Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity and Security in the Search for Peace

Starting Date: 10-01-2010
Ending Date: 10-02-2010

Menno Simons College And Global College
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity and Security in the Search for Peace
Hosted by Menno Simons College and Global College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada ~ October 1-2, 2010

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders:
Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace

The 8th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association
October 1-2, 2010
Menno Simons College and the Global College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Announcing a conference jointly sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Association, Canadian Mennonite University’s Menno Simons College, and the University of Winnipeg Global College. This year’s conference theme is Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace. Our conference will be held on the campuses of both Canadian Mennonite University and the University of Winnipeg in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on October 1-2, 2010, which marks the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and the 150th birth anniversary of Jane Addams.

Download the Conference Poster!
{A black-and-white version is available HERE}

A Warm Welcome From This Year’s Hosts!

This year marks the first time that the Peace and Justice Studies Association will hold its annual meeting in Canada. A number of organizations and institutions in Winnipeg are working together to make what we believe will be an exciting conference. Winnipeg, as you will find out, has an exceptionally dynamic array of programs working on peace and justice issues. We would like to acknowledge here a number of key organizations, all of whom extend a warm welcome to you as you prepare to visit our city at the geographical center of North America.

Menno Simons College – a College of Canadian Mennonite University – one of the two principal co-hosts and taking the lead in this year’s planning, equips students to make a difference in the world. Through course work and practicum experiences, the International Development Studies and Conflict Resolution Studies programs provide students with practical and meaningful ways to address the pressing issues facing the world today. Menno Simons College offers three- and four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees in Conflict Resolution Studies and three-year, four-year, and honours degrees in International Development Studies. At CMU’s Shaftesbury campus we find the sister program to MSC’s program – there it is Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies. Both CMU programs foster a learning community that prepares students from diverse backgrounds for participation and leadership in local and global communities. In addition to its teaching program, MSC also houses Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies. With thirteen full-time faculty, approximately twenty additional faculty based at the CMU Shaftsbury campus listing elective courses, and about 250 students with undergraduate majors in these areas of study each year, these programs represent a significant contribution to the area of peace and justice studies in North America.

At the Shaftesbury campus of Canadian Mennonite University the Canadian School of Peacebuilding runs engaging week-long courses each summer. In the next year the CSOP will host courses taught by leading peace scholars such as Howard Zehr, Marc Gopin, and Ovide Mercredi. Also active in our work to host the conference is the Institute for Community Peacebuilding housed at MSC. The ICP sponsors, for example, the Youth Peacebuilding Project, which brings youth of diverse backgrounds together with the express purpose of inviting them into positive meaningful relationship with each other – overcoming biases, reinforcing positive understanding, and building respect.

Across the street from Menno Simons College, The University of Winnipeg Global College – the second lead host for this conference – is an action-oriented, multi-disciplinary forum for Canadian and international students. The Global College brings students and community members into contact with faculty, visiting scholars, local leaders, and notable speakers from around the world. It offers a three- and four-year multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Global Studies. Students are encouraged to discover their role within the local and global community through teach-ins, symposia, conferences, lectures, local and international human rights internships, and condensed intensive credit courses taught by visiting scholars and our faculty in Global College Spring and Summer Institutes.

Menno Simons College
Also on the University of Winnipeg campus are two cutting edge programs with particular interest in this year’s conference theme. The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg practices and fosters participation in collaborative feminist work, research, art, and activism. The IWGS is a working partner of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies that strives to develop the creative and transformative potential of the university, community and society through removing barriers to, and promoting the exchange of knowledge between the institution and its communities. Also on campus is the Aboriginal Governance program – an innovative joint program with Red River College – that provides an opportunity for individuals to earn both a Diploma in Aboriginal Self-Government Administration from Red River College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aboriginal Governance from the University of Winnipeg.

In addition to these undergraduate programs, Winnipeg hosts a dynamic graduate program housed at the University of Manitoba’s Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul's College, which is dedicated to research, education, and outreach to foster global peace and justice. The Centre is home to the University of Manitoba's PhD Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Joint University of Manitoba-University of Winnipeg MA Program in Peace and Conflict Studies. This is a transdisciplinary endeavor that encompasses diverse dimensions of social life at the local, national, and international levels. Outreach events include the Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival, the Summer Institute on Storytelling for Peacebuilding and Renewing Community, and the Sol Kanee Lecture Series.

Winnipeg is also home to Mediation Services, a large non-profit organization promoting effective and peaceful responses to conflict and crime in Manitoba. Its three core programs – Community, Court (victim-offender), and Resolution Skills Centre – provide individuals and communities with tools to use restorative justice principles to understand and address conflict in ways that repair harm and build respectful relationships. We are very pleased that our colleagues at MS are working with us to run a parallel set of workshops at the conference.

Together these institutions and programs extend a warm hand of friendship from our country to those of you visiting from the United States, and to fellow Canadians from across the country, a warm welcome to Manitoba. We look forward to seeing you in October 2010!
Geographical Scope: International

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