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2016-12-05


The American University of Kurdistan, April 25-26, 2017

The title of this year's Conference for Peace and Coexistence, organized by The American University of Kurdistan, Women's Peace Group, and the Emma Organization for Human Development, will be The Civic State Guarantees Sustainable Peace.

The ultimate objective of the conference is to endorse the principles of democracy, social justice, and sustainable peace in the Middle East through the understanding of genocide, national self-determination, and the effects of the war on women. These principles are guaranteed only within the framework of the civic state.

We welcome papers and case studies related to this year's panels:

Panel ONE: Understanding Genocide against Kurds

This panel will discuss the experiences of peoples who have faced genocide, documented the crimes, and advocated for international recognition and support for self-determination.

Panel TWO: Self-determination is Vital for Sustainable Peace

This panel will address national self-determination as a protection against genocide and other threats to sustainable peace by comparing experiences of democratic communities to those under dictatorship.

Panel THREE: Effects of War on Women

This panel will focus on the effects of the war with ISIS on women, including sexual harassment and abuse, forced marriage, and the situation of female-headed households.


Limited funding will be provided for transportation and accommodation.

Important Dates
Call for Paper Announcement Late November, 2016
Abstract Submission February 5th, 2016
Abstract Acceptance Announcement February 17th, 2017
Full Paper Submission March 30th, 2017
Announcement of Preliminary Program March 30th, 2017
Registration April 2nd, 2017
Announcement of Final Program April 25-26th, 2017


* Photo Credit: Richard-Wilding