Peace and Justice Studies Association
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization headquartered at Prescott College and based in Prescott, Arizona; its current Executive Director is Randall Amster. It was formed in 2001 as a result of a merger of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (COPRED) and the Peace Studies Association (PSA). Both organizations provided leadership in the broadly defined fields of peace, conflict and justice studies.
The PJSA is dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and to share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. It also serves as a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict resolution studies. It is the North American regional affiliate of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA).
The PJSA works to create a just and peaceful world through:
- The promotion of peace studies within universities, colleges and K-12 grade levels
- The forging of alliances among educators, students, activists, and other peace practitioners in order to enhance each other's work on peace, conflict and non-violence
- The creation and nurturing of alternatives to structures of inequality and injustice, war and violence through education, research and action.
PJSA members share many of the following values and beliefs:
- Active nonviolence as a positive force for social change
- Critical analysis of institutions and social structures
- Societal transformation toward justice
- Equitable sharing of world resources
- Lifelong education: community-based and service learning
- Innovative and effective pedagogy
- Liberatory use of technology and media research in support of community needs
- Effective networks and alliances
Resources and conferences
In addition to other professional services, the PJSA publishes a regular newsletter, The Peace Chronicle, maintains a member network and listserv, publishes the Global Directory of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Programs, offers a Speakers' Bureau of experts in the field, and hosts a blog for peace and justice writings. The organization has members from around the world, with a preponderance from the United States and Canada. The PJSA hosts an annual conference focusing on issues pertinent to the association's mission and values, including the following themes and locations since the inception of the PJSA in 2001:
- 2002: “Confronting Injustice, Ending War: The Role of Peace Educators and Activists After 9/11,” at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
- 2003: “Fostering Alternatives to Violence,” at Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
- 2004: “The Challenge of Globalization: Incorporating Peace, Justice and Human Rights,” at the University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
- 2005: “In Solidarity: Engaging Empire in Activism, Education and Community Strategies,” at Goshen College (Goshen, IN)
- 2006: “Who Speaks for the Common Good?” at Manhattan College (Bronx, NY)
- 2007: “Cultural Identity in a Mass Culture World,” at Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA)
- 2008: “Building Cultures of Peace,” at Portland State University (Portland, OR)
- 2009: “Exploring the Power of Nonviolence,” at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
- 2010: “Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Gender, Identity, and Security in the Search for Peace,” at Menno Simons College and the Global College (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
- 2011: "A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice," at Christian Brothers University (Memphis, TN; in partnership with the Gandhi-King Conference)
- 2012: "Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace" at Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts)
- 2013: "Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation" (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
The PJSA has a number of partnership and affiliation agreements with organizations sharing its overarching mission and values. Included in these partnership arrangements are educational associations such as Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA), the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), and the Center for Global Education at Augsburg College. The PJSA also works closely with the media organization PeaceVoice, which facilitates the publication of articles and essays by peace professionals.
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