INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (IPRA)
26th IPRA International General Conference on
‘AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
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
Peace Culture and Communication Commission
The cultural and informational contexts within which questions of war and peace are decided have become increasingly important to research within the larger area of peace research. As such, the Peace Culture and Communication commission supports research and practice on the identification and development of cultures of peace: the positive experiences, challenges and problems encountered in processes of redefinition of conflict-based discourses; re-humanisation of former enemies; reframing narratives of intergroup relations, equity, and justice; identifying values that propel cultures of peace in societies; and roles of peace culture in conflict and post-conflict societies. The commission explores ways in which cultures of peace manifest through values, attitudes and modes of behavior that eschew violence and change the ways in which debates, conflict and violence is undertaken in the world. The commission strives to promote scholarship on how cultures of peace are effectively communicated ranging anywhere from analyses of specific traditional practices and local innovations to discussions of broader trends, such as those implied by the sweeping changes to culture and communications brought by 21st century technologies. Building on the works of early theorists of peace culture(s), such as Elise Boulding, David Adams and Robert Mueller, newer researchers in this field continue to explore ways in which we can simultaneously honour cultural diversity and promote values of peaceful coexistence within the emerging global culture, and to deepen our understanding of how culture and communication functions relative to the social processes of peace and war.
Peace Culture and Communication Commission – Call for papers
The Peace Culture and Communication Commission is now accepting individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions for competitive review. The Commission is looking for theoretical or empirical works focused on research and practice on the identification and development of cultures of peace: the positive experiences, challenges and problems encountered in processes of redefinition of conflict-based discourses; rehumanisation of former enemies; reframing narratives of intergroup relations, equity, and justice; identifying values that propel cultures of peace in societies; and roles of peace culture in conflict and post-conflict societies. All scholarly methodological approaches and theoretical orientations applied to peace culture, sustainable peace initiatives and conflict management and resolution are welcome.
The Peace Culture and Communication Commission also welcomes submissions that contribute to theory-building, research, teaching and scholarship on the practice of peace culture in conflict or post-conflict regions of the world. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, methodological, or exploratory in nature. In alignment with IPRA’s theme of “Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate”, special consideration will be given to papers and panels that strive to build or strengthen lasting partnerships and relationships between the academy and organizations that promote peace culture in the field. This may include nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations, philanthropic organizations, etc. The Commission encourages research and analysis that seek to identify, generate and bolster working relationships with and between the academic community and outside organizations that promote peace with the goal of cross-pollination between these two important entities and laying the foundation for conflict prevention and sustainable peace culture for the future.
Top papers and top student papers are given special recognition during the business meeting of the Peace Culture and Communication Commission during the conference.
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 a paper or proposal, go to http://iprapeace.org/
IPRA 2016 CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
- Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
- Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
- Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL
IPRA 2016 CONFERENCE BROCHURE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
- Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
- Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK