Call for Proposals
Peace & Protest, Past & Present
Peace History Society Conference
October 26-28, 2023
Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
The PEACE HISTORY SOCIETY invites proposals for its biennial international conference hosted by Gwynedd Mercy University in a hybrid format blending on-site and virtual presentations, exhibitions, and events from October 26 through October 28, 2023. The conference theme recognizes peace as an active process often expressed through dissent and protest rather than a passive condition signifying an absence of physical violence. It refers equally to nonviolent protest across a range of justice movements and to direct actions in support of peace and justice. Panels and papers that address this theme through various formats (traditional, roundtables, posters, lightning rounds, teaching workshops, etc.) may examine topics set in previous eras or bring the past into the present by exploring ways that current movements have drawn upon earlier examples of protest for inspiration, symbolism, or methods.
Opportunities to consider the history of peaceful protest and protest for peace are especially rich during the conference year, as 2023 marks: the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that culminated in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, call to nonviolent action for justice in his “I Have a Dream” speech; the 50th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords that brought an end to U.S. military operations in Vietnam after several years of organization, mobilization, and protest across American society; and the 20th anniversary of the mass protest marches held around the world in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Topics might include but are not limited to those historic examples mentioned above as well as: