"We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface hidden tension that is already alive."
Martin Luther King Jr.


6th International Conflict Management Conference

Theme: "Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation"

March 29-30, 2016


Keynote Speaker: Rev. Fr. Cedric Prakash
Speaking on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Fr. Prakash is a leading human rights and peace activist. Currently the Director of PRASHANT (the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace) which he founded on October 2, 2001, Fr. Prakash has been at the forefront on issues of religion and human rights, advocating for the poor, the marginalized, the minorities and other vulnerable sections of society in Gujarat and in other parts of India. Fr. Prakash was born and brought up in Bombay where he graduated from St. Xavier’s College. He later worked full time with the AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) in Madras and then spent a year with the TAIZE community in France preparing for the World Council of Youth in 1974. Read more

Plenary Speaker: Professor Johan Galtung
Speaking on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Dr. Johan Galtung is professor of peace studies. A mathematician, sociologist, and political scientist, he is also the founder of the discipline of peace studies. He founded the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (1959), the world’s first academic research center focused on peace studies, as well as the influential Journal of Peace Research (1964). He has helped found dozens of other peace centers around the world. Read more

Submission of Conference Papers

Authors whose paper proposals have been accepted are reminded that the deadline for the submission of those papers is March 15, 2016. Papers are to be formatted using the APA Style. Submissions are to be saved in Word or RTF format. Maximum length of papers: 8000 words. Submit your paper as an attachment to your email to ccm@kennesaw.edu

Conference Description and Call for Proposals:

Religion is a complex phenomenon. It confounds those who practice whatever form of it, and baffles those who study any and all forms of it. There is no single, globally acceptable definition of religion, yet most people think they know it. Many people claim to be “spiritual” but not “religious,” shunning organized religion altogether. And yet there continues to be the “allure of the sacred” that draws believers together; or, to use Scott Appleby's words, the “ambivalence of the sacred” that enables the terrorist and the peacemaker to share the same traditions but choose different means to fight injustice. The point is that religious traditions, with the right leadership, can result in impactful organizations and collective action.

Throughout history, religion has served as a means of group mobilization. It is arguable, for instance, that faith was a central part of the civil rights movement in the United States, that faith is at the heart of the work of people like Mother Teresa, and faith can and does facilitate forgiveness. Religion is a source of unity and positive inspiration for many people. Religion also teaches about managing conflicts, forgiving past offenses, and reconciling divided societies. But, in an apparent contradiction, religious antagonism has served as a source of division, friction, and conflict. Religion is often portrayed as a poison that creates us-versus-them mind-sets and exclusivity, which can lead to conflict and violence.

How can we make sense of this? How could something that unites people and communities also separate them? How could something that promises believers peace and salvation also be the source of so much discontent, violence, and war? How can the promise of peace embraced by many faiths be used to reconcile people and societies fractured by prolonged and intractable conflicts? What have we learned about responding to religious conflicts? Or are they religious conflicts? What are the roles of religious and lay leaders, state and non-state actors, in managing conflicts and facilitating reconciliation? These and related questions will be the focus of the 6th International Conflict Management Conference hosted by the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University on Tuesday-Wednesday, March 29-30, 2016. The theme of the conference is “Religion, Conflict, and Reconciliation.”


  1. Theoretical issues; approaches to the study of religion, religious conflicts, amnesty, and reconciliation.
  2. Religion and Peace
  3. Comparative Religions
  4. Religious Cultures and Contacts, historically and in the contemporary period
  5. Religion and Violence
  6. Religion and War, historical and contemporary experiences
  7. Women and Youths in Conflict
  8. Religious Extremism and Terrorism
  9. Religion, Poverty, and Conflict
  10. Witchcraft, Occultism, and Witch-hunt
  11. Forgiveness
  12. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions
  13. Religion and Power
  14. Religion and Education
  15. Religion and Leadership
  16. International Politics
  17. Tolerance, Dialogue, and Inter-faith Peace Discourses

Request for Proposals:

The deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday December 15, 2015.

The Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University is accepting proposals for scholarly papers, panels, poster presentations, and workshop sessions. You may submit a proposal on an idea related to one of the themes of the conference (see below) or choose your own subject. Participants are encouraged to propose panels of a maximum of three presenters; however, individual, stand-alone papers will be considered and, if accepted for presentation, will be grouped together with similar papers to form a panel. Religious leaders, politicians, facilitators, counselors, youth leaders, and others experienced in resolving religious conflicts are encouraged to propose workshops that explore and advance the theme of the conference. There is a maximum of three co-facilitators per workshop. Follow the guidelines below to submit your proposals.

  1. Paper, workshop or panel title (limited to 75 characters in length).
  2. An abstract describing the proposed paper, panel, or workshop and its relevance to the overall theme of the conference (250 words maximum), along with keywords (maximum ten keywords or phrases).
  3. Complete contact information of the person proposing the workshop or panel.
  4. Complete contact information of all co-presenters.
  5. Required technology for the presentation (Note that the conference site is pre-installed with computer, Internet access, data projector, and DVD player).

Submit all abstracts/proposals as an attachment to your email to ccm@kennesaw.edu

Important Note

The Center for Conflict Management offers a reduced registration rate for paper, panel, and workshop presenters but is unable to provide presenters with travel and related expenses.

Preconference Activities, on Monday, March 28, 2016

1. Interfaith Dialogue (more details will be available soon)

2. Dialog on "Migration and Refugee Crisis in European Union Countries"



Date & Time:

March 29-30, 2016


Kennesaw State University - Continuing Education Center
3333 Busbee Drive,
Kennesaw, GA 30144

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Submission of Conference Papers
Registration Information
Keynote Speakers
Animated Map of Spread of Major Religions
Publications from Previous Conferences
Preliminary Program
Travel Information



For more information, send an email to ccm@kennesaw.edu, or call +1-470-578-2233.