Peace and Justice Studies Association
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a non-profit organization presently headquartered at Georgetown University since 2013 and based in Washington, DC; its current Executive Director is Randall Amster. The PJSA 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 focused on 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.
Resources and conferences
The PJSA publishes a 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 hosts an annual conference 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" at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
- 2014: "Courageous Presence: Shifting Stories and Practices of Peace" at the University of San Diego (San Diego, California)
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 the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA).
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