Annual International Conference

Annual International Conference on Religion, Culture, and Peace Education

Department of Peace Studies (DPS)

Religion, Culture, and Peace Laboratory (RCP Lab)

International College, Payap University

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Start Date: Thursday April 25, 2024

End Date: Friday April 26, 2024

9 am to 6 pm Bangkok Time

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Meeting ID: 844 0581 1621
Passcode: 874665

Free Registration. Free Publication. We don’t have travel-related grants.

Important Dates

Call for AbstractDownload here
Download Poster here:Poster here
Online Registration and Abstract:March 01, 2024
Notification of Acceptance:March 16, 2024
Submission of Accepted Papers in WORD format only here:April 02, 2024
Word File Name:<LastName-FirstName-PaperTitle-v1>
Hybrid International Conference:April 25-26, 2023
Publication of ProceedingsEnd of 2024 or First Quarter of 2025
If you have a doctorate, please join the International Review Board.Register here please.
Visit our websiteRCP Lab
Visit our FB pageRCP on FB and  FB Bulletin Board
Join the FB closed groupClosed FB groups for Conference Attendees

Please post this announcement online and share with other researchers by mail and other means. Thanks!


As scholars and practitioners, we constantly try to understand, describe, explain, rethink, and propose ways by which we improve our world, society, communities, economy, politics, culture, as well as the way we live and interact with each other as a response to evolving needs and shifting priorities.

For this reason, we invite you to take part in the forthcoming International Conference on Religion, Culture, Peace, and Education. In this regard, we enjoin you to register online and submit a short structured abstract for a paper presentation and publication in the electronic Proceedings. Please click here to submit a proposal. See 2022 Book of Abstracts and 2022 Conference Proceedings to give you an idea of writing your 200-word-maximum abstracts.

Poster Sessions: Scholars and practitioners who wish to do oral presentations but neither submit a full written paper nor have it published in the Proceedings are welcome to do so and let us know by indicating this information in your online registration.

International Editorial Board Members

If you have completed a doctorate, you are welcome to join our team of international blind peer reviewers. If you are interested, kindly register online to be formally recognized as a member of the International Review Board. Upon request, we will be glad to send you an e-Certificate of Membership in the International Editorial Board. Thank you.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is situated in the north of Thailand, bordering Myanmar to the west and Laos to the East, while China is a little farther to the North. Called the Rose of the North, Chiang Mai provides several historic and natural attractions for you to explore: The Old City, ancient temples, waterfalls, mountains, caves, and ethical animal sanctuaries.

Payap University

Payap University has a long and rich history beginning in 1888 with the founding of the Thailand Theological Conferencey. That conferencey was integrated into Payap University as the McGilvery College of Divinity, one of eleven academic divisions comprising the university. Established in 1974, Payap University is a private and non-profit institution founded by the Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand.

Payap University has obtained official recognition from the United States government, through its Department of Education (DOE), as eligible for federal financial aid. Payap University is a liberal arts and pre-professional school offers a doctoral degree in Peace Studies; masters in divinity, linguistics, TESOL, law, MBA and music; and bachelor degrees in arts, sciences, accountancy, business, economics nursing, law, and Christian theology. Payap is a founding member of the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Thailand and an active member of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning.

Department of Peace Studies (DPS)

The Department of Peace Studies at Payap University works closely and exists to foster mutual appreciation and cooperation among the world’s religious communities and enact new initiatives in peacebuilding. The Department of Peace Studies is the academic unit that offers a Ph.D. program and a Certificate program in Peacebuilding.

Conference Objective

The objective of the conference is to convene researchers, scholars, practitioners, and other interested parties to showcase, share, examine, and evaluate their state-of-the art research, performing arts, community work related to trends in religion, culture, peace, or a combination thereof.

Conference Participants

Registration is open to both presenters and observers who are academics, practitioners, policy makers, civil society organizers, community members, and other parties interested in the issues of religion, culture, peacebuilding, and education.

Interdisciplinary Conference Sub-Themes

Papers in different areas of studies and research are most welcome, including among others the following:

  • Anthropology, Arts, Business, Communication Science, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Divinity, Economics, Education, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Performing Arts, Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Sociology, Theology, Visual Arts

Some major issues that you are most welcome to discuss include, among others, the following:

  • Action research, business for social progress, caste, civil society, class, community development, conflict management| resolution| transformation, discrimination, diversity, electoral democracy, environmentalism, ethnicity, fake news, gender, hate speech, human rights, human trafficking, inclusion, information technology, inner peace, interfaith and interreligious activities, international law, leadership, migrant labor, peace building| keeping| making, peace education, philosophy, racism, refugees, religion, self-determination, sexual orientation, social entrepreneurship, social justice, social media, stateless people, student activism, United Nations, violent extremism, women empowerment, xenophobia, and other matters;
  • Causes and effects of these burning issues; and,
  • Agenda for social change

Review Process

  • All submissions shall undergo a blind review process. Reviewers shall provide constructive feedback for each submission approximately two weeks after the submission deadline.

Author Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract: For your submission, please submit your name, affiliation, country, email address, and a 200-word max proposal, 12-point Times New Roman font, which includes the following: the title, name, Faculty/Student/or Other Job Description, Name, Affiliation, Country; problem statement, rationale, and importance of the study, purpose, research questions (or hypothesis for quantitative papers), theory (optional), and methods in one page maximum. Longer submissions will be rejected.
  • Paper: Once your paper proposal will be approved for presentation, please submit a 6-page max, single-spaced A4 paper, both margins justified, 12-point Times New Roman font, with APA citation and APA references. Contents include Title of the Paper, Name, Faculty/Student/or Other Job Description, Name, Affiliation, Country; Email; Introduction; Literature Review; Methodology; Findings; Conclusion; and References. Papers with longer than 6 pages and not following the author guidelines will be rejected.
  • Download sample templates here. Samples of single-spaced 6-page conference papers here. Previous year’s (2022) International Conference Proceedings.

Free Conference Registration

Participation in the conference is free for all speakers, paper and poster presenters, observers, participants, and drop-in visitors. Please explore the cafeteria, cafés, and restaurants in the surrounding areas for your meals.

Conference Format and Free Publication

The Conference shall be held in blended format. However, in the event that travel to Thailand will not be possible for all due to the pandemic or other acts of nature, the conference shall be held online 100%. All papers will still be published in the electronic Conference Proceedings. Your paper will not be published, if you did not present your paper onsite or online.

Social Media Presence

If you plan to submit a paper to the Conference, kindly join our FB Annual Conference closed group for all announcements, questions, and answers. 
Here is the link to our Lab’s FB page for the live-casting of our two-day conference.  Photos and videos will be shared in our FB Annual Conference closed group and our Lab’s FB page. Thank you.

Conference Partners

Other institutions, foundations, and individuals are welcome to partner with the Department of Peace Studies (DPS), the Religion, Culture, and Peace Laboratory (RCPL), the International College (IC), and Payap University (PYU) for the annual conference. Partners could choose (1) to provide a lump-sum financial grant for conference-related expenses, (2) to disseminate information about the conference with their networks, or (3) to sponsor a keynote speaker, a guest speaker, or a participant by paying all the conference-related expenses, such as local and international travel, room and board. Partners are welcome to use a display table and disseminate promotional materials. Funds will be received under the Dean’s office.


If you plan to come to the university, please book your own accommodation on campus or in any private hotels nearby. Feel free to share your hotel room to split the bill. If you plan to share a double room with a conference participant to reduce your expenses, please contact one another directly through the FB closed group once you will have officially registered. Most hotels provide free breakfast. If you want to be sure, please contact them directly. Here are some accommodations. Posting is not an endorsement. Thailand country code is +(66). Delete the 0 in phone numbers.

VenuesPlease Contact Them Directly: Subject to Change
Paradornparp International House (PIH) Payap University, Chiang Mai Thailand Tel: +66-53851377 Fax: +66-53851052 Website: Line: paradornparp_pyu Ms. Aun: +66657654664 Khun Dao 0991311461 Email: Website: 60/3 Moo. 1 Tambon Sanklang Aumpur Sankamphaeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50130 Phone: +66 (0) 5385 1377, +66 (0) 5385 1380 Fax: +66 (0) 5385 1052 They have 3 types of rooms: deluxe room with king size bed, superior room with 2 beds, and standard room with 2 beds. Both superior and deluxe rooms have kitchen and sitting room fully furnished. Standard Double Room: 600 THB; extra bed + 220 THB Free On-Campus Only Sky Bus
Payap DormsPer month like 3000 baht. No AC.  Alpha Women’s Dormitory, or Omega Men’s Dormitory.
Pong Chan International House Single room- 250 baht per-night small / 2700 per-month but need to pay additional utilities like water and electricity.
Sasikorn ApartmentSasikorn Apartment. Single room – 450 baht per-night – big / 2800 baht per-month but need to pay additional expenses like water and electricity
ZAK Residence | Chiang MaiAddress: หมู่ที่ 4 108/3-8 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000 Phone: 089 425 9741
Check Google MapFor hostels and housing near Payap University campus.
Hotel Search WebsitesContact Information
AgodaWebsite: Phone: 1-866-656-8207 Email:
Booking.comWebsite: Phone: 1-888-850-3958 Email:
ExpediaWebsite: Phone: 1-404-728-8787 Email: N/A
Hostel World
Hotels.comWebsite: Phone: 1-877-903-0071 Email: N/A

Rideshare for Local Transportation

Those coming onsite from abroad:

  1. Within Payap University, there is a Sky Blue open bus: please download the app for pick up and drop off.
  2. There is practically no regular public bus system for transportation within Chiang Mai, only the Red Truck (Songthaew) and TukTuk for use within the Old City.
  3. Please download ride share apps such as Grab, Bolt, inDrive, Maxim, etc. for your local transportation. Thanks.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at 

Religion, Culture, and Peace Laboratory (RCP Lab)

Department of Peace Studies

Payap University, Mae Khao Campus

The “White House”

Tambon Sanphranet, Super Highway Road

Chiang Mai, Thailand 50210


Phone: 053851478 (Ext.) 7883, 7884

Contact through Facebook Messaging

Free Admission. Free Registration. Free Publication for Accepted Papers.