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


Sports and Peace Commission (SPC)



The Sports and Peace Commission (SPC) intends to generate knowledge across both fields of sports and peace studies. Such knowledge would fundamentally support a better understanding of the potential use of sport  as a means for conflict transformation, peace-building and development especially,  but not only, amongst the youth .

A core notion of sports indicates the transformation from competition into teamwork, fairness, and respect for the opponent. In resonation, the core values of peace studies highlights the transformation from conflicts (win-lose situation) to peace constructions (win-win situation).

The SPC welcomes and encourages academic discussions on critical thinking as well as latest research on studies of sport and peace. As Johan Galtung acknowledged, physical violence is the representation of structural and cultural violence, while the latter actually serve the source of the former. In order to achieve positive peace, one shall not only address the visible physical violence, but more importantly, the invisible structural and cultural violence. Taking this creed, the SPC therefore particularly expects vigorous research on sports as a means of conflict transformation and positive construction in terms of its relations with structural and cultural violence.

The SPC is mindful of sports in not only strengthening people’s physical health as a physical activity, but going beyond, in regulating, transforming, facilitating, and re-conciliating relations between and amongst parties as an effective peace-building tool.  SPC is also mindful of the potential negative side of sport in peace building efforts, if is not implemented with awareness and care.

SPC,  however,  would like to build on positive stories, and good practises of sport, not only  contributing to physical fitness but equally to mental wellbeing, emotional health and development and social interaction,  thereby promoting the universal values of respect, fair play, teamwork, friendship  and of peace.

In this manner the SPC expects suggestions,   innovations  and ideas for  a new dialogue from both sports researchers and peace scholars about the applications of sports as a means of peace building, conflict transformation and development in all scales and all societal fields including education, youth, media, politics, cultural and religious studies and others.

 Sports and Peace Commission Call for Papers

Natural resource extraction has not only manifested in the breakdown of social order but has also hindered socio-economic progress in countries where extractive activities lead to environmentally unsustainable development that create vulnerabilities. Although poverty and ethnic inequality have been key factors contributing to the wider context of discontent, their link to conflict is mired in theoretical complexity. The path to sustainable peace has been hard, and there are still many hurdles to overcome as communities, national governments and international actors grapple with the challenge of finding effective solutions to conflict. Despite these challenges, many conflict-affected societies across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe have achieved success in consolidating peace, attracting a proliferation of investment opportunities beyond the extractive sector. Whether and how these efforts have resulted in sustainable peace and development remains a question. Although the recent shift in the development agenda has revived intellectual interest in the subjects of peace and sustainable development, the addition of youth to the equation makes the issue even more complex. For peace researchers, this is, in many ways, an opportunity to extend the intellectual conversation on conflict and development. This conversation is important to the extent that if we are to bring sustainable peace to conflict affected societies, we cannot undermine the role of the youth. The Youth and Peace Commission will bring together scholars and practitioners across the world to explore these issues. We invite proposals that address the broader conference theme with a focus on, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • The role of young people as peace builders and in youth movements;
  • Young people’s contributions to peace and sustainable development;
  • Young people’s vision of their role in preventing and ending conflict;
  • Young people’s role in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR);
  • Building a sustainable peace for present and future generations.
  • The Experiences of Young Refugees,
  • Youth Activism and Social Repair in a Divided Society,
  • Impact of Criminal Procedure Code on juveniles in detention,
  • and issues exceptionally profuse among the young (From Escaping War to Escaping Street Gangs, gang-wars, substance abuse, idealism vs. cynicism etc.), and other related topics.


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