An International Conference at Kent State University
Commemorating the May 4, 1970 shooting by the Ohio National Guard of Kent State Students during a demonstration against the US wars in Vietnam and Cambodia and the occupation of the Kent State campus by the Ohio National Guard
Many decades before school shootings became sadly commonplace in the U. S., Kent State University students were killed on May 4, 1970, by the Ohio National Guard during a demonstration against the US war in Vietnam and Cambodia. Documenting violence and delivering accountability are critical steps in peacebuilding following violent conflicts ranging from lynchings to political assassinations to wars to genocide. As the Kent State experience demonstrates, memorializing and commemorating are equally important responses—particularly when the violence has been nation-states using violence against their own citizens. Scholarship on memorializing has blossomed in recent decades, as has research on peacebuilding in a variety of conflict and post-conflict settings.
Kicking off a yearlong commemoration of May 4, 1970 at Kent State, this interdisciplinary joint conference of the Peace History Society, the Peace Studies Section of the International Studies Association, and Kent State’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies invites research papers focused on the interconnected themes of commemorating violent conflicts and building sustainable peace, broadly conceived.
We welcome both single papers as well as full panel proposals. Each paper proposal must include a title, a 200-word abstract, and five to six keywords.
Sorry, the submission period for PEACE-PHS Kent 2019 has closed. For more information, please contact the program chairs. Even if you did not submit, anyone is welcome to register and attend the conference.