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


Peace Education Commission


As we usher in the next framework to govern global development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we welcome the inclusion of peace as a specific goal in this new vision. This is an opportune moment for peace educators and scholars to critically examine the role of education in sustainable development, peace and justice.  These are contested relationships.  There are those who argue that education can be used as a tool for transformation, peace and social justice, and those who argue that systems of education merely reflect - rather than shape - the societies they serve.  Still worse, there are those who argue that education serves to perpetuate structural and cultural violence and inequality.  The truth, no doubt, lies in none of these extremes.

Peace Education Commission   Call for papers

We are therefore calling for papers for the Peace Education Commission of IPRA 2016 that reflect these tensions, either through empirical research, or through argumentation.  What is the role of education, and peace education in particular, in situations of stability, transition, conflict and post-conflict? How can education contribute towards inclusion, equity, justice and peace? We look forward to your contributions.

 Some of the many themes which may address the above focus include:

  • Sustainable development
  • Human development
  • Development projects which foster change and learning
  • Peace education beyond classroom settings
  • Human security
  • Strengthening communities
  • Conflict prevention and transformation
  • Civil war and post-war challenges
  • Disaster prevention, management and recovery
  • Trauma, stress and recovery
  • Migration, displacement and refuge
  • Education for global citizenship
  • Environmental education
  • Poverty and other forms of structural violence 
  • Neo-colonialism
  • Culture and Memory
  • Human Rights
  • Non-violence
  • Peace and the arts
  • Peace pedagogy
  • Peace praxis
  • Advancing research, policy and practice


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