Dear friends and colleagues in the Peacebuilding and the Arts Now network,

As co-conveners of the Arts and Peace Commission of the International Peace Research Association, we are writing to invite you to submit proposals for papers and presentations at the 25th Conference of the International Peace Research Association. The general call for papers from the co-secretaries general is copied below. 

Information about the conference and an on-line form for submitting the proposal can be found Proposals are due on December 15th.

The Arts and Peace Commission welcomes proposals from all those working as scholars and reflective practitioners at the nexus of arts, culture and social transformation emerging from all regions of the world and on any topic relevant to our field. We anticipate that some sessions will continue our inquiry into evaluation and assessment of peacebuilding/arts initiatives; others will focus on the theme of resilience; others will focus on emerging ethical questions. 


The general conference theme is "Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values." We invite papers and presentations that interrogate this theme, by addressing questions such as:

  • How do we in the Arts and Peace Commission define sustainable peace? What parameters could make this an ethically desirable state?
  • As artists and cultural workers, how do we understand universal values? Are artistic values universal?
  • What do the arts teach us about the paradoxical relationship between universality and the particular? What are creative approaches to addressing tensions and synergies between the universal and the particular?
  • How can the arts be crafted to expose or reveal ostensibly universal values that are inimical to peacebuilding?
  • How have the arts and cultural practices reflected and engendered values central to sustainable peace and resilient communities? How are they doing so currently? How could they be crafted to better contribute to sustainable peace in the future?
  • What do syncretic cultural practices teach about intercultural communication, the generative engagement across cultural boundaries?
  • Are there universal values that underlie the diversity of artistic and cultural practices performed as peacebuilding initiatives?

Please submit proposals for papers, panels and presentations in other formats using the general conference on-line application form. We look forward to reviewing your proposals!!

Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or ideas!

Cynthia Cohen –

Maria Elisa Pinto Garcia –

Kitche Magak –



Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace Through Universal Values

in cooperation with Sakarya University


August 10-14 2014

During the Cold War, ideological confrontations and inter-state conflicts were seen as most dangerous threats against peace and security, and with the end of the Cold War, it was expected that all these threats would disappear. Unfortunately, however, the end of the Cold War witnessed the emergence of new conflict patterns and the world faced new global challenges, new security threats. Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been going through a series of interrelated intra-state conflicts rather than inter-state conflicts. New generation threats for peace and security and conflicts appeared immediately as intra-state conflicts with ethnic conflict in the Balkans, political turmoil in Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and recently with the emergence of protests and search for better democracy and peace as in Northern Africa countries. 

According to the 1994 UNDP human development report, the seven dimensions of human security are economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security and political security. However, with the emergence of new security threats and new generation conflict patterns across the globe, human rights, human security, humanitarian intervention, democracy, prosperity and peace building initiative have become new values and policies both for states and international organizations. All these are post-Cold War concepts that are inter-related and overlapping, and when they are undermined, sustainable peace cannot be established. 

As we observed from the beginning of history that conflict potential and conflicts are inevitable and will be available forever, only the conflict patterns can change. If so, we need to learn to which extent intra-state conflicts can be managed properly and to which extent conflict escalation across national frontiers, and also their escalation into violence, can be prevented. However, there are mistakes as well as success stories as regards to how states and International/regional organizations manage and/or prevent inter-state and intra-state issues/conflicts. 

It is in the context of further contributing to the scholarly debates involving post Cold War political ideology, geopolitics, international and regional cooperation in efforts to resolve or prevent the growing intra-state and cross-border conflicts that IPRA has decided to be the focus of the 25th IPRA General Conference to be organized on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of IPRA and hosted by the Sakarya University in Istanbul, TURKEY, between August 10-14 2014. On the 50th Anniversary of IPRA, the venue of the 25th IPRA General Conference is significant and timely since Turkey is in the middle of three continents and also currently surrounded by conflict zones in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, etc . Also, Istanbul is a link between Europe and Asia. 

We welcome paper, poster and panel proposals from all peace researchers related to the following IPRA Commissions. Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions. 


1. Art and Peace Commission

2. Conflict Resolution and Peace Building Commission

3. Development and Peace Commission

4. Eastern Europe Commission

5. Ecology and Peace Commission (EPC)

6. Forced Migration Commission

7. Gender and Peace Commission

8. Global Political Economy Commission

9. Indigenous Peoples' Rights Commission

10. Internal Conflicts Commission

11. International Human Rights Commission

12. Nonviolence Commission

13. Peace Culture and Communications Commission

14. Peace Education Commission

15. Peace History Commission

16. Peace Journalism Commission

17. Peace Movements Commission

18. Peace Negotiations and Mediation Comm

19. Peace Theories Commission

20. Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission

21. Religion and Peace Commission

22. Security and Disarmament Commission

23. Sport and Peace Commission

24. Youth and Peace Commission

25. Peace Tourism Commission

For more information please visit

Conference Coordinators:

Dr. Nesrin Kenar, co- Secretary General – IPRA

Sakarya University, Turkey

Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, co- Secretary General – IPRA 

Northumbria University, UK 

Conference Secretariat: 

Dr. Asena Boztas

Sakarya University, Turkey

— Cynthia Cohen, PhD

Director, Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

Brandeis University