2013 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

1. ACR 2013 Call For Proposal

 
Association for Conflict Resolution 13th Annual Conference
October 9-12, 2013 | Minneapolis, MN

Call for Proposals
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is accepting proposals for its 13th Annual Conference. This Call for Proposals closes on December 12, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.

The conference theme is "Making Peace Happen: New Normals."

Peace happens when family members work out a solution to a long-standing problem, when corporations find a way to co-exist in a competitive market and when international conflicts are resolved without bloodshed. Peace happens when the news of the day highlights a non-adversarial approach taken to address a critical issue and when our leaders at all levels engage in civil discourse to arrive at just solutions. How do we, as conflict resolution practitioners, educators and researchers, support and facilitate these conversations and make peaceful conflict resolution the norm?

The conference theme – Making Peace Happen: New Normals – focuses on how we as a field provide ways, through mediation, facilitation, negotiation and other non-adversarial processes, to create new normals in which interactions between parties make peace happen. We ask you to share what you and your colleagues are doing to make peace happen between individuals, in businesses and institutions, within communities and throughout the world.

We challenge you to think creatively. Consider how a session you would propose might advance the thinking in one or more of the following areas:

*Making Peace Happen: How do you make peace happen in your practice, in your trainings, in your community, and in the world? How do we make peaceful conflict resolution the new normal?

*Share ideas and best practices. What approaches work well in your practice? What new insights do you have that would suggest a different action or direction? What best practices can be identified?

*Highlight innovations. What innovative practices are you employing? How do you effectively utilize current media and technologies in conflict engagement and resolution? What new collaborations are emerging in your area of work?

*Consider research areas that benefit the field. What are connections between theory and practice? What research findings and lessons for practitioners have benefited your work? How can researchers and practitioners work together to advance the field?

*Explore similarities and possibilities for interaction across practice areas. What work illuminates the common ground or alliances among different practice areas of ACR? What information or methods can be shared to assist practitioners working in different contexts? How have you diversified your area of work?

Visit www.acrnet.org/annual2013 to view an Agenda at a Glance for the conference

Selection Process
This Call for Proposals closes on December 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM EST. Only complete submissions will be given consideration. Each proposal is reviewed by multiple reviewers including reviewers in the relevant practice/interest area. Reviewers may recommend that similar proposals combine into one session. Final selections and inclusions to ensure overall conference quality are determined by the ACR Conference Committee. Presenters will be notified by email on whether the session is accepted or declined no later than January 30, 2013.

Presenter Information
Presenters are expected to register for the conference. ACR offers a reduced conference registration fee for presenters, but does not cover hotel, travel, or other presenter expenses.

For questions regarding this Call for Proposals contact Leah Retting at lretting@acrnet.org or 703-234-4082.
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1. Proposed Session Title
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2. Proposed Session Length (Choose one)
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3. List 3 Learning Objectives. A learning objective describes what participants will know or will be able to do at the end of the session.
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4. Session Description. This description will be used in conference materials if the session is accepted*. (75 - 100 words)

* Session descriptions may be edited for inclusion in the conference materials.
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5. Session Outline. Describe what will be presented and how the presentation will be made. (300 words or less)
6. Does the session relate to the conference theme described above? If so, how? (50 words or less)
7. Does the session address a topic of diversity and equity, apply concepts of diversity and equity in the content of the session, and/or include diversity in the presenter panel? If so, describe how. (50 words or less)**

** ACR Diversity Statement:
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is committed to equality and diversity in its membership, structure and organizational work. A culturally diverse organization is one that recognizes, supports, values and utilizes people’s differences and similarities in support of the organization’s goals and objectives. Equity means recognizing and working to eliminate injustice in access, process and outcome of our work, and to meet the needs of diverse members and stakeholders.
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8. Select no more than 3 practice / interest areas to which this session pertains. Proposals will be reviewed by practice / interest area review committees and they will be looking for relevance to their area.
9. Other categories to which this session pertains. Select all that apply.
10. Session Level
11. If this proposal is research-based, please provide a brief description of the methodology and the relevance to practitioners.
12. Provide any additional information about your proposal you would like the selection committee to consider.
13. The ACR Conference Committee is considering the addition of a Poster Session at the Annual Conference. If your proposal is not accepted for a full session, would you consider presenting the session in a Poster Session?
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14. The standard audio visual and room set-up for ACR conferences is the following: theatre style room set-up, LCD projector and screen, head table, chair(s), tabletop microphone (in larger rooms), and a flip chart and markers. ACR does not provide laptops.

To get an idea of what type of equipment is required to run your session as listed in your proposal, please select the following equipment that you would require for your session. (Note, if your proposal is accepted, you will get more information on what is available in your room and a formal request for equipment if necessary).
15. Each year, the Annual Conference offers an Author's Corner where authors have the opportunity to showcase their works and sign and sell their books. Would any of the presenters in your session be interested in participating? If so, please list the names and email addresses below.
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16. Presenter Information. Identify all presenters for the session. You are encouraged to have two or more presenters to offer a range of perspectives with a maximum of four presenters in a 90 minute workshop.

Lead Presenter Information
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17. Has the lead presenter presented at an ACR conference in the past? If yes, list the year(s).
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18. Biography of Lead Presenter. Highlight the lead presenter’s credentials in the field and expertise as it relates to the proposed session (200 words or less). If the proposal is accepted, the bio will be used in conference materials.*

* Session biographies may be edited for inclusion in the conference materials.
19. Presenters Information No. 2 (No more than 4 for 90 minute sessions)
20. Has presenter No. 2. presented at an ACR conference in the past? If yes, list the year(s).
21. Biography of Presenter No. 2. Highlight the lead presenter’s credentials in the field and expertise as it relates to the proposed session (200 words or less). If the proposal is accepted, the bio will be used in conference materials.*

* Session biographies may be edited for inclusion in the conference materials.
22. Presenters Information No. 3 (No more than 4 for 90 minute sessions)
23. Has presenter No. 3 presented at an ACR conference in the past? If yes, list the year(s).
24. Biography of Presenter No. 3. Highlight the lead presenter’s credentials in the field and expertise as it relates to the proposed session (200 words or less). If the proposal is accepted, the bio will be used in conference materials.*

* Session biographies may be edited for inclusion in the conference materials.
25. Presenters Information No. 4 (No more than 4 for 90 minute sessions)
26. Has presenter No. 4 presented at an ACR conference in the past? If yes, list the year(s).
27. Biography of Presenter No. 4. Highlight the lead presenter’s credentials in the field and expertise as it relates to the proposed session (200 words or less). If the proposal is accepted, the bio will be used in conference materials.*

* Session biographies may be edited for inclusion in the conference materials.
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28. Each presentation will be evaluated by the attendees on their performance. The evaluations will be collected at the end of the session by conference volunteers and will be returned to presenters 24 hours after their presentation.

I understand that my session evaluation forms will be available for me to review after 24 hours of my presentation and it is my responsibility to pick them up from the designated area on site.
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