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


Media, Conflicts, and Human Rights Commission (MCHRC)


Media, Conflicts, and Human Rights Commission (MCHRC) intends to be the prominent ‘knowledge force’ that supports transforming media’s role in conflicts beyond the notion of objectivity to play a proactive role to contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights, which is indispensable for building peace.

The MCHRC will take a critical evaluation, research and analysis of the traditional journalism in conflicts and provide unpretentious ideas, outlooks and information with the view to construct Martin Shaw’s(1996) call for ‘global society’ in which media to actively represent victims of violence and being part of ‘global voice’.

As Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (2012; 2) puts it ‘Journalists not only hold the power to inform the public, connect people in different parts of the world, but more importantly, have the moral responsibility to educate the public, increase awareness in its members of their rights and monitor, investigate and report all human rights violations’.

The MCHRC is mindful of this responsibility of journalists and expects to take a vigorous part in its assignment to assume this responsibility.

In this manner, the MCHRC expects to scale, reach and influence the politicians, diplomats, policy makers, academics, and organisations, media and journalists, and rightly respond to the emerging challenges and opportunities to achieve its vision. 

The MCHRC is wide eyed and wide awake of this responsibility and will strive to carry out it to the best of its ability.

Media, Conflicts and Human Rights Commission Call For Papers

Despite some scholar’s dissatisfaction over the media’s capacity for setting agenda for policy makers to fix humanitarian crisis, studies (Shaw, 2012; Hoijer, 2004; Chouliaraki, 2008; Boltanski, 1999; Cottle, 2009; Society’, Wolfsfeld, 1991; Robinson; 2013) have highlighted the power and ability of the media to shape policy responses to humanitarian crises and violent conflicts to protect and promote human rights and peace.  The theoretical reflections underline the role and responsibility of the media to construct reality of conflicts situations, human rights violations and underlying causes, to construct options for peacebuilding and human rights interventions in conflict and post-conflict societies in a legitimate and appropriate manner.

Against this backdrop, this conference aims to generate an exchange of ideas and insights between academics and professionals on the role of media for constructing human rights and peacebuilding options in conflict and post-conflict transformation and development in all societies and we welcome papers on any aspect of this theme.  The aim is not just limited to examine the role of the media, but to uncover the challenges, difficulties and obstacles faced by media and journalists in upholding the international human rights norms and addressing justice and accountability issues as well as their implications for constructing human rights and peacebuilding options in the promotion of sustainable peace and development by way of supporting the general theme of this IPRA conference.

We seek papers on any of the following subthemes:

  • New media, new rights?
  • Mediated construction and articulation of human rights
  • Human rights Journalism
  • Free speech and Human rights
  • Political Economy of the Media and human rights
  • Mass media and human rights
  • Globalization, media and human rights
  • Media, conflict and democratization
  • Media, war on terror and human rights
  • Conflict sensitive reporting
  • Gender, media and human rights
  • Human rights, social justice and the Media
  • Culture, Media and Human rights

Following the conference the conveners of this commission will be seeking opportunities to publish selected papers in good quality scholarly outlets.


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 word abstract 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