IPRA 2016



26th IPRA International General Conference on




November 27th -1st December, 2016


Theme of the Conference:  AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:  Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate  


Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Commission


The conflict resolution and peace building commission is one of the oldest commissions in IPRA. Louis Kriesberg and Elise Boulding created it at the Malta conference fusing two commissions. For many years, former conveners Luc Reychler, Abdelwahab Biad and Tuomo Melasuo managed to attract a large number of participants to present papers under this commission. With their guidance since the previous IPRA conference there is a new group of emerging scholars representing several continents who have undertaken the task of convening. In the last conference alone, there were around 150 submissions from a wide range of researchers covering multiple themes representing almost all the continents, which made the commission in particular, and IPRA in general, truly international.

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Commission Call for Papers

The commission welcomes research papers from both established and emerging academics, and practitioners who examine multifaceted issues in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The researchers are encouraged to examine theoretically and conceptually various activities, approaches and methods that precede and follow the processes of conflict transformation. Challenges that particular situations face in achieving sustainable peace can be analysed while exploring different capacity building spaces for conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Some of the suggested themes are (though not comprehensive) analyses of formal and non-formal conflict resolution and peacebuilding initiatives, traditional and innovative ways of conflict resolution and conflict transformation, various formal peace agreements, peace processes, the role of civil society in peacebuilding, gender and peacebuilding, ecological concerns and peacebuilding, the impact of natural disasters on peace processes, the role of international actors and challenges in post-agreement and post-war situations. The researchers are expected to engage in a critical reflection of these themes and others while pointing towards possible alternatives towards sustainable peacebuilding.

The applicants are encouraged to submit individual or/and joint proposals, panel discussions based on common regions or themes. They may also consider submitting proposals based on different teaching methods; role-plays in conflict resolution processes, short documentary films, visual arts, etc. The commission will obtain the services of established scholars to function as chairs and discussants so that reviews of the papers will be given during the sessions. The commission also intends to plan publication of selected papers and introduce the researchers to different highly placed publishing houses and academic journals.


Three types of submissions will be considered: abstracts, individual papers, and panel discussions. Where appropriate, submissions should be written according to a scholarly style manual. The same submission should not be submitted to more than one Commission. Any double submission will be automatically removed from the system. In order to accommodate audio-visual needs, please indicate specific equipment needs during the submission process. Please make the request only if necessary. Student papers should be clearly identified in the header. All submissions should be completed by uploading your completed form into the central submission database on the IPRA 2016 Conference web site. Abstracts or panel proposals should be included in the Application Form but completed papers should be sent as attachments at least two months before the conference.  To ensure blind review, ALL NAMES MUST BE REMOVED from the abstracts or panel proposals before they are uploaded in the application form. Any abstract or panel proposal with names or affiliations of the author(s) will be removed from the review process.

For specific details regarding types of submissions see below:


Abstract should include a title and should be between 300 and 500 words addressing the purpose of the research, the goals, methods, and the type of data.


Proposals for panel discussions should include the title of the submission, description of the panel and how it will be conducted, presenters’ names and institutional affiliations, and a 1-2 page panel rationale which explains the justification for the panel. Please also include abstracts from the individual contributors to the panel. Preference will be given to proposals featuring participants from different institutions.


Completed paper submissions due two months before the conference should include a title and a 100-150 word abstract.

For more information about IPRA, the 2016 conference, or to submit an application form, abstract or proposal, go to www.ipra2016.org or http://iprapeace.org/




  • Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
  • Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
  • Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL 



  • Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
  • Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK