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 IV / 2003
Submission of proposals
1st International Conference on Race
William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, University of Mississippi
1.–4.10.2003 — Oxford, MS (USA)
- What are the meanings and methods of reconciliation?
- What role does memory – and trauma – play in reconciliation?
- How do communities, organizations, and institutions define and pursue reconciliation?
- What roles do individuals, families, religious groups, and schools play in creating alternatives to conflict and promoting healing?
- What are the practical applications of theory in local disputes?
- What are the tools for raising awareness and advancing reconciliation?
- How do we appreciate our differences rather than eliminating them – or is the point of reconciliation to change the way we think about difference itself?
- What does success look like?
Submission of proposals
1st International Conference on Race
Institute for Racial Reconciliation, University of Mississippi
2.–5.10.2003 — Oxford, MS (USA)
- What are the meanings and methods of reconciliation?
- What role does memory – and trauma – play in reconciliation?
- How do communities, organizations, and institutions define and pursue reconciliation?
- What roles do individuals, families, religious groups, and schools play in creating alternatives to conflict and promoting healing?
- What are the practical applications of theory in local disputes?
- What are the tools for raising awareness and advancing reconciliation?
- How do we appreciate our differences rather than eliminating them – or is the point of reconciliation to change the way we think about difference itself?
- What does success look like?
International and Cross-disciplinary Workshop
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
9.–10.10.2004 — Trondheim (Norway)
- Power, control, and information technology
- Culture, gender, and information technology
- Democracy, multiculturalism, and information technology
Submission of proposals
Orality and Literacy
International Conference
Center for the Study of Cultures, Rice University
10.–12.10.2003 — Houston, TX (USA)
Papers from all cultural settings are welcome. In this spirit, we extend a special invitation to colleagues from Africa and Asia. As far as the Western tradition is concerned, papers dealing with antiquity, the Middle Ages, modernity and post-holocaust studies will all be considered. Moreover, we take orality-literacy in the broadest sense of media studies or technologies of communications. That is to say, we ask for consideration of some interconnectedness between memorial practices and communications media, be they orality, chirography, typography, electronic media or artistic representations. Topics may range widely from mnemotechnics to historiography as a memory issue, from testimonies to acts of violence to holocaust remembrances, from memorys contribution to national and ethnic identity to the ethics of remembering, from memory and imagination to memory and meditation, from lieux de mémoire to artifacts as memorial representations, from oral poetry and epics to repetition and recollection as moments of memory, to mention but a few items.
Submission of proposals
Contemporary Affairs and Future Prospects
2003 Middle East & Central Asia Conference
The Middle East Center, University of Utah
17.–18.10.2003 — Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
- State and Society Relations
- Religion and Politics
- Islam and Islamic Movements
- Challenges of Post-Communism
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Nationalism
- Natural Resources and Conflict
- Diaspora
- Human Rights, Women and Minorities
- Economic and Social Development
- Post-9-11 Regional Affairs
- America, Russia, and China in Regions
- Palestine/Israel Situation
- U.S.–Iran Relations
- Conflict Prevention and Resolution
- Terrorism and State Violence
- Regional Organizations and Cooperation
- Civil Society
Submission of proposals
Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
17.–18.10.2003 — Ottawa (Canada)
This interdisciplinary colloquium will encourage theoretical reflection on the concept of territoriality through the exchange of case studies and conceptual analyses from the disciplines of social geography, sociology, political science, and ethnology. The main themes are:
1. Constructing/controlling territoriality
2. Relating to territory
3. Contesting/resisting territoriality
Submission of abstracts
International Conference
Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex
22.–23.10.2003 — London (UK)
- The influence of globalisation and/or mass media on the revival and transformation of nationalist myths
- The re-evaluation or rehabilitation of historical figures in nationalist discourse
- The relationship and ideological traffic between the 'centre' (mainstream media and politics, academia) and fringe groups
- The revival, rewriting and contemporary application of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion
- The role of religion in the creation or revival of nationalist myths
- The denial of World War II collaboration and/or the Holocaust in the creation and maintenance of nationalist myths
- Developments in the nationalist discourses of post-Soviet Russia and post-unification Germany
Submission of proposals
Political Solutions to Cultural Differences in Europe
International Conference
Danish Research Group on Cultural Encounters, University of Copenhagen
23.–25.10.2003 — Copenhagen (Denmark)
What holds political communities together is a question as old as the social sciences. In the present environment of 'cultural pluralism' – a contested category with many empirical forms and possible meanings – the political and social integration of old nation states and new political orders like the European Union are high on the agenda. That 'culture' calls for 'politics' is only the beginning of a discussion. This discussion is the central theme of the conference, pursued under the triple heading: Constitutional and citizenship remedies, conceptions of political community, and the blurring of political boundaries.
Submission of abstracts
7th Annual Conference
Association for Research on Mothering (ARM)
24.–26.10.2003 — Toronto (Canada)
Historically and cross-culturally the world's religions and spiritualities have simultaneously restricted mothers' roles and activities while conversely giving mothers some agency and authority. This conference will explore, from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, the impact of religion and spirituality on the experience of mothering and of mothers on religion and spirituality. It will examine mothers' lived experience as well as representations of mothering-motherhood in religion. We welcome submissions from students, activists, scholars, artists and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged. We encourage a variety of types of submissions including academic papers, workshops, creative submissions, performances, storytelling, visual arts and other alternative formats.
Submission of proposals
ACPSS 2003 International Conference
Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS)
University of Nevada
24.–26.10.2003 — Las Vegas, NV (USA)
1. Social changes and cultural transformations in all areas of life in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau
2. Re-thinking of Chinese cultural heritage (in philosophy, politics, literature, language, family, education, social interaction, etc.) and cultural identity in the 21st century
3. Developments, challenges, and opportunities with China's entry into WTO, the 16th CPC (party) Congress, and the 6th National People's Congress
4. Stability and political/economic/legal reforms in China
5. Globalization, information technology, and impact on Chinese society
6. Global anti-terrorism and China's national security
7. Developments in Across-Taiwan-Strait relations
8. China's international relations and communication with the world
9. Chinese communities overseas
Submission of proposals
Exploring Critical Issues
1st Global Conference
Learning Solutions
30.10.–1.11.2003 — Milan (Italy)
- the various relationships between 'interculturalism' and 'multiculturalism'
- interculturalism in an educational context
- religious issues and interculturalism
- interculturalism in art, literature and film
- the philosophy of interculturalism
- interculturalism and the politics of the academy i.e. interculturalism and inter-disciplinarity
- interculturalism and language
- resistance to interculturalism through monoculturalism
- race, ethnicity and interculturalism
- racism, violence and interculturalism
- interculturalism and sexuality
- the ethics of interculturalism
- interculturalism and subculture
- interculturalism between 'West' and 'East'
- interculturalism and politics
Submission of proposals
International Conference
Zhejiang University
World Hongming Academy of Philosophy and Religious Studies
World Hongming Philosophical Quarterly
5.–7.11.2003 — Ningbo City, Zhejiang (China)
1. Historical research on Ge Hong
2. Textual study of Ge Hong's works
3. Philosophical study of Ge Hong's thought
4. Ge Hong and Confucianism
5. Ge Hong and politics, military and literature
6. Ge Hong and science and technology
7. Ge Hong and Chinese culture
8. Other issues related to Daoism
Submission of proposals
International Interdisciplinary Conference
Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural Studies (INST)
7.–9.11.2003 — Vienna (Austria)
The goal of the Conference "The Unifying Aspects of Cultures" is to analyze and present the importance of culture in contemporary processes in a new way. In particular, the unifying (transnational) aspects of cultural processes will be examined. In this connection special attention will be given to the UNESCO-Documents Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and UNESCO and the Issue of Cultural Diversity 1946-2000.
The full assembly is proposed for the basic aspects of the Conference: The Introduction, the Plenary Sections, the Workshops and the presentations of the results in the assembly. Up to ten hours are planned for the presentation of the results of the Workshops and the Assembly.
The intent is to give every participant the possibility of having everyone hear his or her argument and presentation directly or indirectly. It is a basic idea to structure the Conference in such a way that all scholars can participate by giving papers, if they wish to, and not only by contributing to the discussions. This is made possible by the large number of sections and of reports in the full assembly, respectively, as well as the possibility of publication on the WWW.
Propuesta de mesas
VIII Simposio
Asociación Iberoamericana de Filosofía Política
Universidad de Chile
Universidad de Valparaíso
Universidad Austral de Valdivia
Universidad Diego Portales
13.–15.11.2003 — Valparaíso (Chile)
Las referencias políticas de la modernidad han sufrido profundas transformaciones a lo largo del siglo XX. Con la entrada en un nuevo siglo nos vemos obligados a cuestionarnos si nuestras representaciones clásicas sobre los sujetos políticos, las identidades colectivas, los mercados, las estructuras de la democracia y de los derechos resultan todavía plenamente concebibles en el marco tradicional de los Estados nacionales. Tras el éxito del anterior Simposio de Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) en el año 2000, y siguiendo con su voluntad de fomentar la reflexión política contemporánea desde nuestro ámbito cultural, la Asociación Iberoamericana de Filosofía Política invita a la presentación de propuestas para Mesas Temáticas en torno al tema "La Pólitica en la Era de la Globalización".
Submission of proposals
Annual Meeting
Georgia Political Science Association
14.–15.11.2003 — Pine Mountain, GA (USA)
"Qi" als Grundphänomen ostasiatischer Philosophie und die Methoden interkulturellen Philosophierens
Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie
14.–16.11.2003 — München (Deutschland)
Das Konzept "Qi" (jap. Ki) gehört neben Dao, Yin und Yang zweifellos zu den grundlegendsten Begriffen des chinesischen Denkens. Die vielfältigen Übersetzungsvorschläge reichen von Atem, Hauch, Dampf über Pneuma, Äther, Fluidum, Einflüsse, Kraft und konstellierte Energie bis hin zu Weltstoff, Substanz und Materie-Energie (matter-energy). Eine theoretische Betrachtung des Phänomens "Qi" ist neuartig. Es ist eine philosophische Aufgabe, die in dieser Praxis dem Qi innewohnende, eigentliche Logik zu entdecken. So wäre es angebracht zu versuchen, eine Phänomenologie menschlicher Beziehungen bzw. gegenseitiger Wahrnehmung oder Erfahrung zu formulieren, die sich an den Stimulanz-, Reaktions- und Responsformen des Qi oder, wenn man so will, der interagierenden Qi orientierte.
Envío de resúmenes
III Congreso Internacional de Pensamiento Latinoamericano
Departamento de Estudios Ibéricos y Latinoamericanos, Universidad de Guadalajara
17.–19.11.2003 — Guadalajara, Jal. (México)
Mesas temáticas:
1. Globalización, reestructuración económica, crisis del Estado-Nación, neoliberalismo y Alternativas de desarrollo en América Latina
2. La estrategia continental Norteamérica en América Latina
3. La estrategia continental Norteamérica en América Latina
4. La historicidad de los movimientos sociales (políticos, religiosos, de género, ecológicos, etc.) y nuevas formas de hacer política ante la crisis de la globalización neoliberal
5. El reordenamiento imperial del mundo, perspectivas y repercusiones en América Latina
6. El proceso de construcción del pensamiento filosófico latinoamericano frente a la globalización
7. El pensamiento histórico y educativo como proceso de construcción de América Latina y la globalización
8. Arte y Literatura en América Latina frente a la globalización
Theory and Findings
International Conference
Southeast Asia Research Centre & Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong
27.–29.11.2003 — Hong Kong (China)
The conference aims at studying concrete social interaction between Muslims and Han Chinese in China and Southeast Asia. Specially, we will explore how Islam affects inter-group relations. Equally important, we will use Islam as one of the several important variables of ethnic relations in China and Southeast Asia. The participants will also use a comparative approach to understand social interaction between Muslims and Han Chinese: we will compare Uyghurs-Han Relations in Xinjiang, Hui-Han perceptions on intermarriage, ethnic relations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The comparison will highlight a wide range of Muslim-Chinese relations: from peaceful co-existence to ethnic segmentation to armed conflict.
Soumission des propositions
IIIèmes Journées scientifiques
Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
Université de Bamako
1.–2.12.2003 — Bamako (Mali)
- Mouvements associatifs, réseaux et appartenances culturelles
- Les domaines de la santé comme champ social d'innovation
- Pratiques culturelles et stratégies identitaires
- Éthique, identité et "action affirmative"
Religion and Equal Rights in a Pluralistic Democracy
International Conference
Institute of Philosophy and the Study of Religions, University of Southern Denmark
4.–5.12.2003 — Odense (Denmark)
The conference will investigate questions related to peaceful co-existence between religions, between religious and non-religious values, and between religious groups and the state.
Submission of proposals
The Politics of Exclusion and Inclusion
Is there a chance for a post-national citizenship?
International Conference
The Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies
5.–6.12.2003 — Ljubljana (Slovenia)
- How can we think about political citizenship in times of globalization and the disappearance of the state? Within this scope, what are the relationships/conflicts among citizenship, sovereignty and human rights?
- What are the prospects of post-national citizenship in the face of EU integration? Does the EU frame represent a prospectuous ground for the active citizenship course of events?
- What are the incentives for the possibilities of active citizenship? What changes should the citizenship models/concepts/practices be subjected to in order to remain a viable concept (not including everything?) and to achieve inclusive and active citizenship? What mechanisms/practices are to be introduced?
Submission of proposals
Histories, Discourses, Politics
International Interdisciplinary Conference
Faculty of Communication, Ankara University
8.–10.12.2003 — Ankara (Turkey)
Possible topics:
- History as trauma and reconciliation: Dardanelles War (1919) and diasporic souls of ANZAC soldiers resting in peace underneath the "enemy soils"
- Collective memory of war and the issue of acute forgetfulness: do we learn from past and does it hurt to apologize?
- The phenomenon of (state-)terrorism: from September 11 to the explosion in Bali, Indonesia, from "suicide bombings" to "blanket bombings" with innocent lives in target
- Actual wars "as seen on TV": the media coverage of war; bombing actual people as a video-game; state censorship and "journalist pools" visiting the war zones
- The American war machine: from "cold war" to war everywhere
- War and gender: is war a masculine affair? Mothers' perpectives on wars costing the lives of their sons
- Politics of war and peace: anti-war, anti-military, and peace movements
- Changing face of war: war as an issue of globalization; hi-tech wars as opposed to wars in trenches
- The concept of "internal war": Ethnic conflicts, civil wars, wars that divide nations
- Symbolic wars and virtual peace: war and reconciliation as matters of (media) consumption
- Peaceful technologies of war and violence: computer games based on war and strategy; the Internet as the locus of free speech and "free bomb-making recipes", "flight simulators" as terrorist training gadgets
- Imperial wars, imperialistic wars: Is empire passe or are we witnessing the establishment of new empire(s)?
- The most dangerous profession: war journalism and the documentation of war
- War and cinema: why war and aggression are still themes in great demand in film-making? Are great "war movies" doing justice to history? Is there an ethical point-zero in turning war into art?
- War and displacement: the human consequesces of war and terrorism; refugees, refugee camps, attaining the status of "political refugee"
- Forgetting and forgiving: the grandiose issue of reconciliation; is forgiving possible at all? Is there a reasonable way to pay off or compensate? International justice mechanisms, war trials, the issue of monetary compensation; is "political bribery" tainting genuine demands of reconciliation?
- The so-called "clash of civilizations": How can we name our epoch: clash or reconciliation?
Violence in Religious Discourses
International Conference
Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt-Universität
11.–13.12.2003 — Berlin (Germany)
At the beginning of the 21st century, wars seem to have become unavoidable in the war against terrorism in the Western mind. These violent conflicts are being interpreted as an expression and rejection of Western hegemonial claims to world power or are depicted as being deeply rooted in the religious traditions of cultural 'Others'. During the past years Gender Studies research has increasingly pointed at the significance of gender relations and constructions of gender within military conflicts. Violence in times of war tends to be legitimized by existing arrangements of male-female-relationships, yet at the same time is differently experienced by women and men. We would like to take up and further develop these various strands of discussion by focusing on the meaning of religion and gender in military conflicts. For this purpose, we wish to examine symbolic constructions of gender relations within the three "religions of the book", Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, regarding the representation and approach to violence in each of the respective canonical texts. Taking this as a point of departure, we would like to highlight the ways in which pictures constructed by religion, culture, and the media are being instrumentalized in military conflicts and, in this process, result in religious distortions. In this context we will raise questions concerning the relationship between sexual violence against women and an assumed social order which is legitimized by transcendental dogmas.
Submission of proposals
International Conference
Universities Historical Research Centre
SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition
17.–19.12.2003 — Yangon (Myanmar)
Knowledge being basic to human existence and endeavour, the conference will study, in a historical context, the forms of knowledge underlying and shaping Southeast Asian society and culture as well as the modes of acquiring, maintaining and extending knowledge.
Submission of proposals
IAHR Regional Conference on the Study of Religions in India
International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)
India International Centre, New Delhi
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
18.–21.12.2003 — New Delhi, India
Possible topics:
1. Studies of traditional religious texts with a special focus on:
- notions of the common or public good; norms about accumulating and sharing income and wealth
- ideal forms of gender, generational, conjugal and familial relations
- theories of kingship, justice and political authority
- relations between the divine and mortals, rulers and ruled, nature and human beings
2. Interrelationships among religious dogmas, theologies, philosophies, folk beliefs, and actual practices; varying concepts of the canonical in religious traditions
3. Historical and contemporary studies of:
- the growth or decay of syncretic traditions in religious texts, practices and norms
- the role and functions of dharmasthans or pilgrimage centres, as well as the control and management of religious institutions
- the rise, decline and renewals of shramanic religious traditions within Indic civilisation
4. The politics of religious conversion historically and/or in contemporary India; limits of religious authority within specific systems of religious beliefs, norms, and practices for participants, dissenters and outsiders
5. The historical and contemporary impact of the rise of nationalism on religious beliefs and practices, Gandhi’s religion, and Hindu-Muslim relations in 20th Century Indic civilisation
6. Special methodological concerns in the study of religions within Indic civilisation and ways of approaching their resolution
7. Contributions of Indic religions to cosmological speculation in 20th century science
Submission of proposals
4th Annual Meeting
South Asian Literary Association (SALA)
26.–27.12.2003 — San Diego, CA (USA)
- Biracial identities and South Asian Americanness
- Activist and outreach work within and between communities: human rights, human security
- Proliferation of life-writing
- Youth culture and transnational identities
- Neo-imperialism and anti-imperialism
- Collaborations between and among the South Asian diaspora
- Theorizing the post-colonial in current global contexts
- A study of genre and representation through literature, visual arts, and the new media
- Theorizing the South: (re)situating South Asians
- Religious fundamentalism and identity politics
- The role of the nation-state
- Women and gender; "Lakshman Rekha"
- Dalits, caste politics, and theories of the border
- South Asians, immigration, detention, and the "voluntary interview"
- Interrogating the status of the "literary" in the South Asian Literary Association. What is the place of the literary? What constitutes the literary?
- Popular culture – films, music
- Intersections between transnational sexualities
- Possible connections between theories of racial melancholia in Asian American and African American literatures and ideas of honor and shame in South Asian contexts
- Redefining assimilation, integration, nationalism
- 9/11 and the valorization of violence
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