Grad Bulletin – Apr. 6

April 6, 2015

Happy end of term! I hope all of you have had a great term and enjoyed these bulletins. This is the last one for the term – so check out all the end of term events, and last minute summer opportunities if you’re still looking!


  • “Dis-locations: Understanding Public Space from Cape Town” – Apr. 8
  • “Things from the Air” Graduate Student Conference – Apr. 15
  • “The Changing Fabric of the Global Political Economy” – Apr. 22


  • Essay Competition for the Third Hague Peace Conference
  • Canadian School of Peacebuilding
  • WSFPC Peace Essay Contest
  • “Cities of Tomorrow” Competition
  • Satyagraha Summer Institute
  • Master of Arts in International Relations Online

Call for Papers

  • International Academic E-Forum, IAF 2015 “Current Issues and Perspectives”
  • International Conference on New Horizons in Education – June 10 – 12, 2015
  • The 2015 PJSA Conference


“Dis-locations: Understanding Public Space from Cape Town” 
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Apr. 8 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs Rm 1-42. 
The Balsillie School’s Migration, Mobilities and Social Politics is hosting a talk featuring Professor Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch who will explore how the notion of public space is dislocated and reconfigured when re-territorialized in Cape Town. Lunch will be served between 12:30 and 1 PM, and the talk will follow. This is a free event but registration is required.

“Things from the Air” Graduate Student Conference 
@ Apr. 15, 2015 

The Balsillie School of International Affairs is hosting a graduate student conference on April 15 on the theme of aerial weapons and warfare. All events will be held at the Balsillie School. Please see the attached schedule of events (PDF).

“The Changing Fabric of the Global Political Economy” 
@ 7 PM to 8:30 PM, Apr. 22 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Rm. 1 – 42. 

This talk by Tony Porter, the Professor of Political Science, and Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University will be discussing the institutional changes in transnational governance and their significance for theory and practice in the global political economy.


Essay Competition for the Third Hague Peace Conference
peace hague poster
Submission deadline: April 19, 2015.
The Third Hague Peace Conference has organized an essay competition for essays on strengthening humanitarian laws or on maintaining peace more effectively by the UN Security Council and regional organizations.  More details are available here (PDF).

Canadian School of Peacebuilding
canadian school of peacebuildingThe early bird registration for the Canadian School of Peacebuilding at CMU is upon us. There will be two sessions held this summer: June 15-19 and June 22-26. If you’re interested, take a look at the courses and instructors offered this year on their website.

WSFPC Peace Essay Contest 
Deadline to submit: April 15, 2015
WSFPC peace essay winnersThe WSFPC is seeking submissions for their annual peace essay contest. Applicants must write an essay in 800 words or less, answering the question: “How Can We Obey the Law Against War?” Essays are to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected. Essays are judged on quality as well as on the impact of the response. For complete submission details, visit their website.

“Cities of Tomorrow” Competition 
Registration deadline: June 1, 2015
Ontario’s large urban centres face complex challenges as they continue to grow. This competition is open to all students (grad and undergrad) who are currently enrolled in an Ontario post-secondary institution or were attending one during the 2014-2015 school year. Participants will form teams to provide proposals for policy changes to address the problems facing Ontario’s urban centres. For more information on how to participate, visit their website.

Satyagraha Summer Institute 
@ Aug. 2 – 22, 2015. Black Hills of South Dakota

This summer program is designed to provide leaders interested in nonviolent social change an opportunity to deepen their understanding, skills, commitment, and community. Training on nonviolence, indigenous spirituality and traditions, as well as conflict prevention and resolution will be provided. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.  For more information view the  flyer (PDF).

Master of Arts in International Relations Online
Application deadline: Jun. 8, 2015.
The School of International Service (SIS) in Washington, D.C., is offering a Master of Arts in International Relations through their unique online format. The online program allows students to earn a degree from one of the top schools of international relations, select a concentration of study specific to their chosen field, and collaborate with faculty and peers from around the world. The application deadline is June 8, 2015. For more information, visit their website.

Call for papers

International Academic E-Forum, IAF 2015: “Current Issues and Perspectives”
Submission deadline: Apr. 25, 2015. 
This year’s call for papers is entitled “EU-2015, Current Issues and Perspectives’. Check out the list of suggested topics here. The deadline to submit is April 25, 2015.

The International Conference on New Horizons in Education
inte2015afisAbstract submission deadline: May 30, 2015
Registration deadline: June 7, 2015
Full Paper Submission deadline: June 30, 2015

The INTE is seeking submissions in English for their annual conference held in Barcelona, Spain on June 10-12, 2015. For more information visit their website.

The 2015 PJSA Conference
pjsaProposal deadline: May 31, 2015. 
The 2015 PJSA Conference on the theme of “Cultivating the Just and Peaceable Self: Understanding Transformation and Transforming Understanding in Research and Practice” will be held October 15-17, 2015 in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Read the full call for papers here.

Disclaimer: Events and opportunities above are not all endorsed by the PACS department; this bulletin includes opportunities that we think PACS students may be interested in but are not sponsored by PACS. Please use your own discretion to determine if an opportunity is right for you.



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