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 Theories Commission


Peace Theories can cover almost any area of peace research but it is hoped to focus the commission on those philosophies of peace that may contribute to undermining the ideologies of war and conflict. We are particularly interested in bringing together scholars from different cultural and spiritual viewpoints in the search for common paradigms of peace thinking beyond the paranoias of competing world-views.

Call for papers

For the Agenda for Peace and Development conference in 2016, we are seeking proposals for topics or papers from philosophers, political theorists, historians, anthropologists and cultural or literary theorists on how to bring these disciplines to bear on global international conflicts.  How, for example, might Arendt, Badiou, Benjamin, Butler, Deleuze, Derrida, Dussel, Foucault, Gadamer, Galtung, Gilroy, Girard, Habermas, Lederach, Ricoeur, Spivak, West, or Yoder contribute to this conversation? How can the ideas of Muslim philosophers like al-Farabi and Ibn Chaldon, or Arab reformist thinkers like Mohamad Abdu and Jamal al Dein al Afghani influence todays’ thinking on and practice of peacebuilding? How have other oriental thinkers from China, Southeast Asia, and Buddhist culture contributed to the ongoing debate of building peace and achieving social justice? Papers linking the philosophical understanding for peace and development will be particularly encouraged for this conference.

We also seek panels or proposals on historical perspectives and rereading/revising Just War Theory such as the development of peace in, for example, Aquinas, Cusa, Grotius, Hobbes, Astell, Hume, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Hegel, etc, from the West, and Ibn Taymiya, al-Mawdudi and Muslim Sufis, from the Muslim culture.


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