Trauma in Everyday Life:
Trauma, Compassion, and Reconciliation

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
and Madison College, Madison, Wisconsin
POSTPONED (original date April 3, 2020)

The Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and Madison College have decided to postpone the April Conference until the Fall 2020 semester in consideration of our members and participants, and in response to the growing impact of COVID-19. Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of the conference participants and community.   

The theme of the Fall 2020 Conference will remain the same, and participants who submitted abstracts for the April Conference will be automatically accepted for the Fall 2020 conference. For those who have registered for the event at Madison College, the college will be contacting you regarding your refund. Hotels have also been contacted, but those who have made reservations will have to contact them personally to cancel your reservations. A separate email will be sent to participants regarding the postponement.   

We truly appreciate all of the contributions, planning, and effort our larger community has contributed to this event, and we look forward to reconvening in the fall. Thank you for your understanding and patience with this turn of events. 

Conference organizer: Matthew Sargent, For questions, please contact Matthew Sargent by email or at 608-246-6526.

Madison College and the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies are pleased to invite scholars (students and faculty members) and community members to participate in our annual conference on topics related to peace and conflict. This year’s theme will center on trauma and trauma-informed practices.

Keynote Speakers: Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Kaleka
with a workshop/panel led by Masood Akhtar and Mike McCabe of Wisconsin’s United Against Hate.

Conference registration at (Registration is being handled through the theater box office; click Get Tickets to register). Hotel Information is below.

In the twenty-first century, trauma can no longer be relegated to an isolated field or treated only as an outcome. Trauma, instead, has also become a pre-condition in how we organize our everyday lives. To fully understand and critique the breadth of a trauma-informed culture and practice, this conference will feature panels, papers, performances, and posters that center on all aspects of trauma. Some example areas to question are:
• What are some characteristics of a trauma-informed pedagogy?
• How does trauma inform our care practices?
• What does the lens of trauma bring to the praxis of peace?
• What is the role of trauma within the process of reconciliation?
• Is there a matrix of trauma that can serve our understanding of relationships, of healing, or empowerment?
• How has the field of Human Rights recognized and integrated trauma into a practice?

Presentations will include the following formats:
Traditional paper presentations: Presentations should be 10-20 minutes long. Student papers are eligible for cash prizes awarded by the Wisconsin Institute. To be considered for these prizes, students must submit finished papers by March 15, 2020.
Roundtable discussions: Roundtables should include at least three participants.
Research posters: The posters will be on display during a one-hour poster session. Presenters should plan to be available at their posters to discuss them with other conference participants.
Creative presentations: Creative presentations include poems, short stories, visual art, songs, brief performance art, and theater. Visual artists should plan to offer digital slide presentations about their work. Creative presentations should range from 10 to 20 minutes. Artists may bring original artwork and their own display elements for their presentation.

Hotel Information:
Fairfield Inn & Suites   |  2702 Crossroads Drive | Madison, Wisconsin 53718 | P 608.661.2700
Guests may call the hotel directly to make reservations 608-661-2700 by mentioning the WIPCS Group or they can book online using the custom web link below.

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club
1 W. Dayton St., Madison WI 53703
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