The Conflict Conference (TCC) will hold its sixth annual conference at the Moody College of The University of Texas at Austin April 12-13, 2019. TCC is a multidisciplinary annual conference promoting the study of conflict, conflict resolution, and peace making. We invite papers on any relevant topic, such as apologies, advocacy, civic conflict and disputes, dispute resolution, emotions, peace, negotiation, reconciliation, mediation, dialogue, public deliberation, restorative justice, political polarization, conflict management, environmental disputes, ethics, etc. This year we feature programming about mediation developments in Mexico and a keynote presentation by Gregory Paul of Kansas State University. The keynote presentations are open to the public.
Dr. Paul’s research focuses generally on the construction of communities both at work and at home. He specifically explores issues related to restorative justice, conflict management in the workplace, forgiveness and revenge, dialogue and deliberation. He has conducted research that explores how facilitators of victim-offender dialogue understand justice and their roles in helping participants to accomplish justice. His dissertation explored how employees in four different organizations practiced forgiveness following hurtful events. He is also conducting research on motivations to forgive following hurtful events as well as motivation to participate in deliberative programming. Dr. Paul’s research has been published in journals such as Conflict Resolution Quarterly and Communication Quarterly.
The Conflict Conference 2018 Speaker: Brooke Fisher Liu of tNational Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) - a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence; Director of the Risk Communication & Resilience Research Program; Department of Communication, University of Maryland. Her titles were: "Do You Want to Combat Terrorism? How persuasive risk communication protects and motivates the public" and "Into the Storm: Methodological lessons learned from observing tornado forecasters in the Southeast U.S."