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 Negotiation and Mediation Commission


Peace negotiation requires a sustained iterative process in which two or more conflict parties come to present and discuss their respective goals and needs at stake, prioritize nonviolent means of conflict resolution over armed struggle, and strive to find a mutually satisfactory way in which their aspirations are met. Mediation introduces intermediaries into peace negotiation. It also enables conflict parties to use diverse approaches to nonviolent communication that can facilitate relationship-building and problem-solving. While these two interrelated processes of peace negotiation and mediation are typically used to tackle the types and stages of social conflict that already became manifest, for example, through adversarial behavior, these processes may also be applied to the prevention of violent conflict, as well as to post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Given this conceptual background, the Peace Negotiation and Mediation Commission aims to provide an open, inviting forum in which participants of all disciplinary, methodological, regional, and cultural backgrounds can work together to conduct a rigorous social scientific inquiry into all aspects of peace negotiation and mediation. The Commission welcomes studies of negotiation and mediation at all levels – from local communities, sub-national groups, and states, to inter-state alliances and organizations. It encourages both innovative theory-building and applied practice that support effective policymaking and civil society action. It is committed to facilitating inclusive, participatory governance and sustained collegial support among its participants. 

Peace Negotiation and Mediation Commission Call for Papers:

The 2016 IPRA conference will explore an Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate. The conference will enable researchers and practitioners to jointly examine the multi-faceted nature of peace negotiation and mediation from an interdisciplinary perspective. To this end, the Peace Negotiation and Mediation Commission encourages conference participants to explore the critical link between the Commission’s enduring focus on negotiation and mediation, on the one hand, and its relationships to development and disaster risk management, on the other. The primary focus of the papers, presentations, and discussions under this Commission is therefore to expand the scope of questions and approaches to peace negotiation and mediation in order to proactively tackle the increasingly globalized, multi-faceted, and interconnected nature of traditional and non-traditional threats to human security, that is, freedom from want and fear.

Themes of particular relevance to the 2016 conference include, but are not limited to:

  • New findings, trends, and perspectives on the link between peace processes, development, and/or disaster risk reduction.
  • Best practices and innovative approaches to peace negotiation and mediation that take place in the context of humanitarian disaster and/or underdevelopment
  • Disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery activities that strategically support peace negotiation and mediation, and vice versa
  • Development practices that strategically support peace negotiation and mediation, and vice versa
  • Coordination among diverse actors and processes of peace negotiation and mediation designed to cope with complex humanitarian emergency, development issues, and/or protracted social conflict

The Commission also welcomes submissions that address themes of enduring importance to peace negotiation and mediation in general. These themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Diverse practices of negotiation, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution
  • Challenges to the study and practice of peace negotiation and mediation
  • Education and skill-building in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Cultural considerations and contexts of peace negotiation and mediation
  • Identity-related issues in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Inclusion and exclusion of stakeholders in peace negotiation and mediation because of their identities (ethnic, national, racial, religious, linguistic, ideological, age, gender, class, etc.)
  • Peace negotiation and mediation that engages “extremists” and “spoilers” who actively obstruct peace processes and/or refuse to negotiate
  • Psychological and psychoanalytic considerations in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Role of symbolic gestures and non-verbal communication in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Timing, sequencing, turning points, and other tactical and strategic aspects of negotiation and mediation
  • Power asymmetry and power dynamics in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Ethics in peace negotiation and mediation
  • Impartiality and neutrality in mediation and peace processes
  • Formal peace processes and diplomacy in international conflict and civil strife
  • Informal talks and backchannel negotiations in the midst of open warfare and existential threat
  • Traditional practices and local mechanisms of peace negotiation and mediation
  • Roles of community-based mediation centers and networks
  • Roles of negotiation and mediation in conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, and/or reconciliation
  • Conditions of successful and unsuccessful peace processes, ceasefires, and agreements
  • Non-violent Communication as a contribution to peace negotiation and mediation

Proposals of individual papers should include a 300-word abstract describing the title, the research question and/or proposition, theoretical and methodological considerations, and major findings. Please note that to be selected, an abstract must clearly and persuasively articulate the paper’s main argument.

Proposals of panels that consist of 4 to 5 confirmed presenters are also welcome. Proposals of panels should start with an overall theme and a brief (200 to 300 words) description of the theme of the panel, and then proceed to list 300-word abstracts of the individual panelists. Please be sure to indicate a chairperson responsible for facilitating the communication between the Commission organizers and the panelists.


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