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The Brudnick Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University are pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for our first Graduate Student Conference on the study of violence. The conference will explore the theme Complicating ‘Violence’: Moving Beyond Bounded Understandings.” The forum will be held at Northeastern University on March 27th, 2015.

While many studies have focused on moments of interpersonal violence, we feel that a broader, interdisciplinary approach can help us better understand the many facets of violence. We are interested in exploring how “violence” extends beyond the specific moment of the physical encounter and manifests its forms in structural, symbolic and psychological realms. The title “Complicating Violence” is both a challenge and a provocation to our fellow graduate students to deconstruct violence beyond its current bounded understandings. “Complicating Violence” is a chance for graduate students to share work that pushes these boundaries.

We welcome abstract submissions from graduate students in any relevant discipline now through January 15th. Authors will be informed of acceptance on February 15th.  There is no cost to attend and/or participate in the conference. Funding is not available to support presentation or attendance.

We welcome papers that address topics including, but not limited to:

●        theories and definitions of violence

●        perceptions of violence

●        methodological approaches to studying violence

●        ethics/challenges of studying violence

●        post-conflict/reconciliation/peace processes

●        reintegration and social recovery

●        policy applications

●        questions of stigma and prejudice

●        precursors to violence as well as protective factors and preventative measures

Submissions and questions should be directed to Ashley Reichelmann at

Details about the conference, including keynote speakers and schedules, will follow shortly.

We hope to see you at the conference.

The Conference Planning Committee