Hannah Heinzekehr | February 14, 2018
The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies will serve as both the host and co-sponsor for the inaugural Psychology and Peace Conference. Running March 9-11 on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, the event will be the first time American Psychological Association (APA) Division 48, The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, has hosted a gathering outside of the APA’s annual meetings.
The event will draw leading scholars, as well as early career academics and graduate students, to present research that sits at the intersection of psychology and peace studies. Laura Miller-Graff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute and Notre Dame, serves as part of the conference planning committee.
”It’s been energizing to see the positive response to the conference both at Notre Dame and from the Division,” says Miller-Graff. “Given Notre Dame’s commitment to rigorous intellectual scholarship and to social justice, both topics central to the aims of the Kroc Institute and the Keough School of Global Affairs, this is an ideal setting to bring together scholars interested in how psychological science and practice can contribute to peacebuilding and human development in diverse global contexts.”
The conference planning committee selected the Notre Dame campus as the conference site due to Kroc’s status as a global leader in the field of peace studies and the presence of six doctoral students studying peace studies and psychology. Students in the Kroc Institute’s Ph.D. program can choose from six interdisciplinary tracks. In addition to psychology, doctoral students can choose to study anthropology, history, political science, sociology or theology as a companion with peace studies.