International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies

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  • Bara Gali Summer Campus, University of Peshawar

First International Summer School in Peace and Conflict Studies organised by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in collaboration with Higher Education Commission will be held at Bara-Gali Campus of the University of Peshawar from 01 August - 21 August 2016. The purpose of this Summer School is to bring together leading academicians in the interdisciplinary field of Peace and Conflict Studies with the teaching staff, practitioners and students, who are working in these areas from varied disciplines, locations, and orientations.

Among the prominent scholars, Prof. Johan Galtung (Transcend International, Norway), Prof. Abdul Karim Bangura (American University), Prof. Oliver Richmond (University of Manchester), Dr. Scott Flower (GCORE International), Dr. Qamar Ul Huda (U.S. State Department), Prof. Moonis Ahmer, Prof. Rifaat Hussain & other experts would highlight the importance of this field of study.

The 2016 focus theme will be: ‘Conflict Approaches and Mapping, Peace building and Peace Education’

Theme and Objectives

The summer school will provide introduction to the discipline of peace and conflict studies with focus on selected themes. The topics may include conflict resolution and transformation, conflict analysis and mapping, gender and conflict, human rights and conflicts, peace keeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding, religious and cultural approaches to peace and conflict studies emphasizing theoretical dimensions, selected case studies and practical skills.

The summer school will combine theory, methodology and empirical aspects.

Language of Instruction: English

Target Group / Participants

The summer school will seek to attract reflective research students/professionals (primarily MS, PhDs, Postdoctoral fellows), with research and field experience, working on the broader themes of conflict and peacebuilding. Total number of participants will be 30.


The summer school will be taught in intensive morning and afternoon sessions. It will be organised around lectures, seminars, group work and workshops led by experts. It will also include round table discussions with scholars and practitioners. There will be time allocated for student consultation, while students will be given opportunity to present their own research work and receive feedback from the national / international teaching faculty.


The summer school will take place at Bara Gali, a mountain resort town of Galyat located in the Abbotabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Northern Pakistan. Bara Gali has the summer campus of the University of Peshawar and is at the altitude of 2, 350 meters. It has dense forests and a very pleasant weather for both educational and co-curricular activities like hiking, forest walks and bonfires etc. Bara Gali will provide a safe space for researchers to discuss and explore various conflicts around the world and also get first-hand knowledge of conflicts in Pakistan and to reflect on the issues pertaining to peace and conflict studies.

Fee, Accommodation and & Scholarships

  • Total fee for the participants: PK 20,000 inclusive of accommodation and meals for the three week period.
  • Transportation to and from is the responsibility of the individual participants, however, for combine travelling a bus will be arranged for which timing shall be shared later on.  
  • Limited Scholarships are available on need/merit basis. Selection will be made by a committee of experts.
  • In case of cancellation of the summer school due to any reason, the fee shall be reimbursed.

Application Process

Applicants are requested to send a 500 word motivation statement along with CV/Resume to Ms. Rabia Fayyaz at with subject titled “summer school 2016” latest by 21 June 2016. Readings will be given to the participants before the summer school. Certificates will be issued at the end of summer school for attending the training for three weeks.   

Focal Persons

Dr. Saira Bano Orakzai
HEC Foreign Faculty
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Peshawar, Pakistan

Rabia Fayyaz
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Peshawar.