Another entry from academia is the Waging Peace conference sponsored by the the Dale Center for the Study of War & Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. This conference will be held in New Orleans, LA September 8 – 10. Papers and panel discussions are being solicited on topics that include subjects as diverse as veterans and postwar politics, refugees and refugee resettlement, transitions to peace on the home front, violence inflicted by occupying forces, making sense of peace via the media and popular culture, memories as therapy, and postwar empowerment of previously enslaved, persecuted, or marginalized groups. The conference organizers add that they are “especially interested in panels that are comparative and that offer broad conclusions across time and place about the challenges of ‘Waging Peace’.” Wow.

At the same time this is happening in New Orleans, a group called Build Peace will be holding its annual international conference in Zurich, Switzerland. Build Peace takes the innovative approach of bringing peace builders and technologists together to “share experience and ideas on using technology for peace building and conflict transformation.” According to their website, they will meet on September 9 – 11.