An International Conference on “Philanthropy and Peacebuilding”

Date posted: October 4, 2013

The International Conference on Philanthropy and Peacebuilding:

Classical Approaches and Emerging Trends

Dating back to early 20th century, philanthropic organizations and volunteering initiatives, acting as the “third sector,” have played an active role in the resolution of a variety of societal problems ranging from meeting basic human needs to reducing social and economic inequalities at the local as well as global level.

The International Conference on Philanthropy and Peacebuilding, organized by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) and Kimse Yok Mu (KYM), particularly aims to analyze the actual and potential role of philanthropy as an agent in conflict resolution processes, building inter-personal and inter-communal trust. Alongside its aim to address critical assessments, the conference will particularly focus on the multi-dimensional characteristics of philanthropy to foster its effectiveness in terms of comprehensiveness and consistency by questioning who “gives,” as well as what, how, when, and where this civic engagement is realized.

In line with the aforementioned aims, we invite theoretical contributions as well as empirical studies from diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference organizers welcome contributions on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

– Conflict resolution and philanthropy
– Philanthropy in interpersonal and intercommunal trust building
– Cultural values and philanthropic practices
– Emerging trends in philanthropy (digital, celebrity, royal etc.)
– Corporate social responsibility in philanthropy and peacebuilding
– Gender and philanthropy
– Philanthropy ethics
– Challenges and critical approaches to philanthropy
– International cooperation and humanitarianism
– Altruism vs. bystander effect in philanthropy and peacebuilding
– Transnational civil society in peacebuilding.

Papers are accepted from researchers from different disciplines, as well as practitioners, to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions and discussion. Selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Proposals should include the title of the paper, full contact information of the author(s), including name, address, e-mail and institutional affiliation and an abstract not to exceed 300 words. All proposals should be sent to the program committee ([email protected] or [email protected]) by November 15, 2013.

Expenses for travel (economy class round-trip) and accommodation will be covered for speakers. In addition, selected papers for publication will be awarded an honorarium of $500.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Abstracts for Paper Due: November 15, 2013
  • Confirmation for Accepted Papers: December 15, 2013
  • Submission of Full Papers: February 15, 2014
  • Registration  Due: March 15, 2013
  • Conference: April 10-12, 2014
  • Location: Istanbul

Conference website:

Source: Philanthropy 2014

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