CONFLICT RESOLUTION THROUGH CULTURE
6th IFLAC International Conference
Sunday, 17th September – to Thursday 21st September 2006
Haifa the Meridian Beach Hotel
After the great success of the 5th IFLAC Conference in Los Angeles, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 6th IFLAC PAVE PEACE Congress. This historic Mediterranean Congress will embrace a range of discourses and topics combining scholarly work with position papers, testimonial accounts, workshops, roundtables and discussion groups. It will also include creative peace literature and art: stories and poems, as well as musical and artistic presentations.
The Conference will address the cultural root causes of conflict, violence, terror and war, and will examine the ways and means for Conflict Resolution Through Cultural Bridges, and for building a Culture and Literature of Peace.
What we read and watch on TV, movies and media, and the basic set of values, attitudes and norms, we acquire through them, affect us and motivate us all our lives. All wars and conflicts have at their roots cultural causes, as in the case of the Israeli - Arab/ Palestinian Conflict. We will examine them and suggest ways to build conflict resolution methods and bridges for promoting the culture of peace, and a world beyond war, violence and terror. We will also examine and offer alternative cultural paths toward a more peaceful and desirable present and future. We will work together to produce useful proposals for research and programs required to "un-violence" national cultures, and to contribute to the enhancement of a peaceful Middle East, and world.
Proposals for papers and/or creative work are invited. Half page Summaries of papers focusing on various aspects of Conflict Resolution should be sent to: ada.tx.technion.ac.il before December 1, 2005.
I am looking forward to welcoming you at the 6th
Iflac Founder - President.
Information concerning the chosen Travel Agent and the Registration Fee will be provided later. The Registration fee will cover: Participation in Lectures, Roundtables, Artistic Presentations, Marathons of Poetry and Story Telling, as well as refreshments. There will be an optional Pre- Congress Tour organized. Please indicate if you are indeed interested in joining the Tour (Details later).
ABOUT IFLAC PAVE PEACE AND THE
6TH IFLAC CONFERENCE
IFLAC PAVE PEACE, The International Forum for the Culture and Literature of Peace, is a network of researchers, writers, poets, media, and women leaders, working together to foster joint cooperation and understanding in our global village.
The IFLAC Haifa conference will bring together academics, writers, poets, peace researchers, media, and women leaders, from a broad range of fields, to discuss the impact of the social dimensions of Conflict Resolution through cultural bridges, and its key roles in the development, definition and construction of a world Beyond War.
The themes to be examined and discussed at this conference by participants, will include: Cultural Identity in an Era of Globalization, Women and Peace, The Communications Revolution and Social Change, and the Importance of the Creation of a Peace Culture and a Peace Media.
Some of the research papers that will be presented, and topics that will be discussed in the various Panels, Roundtables and Workshops are: How can a permanent peace be established between conflicted partners? How can Culture and Literature develop confidence-building measures and initiatives? Is a World Beyond War Possible? How can IFLAC PAVE PEACE and other NGO's, help to create a world beyond war? Can the global unification of women help to ban war? Should world governments and global institutions do more to promote lasting peace in our global village? In what ways?
Cultural peace research is useful in order for tensions to be eased and for peace to be established in conflicted areas such as the Middle East, and it is useful for understanding the deepest elements and roots of conflict and war,and for suggesting methods on how to solve conflicts and create a better world.
Please check the IFLAC websites for further details
The Conference Committee.