MPACS Bulletin February 23rd – March 8th

  • eSeminar: Climate Change, the Environment and Peacebuildin
  • Girl Rising : Film Screening and Conversations


  • Canadian School of Peacebuilding – Free training video and course outlines now available
  • Writing Centre Help
  • 16th Annual ENGAGE Graduate Student Conference : Call for Abstracts
  • Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders


  • Disaster Response and Reconstruction Advisor with Mennonite Central Committee


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.

eSeminar: Climate change, the Environment and Peacebuilding

When: Friday, February 26th  from 12pm – 1:30pm
Online Seminar

Climate change poses a series of catastrophic threats to the planet, from rising sea levels that could swallow coastlines to the increasing prevalence of drought that could devastate agriculture and fresh water supplies. While these direct environmental challenges are clear and omnipresent, less attention is often paid to the secondary effects of climate change, such as its impact on peace and security dynamics. Climate change is already emerging as a major driver of conflict and insecurity in many parts of the world, and this phenomenon will only worsen in the future as the environmental impacts of the changing climate become more pronounced. This presents new challenges to the global peacebuilding architecture that have yet to be fully addressed by its key stakeholders. As we enter an era that could be marked by climate-driven war and instability, it is important to explore the potential impacts of climate change on global peace and security and how the existing peacebuilding agenda can be adapted to confront them? This will be the central question addressed at the fourth installment of the Centre for Security Governance’s eSeminar series on “Contemporary Debates on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding,” presented in collaboration with the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of Global Studies.

For more information and to register, visit:–peacebuilding-and-climate-change/

Our distinguished panellists will each give brief introductory remarks, followed by an open Q&A period where participants will be able to engage the panel directly. The event will be open to the public and  free to attend.

The panellists for this event are:

  • Dr. Mark Sedra, Centre for Security Governance (CSG) (Moderator)
  • Dr. Simon Dalby, Balsillie School of international Affairs (BSIA)
  • Anna Brach, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Dr. Richard Matthew, University of California Irvine (UCI)


Girl Rising: Public Screening and Conversations
When: Saturday, march 12, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library

This powerful film is known throughout the world. It is collaborative in spirit, reaching out to both women and men.  The film connects global issues of literacy for girls with local concerns in our own community. What can each of us do to help?  How can we in Kitchener-Waterloo be ambassadors for the path of educating girls out of poverty and helplessness? And how does educating girls make a world that is more peaceful, more just, less riddled by conflict?


Canadian School of Peacebuilding – Free training video and course outlines now available

The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is excited to offer you a FREE training video.  This one-hour video will give you a glimpse into a CSOP classroom and the opportunity to learn from world-class peacebuilders and teachers. This class sampler was recorded in the Women and Peacebuilding course, taught at the 2015 CSOP by Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood;  in it Ginger and Ouyporn introduce their course and guide CSOP participants – and now you – in excercises to practice grounding and compassionate listening. A few of you have had a chance to watch this video already, but we wanted to bring it back and offer it more broadly.

Syllabi for most 2016 courses are also now available on the courses page of the CSOP website.  The syllabi provide course outlines and information on readings.  For those of you taking a course for credit, the syllabi also provide information on course assignments and other critical academic information.  We hope to post the remaining syllabi in the next few weeks, so keeping checking the website.

If you have any questions or want more information, check out our website or send us an e-mail.

Writing Centre help

If you are interested in enhancing your communication skills, come to the Writing Centre. We can help you develop your scholarly voice and build strategies for tackling whatever writing project you have.

  • In a writing appointment, you can work through any part of your writing project with a writing specialist in 50 minutes.
  • Delve deeper into your writing project with our tutorials. You’ll work with the same writing specialist once a week for three or four weeks.
  • For quick questions or check-ins, come to the Library during drop-ins.
  • Check out our workshops on a ton of awesome topics. We have workshops specifically targeted for your academic needs: Productive, sustainable writing practices, and Submitting for publication.
  • If you’re working on a big writing project, come to our Grad write-ins to help you improve your productivity and avoid the isolation common in large projects.
  • Stop stalling and start writing your dissertation at our four-day Dissertation Boot Camp.
  • If you’re not ready to meet face-to-face, our online resources are a great place to start.

Visit our website for more information:


16th Annual ENGAGE Graduate Student Conference : Call for Abstracts

We invite all graduate and upper year undergraduate students from fields of the social and applied human sciences to participate in ENGAGE, the 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference at the University of Guelph. This event celebrates the diversity and vitality of student research by encouraging students from various social science backgrounds to come together and ENGAGE with peers over critical issues and cultural debates.
Our theme for this year’s conference is Community Engaged Scholarship. If you are working to develop relationships with your local, regional, national or global communities; already partnering with them for research that fosters positive social change; or, if you want to learn more about this kind of scholarship, send us
your abstracts!
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: Saturday, February 27th, 2016.
The goals for ENGAGE 2016 include:
● Provide students with a collegial environment in which to present and receive feedback on both completed works and/or projects in progress;
● Foster communication and engagement between scholars with diverse research interests and perspectives;
● Challenge and critically examine our understanding of the social and cultural worlds, as well as the impact our research has on the individuals and/or communities we partner with and/or study.
Abstract Submissions:
In fulfilling our mission to develop a supportive and inclusive environment for students to conduct and present their research, the ENGAGE conference accepts an array of topics within the social and applied human sciences. Moreover, both paper and poster proposals are welcome!
Topics of research may include, but are certainly not limited to:
● Community engaged scholarship
● Social justice and transformation
● Rural, community and development studies
● Work, gender and change in a global context
● Criminology and/or criminal justice
● Gender, diversity and social (in)equality
● Race, ethnicity and identity politics
● Family development, ageing and the life course
Abstracts for submission must be between 200-300 words in length, and must include the title of the project, the author and their affiliation, as well as indicate the presentation of a paper or poster. Please send all submissions to by Saturday, February 27th, 2016.
Four monetary awards will be presented at the ENGAGE conference this year:
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Student Presentation Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Outstanding Original Research Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Poster Presentation Award ($100)
● ENGAGE Department of Sociology and Anthropology Best Community Engaged Research Award ($100)
Conference Format:
Paper and poster presentations will be presented throughout the day. Information regarding the theme and time of each session, as well as the length of each presentation will be provided closer to the date of the conference. The keynote address will be delivered by University of Guelph’s community engaged scholar, Dr. Mavis Morton.
*Special Session to Honour University of Guelph Faculty, Dr. Kerry Preibisch*
At this year’s ENGAGE conference, a special session will be held to honour and celebrate the esteemed work and contributions of the University of Guelph’s Dr. Kerry Preibisch. The focus of this session will emphasize topics connected to Dr. Preibisch’s research, including:
● intersectionality within the context of globalization
● international migration
● migrant worker experiences in relation to social justice and (in)equality
If your research project draws on Dr. Preibisch’s work, or you would like to present a paper or poster that highlights these research themes, please specify your interest to be part of this session in your abstract submission.
Cost and Accommodation:
There is no fee to participate in this conference. Participants are responsible for all of their travel and accommodation expenses. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer funding for participants’ costs. However, this year some monetary awards will be presented for best paper and poster presentation. Limited billeting is available and can be arranged on an individual basis. We are also happy to provide information about local accommodation options. Inquiries can be sent to
Follow the link to register. Also, find us on Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you at ENGAGE 2016!
Summer Institute on Conflict Transformation Across Borders
When: June 5th- June 24th
Location: Quito, Ecuador

Led by an international faculty of peacebuilding practitioners and scholars, this summer institute in Ecuador is designed to equip early-career professionals, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and other future peacebuilders with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the complexities of conflicts within and across border regions, and the types of interventions that can be used to transform these conflicts. Ecuador is the perfect venue for studying these issues, as it is the largest recipient of refugees in Latin America, has advocated for the concept of universal citizenship, and has negotiated the negative impact of transnational environmental damage with neighboring states and with extractive industries.

Participants will reside in a university residence near FLACSO in Quito, and will make field visits to the Amazon cloud forest in Baeza, and to the Northern Border region in Carchi province. The language of instruction will be English, although some Spanish-language talks will likely be included with translation provided.

Conflict Transformation Across Borders is offered through the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance in UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. The program will be jointly run with UMass Boston partner institutions, la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), and the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC).

Applications are due March 21, 2016

For more information make sure to visit their website

Disaster Response and Reconstruction Advisor  with Mennonite Central Committee

Kathmandu is a bustling city that enjoys a range of temperatures throughout the year, from cold winters to hot summers. There is a big expat community, with supermarkets and restaurants that cater to Western tastes. The city enjoys good health facilities for most medical needs. Bangkok and Delhi have good facilities for major health concerns. There are a number of Christian churches in Kathmandu, as well as the opportunity of small group involvement for Christian fellowship. Transportation by public bus and taxi is readily available locally and cars can be hired for longer trips. There is also an extensive bus system throughout the country, as well as numerous local and international flights from Kathmandu each week. Kathmandu has a number of high quality educational options for children, including schools with American and British accreditation. For those who love the outdoors, there is easy access from Kathmandu to great hiking and mountain biking in the Kathmandu Valley, and lots of opportunities across the country for trekking, rafting, climbing and other outdoor pursuits during vacation times.

Traveling to MCC partners’ project working areas is a very important element of this job. Many different modes of travel are required: walking, public bus, jeep, and sometimes by air. The Advisor will need to endure long public bus journeys and walk up and down hills for up to two days. Lodging and food also varies, depending on the remoteness of the areas.


All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active church membership; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

1. Master’s degree or higher, preferably in international development / humanitarian assistance or related social science is required
2. 3-5 years in international development or disaster response experience
3. Experience in planning, monitoring and evaluating disaster responses including humanitarian, reconstruction, and recovery projects
4. Strong knowledge of disaster response principles including Sphere minimum standards
5. Experience in earthquake resistant construction preferred
6. Experience in working in collaboration with local development partners
7. Demonstrated capacity in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) and reporting
8. Strong English writing skills
9. Ability to work as part of a team, including strong cross-cultural facilitation and communication skills
10. Knowledge of the Nepal context and comprehension of the Nepali language is preferred

Key responsibilities
Disaster response planning, monitoring, and evaluation (PME) – 80%
• Work with local partners to implement MCC Nepal’s earthquake response.
• Assist partners with the development of project proposals and reports for disaster recovery and reconstruction projects.
• Assist partners and MCC Nepal staff with the development of relevant monitoring and evaluation tools for disaster response projects and conduct site monitoring visits.
• Assist with the preparation of proposals and reports for MCC and other external donors, as required.
• Prepare required reports on MCC’s earthquake response for submission to the Nepal government as required.
• Communicate with staff in MCC’s Planning, Learning and Disaster Response department in the preparation, review and revision of project proposals.Humanitarian coordination and information sharing – 15%
• Attend relevant humanitarian coordinating meetings including the Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN) and UN cluster meetings related to disaster response and recovery.
• Actively report on MCC response projects through coordinating mechanisms.

MCC communications – 5%
• Provide photos, stories and reports to MCC’s communication and donor relations department as requested

For more information and to apply follow the link to their website below

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a shout!
I hope you all have a wonderful week

Maia Fujimoto
PACS Communications Assistant
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