In preparation for the 50th Commemoration of the May 4th Shooting, we are seeking a panelist who can craft a paper related to topic of political activism on college campuses during the 1960s and 1970s. The papers will be presented at the 2019 Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace Conference at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, on October 23-26, 2019. The conference themes are “commemorating violent conflicts and building sustainable peace.” The panel’s first paper examines South Carolina State College, Kent State University, and Jackson State College, which all witnessed various forms of state violence in response to student political activism. It explores student attempts to forge interracial alliances and to demand justice from the local, state, and federal government. The second paper sketches how student activists transformed university space into a carnivalesque atmosphere during the height of antiwar activity at Kent State University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. While the call for papers broadly defines violent conflicts and sustainable peace, we are specifically looking for a paper that explores student activism or an instance of violence that occurred on or near a college campus. Although the panel’s two other papers focus on or include the May 4th Shooting, we are interested in broadening our panel to examine lesser known instances of campus protests and/or violent conflicts. Papers that examine any social movement including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA+ rights, labor, civil rights, and women's rights are strongly encouraged.
Please submit an abstract (of 250 words) along with a one-page CV to Kimba Stahler at email@example.com no later than February 5.