What moral and cultural resources may be mobilized for such change?
· Or does an increasingly contested globalization ultimately mean a shrinking humanism as imagined in dystopian novels and films?
We call for proposals that provide an analysis of conflicts caused by shrinking resources, or that explore human resources and cultural dynamics which could contribute to an understanding of war or other forms of conflict. Papers and presentations are encouraged from across diverse fields: from business to the humanities, education to social-science, natural sciences to multidisciplinary combinations, to the arts and activist projects.
We invite presentations in the following formats:
Traditional paper presentations
Presentations should be 10-20 minutes long. Papers should be based on individual or collaborative research and critical thinking. Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by the Wisconsin Institute. To be considered for the prizes, students must submit finished work by Feb. 28, 2014.
Roundtables should include at least three participants and can be 60-90 minutes in length.
The posters will be on display at a one-hour poster session. Proposals should list the title of the poster.
Creative presentations include poems, short stories, visual art, songs, brief performance art, and theater. Visual artists will present digital slide talks about their work. Creative presentations will range from 10 to 20 minutes; applicants should specify amount of time needed. Proposals should include the imagery as .jpg files and proposed topic abstract. Artists may bring original artwork and their own display elements for their presentation.
Proposals for presentation will be accepted through January 15, 2014. Send to PAX@uww.edu.
Please include whether you are a student or faculty member, your name, school, type and title of the presentation, and a 150-word abstract.