Seminar on Peace and Conflict Studies

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Start Date:
24 Feb 2011
End Date:
25 Feb 2011
Experimental Hall, Central Complex
Organized by:
Centre for Human Development and Applied Social Sciences
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24 Feb 2011 08:00
25 Feb 2011 14:00
Asia/Kuala Lumpur


The growing number of threats to human security has made it absolutely essential to understand, increase and apply knowledge from the various social science disciplines in the pursuit of peace. Peace is more than the absence of direct violence – it is the existence of positive social conditions which minimize destructive conflicts and promote human well-being. Because many contemporary threats to human security are multi-faceted, the challenge for us as scholars/activists is to demonstrate the usefulness of constructing theory and promoting activism to prevent and mitigate violent episodes and structures around us. This seminar brings in people from multiple disciplines to address some of these enduring and intractable problems of our time, focusing specifically on issues of natural disaster, coercion, and leadership in promoting peace and conflict within and between societies. The seminar will also consider and attempt to contribute to further development of efforts to build peaceful and equitable forms of social coexistence.

Disaster, Force, Leadership, Peace and Conflict


Peace Psychology
Peace and Conflict
Leadership in Peace and Conflict Issues
Case Studies of Peace and Conflict (e.g., Palestine, Aceh, Afghanistan, Iraq)
Religion and Peacebuilding
Coercive Diplomacy
Prejudice, Discrimination and Conflict
Interethnic Relations
Disaster as Impetus for Peace and Conflict
Actors in Conflict and Conflict Resolution

Objectives of the seminar

1. To create awareness on peace and conflict issues;

2. To provide a platform for understanding and discussing these issues from various perspectives, including an
Islamic perspective;

3. To encourage research, education, and training on issues concerning peace, nonviolent conflict resolution,
reconciliation, and the causes, consequences and prevention of destructive conflict; and

4. To provide some kind of networking among researchers and practitioners working on peace issues.

Organized by:

Department of Political Science, Department of Psychology and the Centre for Human Development and Applied Social Sciences (CERDAS) of the Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences

International Islamic University Malaysia.

Who should attend

Top and middle management policy makers from governmental and non-governmental agencies, diplomats, academics and post-graduate students.

Invited Speakers

Dan Christie, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University, USA
Datuk Dr. Denison Jeyasooria, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim, Visiting Fellow, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
K.S. Nathan, Professor & Head, Centre for American Studies, Institute of Occidental Studies (IKON), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
El-Fatih A. Abdel Salam, Professor, Department of Political Science, IIUM
Abdul Rashid Moten, Professor, Department of Political Science, IIUM
Hariyati Shahrima Abdul Majid, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, IIUM
Ishtiaq Hossain, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, IIUM
Noraini M. Noor, Professor, Department of Psychology, IIUM
Wahabuddin Raees, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, IIUM
Tunku Mohar Tunku Mokhtar, Head, Department of Political Science, IIUM

Tentative Programme

Day 1

9.00 am - 9.30 am: Opening Ceremony and Introduction to the Seminar

9.30 am -10.30 am:History and Development of Peace Psychology
Speaker: Dan Christie

10.30 am - 11.00 am: Break

11.00 am - 1.00 pm: Conflict, Coercive Diplomacy and Social Justice (Panel Discussion)
Panels: Ishtiaq Hossain, Noraini M. Noor, Wahabuddin Ra'ees

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Peace and Conflict in Malaysia: Historical and Perspective
Speaker: Khoo Kay Kim

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm:Paper Presentation

Day 2

9.00 am - 9.30 am: Leadership and Power
Speaker: K.S Nathan

10.00 am - 11.00 pm: Inter-ethnic conflict
Speaker: Denison Jeyasooria

11.00 am - 11.30 am: Break

11.30 - 1.00 pm: Disaster as Impetus for Peace and Conflict (Panel Discussion)
Panels: Abdul Rashid Moten, El-Fatih A.Abdel Salam, Hariyati Shahrima Abd.Majid, Tunku Mohar Tunku Mokhtar

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm: Closing Ceremony

Important Date

Abstract/Paper due: February 1, 2011


Experimental Hall

International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Students: RM 50/USD20

Others: RM 300/USD150

Payment must be made by cheque payable to Finance Director, IIUM.

(Please fax the bank slip to +603-6196 5426 or send to:

Centre For Human Development and Applied Social Sciences

Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science

International Islamic University Malaysia

P.O Box 10, 50728 Kuala Lumpur

Contact name: Hasnah Wardati Sulimin / Azwadi Mokhtar

Email: or or


+603 6196 5421 / 5422


+603 6196 5426

Accommodation guide (please arrange your own accommodation)