INTERNATIONAL PEACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (IPRA)
26th IPRA International General Conference on
‘AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT:
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
November 27th -1st December, 2016
Conference Theme: AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate
Profile of the Reflective Practitioner Working Group
The overarching goal of the Reflective Practitioner Working Group is to effectively link peace research and peace theory to diverse reflective practices in peacebuilding. In this working group, reflective practice is defined as all forms of theory-guided practice for peacebuilding that actively reaches out to people outside academic communities. Importantly, reflective practice tackles social problems through direct human interaction with stakeholders involved in the problems. Examples of reflective practice include, but are not limited to, mediation, dialogue facilitation, training, teaching, coaching, advising, consulting, advocacy, public mobilization, policymaking, diplomacy, peacekeeping, socially engaged religious practices, the use of artistic expressions, sports, and other experiential means of human interaction, peace journalism and media, and various other means of communication.
The Reflective Practitioner Working Group was established with a view toward overcoming the serious gap between the growing scholarship in peace research, on the one hand, and the sustained challenges that many peace researchers face in their attempt to become more impactful, mainstreamed catalysts of constructive social change, on the other. The working group understands that concerted efforts to overcome this significant gap between scholarship and practice can make the products of rigorous peace research more socially and politically relevant and prevent them from being sidelined and relegated to marginal status. It suggests that the future viability of IPRA, and other academic associations like IPRA, will depend critically on how effectively their participants, as skillful scholar-practitioners, can engage a broad range of influential non-academic audiences who neither read scholarly publications nor attend academic conferences to learn about the theories and methods of peacebuilding.
Given this background, the Reflective Practitioner Working Group provides opportunities for interactive dialogue and mutual learning between practice-oriented scholars and research-oriented practitioners in order to create a vibrant community of scholar-practitioners. While the Working Group welcomes papers and panel discussions that advance rigorous scholarship on effective scholar-practitioner models, it also seeks to host participatory roundtable discussions on impactful practice, professional skill-building that meets the practical needs of peace researchers, and brief Interactive Conflict Resolution (ICR) workshops that enable participants to actually experience how to tackle a selected timely issue and/or a social conflict of mutual interest.
Call for Thematic Questions and Suggestions: The Reflective Practitioner Working Group, 2016
IPRA 2016 CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT
- Senthan Selvarajah -- (Northumbria University, UK)
- Di Luo --(Northumbria University, UK)
- Brima Bah, University of Sierra Leone, SL
IPRA 2016 CONFERENCE BROCHURE EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
- Ibrahim Seaga Shaw—Northumbria University, UK
- Senthan Selvarajah—Northumbria University, UK