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 hosted the First Annual Praxis Conference at the George Mason University Fairfax Campus. The theme, entitled "Building Peace with Youth in Conflict" focused on bridging the knowledge gap between scholars and practitioners working with children and youth facing conflict and violence.
The spectrum of engagement ranged from child soldiering, gang activity, civic activism, environmentalism, and peace work centered around current and ongoing conflicts and violence of all types. The conference saw participants from around a dozen states and seven countries and had an attendance in excess of 120 people.
The conference was 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.
This year's second annual conference themed "Innovations in Peace Building" will build on the momentum of last years success and can be registered for below!
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
PhD Candidate, Conflict Analysis and Resolution
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
Mokshyada is an Undergraduate student in George Mason’s Global Affairs program. She is working towards a B.A in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Security and a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Currently Mokshyada is working with youth in Fairfax County Public Schools through the AVID program and is in the process of conducting an Undergraduate Research Project on the applications of a Hydropower Micro-Turbine in Ghana with members of STEAM Undergraduates for Renewable Energy.
Undergraduate Student at George Mason University
Frequently Asked Questions:
November 2-3, 2018.
CAN I REGISTER NOW?
Yes! Click here.
WILL THERE BE A PRICE REDUCTION FOR EARLY REGISTRATION?
George Mason University Graduate Campus
Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201
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.
Light breakfasts and lunches will be served both days. There will also be a Dinner on Friday night that you are invited to attend at $50 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?