This conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers, and scholars to reflect on the lessons of the humanitarian intervention in Kosovo and the developments in the last 25 years that offer both challenges and opportunities for democracy, peace, and security not only in Southeastern Europe, but around the globe.
We envision conversations and activities that are above all practical in nature, in which practitioners, policy makers, and democracy scholars present, discuss and debate bold actions for promoting human rights, building peace, and progressing democracy globally based on lessons from taking just and necessary stands, such as the one taken in Kosovo, against genocide and the violation of human rights.
We specifically encourage proposals from those who work at the intersection of theory and practice in a variety of areas including but not limited to:
- Political Theory & Practice
- Political & Public Communication
- Media Studies
- International Relations
- Public Policy Analysis
- Conflict & Public Dispute Resolution
- Peacemaking & Peacebuilding
- Security Studies
- Deliberative Democracy Practice
- Collaborative Governance
- Community Engagement
In keeping with the commitment to action from President Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Presidential Library, and the Clinton School of Public Service, the focus of the conference would be the on-going real-world work of people who have made a commitment to ensure safe places to learn, practice, and exercise democratic actions continue to not only exist but to strive and grow.
The following types of submissions are welcome:
Individual Abstracts for papers that engage the vision of this gathering. Please indicate the expected status of the work to be presented (from early overview to completed study); note that works in progress can be accepted. Word count: 250-500, with an additional 5-10 item bibliography. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review; include a separate cover page with authors’ affiliation and contact information. Click here to submit your abstract.
Proposals for Interactive Sessions that focus on demonstration and discussion of current work being done in communities to promote human rights, build peace, and/or preserve/further democratic action. Interactive sessions may consist of up to 4 presenters/facilitators. Proposals should not exceed 750 words and must contain the following: (1) Thematic title for the session; (2) A brief rationale for the session and general session flow; (3) A brief statement of expected takeaways for session attendees. Proposals should be prepared for blind review; include a separate cover page with presenters’/facilitators’ affiliation and contact information. Click here to submit your interactive session.
Proposals for Roundtable Discussions that explore dilemmas and challenges to promoting human rights, building peace, and/or preserving/furthering democratic action with a focus on discussing concrete actions to meet these dilemmas and challenges. Roundtable discussion may include up to 3 facilitators. Proposals should not exceed more than 750 words and must contain the following: (1) Thematic title for the discussion; (2) A brief rationale for the session and general discussion flow; (3) A list of proposed discussion questions and expected takeaways for discussion participants. Proposals should be prepared for blind review; include a separate cover page with discussion facilitators’ affiliation and contact information. Click here to submit your roundtable discussion proposal.
All submissions must be received before midnight on December 31, 2023. Attach the submission (title page and separate text) as .pdf or .doc files to an email addressed to Christina Standerfer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note “Submission for Kosovo Conference” in subject line.
Submissions may be considered for inclusion in a compendium publication that can serve as a blueprint for taking further action to promulgate democracy, promote peace, and ensure security for all citizens of the world. Details on how to submit for consideration to be included in this compendium will be distributed at the conference. Projected publication date is early Spring 2025.
Timeline for submission/notification is as follows:
Proposals due by December 31, 2023.
Notification of acceptance by January 31, 2024.
Registration for conference opens February 15, 2024.
Participants with accepted proposals must register for the conference by March 1, 2024 or be dropped from the program.
Send all queries to:
Christina Standerfer, Ph.D.
Fulbright Scholar to Albania 2012/Kosovo 2023
Clinton School of Public Service
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201