The Second International Conference on Peace & Reconciliation

Venue: UCLA, USA

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 07, 2009 End Date/Time: Jul 10, 2009
Registration Date: Apr 30, 2009
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Embracing the Displaced: Shaping Theories and Practices for a Sustainable Peace
7 - 10 July 2009 at the University of California, Los Angeles

There are no simple explanations for the causes, processes and results of international or regional conflicts: social, economic, territorial, political, ethnic and racial issues may all play a role. And religion is a contributing factor in many conflicts. Indeed, many see it as one of the most potent and dangerous ingredients. Such conflicts not only lead to tragic loss of life but also to the displacement and forced migration of people. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates there are currently 32.9 million people worldwide who have been forced from their homes, some displaced within their own country, many forced to flee as refugees to another.

The aim of this conference is to discuss theoretical perspectives and practical methods that can be used to enhance conventional approaches and suggest alternative responses to the prevention, management and repatriation of displaced people.

The aim of this conference is to discuss theoretical perspectives and practical methods suggested by theology and religious studies that can be used to enhance conventional approaches and suggest alternative responses to the problems. Can religions recover their roles as peace makers?

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Papers are welcome in the following areas: Enhancing theoretical frameworks from social, cultural, political, economic, religious and theological perspectives. Evaluating the dynamics and resources of peace-building in the light of case studies from conflict zones including Korean Peninsula, Balkans, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Facilitating engagement between theory and practice in dealing with refugees and displaced persons by bringing academics and practitioners together. Suggesting practical, multi-disciplinary approaches for politicians, policy makers, community leaders, NGOs, national and international organisations. Abstracts of 150-300 words should be submitted no later than 23 December 2008, 12 noon GMT. Please send abstracts electronically as MS Word (or compatible) to Jenny Sykes E: icpr@yorksj.ac.uk. Please include your name, address and institution or affiliation. All presentations should last no more that 30 minutes including time for questions.