Call for Proposals: 2021 Virtual FAHE Conference

Call for Presentations, Workshops, and Papers:

2021 FAHE Virtual Conference: Peacemaking and the Liberal Arts

Earlham College & Earlham School of Religion, Richmond Indiana

Virtual Conference

Monday, June 7 – Friday, June 11, 2021

The planning committee for the 2021 virtual conference of the Friends Association for Higher Education invites proposals for presentations, workshops, panels, and papers that speak to the theme of Peacemaking and the Liberal Arts. We seek proposals from faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees on the theme of the conference or other topics reflecting Quaker concerns in higher education. Those who had their proposals for the June 2020 conference accepted are automatically accepted for the 2021 conference. However, those who had proposals accepted for 2020 will need to resubmit their proposals on the FAHE website.

The Quaker peace testimony calls us to work actively for the just and peaceful transformation of conflict, and for the removal of causes of violence and injustice. As educators at Quaker and non-Quaker institutions, what roles do peacemaking and social concern play in your context of higher education? Given the changing landscape of higher education when there is pressure to make education focus more intentionally on career-oriented preparation, what is the future of programs (both curricular and co-curricular) specializing in peacemaking and social justice?

Contributions are welcome from across the academic disciplines, from administrative staff and faculty, and from peacemaking practitioners. Those who work at Quaker institutions of higher education, Friends at non-Quaker schools, and those who are concerned for peacemaking among Friends are encouraged to consider offering a submission.

This year’s Program Committee offers these queries to provide focus, direction and inspiration in crafting proposals for presentations:

  • How do our Quaker perspectives in peacemaking shape our work with students, colleagues, and the institutions for whom we work?
  • In what ways can and should our institutions of higher education act as a local and global force for peace and justice?
  • What are the tensions between institutional stakeholders (e.g. students, administration, trustees, alumni, local community) regarding peacemaking and how do we approach those differences?
  • How do we engage the voices of those who do not share our individual and institutional perspectives on peace and justice?

Submissions might explore aspects of the Quaker tradition regarding peacemaking but the overall goal is looking forward: From your perspective, what is needed for Friends’ peacemaking efforts now and in the future? Proposals on Quaker pedagogy and concerns are also welcomed.

Proposals may be submitted online until March 30, 2021. The Program Committee will send a confirmation of receipt for each submission. Presenters will be notified of acceptance no later than April 30, 2021. Presenters of accepted proposals should register for the conference. Registration information will be available beginning February, 2021

Proposals for chapters in the next FAHE book, New Directions for Quaker Peacemaking, are also invited. Presentations offered at the 2021 conference may be developed into a proposal for this 8th volume in the FAHE Quakers and the Disciplines series.

Questions? Please contact Lonnie Valentine at valenlo@earlham.edu

Members of the program committee:

Kelly Burk, Earlham College

Meg Streepey-Smith, Earlham College

Walter Sullivan, Haverford College

Lonnie Valentine, Earlham School of Religion

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