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INVITATION

14th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace


Theme: Engaging Invited and Invented Spaces for Peace
Under the auspices of the Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace,
Initiated by the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)
Organized by the College for Graduate Studies and its Institute for Social and Health
Sciences (ISHS), University of South Africa (UNISA) & University of South Africa (UNISA)Medical Research Council (MRC) Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit
Johannesburg & Pretoria, South Africa
29 May 4 June 2015

You are cordially invited to participate in the 14th biennial Symposium on the Contributions of
Psychology to Peace, to be held in Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa from 30th May to 4th June
2015. International Symposia on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace bring together approximately
50 invited participants from around the world every other year. These symposia promote intercultural
research and practice on peace and social justice issues. Participants will be invited to address the
theme Engaging Invited and Invented Spaces for Peace as it relates to a wide range of topics that bear
on the psychology of peace, including particular areas of interest and expertise.
The symposia enable scholars and practitioners to present their current contributions to peace
psychology. Additionally, they provide a platform for mutual exchange of ideas and experiences, where
participants engage in intercultural dialogue aimed at reducing cultural bias and ethnocentrism in
research and practice in peace psychology. The goal is to privilege voices from cultures and situations
that are typically not included in dominant peace discourses, and to build an international community
that promotes peace-related research and action. The 14th International Symposium will draw public
attention to key challenges and developments in peacemaking and peacebuilding in different regions of
the world, with a particular focus on Africa, the African diaspora and the Middle East. Though these

regions will be foregrounded in the meeting, psychological contributions to understanding and


intervening in conflict that have been developed in other regions are welcomed.
The Symposium will facilitate networking and collaborations, and mobilise peace scholars and
practitioners who have been leading agents in peacebulding efforts especially across the African
continent, African diaspora and the Middle East. It is anticipated that the Symposium will help local
scholars and practitioners to locate their work within international, traditional and contemporary
approaches to peace, and provide international participants the opportunity to gain insights into Africaand Middle East-centred systems of peace. Furthermore, South Africa will be the site for the launch of
the inaugural volume of proceedings of the biennial symposia.
We are very excited to plan a week full of presentations, exchanges, dialogues, cultural forums,
community site visits and recreational interludes. We hope that you will join us. In the event that you
know you will be unable to attend, notification of this to the email provided would be greatly
appreciated so that we may offer your place to another colleague.
Hoping to see you in South Africa in May-June 2015!
With best wishes,
Mohamed Seedat and Shahnaaz Suffla
Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS), University of South Africa (UNISA) &
University of South Africa (UNISA)-Medical Research Council (MRC) Violence, Injury and Peace Research
Unit
INSTITUTIONAL SPONSORS AND SETTING
The Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace (CPSP), currently chaired by Dan Christie (USA),
consists of Nikola Balvin (Australia), J. Christopher Coors (Germany), Reeshma Haji (Canada), Takehiko
Ito (Japan), Siew Fang Law (Australia), Shelley McKeown (Netherlands), Cristina Montiel (Philippines),
Noraini Noor (Malaysia), Ann Sanson (Australia), Shahnaaz Suffla (South Africa) and Laura Taylor (USA).
The Senior Advisors of CPSP are Ruben Ardila (Colombia), Klaus Boehnke (Germany), Diane Bretherton
(Australia), Andrew Dawes (South Africa), Morton Deutsch (USA), Janel Gauthier (Canada) and Michael
Wessells (USA).
LOCAL SITE COORDINATORS
Mohamed Seedat: Institute for Social and Health Sciences (ISHS), University of South Africa (UNISA) &
University of South Africa (UNISA)-Medical Research Council (MRC) Violence, Injury and Peace Research
Unit
Shahnaaz Suffla: University of South Africa (UNISA)-Medical Research Council (MRC) Violence, Injury and
Peace Research Unit

SYMPOSIUM THEME AND CONTEXT


The main theme for the 2015 symposium is Engaging Invited and Invented Spaces for Peace.
We call on papers that reflect on local, national and global peace engagement across spaces that are
invited or invented. Peacemaking and peacebuilding initiatives, historically and contemporaneously, are
situated in spaces that construct engagement as either called or created, or in spaces that reflect the
fluidity and medial nature of such participation. Against this backdrop, the symposium theme seeks to
foreground the diverse, hegemonic and counter-hegemonic, innovative and participatory contributions
of peace psychologists towards peace efforts.
South Africa has a long history of violent conflict, yet it has also been internationally lauded for its
process of transition to a democratic country in 1994, following nearly half a century of formalised
apartheid rule. In particular, the negotiations which took place within an invited space between Nelson
Mandela and then president, F.W. de Klerk, as well as a number of institutional mechanisms and
instruments that followed this transition, have been held up as exemplars of how dramatic political and
social changes can occur in a relatively peaceful manner. Critical psycho-social work related to the
structural and direct violence of apartheid and its aftermath and legacy was, and continues to be, largely
undertaken within invented spaces.
In 2014, South Africa celebrated the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid and beginning of
democracy in the country. South Africa has a constitution which has been praised for its focus on human
rights. However, the country still faces multiple challenges in having certain rights and opportunities
realised by many of its people. South Africa has the second largest economy in Africa, yet poverty and
inequality remain widespread, along with their associated social problems. Through a range of invented
spaces, led by community structures and social movements for example, the South African citizenry is
increasingly registering its protest against the governments perceived failures towards its people, and
exercising citizenship that is directed at securing and expanding choices with respect to social justice and
sustainable human development.
As a host, South Africa will draw on its own history of conflict and current wave of social unrest, as well
as its relatively peaceful transition to political democracy, to stimulate critical dialogue about peace and
conflict.
SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME
The symposium programme will be implemented in two locations, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The
programme will consist of panel presentations for registered participants; plenary sessions that will be
open to invited students, faculty, and practitioners; summaries and reflections by discussants; a public
lecture on peace, safety and human rights; excursions; site visits; cultural activities; and group dinners.
Overall, the scientific programme will provide a balance of presentations, dialogue, and interest-based
working groups based on clusters of participant interests or sub-themes. The working groups are
envisioned to facilitate small group dialogues and future research collaborations.
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The programme will combine academic presentations and discussions with an applied component that
will complement the main scholarly programme. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in site
visits and dialogue with community-based peace activists. Relevant community-based peace initiatives
in Johannesburg will be invited to meet with the symposium delegation.
The following is a tentative timetable for symposium activities:
29 May,
Johannesburg

30 May,
Johannesburg

31 May,
Johannesburg

1 June,
Johannesburg

Arrival &
Registration

Opening
Address &
Plenary
Session 1

Plenary
Session 2

Plenary
Session 4

Plenary
Session 6

Plenary
Session 8

Poster
Session**
Tea/Coffee

Tea/Coffee

Tea/Coffee

Tea/Coffee

10th Annual
Peace, Safety
and Human
Rights
Memorial
Lecture
Lunch

Plenary
Session 3

Plenary
Session 5

Plenary
Session 7

Plenary
Session 9

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Visit to
Apartheid
Museum
& Talk on the
Apartheid
Archives
Project
Dialogue

Plenary
Session 4

Site Visit to
Community
Projects

Excursion to
Freedom
Park &
Memorial,
Union
Buildings &
Voortrekker
Monument

Final
Reflections,
Wrap-up &
Closing

City &
Soweto Tour

Tea/Coffee

Welcome &
Introductions

Tea/Coffee
Meeting of
the CPSP

Dinner & Talk


on
Psychology in
South Africa

Welcome
Dinner
hosted by
Prof.

2 June,
Pretoria*

3 June,
Johannesburg

4 June,
Johannesburg

Tour to
Cradle of
Humankind
AND/OR

Poster
Session

Poster
Session

Working
Group
Session 1
Tea/Coffee
Movie
Screening:
Miners Shot
Down

Dialogue

Tea/Coffee
Working
Group
Session 2

Tea/Coffee
Excursion
continued

Tea/Coffee
Shopping
Excursion

Dinner and
Cultural
Programme

Free Night

Dinner

Farewell
Dinner at
Moyo
Restaurant

Krugersdorp
Game
Reserve

(Prof Saths
Cooper,
President:
IUPsyS)

Mamokgethi
Phakeng,
UNISA VicePrincipal:
Research &
Innovation

* To depart from and return to Johannesburg.


** Parallel to plenary sessions, with engagement with presenters during tea/coffee breaks and lunch.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Individual paper presentations may be theoretical, empirical or applied. Papers that cluster around the
theme (Engaging Invited and Invented Spaces for Peace) may be submitted for peer review and
publication in the proceedings of the 14th International Symposium, to be published by Springer.
Although participants are encouraged to focus on the theme of the symposium, any
empirical/theoretical work or action project that relates to peace psychology is welcome. In addition to
paper presentations, the conference will include several forums for dialogue among participants to
create opportunities for the exchange of ideas. There also will be a strong cultural programme and
opportunities to engage with local partners and organizations.
With few exceptions, presentations will be brief, averaging approximately 15 minutes each. Some
participants are likely to prefer an individual paper presentation while others may prefer a roundtable
discussion, poster, or some other format. Kindly let us know your preference when you submit the
abstract.
English will be the official language of the Symposium. Where possible and necessary, abstracts will be
made available in the six official languages of the United Nations. Those whose first language is not
English will be offered additional time for presentations and discussions.
In order to participate in the symposium, please submit a title and abstract (250 words or fewer) by 30
September 2014 to Shahnaaz Suffla (ssuffla@mrc.ac.za) and copy Susanne Tonsing
(Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za).
SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS
The inaugural publication of symposium proceedings will be launched at the 14th International
Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace. In order to have the proceedings printed and
available when the symposium convenes on 29 May, authors of chapters will need to submit the final
revision of their manuscripts by 31 December 2014.
The working title for proceedings is Enlarging the Scope of Peace Psychology: African, Middle-Eastern
and World-Regional Contributions. Published proceedings will seek to enlarge the scope of peace
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psychology by presenting psychologically-informed theories, research and practices that take place in
invited and invented spaces for peace. While emphasis will be placed on the African Continent, African
diaspora and Middle-East, other world-regional contributions also will be represented in the published
proceedings.
Symposium participants who wish to have their work considered for the volume are encouraged to
describe how their work in peace psychology is embedded in a larger regional geohistorical context.
LOCATION AND FACILITIES
The symposium will be held at the University of South Africas (UNISA) Johannesburg Science Campus, as
well as at the main campus in Pretoria. UNISA is a pioneer of tertiary distance education and the largest
correspondence university in the world. Its campuses have a choice of world-class conference facilities
that are well-equipped and ideally located.
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa, by population. It is the seat of the Constitutional Court,
which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa's constitution, and is the provincial capital of
Gauteng Province. Pretoria, also located in Gauteng and South Africas administrative capital, is a vibrant
cosmopolitan city, home to the Office of the State President and to some 180 embassies and diplomatic
missions of foreign countries.
From Johannesburg and Pretoria, there is easy access to several sites that bear both historical and
contemporary significance for scholars and practitioners of peace, and reflect South Africas history of
polarization and conflict, and institutionalized efforts to promote peace, safety and the rule of law.
These include the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Freedom Park and Memorial, Union Buildings,
Voortrekker Monument and Heritage Site, and Pan-African Parliament.
Gauteng has several spectacular botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves. The worldrenowned Kruger National Park, which consists of nearly two million hectares of wilderness and offers
the greatest diversity of wildlife in the region, is easily accessible from Gauteng. The province is also
considered to be a veritable treasure trove of archaeological, paleontological and geological sites,
among them the famous Cradle of Humankind. One of eight South African World Heritage Sites, the
Cradle of Humankind is about 50 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg, and is the worlds richest
hominid site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils.
REGISTRATION FEE
The symposium registration fee is US $400 for international participants and ZAR4000 for local
participants. The fee includes all meals, excursions and symposium activities (note: excludes
accommodation).
Registrations open on 1 November 2014 and close on 28 February 2015. To guarantee a place in the
Symposium, the non-refundable registration fee should be paid by the closing date. In case of
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cancellation before 31 March 2015, 25 % of the registration will be refunded. If cancellation is made
after this date, the registration fee will not be refunded.
See Symposium Registration Payment Form for details.
ACCOMMODATION
The Protea Hotel Parktonian has been selected as the accommodation of choice for participants. The
hotel, where every room is a suite, offers spacious and well-priced accommodation. It is located in the
heart of the civic precinct, in Braamfontein, close to many major attractions. This precinct encompasses
the Joburg Theatre, the Joburg Metro Centre and the historic Constitution Hill complex, with its South
African Constitutional Court. The hotel is situated close to the central Johannesburg Gautrain station,
Park Station, which links directly to Johannesburgs O.T. Tambo International Airport. The hotel offers a
free shuttle service to and from Park Station for hotel guests.
The local organising committee is negotiating special rates for single and shared rooming options,
including breakfast. The rates will be confirmed shortly. Participants will be expected to confirm their
hotel reservations directly with the hotel.
See http://www.parktonian.co.za/ for information on the hotel.
For those who choose to stay elsewhere, please see http://www.joburgtourism.com/accommodation
for additional hotel options.
LETTER OF INVITATION
If you require a formal letter of invitation, please send a request to Susanne Tonsing at
Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za
VISA
Visa information and requirements, and a list of countries that are exempt, can be found at the South
African Department of Home Affairs website (http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa).
Additionally, we strongly encourage that you check with your local Embassy/Consulate for information
about visa and other documents necessary for travel to South Africa.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND CLIMATE
In making your travel arrangement, you should fly into Johannesburgs O.R. Tambo International Airport.
From the airport, transport is available via the Gautrain (www.gautrain.co.za) or via taxi into the city.
Some hotels, including Protea Hotel Roodepoort, offer airport shuttle services.
Johannesburg is situated on the highveld plateau, and has a subtropical highland climate. Winter
months (May to September) are characterised by dry, sunny days followed by cool nights (with
occasional rainfall). Temperatures in Johannesburg are usually fairly mild due to the city's high elevation,
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ranging from around 5-19C (41 - 66F). Pretorias climate is similar to that of Johannesburg but it lies
at a somewhat lower altitude than its neighbour and its air temperatures are, on average, about 2
degrees higher.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND CONTACT PERSONS
Mohamed Seedat: Local Site Coordinator
Email: seedama@unisa.ac.za
Tel: + 27 11 857 1142/3
Fax: +27 11 857 1770
Shahnaaz Suffla: Local Site Coordinator
Email: ssuffla@mrc.ac.za
Tel: + 27 21 938 0896
Fax: +27 21 938 0381
Susanne Tonsing: Secretariat
Email: Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za
Tel: + 27 21 938 0535
Fax: +27 21 938 0381
Postal Address
Institute for Social & Health Sciences
University of South Africa
P.O. Box 1087
Lenasia
1820
South Africa

REGISTRATION FORM
14th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace
29 May 4 June 2015
Family name:
First name:
Title:
Organization:
Address:
Post/Zip code:

City

Country

E-mail

Phone:

Fax:

Private address if no organisation address available:


Address:
Post/Zip code:

City:

Country:

E-mail

Phone:

Fax:

Title of paper presentation:

Abstract Details
The abstract should not exceed 250 words and include:
Name, institution and e-mail address of the author
Title of paper
Indication of sub theme if relevant
Indication of preference: poster presentation, oral presentation, roundtable discussion, no
preference, or other format
Conference Theme: Engaging Invited and Invented Spaces for Peace
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 September 2014. Abstracts must be sent electronically,
attached as a MS-Word document, to Shahnaaz Suffla at ssuffla@mrc.ac.za and Susanne Tonsing at
Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za
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SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION PAYMENT FORM


Registration Fee
International participants: US $400
South African participants: ZAR4000
Payment
Payment should be made by credit card (Visa or Master Card) or by invoice.
For Registration Fee by Credit Card:
Visa

Mastercard

Card Number:

CVV Number:

Valid
until:
Total amount in US $ / ZAR
(registration only):

Name of cardholder:
Signature of cardholder:
Date:

If you pay by credit card, please send your registration payment form to Susanne Tonsing via e-mail at
Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za, or fax at +27 21 938-0381.
We will send confirmation of your registration via e-mail.
For Registration Fee by Invoice:
If you wish to pay by invoice, please let us know and we will send you an invoice via e-mail.
For payment made by invoice, please transfer the payment to the University of South Africa (UNISA).
The banking details are as follows:
Bank:
Branch:
Branch Code:
Account Number:

Standard Bank
Sunnyside
010645
011554622
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Account Type:
Swift Code:
Dunn Number:
VAT Number:

Business Current Account


SBZAZAJJ
ZA010645
4360102869

Please use the following reference number when making payment: 30627/1155X.
Address:
University of South Africa
Preller Street
Muckleneuk Ridge
Pretoria
0003
South Africa
Upon making payment, please send the bank transfer notification below to Susanne Tonsing via e-mail
at Susanne.Tonsing@mrc.ac.za, or fax at +27 21 938-0381.
We will send confirmation of your registration via e-mail.

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NOTIFICATION OF BANK TRANSFER

From:

(Name of Sender)

I have just sent you an electronic bank transfer:

1. Date of transfer:

2. Name of foreign bank where transfer was made:

3. Address of foreign bank:

4. Amount transferred to Standard Bank, Sunnyside Branch, in US $ / ZAR:


Please do not include your local bank fees here. Thank you.

5. Amount transferred to Standard Bank, Account Number 011554622, Swift Code SBZAZAJJ, in
US $ / ZAR:
This is to confirm if the money was deposited into the correct account number.

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