Call for Papers and Participation
THE SOCIETY FOR PEACE STUDIES AND PRACTICE
5th ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
THE INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN, NIGERIA
JUNE 27 - 29, 2011
Theme: Towards Sustainable Peace, Security and Development in Nigeria
The last two decades in the history of Nigeria has been characterised by different forms of violent eruptions: ethnic, religious, electoral and Niger Delta crises most especially. The adverse effects of all these problems (and their management) on the security and development of the Nigerian state do not seem to have been adequately studied by academic and policy analysts. This probably explains why the problems persist. The Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) in collaboration with the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria seeks to rigorously address this issue during the 5th Annual Conference and General Assembly of the SPSP slated for June 27-29, 2011 at the University of Ibadan.
The particular focus of the conference is on providing and debating alternative strategies for managing all of these crises in a way that could reduce tension in Nigeria. This emphasis is coming from the realisation that most of the conflict management techniques used by governmental and non-governmental organisations in the past have yielded too little positive outcomes. This explains why the Jos crisis has been escalating despite all that the government claims to be doing; it has to do with the increasing threat of Boko Haram crisis in Borno State and fear of electoral violence everywhere in the country. What conflict management strategies have been used at different locations so far? What worked and what failed to provide any sustainable results? What gaps are left to be filled? Who is responsible for filling these gaps? Any room for interagency collaboration?
In keeping with the tradition of SPSP Annual Conferences, we encourage proposals that focus on the conference theme as well as submissions on the array of under listed sub-themes typically relevant, but not limited to the Nigerian environment:
• Philosophical, Theoretical and Methodological Issues
• Security Threat Analysis, Planning and Management
• The Role of Security Agencies in Conflict Management
• Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
• Religion, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity conflicts
• Farmers, Herdsmen, Settlers and Non-settlers Conflicts
• Niger Delta Crisis, Conflicts and Amnesty Programmes
• Good Governance, MDGs, Vision 20:20:20 and Development
• Politics, Elections, Citizens’ Participation in Violence
• The Judiciary, Transitional Justice, Reconciliation
• Globalization, Cross-Border Crimes, Transnational Organized Crimes
• Global Unrest, Regime Change, Terrorism
• Refugees, Asylum, Internally Displaced
• Media, Reportage, Communication in Conflict Settings
Abstract Deadline—April 24th 2011
Abstracts should be sent to the Society’s website www.spspng.org. Please limit your submission to only one paper as multiple presentation of abstract will not be entertained. You do not have to be a member of SPSP to participate in the conference. There are no fees for abstract submissions. However, if your abstract is accepted, you must register and pay registration fees associated with your membership category (e.g., member or non-member or student)
Abstract Decision Date: Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by May 8th, 2011.
Full Papers must be received on or before June 5th, 2011. Please note that papers submitted after this date will not be included in the programme.
Registration Policy and Rates
ALL participants (Scholars, Students and Practitioners) must pay the appropriate registration fees for their membership or Non-membership category prior to or on arrival at the conference venue. Registration can be completed online via the SPSP website by Bank transfers or cash payment into the Society’s Account number 3052030003872 held with First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Oluyole, Ibadan, Oyo State of Nigeria.
Rates for the 2011 conference are:
Registration Category Amount in Naira/USD
Financial Member (Non-Student) N10,000:00
Student Member (Local) N5,000:00
Foreign Participants (International) $250:00
Foreign Students (International) $150:00
Registration fee covers:
Tea Break and Lunch,
Certificate of Participation.
Certificate of Attendance: All registered attendees will be awarded certificate of attendance.
All international participants except ECOWAS Citizens and other Nationals that Nigeria have VISA abolition agreements with; may require entry permit/visa. Letters of invitation for entry permit/ visa applications will be provided only to persons accepted as conference participants.
The conference will be held at the University of Ibadan Conference Centre, with standard and modest accommodation. Alternative accommodation is available within Ibadan metropolis. The Society can arrange for advance bookings, if so requested by participants.
Exhibit space is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early contact with the SPSP Office is advised. Fee information and space reservations will be available on the SPSP website by May 8th 2011.
Peace and Conflict Studies Programme
Institute of African Studies,
University of Ibadan, Ibadan,
Society for Peace Studies and Practice
42, Kenneth Dike Way,
Important Dates and Deadlines for 2011 SPSP Conference
April 24th 2011: Online Abstract Deadline
May 8th 2011: Abstract Decision Date
June 5th 2011: Deadline for Submission of Full Papers
June 26th 2011: Arrival of Participants
June 27th 2011: Opening Sessions/Awards/Paper Presentations
June 28th 2011: Conference Session contd.
June 29th 2011: General Assembly and Closing Session.