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 Journalism Commission


For the IPRA conference of 2016, the Peace Journalism Commission (PJC) seeks to build on its progress at previous conferences by working towards the wider applicability and implementation of Peace Journalism in both research and practice.

Papers from the PJC at the Leuven conference in 2008 appeared in an edited collection, Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution, (co-edited by Richard Keeble, John Tulloch & Florian Zollmann), London: Peter Lang, which set out and elaborated on some of the key conceptual issues in Peace Journalism scholarship.

Papers from the PJC at Sydney, in 2010, appeared in a second edited collection, Expanding Peace Journalism: critical and comparative approaches (co-edited by Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, Jake Lynch & Robert A Hackett) Sydney: Sydney University Press, drawing in new issues and new sites.

And selected papers from the PJC sessions in Tsu City, Japan, 2012 and Istanbul 2014 are about to be published in a special edition of a leading scholarly journal, Global Media and Communication, titled ‘Theoretical and Methodological Developments in Peace Journalism’, edited by Jake Lynch.

Among the articles in the latter is one by Stig-Arne Nohrstedt and Rune Ottosen, calling for “a joint approach [involving] universities, colleges, training institutes, NGOs such as Reporters sans Frontieres and the International Federation of Journalists” to establish ethical standards and norms for professional journalists reporting conflicts, with Peace Journalism as a basis, through journalism education.

Our challenge now is to make Peace Journalism fit for that purpose, both by focusing research efforts on issues in the feasibility and applicability of Peace Journalism precepts and methods, and by fostering collaborations of the kind envisioned by Nohrstedt and Ottosen.

Then Peace Journalism can play its part in sustainable development towards the realisation of peace with justice in a range of settings.

Peace Journalism Commission Call for papers

For our PJC sessions in 2016, therefore, we particularly welcome proposals which address:

  • Feasibility of Peace Journalism in practice;
  • Applicability of Peace Journalism models, precepts and methods to settings of development and intra-national conflicts;
  • Applicability of Peace Journalism models, precepts, and methods to coverage of refugees and migrants
  • Prospects for collaboration with aid and development sectors in spreading Peace Journalism as a basis for norms and expectations of media covering all kinds of conflict;

Following the conference the conveners of this commission will be seeking opportunities to publish selected papers in good quality scholarly outlets, as with previous iterations of the PJC'


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