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

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Commission


The Commission for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was initiated at the IPRA Conference in 1996 and fully established in 2000.  The focus of the commission has been the recognition of First Peoples,  globally embracing over 250 million people, with a great diversity of  cultures and distinctive ways of life and important knowledge systems. However Indigenous Peoples have been historically invaded by colonial empires, bringing much cultural destruction and loss of traditional lands, and in the modern period are commonly subordinated as minorities within nation states where they suffer the effects of development, marginalization,  environmental destruction and cultural hegemony. Nevertheless, the world-wide movement of Indigenous Peoples to assert their human rights, gain land, cultural, political and economic rights, legal recognition, education, health and other forms of social equality has been an important movement in the international context. Often, Indigenous People have been involved in internal-conflicts within states but have also celebrated their cultures and achieved important developments in securing their distinctive rights, as recognised by the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This commission welcomes participation from Indigenous researchers, scholars and educators as well as all those working or interested in promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples. At several IPRA conferences this Commission has been able to engage with local Indigenous communities and gain their participation.

Indigenous Peoples Rights Commission: Call for Papers

Key Theme: Peace-building and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Strategies for the 21st Century.

Papers that focus on critically exploring the engagement of central issues of Indigenous Peoples Rights (such as struggles for land, human, cultural, civil, legal and constitutional rights) with key approaches in peacebuilding (such as non-violence, non-violent strategic action in challenges to structural violence, sustainability, gender equality, cultures of peace, environmental protection).

  • Papers that examine cases where the causes of Indigenous Peoples Rights have been inspired and led by Indigenous leaders and movements using peace and non-violent strategies, including distinctive cultural approaches.
  • Papers that present case studies that analyse the successes and failures of peace perspectives in respect to contributions, developments, advancement and barriers to the implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Papers that investigate concepts and practices related to the 21st Century achievement of Universal Indigenous Peoples Rights within the context of sustainable peace.


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