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 History Commission


The Peace History Commission seeks to present an alternative to military victors and conflict dominated historical narratives to pursue historical patterns of human survival; longer durations of peaceful co-existence; war as aberration (rather than a natural state of being); and to broaden the understanding and possibilities of world peace. Peace is a diverse concept, impacted by history and culture and that it is constantly evolving. Peace is not a state to be achieved but rather a process to be maintained, and a better understanding of the history of peace will improve its prospects in the future. While peace may be culturally and locally specific, it is a global social imperative, and thus we must continue to strive for understanding local histories of peace-making contexts for sustained co-existence. Diplomatic, pacifist, legal, non-violent, anti-war histories are a few of such histories we welcome.

Peace History Commission-Call for Papers

The Peace History Commission is now accepting individual papers, panel discussions and paper sessions for competitive review. Submissions may be empirical, theoretical, methodological, or exploratory in nature. In alignment with IPRA’s theme of “Agenda for Peace and Development: 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 History in the field. Papers may engage in conversations across academic disciplines and professional institutions to include historians, anthropologists, political scientists, sociologists, economics, religious scholars, literary scholars, indigenous scholars, or those interested in global affairs, transnational nonviolence organizations, indigenous and grassroots activists for peace and social justice, auto-ethnographers involved in historical peace-making. Submissions may come from nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), governmental organizations, philanthropic organizations, etc. This commission especially welcomes papers that can make peace history research relevant to a broad spectrum of people including scholars, educators, policy-makers, community leaders, and activists and encourages submissions that can contribute to research, theory building, or teaching of peace history and peace-building praxis.


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