The Praxis Conference
Linking peacebuilding theory and practice

Bridging the gap between scholars & Practitioners

August 18-19, 2017
Fairfax, VA


2017 Theme
Peacebuilding Among Youth in Conflict

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George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
the Dialogue & Difference Project, and NGO ForgottenSong present
a conference bridging the gap between scholars and practitioners
to develop effectiveness in peace building.



From youth violence in urban areas of the United States to child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we're inviting academics and NGO workers to discuss pathways to peace with some of the most experienced in our fields. 


How Does It Work?

from roundtable discussion to academic presentations 

The Praxis Conference aims to place scholars and practitioners on the same panels in order to expand the utilization of shared knowledge and link scholars and practitioners for the sake of the growth of knowledge in both fields. We're creating multiple conference topics to choose from that address a variety of academic and NGO interests, all under the topic of peacebuilding with youth in conflict.

We aim to create a culture where scholars and NGOs connect and exchange knowledge and networks for the betterment of peacebuilding around the world.

When you attend, you'll get to choose from our variety of offerings in academic presentations, roundtable discussions, and focused small group discussions.




George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030

(202) 491-8664



Conference Topics 

As the theme of this year's conference is Peacebuilding Among Youth in Conflict, we are grouping presentations into the following categories.  By exploring conflict and peace through each of these broad groupings, we hope to cover the majority of both the research being done and the issues of need that humanitarians are addressing:


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Formal and non-formal engagement, micro-finance, foreign investment, and cross-border economic interests.  In what ways do the economy and finance lead to both conflict and conflict resolution, sustainable peace-building, and community growth? 




Group and individual identity (gender, ethnicity, class, race, religion, etc.), cultural, fiscal, and geographical. How do contextual vulnerability and capability contribute to conflict and peace?





Formal and non-formal education, life skills, vocational training, and the arts. In what ways is education utilized in pursuit of direct and indirect purposes or agendas? In what ways is education used to incite both peace and conflict?



Development, sustainability, empowerment, child soldiers, reintegration, healing, etc.  While each of these words represents a direction for research, conflict resolution practice, or humanitarian program development, how might they also be problematic or potentially objectifying?  




Water, land, climate, pollution, desertification, resources, mining, agriculture.  How do issues surrounding the environment lead to conflict and in what ways are environmental resources utilized to mitigate conflict, grow community, and promote peace and understanding?


Additional Themes

Feel free to contact us with other ideas if you have any additions you feel would be relevant to our conference!

Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.
— abu bakr


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