NCPCR Call for Participation (as requested)

carter pate (CPATE@UTCVM.BITNET)
Wed, 4 May 1994 15:40:15 EDT

This 1995 conference should be of interest to many on anthro-l.

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MAY 26 - 30, 1995


NCPCR was founded in 1982 to provide a forum where individuals
working and researching conflict resolution processes in a
variety of areas and settings could gather to exchange ideas.
NCPCR is not member-based, and attendance is open to all who are
interested in issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution.
NCPCR's six previous conferences have brought together
practitioners, teachers, researchers, activists, and policy-
makers for training, workshops, seminars, and meetings of
organizations and interest groups.

NCPCR promotes the use and acceptance of non-violent approaches
to the resolution of conflict and the improvement of conflict
resolution theory and practice.

NCPCR is committed to using its capabilities and resources to
develop an inclusive society that values diversity and uses
collaborative processes to achieve peace and justice.

As a conference without walls, NCPCR provides an international
forum for continuing dialogue about the uses of conflict
resolution as a tool for social justice and a force for peace.


Despite the best intentions of good individuals, institutions are
often structured in ways that exclude and injure many people.
New structures are needed, built by everyone involved, on
principles of equity and justice. Making change requires us to
work out differences. How can peacemakers and conflict
resolution practitioners help ensure that old and new
participants alike are welcomed and benefitted?

The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution
dedicates this biennial conference to renewal, inclusion and
reconciliation. We intend the conference itself to be an
exercise in change, a structure designed and built by those who
use it. The conference is being organized by a diverse group of
practitioners from many communities and disciplines.

Some directions are:

* innovative formats
* dialogue between practitioners in different fields
* opportunities for every participant to both teach and learn
* sessions of varied lengths
* consultation sessions for advanced practitioners
* training for beginners throughout the conference
* and more!

The scholarship program has been expanded. International
participation is encouraged. The conference will offer tracks
and mini-conferences for people working in fields, such as
community mediation, corporations, religious communities, schools
and the environment.


* How do we build institutions (communities, schools, hospitals,
etc.) that create and sustain inclusive participation?

* Whose voices and experiences are missing from the discussion
and practice of conflict resolution and what is lost by their

* Do the words we use ("racism,""power") promote or inhibit
"inclusivity"? How do they help or impede our ability to come to
grips with conflict in general?

* If we are to address issues of diversity and multiculturalism,
must we also challenge hierarchy and dominance?

* How do theory and practice in conflict resolution either
rectify or reinforce injustices?

What role can conflict resolution and peacemaking play in
developing a world in which we want to live?


* Teach skills (half-day to two-day workshops)

* Organize or join a panel discussion, roundtable, seminar,
talking circle

* Present research

* Do a performance, ritual, dance, other creative presentation

* Mediate c conflict, demonstrate an approach

* Convene a caucus or interest group

* Request/organize a track

* Propose a new format


We encourage you to take part in the 1995 Conference. Send your
proposal by October 1, 1994 to:

Linda Baron, Executive Director, NCPCR
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Please include the following:

* Name, address and phone number(s)

* Write a description of the presentation or session you propose
as elaborately as you would like.

1. Indicate the type of session you are proposing
(training, panel discussion, performance, demonstration,

2. How long would you like your session to last? (One
hour, three hours, whole day, longer?)

3. If appropriate (especially for training), tell us
whether the session is designed primarily for introductory,
intermediate or advanced participants.

4. For panels, include the names, addresses and phone
numbers of everyone who will take part.

5. Include a brief description, no more than 50 words, that
can be included in the program.

* Whether and where you have presented, written, and taken part
in discussion on the subject before.

While we strongly encourage first time presenters, whatever you
can tell us about the context of your proposal will help us in
making selections.

While we strive to accommodate as many presentations as possible,
space and time are limited. Selections will be based on
relevance to the theme, making available a range of areas and
skills, and including of a variety of voices and approaches. We
may suggest revision or combining proposals to create
collaborative session.

We will notify you by December 31, 1994,

To discuss your ideas or get more information, feel free to call:

Linda Baron: 703 934-5141 (phone); 703 9324-5142 (fax); or (e-mail)

Beth Roy: 415-552-8680 (phone); 415-863-3018 (fax); (e-mail)

Mary Trujillo: 505-523-9381