Sociology of Peace and Conflict: Contexts and Challenges

16-17 October 2015 | Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology

To make sense of intractable and emerging conflicts in contemporary societies is one of the biggest challenges sociologists face today. Whether the context is Mamasapano or the West Philippine Sea, an urban household or a rural village, within Philippine institutions or cosmopolitan spaces, the 2015 PSS National Conference aims to shed light as well as interrogate the complexities of peace and conflict.

The conference welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers that deepen and expand our understanding of the sociological dimensions of peace and social conflict from various levels of analysis – household, village, region, nation, and the world; involving different actors – individual, state and non-state actors; and from a range of sociological perspectives. Critical reflections from peace practitioners are also welcome. The conference is also a venue for sociologists to present findings and on-going research about themes not related to peace and conflict.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is extended to 15 August 2015. 

Up to six travel grants will be awarded to PSS members. More information is available here


We welcome abstract submissions on papers focusing on the following themes:

Religion, peace, and conflict
Convenor: Dr Jayeel Serrano Cornelio
This panel is interested in the complex relationship between religion, peace, and conflict.  Papers can tackle the difficult tensions that exist within or amongst religious organizations.  The panel also welcomes papers that deal with interfaith dialogue and peace-building.  To join this panel, please email an abstract to and please cc

Other Panels themes (proposed)

•    Theories of war and communal violence
•    Group/clan conflicts and collective violence
•    Ethnic inequality as driver of social conflict
•    Collective memory of victimhood
•    Emotions and grievances
•    Indigenous peoples in conflict zones
•    Sociology of the peace process and conflict resolution
•    Gender-based violence
•    Civil society as drivers of peace process
•    Peace and inclusiveness development
•    Peacekeepers and peace officers
•    Teaching sociology of peace and social conflict
•    Mindanao conflict and the peace process
•    The social construction of territorial claims and disputes
•    Extremism and terrorism
•    Positive peace vs. negative peace
•    Inclusion, exclusion and tolerance
•    Filipinos at war
•    Gender and peace building
•    Deconstructing the discourse of human rights
•    Crime and justice
•    Restoration and recovery
•    Crime deterrence and penal populism
•    Issues in incarceration

Submitting an Abstract

  1. Download the abstract submission form here.
  2. Complete the form and email to Please use “PSS 2015 Conference Abstract” as subject.
  3. Please submit in .doc or .docx format (no PDFs please).
  4. Deadline for submission is 15 August 2015.
  5. Accepted papers will be notified by email before 31 August 2015.

Downloadable documents

Click here to visit the Philippine Sociological Society 2015 National Conference.