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Presentation Formats and
Instructions for Authors

Proposal Opportunities and Possibilities

The conference program committee invites scholarly work on peace, conflict and violence and on the related topics of justice and healing. A variety of formats described below will be considered. Non-traditional formats for the presentation of scholarly work are welcome. Diversity of scholarly perspectives, methodologies, and social-cultural contexts is encouraged. The following descriptions and examples are provided to give guidance to authors and to suggest the breadth of topics which will be included in the conference.

Contributions might consider any of the following five contexts where peace, conflict and violence are studied and where peace, justice, and healing are pursued. For each of the five contexts the committee invites multiple types of scholarship —

Types of Scholarship Invited

  • Empirical research — Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research
  • Research synthesis — Reviews of literature including quantitative, qualitative, and theory-building reviews
  • Practice and training — Descriptions and evaluations of intervention or training/teaching programs
  • Phenomenological perspectives — First-person accounts of peace, conflict, and violence
  • Exploratory work and work in progress


Contexts for Peace and Peacemaking

  • Nation-to-Nation — International relations and global issues
  • Group-to-Group — Intergroup relations; ethnic groups, sexual minority and religious communities; Northern Ireland; South Sudan
  • Face-to-Face — Interpersonal relations – family; workplace, neighborhoods, schools
  • Moral/ethical/philosophical issues in peace psychology
  • Methodologies — Challenges of multidisciplinary research design in peace psychology

Seven Presentation Formats

To encourage a diverse and creative range of scholarly contributions, there are seven distinct presentation formats —

  • Symposium
  • Work-in-Progress
  • Poster
  • Paper
  • Lecture
  • First-Person Account
  • Outside-of-the-Box

All submissions will be made via the Psychology & Peace 2018 submissions webpage which will be available August 15. Submissions may be made in either of two rounds. There will be an early submission/notification round with proposals due October 15 and notification by October 30. A second round of proposals will be due December 6 with notifications by December 25. For more detailed instructions use the links provided with each presentation type listed below.

With the permission of the author, submissions for Psychology & Peace 2018 will be forwarded to the Editor of Peace & Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology to be considered for publication in a special conference issue. The submission is subject to the usual blind peer-review procedures of the Journal

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Presentation Formats

A symposium is a session in which a topic — problem, issue, or question — is considered by individual speakers who present their perspectives on the topic. Each presentation should provide a different viewpoint or approach to the central topic. Proposals should clearly define the central topic of the symposium and each individual paper should be integrally related to the topic. Submitters should avoid overly general topics and papers that are only loosely connected to a central theme.
Submission instructions
Time: 80 minutes
Participants: A chair, two to four presenters, and a discussant (optional)
Symposium — Detailed Instructions

Work-in-progress (WiP) presentations may include a project at any stage of completion from topic selection to data interpretation. WiP will be highly interactive sessions led by experienced researchers. WIP sessions have three purposes — (1) to share up-to-the-minute work, (2) provide opportunities for researchers to ask for feedback on their work, and (3) for participants to develop ideas for future proposals and collaborations.
Submission instructions
Time: 7 minutes; however, the chair of the session may extend the time for discussion
Participants: one presenter per paper; as many authors as appropriate
Work-in-Progress — Detailed Instructions

Posters offer the opportunity to present scholarly work and have discussions with interested colleagues. Psychology & Peace 2018 encourages poster submissions so that the project can be discussed in more detail with interested persons and to promote networking and future collaboration.
Submission instructions
Time: Poster sessions are 50 minutes.
Participants: one or two presenters per poster; as many authors as appropriate
Poster — Detailed Instructions

A lecture is a presentation that describes the current status of a topic — an issue, problem, or question. The lecture presentation may include the history of the topic, theoretical perspectives, methodology, currently accepted principles or research findings, and opportunities for future application and research. The purpose of a lecture is to provide the audience with an introduction or current status report on the topic and its potential for application and future research.
Submission instructions
Time: 50 minutes
Participants: an individual presenter; may have co-authors
Lecture — Detailed Instructions

First-Person Account
First-person accounts are individual or group presentations based the experiences of the presenter(s). The first-person account may be a narrative of personal experience, reflections on experiences, or expression of the experiences in an artistic form — storytelling, verse, or other form. The purpose of the first-person account is to enlighten, to inspire, or to challenge the listeners. First-person accounts will be allotted a maximum of 20 minutes for one presenter and 30 minutes for 2 or more presenter. Shorter accounts are welcome.
Submission instructions
Time: 20 minutes for one presenter; 30 minutes for two or more presenters
Participants: One or more
First-Person Account — Detailed Instructions

Papers are the oral presentation of one or more very closely related studies which reflect empirical research or research synthesis. While the paper presentation format offers limited opportunity for interaction with the audience, it may be desirable when ideas require more structured or sequential explanation than that offered by a poster.
Submission instructions
Time: 12 minutes
Participants: one presenter per paper; as many authors as appropriate
Paper — Detailed Instructions

The Program Committee welcomes innovative presentations which do not follow the formats listed here. To explore an outside-of-the box presentation format please contact the Program Committee.