Center for Conflict Management


International Conference on

“Negotiation: Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in a Changing World”

April 10-12, 2014
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw (Atlanta Suburb)
1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144 USA



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In the opening paragraphs of their book Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher and William Ury (1981) state that “Negotiation is a fact of life. . . Everyone negotiates something every day.” This statement is as valid today as it was when expressed a little over thirty year ago. Occasions for negotiation have not diminished. Negotiations are taking place at all levels: at the domestic settings, in public affairs and corporate settings, and at national and international arenas. Put differently, negotiation is occurring at interpersonal, intergroup, intercultural, and international milieu. Even our everyday conversation is a form of negotiation. Every dispute brings up the question whether to fight, talk, or walk away. How do minor disputes and major wars end? How is a peace treaty negotiated? How are major decisions taken within the family and among nations?

Kennesaw State University’s Conflict Management program is collaborating with several entities listed below to organize an international conference on “Negotiation: Dispute Resolution and Conflict management in a Changing World,” on April 10-12, 2014. The conference views negotiation broadly as “all processes related to the constructive engagement of differences/disputes.” We invite scholars of negotiation, negotiators, business negotiators, attorneys, international negotiators, conflict resolution practitioners, graduate students, policy makers, and interested general public to our scenic Atlanta suburb location to participate in this two-day conference on contemporary negotiation. We seek to explore negotiation in all of its ramifications, from theory and practice, to historical and contemporary principles and strategies. We especially invite papers that explore the dynamics of negotiation in the contemporary age where virtual communication, tweets, etc. are replacing face-to-face dialog. We invite presentations on the state of research, the history and theory of negotiation, contemporary challenges in the study of negotiation, and the cultural contexts of negotiations. See the themes and sub-themes outlined below for more information.



Proposed Conference Themes or Workshop Topics


1. Theoretical issues and approaches

2. Contexts of negotiation: issues of socialization and cultural expectations, acculturation and globalization, agency and role of actors, cooperation and conflict, etc.

3. Difficult and complex negotiations: deciding to fight, walk away, or negotiate; major negotiations to end civil wars, secessionist movements, and separatist movements around the world

4. Negotiation strategies: beyond win-win and win-lose

5. Analysis of calls for "national dialog," "national conference," "national question," and other negotiated political arrangement in many countries



6. Interdisciplinary research and approaches: history of negotiation, negotiation of specific treaties in historical contexts (e.g., Versailles, climate change, international trade, etc.)

7. Experiences in specialized areas: criminal/juvenile justice, plea bargaining, etc.

8. Political economy of negotiation: from haggling in traditional societies to international trade negotiations; trade unionism; negotiating corporate mergers and multinational corporations' access to the markets, etc.

9. International negotiations: from war to peace; governments v. rebels; international terrorism

10. Education: training and workshops, “best practices” related to degree programs on conflict negotiation and conflict resolution


Request for Proposals


The deadline for submission of proposals is December 10, 2013.


The Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University is accepting proposals for scholarly papers, panels, poster presentations, and workshop sessions. You may submit a proposal on an idea related to one of the themes of the conference (see above) or choose your own subject. Participants are encouraged to propose panels of a maximum of three presenters; however, individual, stand-alone papers will be considered and, if accepted for presentation, will be grouped together with similar papers to form a panel. Trainers, negotiators, and other experienced conflict resolution practitioners are encouraged to organize workshops that explore new frontiers of the practice. There is a maximum of three co-facilitators per workshop. Follow the guidelines below to submit your proposals.

a. Paper, workshop or panel title (limited to 75 characters in length).

b. An abstract describing the proposed paper, panel, or workshop and its relevance to the overall theme of the conference (250 words maximum), along with keywords (maximum ten keywords or phrases).

c. Complete contact information of the person proposing the workshop or panel.

d. Complete contact information of all co-presenters.

e. Required technology for the presentation (Note that the conference site is pre-installed with computer, Internet access, data projector, and DVD player).


The deadline for submission of proposals is December 10, 2013.


Important Note

The Center for Conflict Management offers a reduced registration rate for paper, panel, and workshop presenters but is unable to provide presenters with travel and related expenses.


Join us in Atlanta to explore new landscapes and map out new trends in negotiation theory, practice, and strategies!


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Center for Conflict Management (CCM)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

Master of Science program in Conflict Management (MSCM)

PhD program in International Conflict Management (INCM)



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