History of Praxis
The Praxis Conference has been in the making for over three years. ForgottenSong director and co-founder, Charles Davidson, moved to Washington D.C. to earn his PhD from George Mason University's (GMU) School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR). At GMU, Charles connected with Professor Patricia Maulden and both agreed that more could be done to connect scholars and practitioners for the sake of increasing effectiveness in humanitarian challenges.
On August 18-19, 2017, George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution will host the First Annual Praxis Conference at the George Mason University Fairfax Campus. This year's theme entitled "Building Peace with Youth in Conflict" focuses on bridging the knowledge gap between scholars and practitioners working with children and youth facing conflict and violence.
The spectrum of engagement ranges from child soldiering, gang activity, civic activism, environmentalism, and peace work centered around current and ongoing conflicts and violence of all types.
The conference is sponsored by George Mason University, The GMU School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, The Dialogue & Difference Project at GMU and its Director, Dr. Patricia Maulden, and ForgottenSong, an NGO directed by GMU S-CAR Ph.D. Candidate, Charles Davidson.
The Praxis Team
Patricia Maulden, PhD
Patricia is an Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Director of the Dialogue & Difference Project with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She also directs the Dialogue & Difference Project at George Mason University, convening dialogue events around contentious topics on campus as well as in Liberia, Brazil, and Morocco. Her research interests include generational and gendered dynamics of conflict and peace, social militarization and demilitarization processes, and peace building practices in relation to equity and social justice. She has worked in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Morocco, Brazil, and Colombia. Dr. Maulden also designs and implements experiential learning programs that bridge theory and practice from the instructor, student, and host community perspectives. She investigates the post-conflict paradox of engaging war while creating peace, explores the trajectories of post-conflict knowledge, and examines the psychic dilemmas of research and practice.
George Mason University
M.S., PhD Conflict Analysis and Resolution
University of California, Santa Cruz
Activities & Affiliations
Freie Universität Berlin
Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta
Universidade Federal da Bahia Escola de Administração
Charles is a Ph.D. Candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and the founder and director of ForgottenSong, an NGO which works to sustainably empower vulnerable communities in war-torn countries through reproducible economic initiatives. His current professional pursuits with ForgottenSong include the empowerment of former child soldiers in the Eastern D.R. Congo. He has also worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, Burundi, and Colombia. His current research interests include armed group identity and structure in the Middle East, about which he is writing his dissertation.
George Mason University
University of Arkansas
B.A., International Relations
Rémy holds degrees in Philosophy and Clinical and Social Psychology and is currently the Health and Technical advisor at FVS-Amade, a Burundian organization focusing on community development and the issues associated with AIDS and violence in Burundi, especially as it regards women and children. Since 2000 he has participated in and led humanitarian initiatives in Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has been a guest lecturer in the United States.
Philosophy Center, Jinja, Uganda
Great Lakes University, Bujumbura, Burundi
Degree in Clinical and Social Psychology
Lauren earned her Bachelors degree in Anthropology and French from the University of Arkansas and soon thereafter joined ForgottenSong as the director of international affairs and is now the associate director. She is also a founder and the CEO of Hello Cocoa, a craft chocolate company based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which seeks to change the way chocolate is consumed in the United States and positively impact farming communities through the supply chain. Her current professional pursuits intersect NGO work and small business with ForgottenSong and Hello Cocoa, respectively.
The University of Arkansas
B.A., Anthropology & French
Frequently Asked Questions:
*August 18th and 19th, 2017.
CAN I REGISTER NOW?
Yes! Click on "Registration" above
WILL THERE BE A PRICE REDUCTION FOR EARLY REGISTRATION?
*In the Johnson Center, FAIRFAX, VA campus of George Mason University.
WILL THERE BE A CALL FOR PAPERS?
*Yes. Check out the "scholars" section of the website.
WHAT ABOUT LODGING?
*Lodging arrangements should be made on your own, but we're seeking group rates at local hotels.
*Light breakfasts will be served both days and a sit-down dinner will be served for those who sign up. There will also be a Dinner on Friday night that you are invited to attend at $40 per ticket.
WHAT KIND OF PRESENTATIONS CAN I MAKE AS AN ACADEMIC?
*Traditional panels (comprised of 4 paper presenters each) as well as posters will be included in the event.
WHAT KIND OF PRESENTATION CAN I MAKE AS A PRACTITIONER?
*We'll have space set up for booths for NGOs and others to communicate their causes.
CAN I SOLICIT FUNDS AS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?
*This shouldn't be considered a fund raising opportunity for your organization, but it is a great networking and learning experience.
WILL THERE BE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES?