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Wars, Conflicts and their Impact on Arab Families

Call for Abstracts

The 2nd International Conference on Family Research and Policy


Wars, Conflicts and their Impact on Arab Families

Monday 17th October –Tuesday 18th October, 2016

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is pleased to invite applicants to submit abstracts for its second International Conference on Family Research and Policy to be held in Doha, Qatar on 17-18 October, 2016. The theme of this years’ conference is “Wars, Conflicts and their Impact on Arab Families”. DIFI especially welcomes abstracts from young researchers affiliated to universities in the Arab world, as well as current PhD students.

Building on the success of its first International Conference on Family Research and Policy, DIFI’s second conference will provide a platform for researchers and policymakers to discuss the impact of wars and conflicts on Arab families while taking into account contextual factors. The conference aims to investigate the role of policy (international, regional and national) in promoting the well-being and protection of Arab families and their members under conditions of wars and conflicts. Through thought provoking sessions and stimulating panel discussions, the conference will provide avenues through which social scientists, policymakers, NGOs and CSOs can interact.

Conference Themes

Abstracts are welcome on any of the following sub-themes:

1- Family Formation and Breakdown under War and Conflict Conditions

War and conflict conditions represent a stumbling block to marriage and family formation on the one hand and are also conducive to family breakdown associated with the collapse of the surrounding environment. Thus, the focus of this theme is on the multiple ways in which conflict conditions affect demographic structure through their impact on fertility, mortality and migration. It also aims to answer the question of how families and family formation processes are affected by wars and conflicts in the Arab countries.

2- Economic Impacts of Wars & Conflicts on Family Life

This sub-theme studies the macro and micro level economic impacts of wars and conflicts on families such as their negative effects on economic growth, the destruction of infrastructure hence employment opportunities, levels of unemployment, family income and investment opportunities.

3- Conditions of Arab Refugees and Internally Displaced Families (IDFs)

This sub-theme will focus on the existential experience of refugees and IDFs. Specifically, it will look into the determinants of refuge destinations, coping strategies with the new social and economic realities and the mechanisms of adaptation.

4- Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Men, Women, Children, Youth and Elderly

This sub-theme seeks to shed light on how wars and conflicts affect the individuals within the Arab family as well as the relationship dynamics. More specifically, it will focus on the changing power structures between men and women, and the social, psychological, physical and emotional impact on men, women, children, youth and elderly.

Abstracts must be submitted online by 31 March 2016 and must meet the following criteria:
  • The abstract must not exceed 1000 words excluding the references.
  • The references must not exceed one page.
  • The abstracts must be prepared using Times New Roman, Font size 12, and 1.5 line spacing.
  • The abstract can be submitted in either Arabic or English.
  • Any violation of these rules will result in automatic exclusion of the abstract.

Submission Terms

  • All submitted abstracts that meet the stated criteria will be reviewed for selecting the conference participants.
  • Abstracts for papers that have been previously published or presented will not be accepted.
  • Only one abstract may be submitted as a first author. A second abstract can be submitted as a co-author, with a maximum submission of two co-authored abstracts.
  • Full presentations must be uploaded to the DIFI website by 30 May 2016.

Abstract submission is closed

Important Dates

  • 31 March 2016  Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • 30 April 2016  Notification of selected abstracts
  • 30 May 2016  Deadline for receiving full presentation

DIFI will sponsor participants to attend the conference; this will include economy flight tickets, full accommodation and transportation to and from the conference. Participants from the following countries will obtain their visas upon arrival at the airport: The United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Honduras, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and South Korea. The cost is 100QR (about USD 30) and must be purchased using a credit card. DIFI will obtain visas for all participants from countries NOT INCLUDED in the above list. However, approval is subject to state regulations.

For any further inquiries, please contact Mrs. Dana Al Kahlout at: Email:
Tel: +974-4454-8232 Fax: +974 4454 8249

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About DIFI

About DIFI

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), formerly known as Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development (DIIFSD), was established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in 2006. The Institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC).

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