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Forced Migration and Human Flourishing

Friday, April 5, 2019
7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bemis International Center
St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College, together with the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is pleased to invite faculty, staff, and students from any college or university to submit papers for a one day conference on topics related to peace and conflict, with a special emphasis on forced migration and human flourishing. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Mireille Twayigira, Refugee Education Advocate for Jesuit Refugee Services.

In order to critically examine this topic from a variety of perspectives, this conference invites panels, paper presentations, performances, and posters that address questions such as:

  • What challenges are immigrants/refugees faced with in The United States?

  • How are community dynamics altered with the introduction of those of different cultures?

  • What role should the United States play in addressing the refugee crisis?

  • How do humans flourish in the face of trauma and adversity?

  • What actions can be taken to ensure that refugees/immigrants thrive in their new communities, rather than be seen as burdens?

  • Other topics related to peace and conflict studies

Call for Proposals
Papers and presentations are encouraged from across diverse fields: from the social sciences to the humanities, education to business, natural sciences to multidisciplinary combinations, to the arts and activist projects.  While we welcome papers that address the theme of the conference, participants should feel free to submit paper proposals on any subject broadly related to peace and conflict studies. All proposals are due by February 15, 2019.

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 these prizes, students must submit finished papers by March 15, 2019.

  • Roundtable discussions: Roundtables should include at least three participants.

  • Research posters: The posters will be on display during a one-hour poster session. Presenters should plan to be available at their posters to discuss them with other conference participants.  

  • Creative presentations: Creative presentations include poems, short stories, visual art, songs, brief performance art, and theater. Visual artists should plan to offer digital slide presentations about their work. Creative presentations should range from 10 to 20 minutes; applicants should specify the 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.

All proposals should be emailed to by February 15, 2019.  They must designate the submission category and include your name, school, whether you are a student or faculty member, the title of your presentation, and a 150-word abstract.

The conference will include coffee breaks and lunch at no additional cost. Participation is free for faculty and students of WIPCS member schools. Cost for non-members is $15 for students and $40 for faculty. Conference rate available at the Kress Inn for April 4 and 5. Call 920-403-5100 and mention WIPCS when booking.

This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice & Public Understanding at St. Norbert College. 

For more information, call Jill Olson at 920-403-3037.
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