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International Peace Research Association (IPRA) – Freetown, Sierra Leone, 27th November –1st December 2016
Theme of the Conference: AGENDA FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster and Sustainable Development Debate
Sports and Peace Commission (SPC)
The Sports and Peace Commission (SPC) intends to generate knowledge across both fields of sports and peace studies. Such knowledge would fundamentally support a better understanding of the potential use of sport as a means for conflict transformation, peace-building and development especially, but not only, amongst the youth .
A core notion of sports indicates the transformation from competition into teamwork, fairness, and respect for the opponent. In resonation, the core values of peace studies highlights the transformation from conflicts (win-lose situation) to peace constructions (win-win situation).
The SPC welcomes and encourages academic discussions on critical thinking as well as latest research on studies of sport and peace. As Johan Galtung acknowledged, physical violence is the representation of structural and cultural violence, while the latter actually serve the source of the former. In order to achieve positive peace, one shall not only address the visible physical violence, but more importantly, the invisible structural and cultural violence. Taking this creed, the SPC therefore particularly expects vigorous research on sports as a means of conflict transformation and positive construction in terms of its relations with structural and cultural violence.
The SPC is mindful of sports in not only strengthening people’s physical health as a physical activity, but going beyond, in regulating, transforming, facilitating, and re-conciliating relations between and amongst parties as an effective peace-building tool. SPC is also mindful of the potential negative side of sport in peace building efforts, if is not implemented with awareness and care.
SPC, however, would like to build on positive stories, and good practises of sport, not only contributing to physical fitness but equally to mental wellbeing, emotional health and development and social interaction, thereby promoting the universal values of respect, fair play, teamwork, friendship and of peace.
In this manner the SPC expects suggestions, innovations and ideas for a new dialogue from both sports researchers and peace scholars about the applications of sports as a means of peace building, conflict transformation and development in all scales and all societal fields including education, youth, media, politics, cultural and religious studies and others.