Call for 250-500 Word Chapter Abstracts: Peace, Reconciliation and Social Justice Leadership in the 21st Century

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Call for Papers
May 15, 2018
Maryland, United States
Subject Fields: 
Management and Leadership Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Human Rights, Law and Legal History

Call for 250-500 Word Chapter Abstracts
Abstract Deadline:  15 May 2018

Peace, Reconciliation and Social Justice Leadership in the 21st Century: The Role of Leaders and Followers

The ILA is pleased to announce this new volume in our Building Leadership Bridges Series published by Emerald. This book, edited by H. Eric Schockman, Aldo Boitano de Moras, and Vanessa Hernández, will “examine the conditions and ethical, foundational basis for leaders and followers in making peace, examine post-conflict situations around the world, and study how and why reconciliation and forgiveness can transpire.” 

We invite authors to submit a brief, 250-500 word chapter abstract for possible inclusion in our new book project. Abstracts are due 15 May 2018 to

Qualified abstract authors will be invited to submit a complete chapter proposal of 1500-2000 words due 15 June 2018. Final manuscripts of accepted proposals are due 15 March 2019 with an expected publication date of October 2019.

About the Book

This interdisciplinary volume will examine the conditions and ethical, foundational basis for leaders and followers in making peace, examine post-conflict situations around the world, and study how and why reconciliation and forgiveness can transpire. We wish to draw together the theories and methods that examine the obstacles within leadership and followership that contribute to the realization of these conditions for a more peaceful and just world order. 

Our central uniqueness is to: 1) bring forth a volume that is not just leader-focused — although clearly we will have extensive leadership studies theoretical and pragmatic coverage of the leader in peace building and reconciliation; 2) ask our contributors to concentrate on followership in addition to the leadership aspects of peace building; 3) provide a cutting-edge transdisciplinary approach as opposed to traditional literature in this field, which has fallen into intellectual disciplinary vacuums and research silos; 4) link leadership with international justice entities (e.g., the international criminal courts, human rights organizations, and judicial leaders), to address the role of seeking reparative justice and preventing future conflicts; and 5) focus on reconciliation not only within its usual intellectual confines of spiritual/religious domain of mercy, forgiveness, and redemption, but also in a more expanded analysis of how leaders and followers practice, for example, inclusive/servant leadership formulas to advance social justice and human rights benefiting both leader and follower and civil society.

Possible Subthemes/Topics of Interest

- How do leaders and followers restore the social fabric of war-torn societies?
- What is the role of gender in peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness?
- With globalization there are winners and losers. How do leaders and followers achieve economic reconciliation and social justice between these groups?
- Examples and case studies of NGOs and grassroots movements that are transforming the world through peace building.
- What is the role of international justice and accountability via the law in reconciliation and peace-building? Is it possible to distill testimonials of victims of human rights abuses from around the world to establish preventative mechanisms for future conflict deterrence?
- How can we better bridge research silos of different disciplines working on aspects of peace and reconciliation in order to enhance methodological analysis and action-oriented recommendations?
- What leadership and followership lessons might we draw from peace and reconciliation efforts?  What are the pitfalls and advantages? What role does cultural context play?


For further clarity or more dialogue about your possible abstract submittal, feel free to contact the volume editors below:

H. Eric Schockman  -
Aldo Boitano de Moras -
Vanessa Hernández -
Remember to submit your abstracts by 15 May 2018 to
About Building Leadership Bridges

ILA’s Building Leadership Bridges series publishes work on a wide range of leadership topics at the nexus of leadership theory and practice all with the same goal of advancing the ILA’s mission, deepening the leadership conversation, and sparking insights that move people’s thoughts and actions in ways that benefit individuals and communities worldwide. Past books in the series have been listed as a top 12 leadership book of the year by the University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Award. Learn more about past volumes in the series at

Contact Info: 

Debra DeRuyver

Communications Director

International Leadership Association

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