CFP: American Friends Service Commitee at 100

Lauren Turek

The American Friends Service Committee is celebrating its 100th anniversary next April. They are hosting a symposium to mark the occasion and have an issued the following call for papers. Given the AFSC's long history of social justice work in the United States and abroad, this symposium presents an excellent opportunity for readers of this blog to share their related scholarship or to learn about new directions in this field of study:

"100 Years of Peace with Justice: looking back, moving forward"
When: April 21, 2017

Where: Philadelphia, PA

"In April 2017, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a leading peace and justice organization, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark this milestone we will host a one-day symposium to showcase cutting-edge scholarship on areas of AFSC work both past and present and to inspire the next generation of research on peace and justice. The symposium will bring scholars together with past, present, and future activists, highlighting the connection between scholarship and advocacy around AFSC’s key issues.

The AFSC invites scholars to submit original work on peace and justice issues broadly defined. Key themes for this work may include:

Peace building at home and abroad: relief work in conflict and post-conflict zones, Quaker peace building efforts past and present, anti-militarism, anti-war movements.

Racial justice: the historic work of the AFSC in civil rights (employment, housing, education), relationship of nonviolence to movements for racial justice past and present, historic or contemporary movements of other racial/ethnic minorities as a reflection of Quaker and AFSC values.

Economic justice: nonviolence in labor movements, relationship of the AFSC or Quakers to labor movements past and present, Quaker approaches to economic justice past and present, relationship between economic justice and peace building.

Contemporary social movements: around issues such as mass incarceration, migration, countering violent extremism, etc. with emphasis on how they address long standing AFSC/Quaker concerns, role of nonviolence in contemporary social movements.

We seek to engage scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and at different career stages, including those who have worked directly with our archives or programs. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and final presentations should be approximately 20 minutes long.

Submission Procedures/Format

Please submit a 300 word abstract of your presentation along with your CV and contact information. The deadline is August 15, 2016."

Papers can be submitted at the following site:


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