Thursday Extra: HCI4Peace

On Thursday, September 1, Assistant Professor Juan Pablo Hourcade of the University of Iowa will speak:

Peace is an important value for the human-computer interaction research community, yet it has not resulted in the development of a research sub-community or even a research agenda. In this presentation I seek to address this void by first motivating the need for computing research on promoting peace and preventing war. I will then review evidence on the factors that affect the likelihood that armed conflict will occur, as well as the aspects involved when individuals make moral decisions on whether or not to support a war. Based on this review,I propose a research agenda, citing research examples from the human-computer interaction literature and discussing new ideas.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The talk, “HCI for Peace,” will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!


Peace Studies Conference- call for submissions

Call for Papers
Peace in the 21st Century
Grinnell Peace Studies Student Conference 2012

The Grinnell College Peace Studies Program is seeking student paper submissions addressing issues of peace and conflict from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities for the Grinnell Peace Studies Student Conference March 1-3, 2012.

After receiving paper abstracts, Peace Studies will decide which papers will be accepted and organize papers into themed panels. Students will receive word of acceptance, which panel they are on, and names of fellow panel presenters and their papers by mid-January. Final papers are due February 10, 2012. At that time, faculty respondents for each of the panels will receive copies of the papers for the panel they will be leading. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes for each paper. Panel sessions will allow time for a short faculty introduction, presentations of three or four papers, followed by discussion, including questions from the faculty respondent.

Conference Deadlines

  • 250 word abstract due December 15, 2011
  • Acceptance and panel assignment sent no later than January 15, 2012
  • 3000 word (max) final paper due February 10, 2012

*All submissions should be sent electronically as attachments to Please put your name, email address, school, and title of your paper on a cover page for both abstract and paper. Document titles should start with your last name. Email subject lines should read “Peace Studies Conference Abstract/Paper.” Contact Val Vetter, coordinator, Peace Studies Program for more information

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Environmental conflict
  • The role of social media in effecting change
  • Interfaith dialogue
  • International conflicts
  • Education and peacemaking
  • Economic development and peacebuilding
  • Language, power and conflict
  • The arts and peacebuilding
  • Trauma healing and the arts
  • Trauma and identity
  • Mediation
  • Restorative justice
  • Peace vs. justice
  • Peace, conflict and human rights
  • Feminist perspectives on peacebuilding
  • Truth and reconciliation commissions
  • Transitional justice initiatives
  • Peace psychology
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Culture and violence
  • Bioethics
  • Human trafficking and human rights
  • Alternatives to violence
  • Community building
  • Nonviolent regime change