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Submission of proposals
Atrocities Outlawed, Human Rights Affirmed
The International Quest to Halt Genocide since 1948
28th Annual Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
2.–4.4.2008 — Millersville, PA (USA)
The conference seeks to promote study of the search for international justice and discussion of the origins of juridical philosophies and institutions which emerged as a response to the Holocaust and the other atrocities committed by the Axis powers, as well as to evaluate the successes and failures of the global community in its efforts to enact the principles and spirit of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Submission of proposals
Tolerance and Intolerance from the Inquisition to the Present
International Conference
Early Modern Studies Institute, Shoah Foundation Institute, and Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
3.–4.4.2008 — Los Angeles, CA (USA)
Both historical and theoretical proposals will be considered.
Submission of proposals
Law, Poverty and Economic Inequality
International Conference
School of Law, Valparaiso University
3.–4.4.2008 — Valparaiso, IN (USA)
The conference hopes to raise the fundamental question about what the law and legal institutions can do to alleviate poverty and economic inequality. The conference will explore contemporary constitutional strategies, such as the incorporation of economic, social and cultural rights in constitutions (as evidenced by the South African experience), among other formal legal strategies, in relation to grassroots anti-poverty campaigns, such as the poor people's economic and human rights campaign in the United States and the homeless and landless people's federation in Asia and elsewhere. This investigation will also examine the limitation of legal strategies in the face of entrenched economic and social structural impediments to equality.
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Homi K. Bhabhas Kulturtheorie: Anwendung, Kritik, Reflexion
Interdisziplinäre Konferenz
Instituts für Germanistik, Universität Wien
3.–5.4.2008 — Wien (Österreich)
Die Konferenz lenkt ihren Fokus auf Homi K. Bhabhas Kulturtheorie. Ziel ist es, Bhabhas Theorie multiperspektivisch zu reflektieren, das Konzept des ›dritten Raumes‹ und andere Figurationen, die das Hybride denkbar machen, zu befragen und zu hinterfragen. Dieses kritische Nachdenken erfolgt über Lektüren und Interpretationen in Anwendung und in Wendungen der Begrifflichkeiten, die im Zentrum von Bhabhas Kulturtheorie stehen.
Submission of proposals
Voices and Visions
Humanities in the Third World
2008 Virginia Humanities Conference
Radford University
4.–5.4.2008 — Radford, VA (USA)
The diverse geographical and cultural space of the Third World nations is the birthplace of many new genres of music and literature, modes of spirituality and knowledge, conceptions of history, society, and culture. This conference is devoted to hearing the voices and exploring the visions of the poets, philosophers, historians, novelists, linguists, anthropologists, artists, theorists … who have contributed to the vitality and new directions in the Humanities in recent decades.
Submission of proposals
Nation, Identity, Conflict, and the State
13th Annual World Convention
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
Harriman Institute, Columbia University
10.–12.4.2008 — New York, NY (USA)
  • Islam and Politics
  • Genocide and Ethnic Violence
  • Anthropology of Identity
  • Citizenship and Nationality
  • Religion
  • Language Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Autonomy
  • Gender
  • EU Integration
  • Diaspora
  • etc.
Submission of proposals
Human Rights, Individualism, and Globalization
International Interdisciplinary Conference
Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Bethany College
10.–12.4.2008 — Bethany, WV (USA)
Cultural Narcissism · The Lonely Planet—Literature · Film and Art · Alienable vs Inalienable Human Rights · Documenting Human Rights Abuse · Film · Art · Literature · Imagining a Human(e) Community · Common sense and Common Selves · Self Reflection and the Reflected Self · Global Orders Private Lives · The Law and Practice of Human Rights · Abolition of Slave Trade · Refugees and Forced Migration · Nationalism and Ethnicity · Diplomacy and Human Rights · Human Rights and Religious Expression · Trafficking in Persons and Drugs · Human Rights and Globalization · Democracy · Political Rights and Human Rights · Democracy and Political Activism · NGOS and Human Rights · Rights of Women · Rights of Children · Human Rights and Diversity in the Workplace · Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace · Human Rights and Labor Exploitation · Human Rights and the Environment · War Crimes and Terror · Transnational Politics and Globalization · Gandhi's view on Globalization · Poverty and Globalization · Globalization as a Sophisticated Form of Colonization · Outsourcing · Capitalism and Worker's Union · Anti-terrorist Measures and International Human Rights · Gangs · Violent Crime and Security · Racism and the Multicultural Self · Social Responsibility and Labor Rights · Objectivist Framework of Individualism · Privacy Rights and Communications Technology · Genetic Engineering and Human Rights
Europäische Menschenbilder
Internationale Tagung
Lehrstuhl für Religionsphilosophie und vergleichende Religionswissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden
10.–12.4.2008 — Dresden (Deutschland)
Die Tagung setzt sich zur Aufgabe, orientierendes europäisches Kulturgut auf der Basis der Pluralität europäischer Kulturregionen zu erfassen. Für eine künftige funktionierende soziale Praxis im Gesamtrahmen ›Europa‹ reicht die bloße Bewahrung europäischer Kulturgüter nicht aus. Gefordert ist die Aufdeckung der Kulturtraditionen charakterisierenden, in ihrer Hermetik zumeist aber apokryph bleibenden systemischen Bezüge.
Submission of proposals
Comparative Continental Philosophy
3rd Annual Meeting
Comparative Continental Philosophy Circle
East-West Center
10.–13.4.2008 — Honolulu, HI (USA)
Submission of proposals
Postmodernism, Truth, and Religious Pluralism
4th Biennial Conference
Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology
Gordon College
11.–12.4.2008 — Wenham, MA (USA)
  • What kind of positive sense of religious truth is possible in a postmodern era?
  • What is religious truth: is it representational, propositional, orthopractical, symbolic, aletheiological, or something else altogether?
  • How does the notion of »truth« square with a multiplicity of religious traditions?
  • Is the very term »religion« appropriate in a pluralistic society, since the term is distinctly western?
  • How might the earnest faith of a Christian, say, be compatible with the equally earnest faith of other believers or even non-believers?
  • With the varieties of religions (not to mention the varieties of expressions of religions), how can their respective differences be respected?
  • Are there forms of religious expression that simply cannot find a place in the public square?
Submission of proposals
Knowledge Globalization
Challenges and Opportunities from Organizational Perspectives
Annual Conference 2008
Journal of Knowledge Globalization
Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University
11.–13.4.2008 — Boston, MA (USA)
  • To showcase initiatives, processes of sharing knowledge to benefit global economies and promote social justice
  • To identify challenges and opportunities of the transfer of global knowledge in developed and developing countries
  • To promote transfer of global knowledge from the perspectives of education, business, law, and government
Submission of proposals
Contested Constitutionalisation
Towards a Theory of Democratic Constitutionalism
International Workshop
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
Department of Political Science, University of Rennes
11.–16.4.2008 — Rennes (France)
  • What is constitutionalisation beyond the state and what shape does it have to take – a question which mainly addresses the task of conceptualizing institution-building beyond the state.
  • What is to be understood as democratic constitutionalisation beyond the state? What are the conceptual prerequisites and the favourable empirical conditions for rendering institution-building beyond the state democratic and how can these be analytically captured and empirically observed?
Submission of proposals
Nationalism, East and West
Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood
18th Annual Conference
Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
London School of Economics (LSE)
15.–17.4.2008 — London (UK)
  • Civic and Ethnic Aspects of Nation Formation
  • Is Nationalism a European Phenomenon?
  • Alternatives to Civic and Ethnic Nationalism
  • Experiences of Historical Migrant Nations
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Multiculturalism
Submission of proposals
A Foucault for the 21st Century
Governmentality, Biopolitics and Discipline in the New Millennium
5th Annual Social Theory Forum
University of Massachusetts
16.–17.4.2008 — Boston, MA (USA)
  • Governmentality and Neo-liberalism
  • Political Spirituality and Contemporary Religious Movements
  • Biopolitics, Globalization and Populations
  • Race, Genetics and the Politics of Life
  • Ethics, Biopower and the Politics of Consumption
  • Panopticism and Surveillance in a Post 9/11 World
  • Governmentality, Biopower and the Politics of Risk
  • Subpolitics, Life Politics and New Social Movements
  • Foucault and the Left in a Global Context
  • Foucault and the Penal-Industrial Complex
  • Ethics, Identity and Individualization
  • Genealogy
  • Feminism
Submission of proposals
The International Human Rights Regime Since 9/11
Trans-Atlantic Perspectives
International Conference
University of Pittsburgh
17.–19.4.2008 — Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
  • What exactly is the international human rights regime?
  • What changes has it undergone since 9/11, and (how) can those changes be attributed to events related to 9/11?
  • How do obvious changes in national policy (foreign and domestic) impact the regime?
  • How do these changes differ in Europe and the United States, and how do the differences play out internationally?
  • Was 9/11 a significant turning point for human rights? In what ways?
  • Does 9/11 provide a useful analytic frame for thinking about human rights and about changes in the human rights regime?
Submission of proposals
Canada and the Americas
Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Transculturality
International Multidisciplinary Conference
York University
24.–25.4.2008 — Toronto, ON (Canada)
  • Towards a Transcultural Indigeneity
  • Experiences of Translation Across the Americas
  • Interculturality, Transculturality and Globalization
  • Migration in Global Cities
  • Hemispheric Imaginaries: creolité, mestizaje, americanidade or hybridity?
Submission of proposals
The Evolution of Islamic Politics, Philosophy and Culture in the Middle East and Africa
From Traditional Limits to Modern Extremes
Interdisciplinary Conference
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)
24.–26.4.2008 — Washington, D.C. (USA)
  1. Islam and Politics: Theological and Philosophical Traditions in the Middle East and Africa
  2. Islam and Politics: Juristic and Practical Traditions in the Middle East and Africa
  3. The Role of Islam in Politics: Confessional Expressions
  4. The Role of Islam in Politics: Regional Case Studies
  5. Jihad as a Religious Obligation and Political Expression
  6. Consultation and Communication: Mediating Influences in Societies Influenced by Islam
  7. What is Justice (Civil Society) Islamic Style?
  8. Islam, Democracy and Human Rights
Submission of proposals
What's the Use of Race?
Interdisciplinary Conference
Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
25.–26.4.2008 — Cambridge, MA (USA)
  • Should the concept of race be invoked to further the goals of science or social justice?
  • Do racial and ethnic distinctions produce natural categories for scholarly or political analysis?
  • Do the benefits of including diverse populations in research outweigh the potential harm caused by reifying racial and ethnic distinctions?
  • Will efforts to improve the precision of these categories with subtler distinctions based on ancestry or genetic markers increase the utility of the resulting data?
  • What role do funding agencies (whether governmental or philanthropic) and journal editors have as gatekeepers for the appropriate use of racial and ethnic categories?
  • What hopes and conflicts are embedded in analyses of race as a scientific, medical or social category?
New Perspectives in Race Theory
Interdisciplinary Conference
University of San Francisco
25.–26.4.2008 — San Francisco, CA (USA)
Race theories in analytic philosophy have evolved over the last decade bringing advances on a variety of topics, ranging from the metaphysics of social categories to questions about the role of race in medicine. Its influence on the study of race and ethnicity has been substantial, and it has been a touchstone for debate and research on race and ethnicity in other fields. The conference focuses on that body of work, and showcases new perspectives in the analytic philosophy of race by upcoming and established philosophers.
Global Justice and Territory
6th Annual Roundtable in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, University College Cork
25.–26.4.2008 — Cork (Ireland)
Submission of proposals
Living in Between – Being in Between
Corridors of Meaning Between Binary Oppositions
International Conference
International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS)
Girne American University
25.–27.4.2008 — Girne (North Cyprus)
In this congress, we would like to put the emphasis on the phenomen of »living in between points«, »being in between« in terms of semiotics. Maybe that which lies beyond the two points is unknowable to the mind of man which has been composed by knowledge of the in-between? Then the question is, can semiotics have a role to decipher the »in between«?
Submission of proposals
A Single Struggle
The Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights
International Conference
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
1.–2.5.2008 — Birmingham, AL (USA)
Over the course of the 20th century, many individuals and groups have achieved profound social changes in the name of human rights. National liberation movements drove out colonial powers; labor unions established the right to organize; women succeeded in gaining the vote. While these accomplishments are the results of struggles for the protection of humans, civil and human rights have evolved as distinct privileges accorded to the world's people. Many scholars consider civil rights to be those liberties bestowed by nations on citizens within their territorial borders, while human rights are rights individuals possess by virtue of membership in the human race. The conference will examine those societal attributes that have evolved into the accepted differences separating civil rights from human rights.
Submission of proposals
Governance and Democratic Participation Within Linguistic and National Minorities
International Conference
Research Chair on Francophonie and Public Policy, University of Ottawa
Language and Politics Research Committee, International Political Science Association
1.–3.5.2008 — Ottawa, ON (Canada)
Experiences of decentralization, regionalization and devolution to linguistic and national minorities are the topic. Such groups have been accorded special language, cultural and educational powers, and other measures to promote direct political participation. What conclusions should be drawn from these experiences? Are they legitimate democratically? Are they enabling more effective participation? Are linguistic and national minorities participating more significantly to the decision process? Have these measures increased their capacity for self-government? What about their impact on the recognition of plurality, such as gender equality within these minorities? Are some means more legitimate than others in promoting governance and democratic participation within linguistic and national minorities?
Submission of proposals
2nd Annual International Multidisciplinary Conference
Georgian College, Laurentian University
8.–10.5.2008 — Barrie, ON (Canada)
  • The Laws of State-Terror
  • Communications of Terror
  • The Manufacture and Management of Terror
  • Designating Terror
  • Terror and the Transformation of States and Nations
  • Spaces of Terror
  • Recreational Terror
  • Terror as Text
  • The Doxas of Terror
Submission of proposals
Concepts of Identity and Difference
5th Annual Graduate Colloquium
Graduate Philosophy Student's Association, Concordia University
2.–3.5.2008 — Montreal, QC (Canada)
  • Dualisms and Dichotomies
  • Establishing Identity in Language
  • Identity and Subjectivity in the Public Sphere
  • The State, Nationhood and Citizenship
  • Responsibility and Group Membership
  • Agency, Empowerment and Activism
  • Representations of the Self in the Media
  • Identity, Individuality, and Confronting Otherness
  • Personal Identity over Space and Time
  • Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
  • Speciesism, Anthropocentrism, and Classification
  • Consciousness and Intentionality
  • Culture and the Origin of Self
  • History, Identity, and Culture
  • Numbers as Self Subsistent Objects
Submission of proposals
Violence and the Contexts of Hostility
7th Global Conference
5.–7.5.2008 — Budapest (Hungary)
  • Perspectives for Understanding Violence
  • Motives and Goals of Violence
  • Generating Enemies, Being Violent
  • Contexts of Hostility and Violence
  • Violence, Victims and Others
  • Resisting, Countering and Preventing Violence
  • Representations of Violence
Submission of proposals
War, Virtual War and Human Security
5th Global Conference
5.–7.5.2008 — Budapest (Hungary)
  • How do we Talk about and Describe War?
  • Representations and Experiences
  • History and Development of Warfare and War Fighting
  • Extent, Conduct and Morality
  • Human Rights and Human Security
  • The Boundaries of War
  • Prevention and Peace
  • Non-state Actors and NGOs in War
  • Future War: Revolutions in Military Affairs – Emerging Types of Warfare
Submission of papers
Engaging Eastern Thought
Central Division Meeting
Society of Christian Philosophers
Union University
8.–10.5.2008 — Jackson, TN (USA)
Papers exploring philosophical issues associated with Eastern thought (e.g., Asian or Middle-Eastern philosophy/religion) as well as papers addressing issues broadly related to philosophical and religious pluralism are encouraged.
Human Rights and the New Global Order
Interdisciplinary Conference
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
8.–10.5.2008 — Cambridge, MA (USA)
Even among those who do not share the more skeptical views on the human rights regime, important normative questions both about their foundations and about their function in the developing global order remain perplexing. In the words of Charles Malik, the drafters of the Universal Declaration tried to ensure that »no regional philosophy or way of life was permitted to prevail« while integrating the different cultural perspectives of those involved in the drafting process. But at the beginning of the 21st century, there are many more actors at the global stage, as well as much more potential for coordinated action. It is before this background that questions about the grounds on which human rights might legitimize interference in the affairs of others and about their function in the global order become urgent.
Submission of proposals
The Idea of Education
5th Global Conference
8.–10.5.2008 — Budapest (Hungary)
  1. What are the nature and aims of the historical traditions which shape Higher Education
  2. Society, Culture and the of Places of Higher Education
  3. The Internet, Virtual Learning and Higher Education
  4. Globalisation, Democracy and Higher Education
Submission of proposals
The Return of the Environment in Concepts of Heredity, Development and Evolution
Interdisciplinary Workshop
Division of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds
15.–16.5.2008 — Leeds (UK)
  • the diverse conceptions of the inheritance of acquired characters (»Lamarckism«) and their histories
  • the importance of national, disciplinary, and other traditions in conditioning »environmentalist« thinking
  • the nature of the challenge of epigenesis/epigenomics and related developments to old scientific, historical and philosophical commonplaces
  • the cultural politics of the »nature/nurture« debate
Assessing Territorial Pluralism
Interdisciplinary Workshop
Ethnicity and Democratic Governance Project, Queen's University
16.–17.5.2008 — Kingston, ON (Canada)
  • What is territorial pluralism (i.e., what is the range of such institutional responses to diversity?) and how can it be distinguished from forms of self-government that do not accommodate communities based on ethnicity, religion, language or nationality?
  • Under what conditions does territorial pluralism succeed or fail?
  • Is territorial pluralism a normatively appropriate response to diversity?
Submission of proposals
New Globalization
Global Studies Conference 2008
Common Ground
University of Illinois
16.–18.5.2008 — Chicago, IL (USA)
  • Economy
  • Power
  • Culture
  • Environment
Einsendung von Vorschlägen
Wie entsteht Identität?
Individuum, Nation und Europa im politischen Denken Fichtes
Internationale Tagung
Internationale Johann-Gottlieb-Fichte-Gesellschaft
Internationales Forschungsnetzwerk Transzendentalphilosophie / Deutscher Idealismus
16.–18.5.2008 — Rammenau (Deutschland)
Die Erklärung der Genese individueller und kollektiver Identität steht im Fokus Fichtes Denkens von den revolutionsbegeisterten Anfängen bis hin zur antinapoleonischen Spätphase. Das Thema »Individuum, Nation und Europa« gibt den Rahmen vor, innerhalb dessen sich die Identitätsproblematik abspielt. Daraus ergibt sich das Spannungsfeld von Identitätsbildung zwischen Individuum, Gesellschaft, Staat und Kultur, d.h. Vernunft und christlicher Religion. Fichtes Unternehmen stellt einen systematischen Versuch dar, die unterschiedlichen Bereiche zugunsten der menschlichen Freiheit zu vereinbaren und mittels Bildung dem Volk zu vermitteln. Ob und wie Fichte auf Vorwürfe aus unserer pluralistischen Zeit reagieren kann, ist einer intensiven Beschäftigung wert, wovon nicht nur die Fichte-Forschung, sondern auch unser gegenwärtiges Zeitalter profitieren kann.
Submission of proposals
Beyond Imagined Uniqueness
Nationalisms in Comparative Perspective
International Conference
American Studies Center, University of Warsaw
19.–21.5.2008 — Warsaw (Poland)
  • Theories of nationalism and ethnicity
  • Religious contexts of nationalism
  • Hybrid identities
  • Colonialism and postcolonialism
  • Gender, sexuality and the nation
  • Collective memory and the politics of history
  • The idea of the chosen nation
  • Nationalism and civil religion
  • Nationalisms after 1989
  • Nationalisms and the European Union
  • Anti-Americanism and European identity
  • Minority rights in multi-cultural contexts
  • The visual culture of nationalism
  • Nationalism in an age of globalization
  • Transnationalism and nationalism
Submission of proposals
Writing New Histories of Indigineity and Imperialism
Interdisciplinary Workshop
Canada Research Chair on Western Canadian Social History, University of Manitoba
21.–23.5.2008 — Winnipeg, MN (Canada)
The workshop welcomes research that deals with the many issues produced and shaped by North America's uneven experience of colonization, indigenous persistence and resistance and nation-building. While focused on the particular historical context of North America, the workshop is committed to transnational, comparative and connective analyses of indigineity and imperialism and encourages applications from scholars whose research and interests span continents and nations. Likewise the workshop welcomes researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, methodological approaches, and theoretical approaches including feminist, post-colonial, Marxist and post-modern perspectives.
Submission of proposals
Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean
International Conference
Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples, Latin American Studies Association Section (ERIP-LASA)
Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES)
Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California at San Diego (CILAS-UCSD)
22.–23.5.2008 — San Diego, CA (USA)
Panel and individual paper topics relating to all aspects of ethnicity, race relations, Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and other ethnic or racial groups in Latin America and the Caribbean are welcome. Scholars and practitioners in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in these areas of research are encouraged to participate.
Submission of proposals
Embodiment and Identity
SWIPUK Conference
Society for Women in Philosophy UK (SWIPUK)
Centre for Research into Embodied Subjectivity, Philosophy, and the Centre for Gender Studies, University of Hull
22.–23.5.2008 — Hull (UK)
The conference intends to focus particularly on gendered, cultural and racial identity, disability and identity, and identities reached by degrees of bodily modification. In each case attention will be paid to the role of social others in constituting the meaning and recognition bestowed on bodily physiognomies. The common assumption that such categories of identity are required for social participation, political agency and constructions of subjectivity, will be subjected to critical scrutiny.
Climate Change and Global Justice
Climate Policy as a Building Block for a Fair Globalisation and a Sustainable Fight against Poverty
Conference North South Dialogue
Protestant Academy Tutzing
InWEnt – Capacity Building International
Munich Re Foundation
23.–25.5.2008 — Tutzing (Germany)
A fair climate policy is the cornerstone of a fair globalisation and a sustainable poverty reduction. At the Tutzing conference we will enter into a dialogue with representatives from the South. On the one hand, the potential for development and strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change in the countries worst affected by its adverse impacts will be debated. On the other hand, consequences for the industrialised countries, which are largely responsible for human-induced climate change in the modern era, have to be put on the table. Climate justice may serve as the criterion to guide the debate regarding the next steps for climate policy in Germany and Europe.
Submission of papers
Right to Knowledge and Information in a Heterogenic Society
8th International Conference of Human Rights
Faculty of Law, University of Bari
Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warmia and Mazury
30.–31.5.2008 — Olsztyn (Poland)
  1. The right to knowledge as a basis for civil society
  2. Protection of information property
  3. Information vs. family, women, and marginalized people's rights. Forms of education and access to education issues
  4. Information as an instrument for protecting employees' rights
  5. Information as an instrument for protecting the human right to health and clean environment
  6. Society within knowledge-based economy
Die politische Aktualität von Jaspers' Weltphilosophie
Internationaler Workshop
Institut für Philosophie, Universität Oldenburg
30.–31.5.2008 — Oldenburg (Deutschland)
Im Workshop soll das Verständnis einer »Weltphilosophie« im Sinne von Jaspers im Hinblick auf sein Gesamtwerk herauszuarbeiten versucht werden. Jaspersforscher(innen) aus verschiedenen Ländern und Kulturen werden darüber sprechen, warum das Denken von Jaspers (a) in ihrem Land und Kulturkreis eine Resonanz gefunden hat und (b) warum sie es für wichtig erachten, dass Jaspers' Philosophie in Zukunft weltweit noch bekannter werden sollte. Sowohl historische und sozio-kulturell bedingte Ursachen für die Rezeption von Gedanken von Jaspers in verschiedenen Kulturräumen sollen diskutiert als auch historisch invariante Bedingungen und transkulturelle Gründe für das Interesse an seiner Philosophie erwogen werden.
Submission of proposals
The Individual and the Mass
7th International HASE Conference
Hellenic Association for the Study of English (HASE)
School of English, Aristotle University
30.5.–1.6.2008 — Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Individual and social subjectivities
  • Topographies of the private and the public
  • Mass media(tions) in culture
  • Group psychology
  • Changing social bonds
  • The role of religion in global re-alignments
  • Cosmopolitanism and nationalism
  • Homogeneity, heterogeneity, hegemony
  • The individual and the group in language learning
Submission of proposals
The Contextuality of Language and Culture
Linguistic and Literary Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language, Hermeneutics, Interpretation
International Conference
College of Humanities, Undergraduate School of Economics and Humanities
College THE TOP
30.5.–1.6.2008 — Kraków (Poland)
The main concern of the conference will be with a broadly understood context, without which language, literature and culture would not be capable of functioning.
Submission of proposals
Britishness, Identity and Citizenship
The View From Abroad
Interdisciplinary Conference
Centre for Constructions and Identity, University of Huddersfield
5.–6.6.2008 — Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (UK)
  • Philosophical considerations of post-colonial and post-imperial citizenship and identity
  • The historical legacy of empire: transnational constructions of Britishness
  • British Diasporas and the impact of dual citizenship on identity and governance
  • Representations of Britishness in non-British national media, education and culture
  • Contemporary debates on the value and legacy of Britishness across within the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth, Europe, United States and elsewhere
Submission of proposals
Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity
5th Penn-Leiden Colloquium on Ancient Values
University of Pennsylvania
University of Leiden
6.–8.6.2008 — Leiden (The Netherlands)
In classical antiquity, a variety of value terms articulate the idea that people ›belong together‹ or ›relate to each other‹ as a family, a group, a polis, a community, parts of the cosmos, or just as individual fellow human beings. Which values were thought relevant in this connection? How do these different conceptualizations function? What contexts do they belong in, what contexts do they create? And what effects do they generate, i.e. how do ideas about what we might call ›fellow-feeling‹, ›empathy‹, ›humanity‹, ›unity‹ and ›citizenship‹ work in Antiquity to make a group a group or to make people ›do the right thing by each other‹?
This colloquium will explore the different values, with their different perspectives, that ancient society found useful in thinking about belonging together, social cohesion and unity. This question is a highly relevant one in our contemporary society, in which the ›integration‹, ›adaptation‹, ›assimilation‹ and ›participation‹ of minority groups is a contested issue. What values are used to articulate what binds together our multicultural society? Or is that notion defunct?
Submission of proposals
New Worlds, New Sovereignties
Cross-community Interdisciplinary International Conference
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology, University of Melbourne
6.–9.6.2008 — Melbourne (Australia)
  • Indigenous concepts and practices of sovereignty
  • Historical genealogies of Western concepts of sovereignty
  • Limits and contradictions of sovereignty
  • Sovereign subjecthood – human rights, gender and the nation-state
  • Plural sovereignties: Natives, minorities, and the nation-state
  • Sovereignty and the new global order
  • Sovereignty, land and nation
  • Refugees, asylum seekers and national borders
  • Sovereignty and the internet
  • Sovereignty regained
Submission of proposals
Anti-Globalization / Counter Globalization
2008 Annual Institute on Culture and Society
Marxist Literary Group
University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
10.–15.6.2008 — Milwaukee, WI (USA)
Submission of essays
Collective Identities, Governance and Empowerment in Megacities
8th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality
Irmgard Coninx Foundation
Social Science Research Center Berlin
Humboldt University Berlin
11.–16.6.2008 — Berlin (Germany)
With particular focus on identity formation and issues relating to governance and civil empowerment, essays should address current urban developments found in large urban agglomerations unprecedented in size caused by demographic shifts and influences of the global economy. The competition's interest is to explore whether these new urban spaces do not only harbor undeniable risks for unrest, violence and warfare, but also possess the potential to create new civilizing arrangements.
Submission of proposals
Thinking (With)Out Borders
International Political Theory in the 21st Century
International Conference
University of St Andrews
12.–13.6.2008 — St Andrews, Scotland (UK)
  • Global constitutionalism
  • Refugees and migration
  • Global practices of violence
  • Human rights and responsibilities
  • Environment, technology and development
  • Friendship and hospitality
  • International political thought beyond the West
  • Imperialisms and empire
  • Globalization and global civil society
  • Democracy and peace
Submission of proposals
Philosophy and the Law in Africa
International Conference
Center for African Legal Studies
Department of Philosophy, University of Nigeria
12.–13.6.2008 — Nsukka (Nigeria)
  • Developing an African Concept of Law
  • African Philosophy and the Evolution of African Legal Thought
  • Philosophy in Legal Education
  • Gender, Law and Philosophy
  • Customary Law and Legal Reform
  • Ubuntu and the Law
  • Human Rights in Africa
  • The Concept of State
  • The Concept of Justice
  • Issues in Legal Pluralism
  • African Ideologies and the Law
  • The Concept of a Legal system
  • Law and Morality
  • Legislation and Culture
  • Adjudication and the Rule of Law
  • Indigenous Religions and the Law
  • African philosophy, ethics, customary law, and the major social challenges such as slavery, imperialism, globalization
Submission of proposals
Frontiers and Boundaries
Interdisciplinary Conference
Societas Magica
University of Waterloo
12.–15.6.2007 — Waterloo, ON (Canada)
  • Magical theologies
  • Magical epistemologies
  • Magical sciences
  • Magic and the law
  • Magic and the universities
  • Magic in art and literature
  • Magic, sanctity and inquisition
  • Magic and Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Paganism and new religious movements
Submission of proposals
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice
A Human Rights Conference
International Conference
Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University
12.–15.6.2008 — Vancouver, BC (Canada)
This event will address a range of issues associated with the regulation and experience of madness, and the conflicting roles of the ›psy‹ professions in contemporary society. Our objective is to provide a forum in which critical topics, issues and themes related to madness, citizenship, social justice and human rights can be explored across a range of intersecting positions and perspectives.
Submission of proposals
Global Conflict, Cooperation and Integration
8th International CISS Millennium Conference
Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section (CISS)
of the International Studies Association (ISA)
14.–16.6.2008 — Paris (France)
This conference proposes to consider the scope and nature of various traditional interstate and internal conflicts, as well as such challenges to the international community as: clashing ideological and religious perspectives, global terrorism, population pressures and the scarcity of key resources, environmental degradation, and the spread of disease. These factors have often resulted in egregious violations of human rights, sharp increases in poverty, and a sense of hopelessness among peoples. Further challenges and opportunities have been created by the emergence of an increasingly global economy and technological innovation that has transformed patterns of trade and investment.
Submission of proposals
Promotion of Human Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Caucasus and Central Asia
Youth Research Seminar on Intercultural Dialogue
International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues
15.–16.6.2008 — Baku (Azerbaijan)
  • Concepts and functions of Intercultural Dialogue that should be preserved and explored further
  • What is the main role of intercultural dialogue in youth work today?
  • What are the understandings of the role of the culture in intercultural learning theory and what are their possible drawbacks?
  • How explicit should intercultural dialogue be in youth trainings?
  • How to develop a critique of intercultural dialogue that is constructive and takes into account their potential for social transformation?
  • What is the articulation between intercultural dialogue, human rights education and social cohesion?
  • What should be done to ensure more regular cooperation between youth worker training activities and educational research in the area of intercultural learning and intercultural competence?
Collective Strength
Commissions to Communities and back
2008 Annual Conference
Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA)
Ontario Human Rights Commission
15.–17.6.2008 — Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (Canada)
  • Efforts to build inclusive schools
  • Housing as a human right
  • National security and human rights
  • Human rights for aboriginals
  • Barriers to accessing human rights for non-citizens
  • Advocacy and awareness using alternative media and technology
Submission of proposals
Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations
8th International Conference
Common Ground
17.–20.6.2008 — Montreal, QC (Canada)
  • Dimensions of Diversity
  • Governing Diversity – Community in a Globalising World
  • Representing Diversity – The Influences of Global Tourism and the Global Media
  • Learning Diversity – Education in a World of Difference
  • Working Diversity – Managing the Culture of Diversity
Submission of proposals
Buddhism and the Crises of Nation-States in Asia
International Workshop
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
19.–20.6.2008 — Singapore
  • Buddhist Polity Revisited
  • Buddhist Visions and Politics of Nation Building
  • Buddhist Fundamentalism and Nationalism
  • Militant and Socially-Engaged Monks and Nuns
  • The Politics of Buddhist Piety and Fragmentation
Submission of proposals
Philosophy as Therapeia
Perspectives from India and Europe
2008 Symposium
Royal Institute of Philosophy, University of Liverpool
19.–21.6.2008 — Liverpool (UK)
  • What are the »illnesses« that afflict ourselves as subjects, to which philosophy might be cathartic?
  • What is the content of the medical analogy? Is the medicine a curative, a tonic, or a prophylactic?
  • Why do both Sextus Empiricus and the Buddha regard the medicine that is philosophy to be an emetic, purging itself as well as the disease?
  • What is the role of the sage or wise person, for example Yajñavalkya in the Upanisads or the Stoic Sage?
  • What is the relation between philosophy as treatment and »indirect communication« (Kierkegaard)?
Submission of proposals
Aquinas and the Arabs
Medieval Arabic/Islamic and Jewish Philosophy and their Influence on Medieval Philosophy and Theology in the European West
International Conference
Department of Philosophy, Marquette University
20.–21.6.2008 — Milwaukee, WI (USA)
  • Arabic/Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
  • Medieval Latin Philosophy and Theology
  • Particular Influences and/or Parallel Philosophical Developments
Diaspora and Cosmopolitanism
International Conference
University of Wisconsin-Madison
20.–21.6.2008 — Madison, WI (USA)
  • Diasporan, cosmopolitan, and postcolonial theory
  • Cosmopolitanism, globalization, and universalism
  • Diaspora and identity politics
  • Traumatic diaspora (and »curative« cosmopolitanism)
  • Diaspora and nationalism
  • Diaspora and postcolonies
  • Cosmopolitan modernisms
  • Pre-modern and modern diaspora
  • Diaspora and the environment
  • Cosmopolitanism and the environment
  • Marxism and cosmopolitanism
  • The slave diaspora
  • The cosmopolitan slave
  • Migrancy in former metropoles
  • Cosmopolitan Enlightenments
  • Cosmopolitanism and postcolonial »vulgarity«
  • Diaspora studies and history
  • Diaspora and translation
  • Cosmopolitanism and translation
  • Diasporan literatures and arts
  • Cosmopolitan authorship and »migrant« literature
  • Cosmopolitan bodies and texts
  • Diaspora and postcolonial memory
  • Colonial vs. postcolonial diaspora
Submission of papers
ICTs Bridging Cultures?
Theories, Obstacles, Best Practices
6th International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication (CATaC08)
Université de Nîmes
24.–27.6.2008 — Nîmes (France)
  • Language as a core issue in cultural diversity with IT: are languages shaping a new IT world?
  • CMC as fostering and/or threatening cultural diversity
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to analyzing »culture« and its impact on the use and implementation of ICTs
  • ICTs in the francophone world, including: influences of francophone usages globally and cross-cultural comparisons
  • Beyond glocalization and homogenization: new mixtures of identities and cultures as facilitated by ICTs
  • Empowerment and CMC, including issues of gender, languages and power (economic, political, social)
  • Values, ethics, justice, and ICTS
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity and e-learning
Submission of proposals
Religion, Faith, Spirituality
Past, Present and Future
Interdisciplinary and International Postgraduate Conference
College of Arts and Humanities, Bangor University
25.–26.6.2008 — Bangor, Wales (UK)
islamophobia · fundamentalism · clash of civilisations · environmentalism · globalisation · war · terrorism · evolution · genocide · creationism · ancient and new religions · cults · new age beliefs · science fiction · photography · performance · popular culture · film · media · literature · drama · art · creative writing · poetry · music · race · gender · ethnicity · class · politics · ideology · patriarchy · ethics morality and rhetoric
Submission of proposals
The Culture of Reconstruction
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Aftermath of Crisis
International Conference
Post-Conflict and Post-Crisis Group, Cambridge University
25.–27.6.2008 — Cambridge (UK)
  • accountability and stakeholders
  • the politics of space and security
  • identity, religion and heritage
  • mourning and memorialisation
  • ownership and capacity building
  • governing affect: truth, guilt and legitimacy
  • media
Submission of proposals
Questioning Cosmopolitanism
2nd Biennial Conference
International Global Ethics Association
26.–28.6.2008 — Melbourne (Australia)
  • The global environment
  • Identity politics
  • Multiculturalism
  • Religion and »the clash of civilizations«
  • Globalization
  • Global justice
  • Immigration and refugee policy
  • Human rights and responsibilities
  • Global poverty and wealth
  • War, armed conflict and terrorism
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • The moral status of nation-states and of sovereignty
  • The ethics of world governance
  • International non-government organizations
  • The responsibilities of transnational business corporations
  • Economic development ethics
  • The ethics of missionary activity
  • Cultural rights and the concept of a »people«
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Pacifism and non-violent international relations
Submission of proposals
Civilizations in the Americas and around the World
Past, Present, and Future
Exploring Multiculturalism in Globalizing Civilizations
47th ISCSC World Conference
International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC)
University of New Brunswick
26.–28.6.2008 — Saint John, NB (Canada)
  • Civilizations of the Americas
  • Asian, Islamic, African, and European Civilization Topics
  • General Topics
World Governance
Do We Need It, Is It Possible, What Could It (All) Mean?
10th International Conference
Internatinal Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS)
Serbian Philosophical Society
University of Belgrade
27.–29.6.2008 — Belgrade (Serbia)
In the age of globalization, and increased interdependence in the world that we face today, there is a question we have to raise: Do we need and could we attain a world government, capable of insuring the peace and facilitating worldwide well-being in a just and efficient way. We think this is the right point in time to explore this issue in more precise terms from the philosophical point of view, and attempt to understand its moral, legal, political, historical and other aspects.
Submission of proposals
Nationalism and Human Rights
Interdisciplinary Conference
IPSA Human Rights Research Committee
Human Rights Law Research Center, Istanbul Bilgi University
27.–29.6.2008 — Istanbul (Turkey)
The rise of nationalism and international recognition of human rights have overlapping histories and cultural baggage. One is often used to justify the other, and the recognition of national identities and peoples' right to right to self-determination are treated as prerequisites of the enjoyment of other rights. Nationalism, however, can also function as a discriminatory and repressive force and undermine human rights. Papers that examine the relationship between nationalism and human rights, with a focus on normative questions, social scientific theories, legal foundations and implications, or historical or contemporary case studies are all welcome.
Submission of papers
Right to Knowledge and Information in a Heterogenic Society
8th International Conference of Human Rights
Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warmia and Mazury
Faculty of Law, University of Bari
30.–31.5.2008 — Olsztyn (Poland)
  1. The right to knowledge as a basis for civil society
  2. Protection of information property
  3. Information vs. family, women, and marginalized people's rights. Forms of education and access to education issues
  4. Information as an instrument for protecting employees' rights
  5. Information as an instrument for protecting the human right to health and clean environment
  6. Society within knowledge-based economy
Submission of proposals
Nationalism, Ethnicity and Citizenship
Whose Citizens? Whose Rights?
International Conference
Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey
30.6.–1.7.2008 — Guildford (UK)
  • Conceptualising citizenship in ethnically diverse societies
  • Comparisons of old and new forms of citizenship
  • Political versus civic engagement and participation
  • Incorporating marginalised groups into democratic processes
  • The concepts of intercultural, multicultural and cosmopolitan citizenship
  • Citizenship and religion
  • Citizenship and migrants
  • The role of civic/citizenship education in multicultural societies
  • National citizenship and universal human rights
  • Ethnic conflict regulation and the roles of international actors
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