Local Alignments, Global Upheaval: Re-Imagining Peace, Legitimacy, Jurisdiction and Authority
Abstr. due: 01.05.2019
Dates: 04.10.19 — 06.10.19
Organizing comittee e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizers: Canadian Mennonite University
The theme of this year’s PJSA/PACS-Can conference offers a platform for convergence. Inspired by the history of Winnipeg’s 1919 General Strike, current Indigenous land and water defence, and food and migrant justice activism, we invite peace and justice scholars and students, community-based practitioners, experiential educators, musicians, artists, and social movement organizers to join us in conversations reimagining peace through local alignments amidst global upheavals.
Through papers, plenaries, and performances, sessions will explore these dynamics. Interconnected themes will include peaceful approaches for guiding social change while challenging the legitimacy of violent systems, re-asserting Indigenous jurisdiction, ensuring safety and sanctuary for vulnerable peoples and refugees, and challenging exploitative labour conditions. Winnipeg has a legacy as an epicentre for advocacy, sanctuary, and mass mobilization. The conference program will include traditional sessions in addition to interactive walking tours, community workshops, and place-based activities led by scholars and organizers on the forefront of responding to the sources and consequences of global upheaval, locally on Treaty 1 Territory.
On these important local anniversaries -- the 100th anniversary of the General Strike and Winnipeg’s Settler government expropriation of its city drinking water from the Shoal Lake first nation -- the PJSA and PACS-Can welcome attendees to Winnipeg. The organizing committee invites a broad range of proposals examining the links between local action and global change to struggle with current challenges.
The conference has built in multiple opportunities to engage, beginning with interactive pre-conference options (4 October), and extending for two days (5-6 October) with panels, plenaries, workshops, discussion sessions and concluding with our annual Awards Ceremony and silent auction.