Like other events, conferences are an excellent way to connect with colleagues within your areas of interest. They offer a more intense immersion in topics and allow people to see what is at the forefront of their respective fields. Conferences are also a good opportunity for ambitious scholars or practitioners to show their stuff.
Listed here is a wide array of annual conferences related to conflict resolution, or peace studies. A short description of the organizers is provided as well as a link to the conference webpage. Annual conferences tend to be held in the same month every year, however topics can vary. The month, in which it is generally held is displayed next to the organization that holds it.
This list is by no means exhaustive, please feel free to contribute or make suggestions. Thanks!
North American Based Conference
African Studies Association (ASA) November
The ASA consists of a number of member and associated organizations devoted to the study of Africa.
Alliance for Peacebuilding
The Alliance for Peacebuilding is the institutional home for the leading peacebuilding institutions and professionals in the United States and around the world. It is active in networking peacebuilders and facilitating collaboration between various peace related organizations. AfP also engages in advocacy for the field.
American Political Science Association (APSA)
Founded in 1903, APSA is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics. It holds several perennial conferences. Its annual meeting and exhibition is held in September, typically on the North American continent.
American Psychological Association (APA) August
APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) October
Along with bringing together people from multiple disciplines to address the complexities of conflict ACR also promotes the field of conflict resolution to the general public; informs members about, and shaping, important public policy developments in the field; and creates the structures for ACR to support the growth of the field.
Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America Septmber
AMSS is an organization whose mission is to provide a forum through which Islamic positions on various academic disciplines can be promoted, with an emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. This conference generally takes place on the East Coast.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace April
The Carnegie Endowment is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to international cooperation, and active engagement by the US. It has offices in Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, and Moscow.
CSIS Global Strategy Initiative (GSI) April
GSI promotes long-range thinking across the public and private sectors as it assesses the forces shaping political, economic, and social trends across the world.
Common Bond Institute (CBI)
CBI is a U.S. based Non-Governmental Organization that grew out of the Association for Humanistic Psychology’s International (Soviet-American) Professional Exchange. CBI organizes and sponsors conflict transformation conferences, professional training programs, relief efforts, and professional exchanges internationally, and actively provides networking and coordination support to assist newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing countries. It holds 4-5 annual conferences on Conflict Resolution, Engaging the ‘Other’, and Religion, Conflict, and Peace.
Comparative International Education Society (CIES) March
CIES was founded in 1956 to foster cross-cultural understanding, scholarship, academic achievement and societal development through the international study of educational ideas, systems, and practices.
International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) June
IACM was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings.
International Society of Political Psychology July
The society focuses on facilitating communication between scholars and concerned individuals who are involved in the relationship between politics and psychology.
International Studies Association (ISA) February
Established to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, it represents 80 countries, ISA has over 4,000 members worldwide. It frequently holds conventions and conferences both in the United States and abroad. The Association’s annual convention is a major international scholarly event, including over 800 panel sessions and involving participants from more than fifty countries.
The Metropolis Project March
The Metropolis Project exists as both an international and Canadian initiative. Internationally, Metropolis is a network of policy officials and researchers from more than 20 countries, as well as a number of representatives of international organizations, and in particular intergovernmental bodies and NGOs.
The Middle East Institute November
The Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution devoted exclusively to the study of the region. Its mission is to promote greater understanding of the Middle East in America, as well as the United States in the region.
Peace Society International (PSS(I)) November
PSS(I) encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management. It does not confine itself to ideas specific to peace research, but welcomes and utilizes relevant work of the social and natural sciences.
Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) October
PJSA is a non-profit organization that 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 field of peace, conflict and justice studies. It usually takes place in North America.
USIP International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (INPROL) May
INPROL is a rapidly growing virtual community, with Communities of Practice focused on general rule of law, police commanders and stability police communities.
Europe Based Conferences
Common Ground July
Common Ground is committed to building new kinds of knowledge communities, innovative in their messages and their media. It holds its conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Conflict Research Society September
CRS promotes research and the extension of knowledge about conflict processes and cooperation of all kinds. Though it has an international membership and presence, the events that it organises are normally held within the UK and Ireland. It also holds an annual conference in the UK.
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
ECPR is an independent, scholarly association, established in 1970. It supports and encourages the training, research and cross-national co-operation of political scientists throughout Europe and beyond. It holds staggered biannual general and graduate conferences in the autumn.
European Sociological Association September
ESA is an academic association of sociologists and a non-profit Europe-wide association made up of over 700 members. It was established in 1992, following deliberations and consultations among sociologists from a diverse range of countries.
International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI)
IPSI was founded on the core belief that education can mitigate violent conflict. It facilitates the transfer of knowledge and skills to a global audience from the world’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates. IPSI holds symposiums in various locations around the country. The organization is based in Washington, D.C.
Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS) June
NEPS holds and annual conference in Amsterdam.
Skoll Foundation March
The Skoll Foundation was created by Jeff Skoll in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous world. Jeff believes that strategic investments in the right people can lead to lasting social change. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, the Skoll Foundation empowers them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.
University of Oxford—Refugee Study Center (RSC)
RSC was established in 1982 as part of the Oxford Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. It has since won an international reputation as the leading multidisciplinary centre for research and teaching on the causes and consequences of forced migration. Its philosophy is to combine world-class academic research with a commitment to improving the lives and situations for some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
International Peace Research Association (IPRA) July
IPRA holds global conferences for research on sustainable peace bi-annually. The conference aims to gather researchers form the world over to exchange knowledge. The last one was held in Leuven, Belgium, where there were over 250 presentations and was attended by about 400 researchers.
Net Impact November
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
Technology Entertainment Design (TED)
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds (TED). Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.