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September 2014

21 (ICD) Institute for cultural diplomacy: Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Francophone Region "The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in the Francophone Region"

Sponsor: Institute for cultural diplomacy

Dates: September 21, 2014-September 23, 2014

Location: Paris, France

Website: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_iscd_2014_fr

Conference Description: 

Following the Second World War, the transformations that ushered in a new era for Francophone countries with the immeasurable task of rebuilding cities, cultures, and societies, demonstrated a unique and unparalleled political experiment with important lessons to impart to the rest of the world. While France has maintained its commitment to the stability of the Francophone Region, for the members who not only share a common language, but embody the active solidarity of common values, and more importantly, the common goal of securing a harmonious future, there is still a constant need to use the diverse and modern tools and instruments available in order to maintain and further develop a successful regional cooperation.

In addition, while economic policies are at the top of everyone’s concern, increasingly divergent views on issues such as military engagement and on the very nature of supranational governance, threaten to divide the region, testing the commitment of the member countries. It is obvious that a greater reliance on a culture-based brand of diplomacy is in no way a magic bullet for answering the complex problems affecting the world, but will certainly go a long way toward furthering Francophone understandings of one another and, in turn, resolve some of the critical challenges to fostering a sustainable and peaceful regional cooperation.

The conference will take place over a two-day period in Paris and will be held in the French Senate. The conference is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of La Francophone and the role Cultural Diplomacy can play in uniting the Francophone countries today.

25 Proposal deadline, (AI) Ashburn Institute: The New World Order: Dangers and Opportunities for Transatlantic Relationship

Sponsor: Ashburn Institute

Dates: November 14, 2014-November 15, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: September 25, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014

Location: Charleston, SC, SC, United States

Website: http://www.ashburninstitute.org/?q=content/graduate-student-conference

Conference Description: 

The Ashburn Institute, an independent NGO committed to the promotion of democracy and international peace, and the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston, will hold a graduate student conference on the topic of ’The New World Order: Dangers and Opportunities for Transatlantic Relationship.’

Since the Cold War ended, many students of international relations and policymakers looked optimistically into the future of the new world free of major international conflicts. The ideological battle between east and west seemed to be over, the European Union opened its membership to post-Communist states, and NATO expanded into parts of Eastern Europe that used belonged to the Soviet “sphere of influence.”

Over the last several years Europe has witnessed territorial conflicts which appeared to have been resolved in the aftermath of WWII. The annexation of territories of Georgia and Ukraine by Russia challenges the established European and global political order. The military conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008 and the most recent Russian annexation of Crimea raises questions about the return of Cold War rivalries between east and west.

Some commentators have argued that by moving too far into its sphere of influence, the West antagonized Russia. Russian policy makers expressed concern that the incorporation into NATO of the Baltic states and other former Soviet satellites created a security threat for the Russian state giving the impression that post-Cold War order was built against Russia. Meanwhile, the US-Russia relations also suffered a setback since the attempt to push the “reset button” by the US and Russian presidents in 2009.

The conference’s goal is to examine the recent challenges to the international order. We call for papers from graduate students (doctoral and master’s) who are interested in addressing the following questions:

Is the post-WWII international order in danger? What are the sources of its instability? What are the consequences of redrawing international borders for stability in Europe? Does Russian foreign policy constitute a threat to European countries? Is nationalism in Europe on the rise and does it create a challenge for European stability? What is the role of the United States and the European Union for maintaining international order? Does economic interdependence still hold Europe together keeping the continent from war or does it create a challenge of contagion and potential for conflict?

The program committee will select approximately 20 papers for inclusion in the conference; about half of the participants will come from each side of the Atlantic. The Ashburn Institute will cover the costs of travel (including international travel) and lodging for all graduate students. The College of Charleston will provide the venue for the panels. In addition, the strongest papers will be selected for inclusion in an edited conference volume.

The conference will consist of two full days of panel sessions on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th, and will conclude with a keynote address. Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday, November 13th, and depart on Sunday, November 15th.

26 Hellenic African Studies Network and Sciences-Po Bordeaux: The European Union and Africa: The Interregional Dynamics

Sponsor: Hellenic African Studies Network and Sciences-Po Bordeaux

Dates: September 26, 2014-September 28, 2014

Location: Athens, Greece

Website: http://hellenicafricanstudies.wordpress.com

Conference Description: 

CALL FOR PAPERS

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP

The European Union and Africa:
The Interregional Dynamics

Athens, Greece, 26-28 September 2014

Scientific Committee
Prof. Maurizio Carbone, University of Glasgow, UK
Prof. Tony Chafer, University of Portsmouth, UK
Prof. Daniel Compagnon, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France
Prof. Robert Kappel, GIGA, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Prof. Gorm Rye Olsen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Prof. Daniella Sicurelli, University of Trento, Italy
Prof. Ian Taylor, University of St. Andrews, UK


All papers should be original and submitted for circulation to conference participants in advance. The best papers will be included in a collective volume to be published by a renowned international publisher.

Conference Topics
The outcome of 4th EU-Africa Summit, which took place in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014, is bound to influence the way Africa-EU affairs will develop in the years to come. A Roadmap 2014-2017 was adopted to revamp the Joint Africa-EU Strategy as the strategic political reference for bilateral relations. Undoubtedly a lot has changed since the 3rd Summit held in Libya in November 2010. Many an African country have been experiencing rapid economic growth with democratic governance on the rise, while Europe is coming out a damaging financial and banking crisis, which has also revealed deep political and institutional rifts and divisions. Against this background, the Workshop seeks to bring together scholars and researchers from relevant disciplines (political science, international relations, law, economics, sociology, etc.) to discuss from both an African and a European perspective a broad range of topics on the challenges, the dynamics, the problems and the prospects of the ever developing EU-Africa relationship. Although papers can be proposed on all aspects of the relationship (politics and security, trade and aid) - always focusing on the interregional level, preference will be given to discussion of the following topics and themes:

1. The contemporary status of the relationship: a post-post colonial relationship or a more equitable partnership?
2. The current EU foreign policy architecture and its relevance to relations with Africa.
3. The African Peace and Security Architecture (ASPA) and the role of the EU.
4. The EU and the African Union: contributor, facilitator or strategic partner?
5. The EU and regional integration in Africa,
6. The building stocks of the Africa-EU dialogue including the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, the Pan-African Programme and the European Neighbourhood Policy.
7. EU Development Assistance to Africa.
8. EU and African contributions to the MDGs and the global development agenda beyond 2015.
9. The Economic Partnership Agreements and the future of EU-African trade relations.
10. The EU Common Agricultural Policy and African agriculture.

Keynote speaker: Professor Daniel Bach, Sciences Po Bordeaux

28 (APSA2014) Australian Political Studies Association: Australian Political Studies Association annual meeting, Sydney 2014

Sponsor: Australian Political Studies Association

Dates: September 28, 2014-October 01, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: March 01, 2014

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Website: http://www.apsa2014.org

Conference Description: 

CALL FOR PAPER AND PANEL PROPOSALS

What: Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference
When: Sunday 28 September to Wednesday 1 October 2014
Where: University of Sydney, Australia
Conference theme: Elections, democracies and autocracies
Details: www.apsa2014.org
Deadlines: Proposals must be uploaded online by 1st March 2014.

The annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association will meet from Sunday 28th September to Wednesday 1st October 2014 at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Call for Panel and Paper Proposals

The association welcomes paper and panel proposals falling within any area or sub-field within the discipline of political studies, broadly defined. This includes: International Relations, Public Policy, Australian and Indigenous politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Environmental Politics, Thematic stream: Elections, democracy and autocracy, Open stream.

Conference theme: Elections, democracies, and autocracies

In addition, the organizers encourage submissions addressing the main conference theme of ‘Elections, democracies and autocracies’ from multiple disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Pre-APSA Workshops Sunday 28th September

Several thematic workshops held the day before the main conference are designed to bring together scholars presenting research papers around a common topic. Workshops include a graduate student workshop; The legal regulation of political parties; Electoral integrity in Asia-Pacific; Comparative immigration policy and politics; and, The future of environmental movements.

Submission Deadline: 1st March 2014
Contributors are invited to go online to the conference website, www.apsa2014.org by the deadline of 5pm (AEDT) 1st March 2014, to submit a proposal.

More details are available at: www.apsa2014.org

Queries should be sent to the conference assistant: [email protected]

Conference Conveners: Pippa Norris (University of Sydney and Harvard University) and Richard W. Frank (University of Sydney)

30 Proposal deadline, (AACPCS) Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies: A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives International Conference

Sponsor: Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies

Dates: February 02, 2015-February 03, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: January 18, 2015

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

When the people and their political leaders overthrew communist party rule in the countries of former communist Eastern Europe they were led by a strong desire to eliminate the ideological, political, economic and socio-cultural divisions that separated the West and East in Europe and the world. The following quarter century of post-communist reforms, an extended accession process and the integration of eleven post-communist countries into the enlarged European Union (EU) have successfully eliminated many European Cold-War divisions. Yet, the political and socio-economic transformations of post-communist states are still on-going. The differences between the ‘old’ western and ‘new’ eastern members of the EU are still remarkable in regards to both economic development and many socio-cultural norms and values. Moreover, new differences have emerged between the EU and non-EU post-communist states in many respects; those related to the tumultuous developments in Ukraine and the sinking of most post-Soviet states into authoritarianism being the most visible among them.


The conference organizers welcome papers which examine developments in the countries of post-communist Europe and post-Soviet region from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to: sociology, political science, EU studies, economics, history, languages and cultural studies. Scholars who provide new theoretical and/or empirical insights into the events and developments from the communist and pre-communist past of these countries are also strongly encouraged to submit abstracts and present their papers at the conference.

Please, submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to the conference coordinator or organizers listed below by 30 September 2014. The organizers expect to inform participants of the acceptance of their papers by 10 October 2014. Conference organizers expect to secure a guest-edited issue of an international peer-reviewed journal. Conference participants will be invited after the conference to submit an extended and enhanced version of their papers for possible publication in this Issue.
For any further information please contact one of the conference organizers:

Dr Milenko Petrovic ([email protected] )
Senior Lecturer and Conference Coordinator
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies and National Centre for Research on Europe
Associate Professor Dr Evgeny Pavlov, ([email protected])
Deputy Co-Head
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union Studies
Associate Professor Dr Natalia Chaban ([email protected])
Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Identity and Co-Head
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union Studies
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

30 Proposal deadline, Medieval Institute: International Congress on Medieval Studies

Sponsor: Medieval Institute

Dates: May 08, 2015-May 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 08, 2015

Location: Kalamazoo, Mi, United States

Website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval

Conference Description: 

Call for papers for two sessions on The Medieval Tradition of Natural Law. Session 1-Papers in Honour of Cary J. Nederman’s Contributions to the Study of Natural Law in Medieval Political Philosophy. Session 2- Natural Law and Moral Philosophy
Proposals should be sent to Harvey Brown, Dept. of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont., Canada
[email protected]

30 Proposal deadline, Hertie School of Governance: Political Economy of International Organizations (PEIO) VIII

Sponsor: Hertie School of Governance

Dates: February 12, 2015-February 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Location: Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.peio.me

Conference Description: 

Submissions are invited for the eighth annual conference on the political economy of international organizations, to be held at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany, on February 12-14, 2015. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have as yet received less attention in the academic literature.

Submission of Papers
Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Please submit full papers to [email protected] The deadline for submission is 30 September, 2014. Decisions will be made by 31 October, 2014. The special issue of the Review of International Organizations will focus on Developing Countries and International Organizations, edited by Eric Werker (Harvard University). Submission to the conference does not require submitting to the special issue.

Conference Format, Attendance, and Registration The number of participants will be limited to about 70 to allow for in-depth discussion of each paper. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the entire conference. There is no registration or conference fee. Travel and accommodation are at the expense of participants.

Conference Venue: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany. Berlin has several airports which are roughly equidistant from downtown Berlin.

Conference Website: www.peio.me

Program committee
Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich)
Lawrence Broz (UC-San Diego)
Renee Bowen (Stanford)
Chad Bown (World Bank)
Axel Dreher (Heidelberg)
Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School)
Simon Hug (Geneva)
Mark Kayser (Hertie School)
Christopher Kilby (Villanova)
Stephen Knack (World Bank)
Katharina Michaelowa (Zurich)
Helen Milner (Princeton)
Daniel Nielson (Brigham Young)
Peter Rosendorff (NYU)
Randall Stone (Rochester)
Michael Tierney (William and Mary)
James Vreeland (Georgetown)
Eric Werker (Harvard)


We look forward to your submission.

October 2014

01 Proposal deadline, (RGCA) Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs: Progress or Posturing? Examining the Progress of United Nations Millennium Development Goals

Sponsor: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

Dates: March 12, 2015-March 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 01, 2014

Location: Middlebury, Vermont, United States

Website: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/rcga/international-conference

Conference Description: 

This conference critically examines the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which were designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015, thereby improving the lives of the world’s poorest. The eight goals were proclaimed and ratified in September 2000, and later by all of the 189 states then in existence and by 23 international organizations. The MDGs set time-bound measurable targets: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equity and empower women; reduce child mortality and improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. The 2015 deadline is quickly approaching and it is time to evaluate the successes/failures on the MDGs and the transition to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the fifteen years since the establishment of the Millennium endeavor, progress on the eight goals has been uneven. Some countries, such as Brazil, have achieved many of these goals while others such as Benin have realized none. This conference will explore why some countries have been more successful than others in achieving some or all of the goals.

Progress or Posturing will be held at Middlebury College. It will offer a critical assessment of the MDGs by building upon existing scholarship to offer new insights into the Millennium endeavor. Were the MDGs unrealistic? What are the constitutive problems with the MDGs? Were the goals too opaque? Were they poorly defined? Who benefits the most from the MDGs? Whose voices were prioritized in setting the MDGs, whose voices ignored? How is progress measured and by whom? Do the MDGs resuscitate liberal humanism for the 21st century? Do “empower women,” and “development” simply serve as alibis for a new form of western imperialism?

We have identified five major themes around which the conference will be organized: health, education, environment, gender, and global partnership. We invite papers that broadly address the questions outlined above with specific reference to these themes. Since we recognize that the level of success or failure of each of these themes varies spatially, we encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and locations. We are especially interested in presentations that address these topics in specific settings across the non-western world.

Those interested in presenting at the conference should send an abstract (no more than 250 words) by October 1, to the organizers below.

Funds are available to support travel and lodging of all participants.


Organizers:

Tamar Mayer, Professor of Geography, Director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs [email protected]
Robert E. Prasch, Professor, Economics [email protected]
Sarah Stroup, Assistant Professor, Political Science, [email protected]
Tara Affolter, Assistant Professor, Education Studies [email protected]
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies [email protected]

01 Proposal deadline, (UAA) Urban Affairs Association: 45th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference (2015) – Miami

Sponsor: Urban Affairs Association

Dates: April 08, 2015-April 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015

Location: Miami, Florida, United States

Website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/

Conference Description: 

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service/nonprofit professionals, will be hosting its 45th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida in the spring of 2015. This year’s conference theme is: “Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City”. However, in keeping with its tradition, UAA also encourages proposals that focus on an array of research topics. For a complete listing of these topics please visit UAA’s website. Some notable highlights for the 45th Annual UAA Conference include a Special Conference Track on Urban Health, a Special Conference Track on Geopolitics in Latin America, a series of Graduate Student Workshops (ex: The Dissertation Process, Getting Your First Job-Academic and Non-Academic, Publishing), and a Workshop on Urban Education Policy Advocacy.

03 Proposal deadline, University of Warwick: New Directions in International Political Economy

Sponsor: University of Warwick

Dates: May 13, 2015-May 15, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 03, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 01, 2015

Location: Coventry, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/ipeconference

Conference Description: 

CALL FOR PAPERS:
The organizers invite proposals for two types of short papers (3,000–4,000 words in length) based on the conference section themes: 1) theory notes; 2) research notes.

Please submit a paper proposal with a 300-word abstract, author details, institutional affiliation, and section theme to ipeconference@[email protected]

CONFERENCE THEMES:
1: The changing geography of International Political Economy
2: Global development and International Political Economy
3: Gender in International Political Economy
4: Everyday and Cultural Political Economy
5: New actors and networks in International Political Economy

THEORY NOTES:
Theory notes should make a straightforward intervention in an ongoing theoretical or conceptual debate or dilemma that speaks directly to one of the conference section themes on New Directions in IPE. Theory notes should make an important and compelling argument about theoretical innovation and theory development in IPE, and should demonstrate the relevance to empirical research and how this advances the ‘state of the art’ in the field.

RESEARCH NOTES:
Research notes should make a novel and focused contribution to empirical knowledge that speaks directly to one of the conference section themes on New Directions in IPE. Research notes should include preliminary empirical findings that demonstrate the importance and novelty of the research, as well as their relevance to important theoretical or empirical discussions in the field.

09 College of Wooster: Mentoring Conference for New Research on Gender in Political Psychology

Sponsor: College of Wooster

Dates: October 09, 2014-October 12, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: May 01, 2014

Location: Wooster, OH, United States

Website: http://genderandpolipsych.com/

Conference Description: 

This mentoring conference aims to achieve the goal of young female scholars studying political psychology to receive mentoring and to create an ’intentional networks’ of scholars. Such networks should work to keep female scholars from leaving academia through the ‘leaky pipeline,’ which remains a problem for the field of political science in particular and academia more generally.

09 (CSI) African American Studies Program at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island: First Annual African and African Diaspora Studies Conference

Sponsor: African American Studies Program at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Dates: October 09, 2014-October 10, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: June 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 08, 2014

Location: 2800 Victory Boulevard, New York, United States

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

First Annual African and African Diaspora Studies Conference

Full name / Name of organization:
The African American Studies Program at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island

Contact email:
[email protected]

The African American Studies Program (soon to be African and African Diaspora Studies Program) at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island announces its First Annual AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES CONFERENCE to be held October 9-10, 2014 at the CUNY/College of Staten Island Campus.

This inaugural conference aims to explore the current state of African and African Diaspora Studies. We invite papers presenting emerging research related to African and African Diaspora Studies from all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Proposals for individual papers and pre-formed panels will be accepted from academic and independent scholars, advanced graduate students and community leaders.

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts/Proposals: June 30, 2014.

Please submit abstracts/proposals electronically to [email protected] (and copy [email protected]).
For individual papers, please provide a clear and useful title for your paper, an abstract describing the paper (250-500 words) and a one-page CV. For pre-formed panels, please provide a clear description of the panel and its goals, the titles of individual papers, appropriate abstracts for the papers, and a one-page CV for each participant.

In the subject line of the email, please include the relevant discipline (eg. African Studies, African American Studies, Africana Studies, Caribbean Studies, Criminal Justice, History, International Relations, Literature, Media Culture, Political Science, Psychology, Social Works, Sociology, etc OR Inter-disciplinary) and a short (1-5 word) title for your paper or panel. Be certain to include the full name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address for each presenter. Finally, please indicate whether you will need any audio-visual equipment to present your work.

Complete papers will be requested for review on or before September 08, 2014.
Selected Conference papers will be peer-reviewed and published in one or two edited volumes.

Upon acceptance of abstracts, participants are expected to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $ 100 ($ 50 for students with proof of current school ID). The registration fee can be paid by check, Postal/Bank Monet Order, Western Union or MoneyGram (drawn in US dollars), payable to African American Studies Program, CUNY/College of Staten Island.

Send payment to:
Conference Committee
African American Studies Program
The College of Staten Island/CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, 2N-213
Staten Island, New York 10314

10 Proposal deadline, Council for European Studies: 2015 International Conference of Europeanists in Paris - Call for Proposals

Sponsor: Council for European Studies

Dates: July 08, 2015-July 10, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 10, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015

Location: 27 Rue Saint-Guillaume, France

Website: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

Conference Description: 

The Council for European Studies (CES) calls for proposals for its 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, taking place on July 8-10, 2015 at Sciences Po in Paris, France. This time, the conference is organized around the theme ’ Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures .’

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome.

Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014.
For more information, please visit our website: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

15 Proposal deadline, (LCSP) University of Paris Diderot and York University: Radical Democracy and Utopia Conference

Sponsor: University of Paris Diderot and York University

Dates: April 16, 2015-April 17, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 15, 2014

Location: Paris, France

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

Through the struggle against existing forms of domination, oppression, and exploitation, utopia and radical democracy ensure that deterritorialized, marginalized, or minoritairian populations can appear and express themselves. They create communities that reconfigure the possible, the sayable, and the doable. Yet such similarities in terms of methods, hope, and landscapes must not conceal the real differences between them.

Indeed, utopia and radical democracy refer to two different forms of experimentation of the possible. In the case of radical democracy, the goal is to extend and intensify the power of the demos. By constituting the public sphere as a stage of conflict that carries with it tumultuous ruptures, vehicles of deterritorialization and minoritarian becomings, radical democracy reveals the triple emergence of a subject and of a politics of “anybody and everybody”, of an equality without prerequisites, and of an improper distribution that cannot be integrated into the consensual order.

In light of this, how can we think through the irruption of the subject of “anybody and everybody” as well as its strategic horizons, its organizational forms, and actions? Moreover, how can we think about the political organization of equality without prerequisites, its institutionalization (lottery, direct democracy, games of contingency), and the problems related to the power of the Many.

Utopia invites us to imagine the various possible arrangements of unprecedented communities. By outlining the full temporal spectrum of the possible, utopia reinvents social practices, architectural, and technological spaces, forms of social critique, decision-making procedures, social interactions, and the relationship to nature. Utopian projects cannot be reduced to “models” that need to be imitated or “ideals” that need to be applied. They seek instead to create new configurations of space, new societies, and new political subjects within a capitalist universe that tends to restrict and keep under surveillance the boundaries of the possible.

Throughout the conference, we wish to remain attentive to the concrete manifestations of utopia and radical democracy “in action”, to the experiences themselves, to the possibilities and the experimentation of communities as well as to their theoretical constructions and justifications. To paraphrase Derrida, would it not be necessary to think together two different emancipatory promises, – utopian and democratic -, which rally our capacity to search for intersections in their respective paths and to establish mutual sharing within the very moment of their divergence? For example, could radical democracy articulate an egalitarian critique of the utopian tendencies toward planning, hierarchy, and technocracy? Could utopia bring an innovating boldness to the possible forms of organization of radical democracy that run the risk of betraying its intentions? By critically engaging the debate through the specific forces of each concept, as well as their reciprocal tensions, we hope that the conference will serve to expand the frontiers of each and understand more audaciously a form of politics that is dissensual, creative, egalitarian, and radical.

Papers can be delivered in French or in English.

17 (APLS) Association for Politics and the Life Sciences: 32nd Annual Conference

Sponsor: Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

Dates: October 17, 2014-October 18, 2014

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Website: http://aplsnet.org/conference.html

Conference Description: 

This year’s theme is “Life Sciences and Public Policy.” Advances in the life sciences have raised questions in a wide range of policy areas such as biosecurity, medicine, the environment, mental health, cognitive enhancement, child development, criminal responsibility, and the ethics and regulation of emerging discoveries. Theme panels and presentations relevant to public policy, political behavior, and ethics are encouraged, although any topic related to biopolitics is welcome.

17 (PSAI) Political Studies Association of Ireland: Continuity and Change: Celebrating thirty years of the PSAI

Sponsor: Political Studies Association of Ireland

Dates: October 17, 2014-October 19, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: June 06, 2014

Location: Salthill, Galway, Ireland

Website: http://psai2014.wordpress.com

Conference Description: 

On the thirtieth anniversary of its founding, the PSAI returns to Galway, the site of its first annual conference in 1984. In this anniversary year we particularly welcome papers that address the conference theme of ’Continuity and Change’ and deal with temporal aspects of the political;including processes, institutions or mechanisms of political change as well as forces for continuity. In addition, paper and panel proposals are welcome in all areas of politics and international relations, and not just those with an Irish dimension.
This can include (but is not confined to):-

? Political theory and philosophy
? Political parties and elections
? Government, Governance, regulation and policy making
? Peace and conflict studies
? International Relations
? Local government and administration
? Political communication
? Political History
? Political Economy
? Politics and the Law
? Teaching and Learning for political science.

>Procedures for Submitting a Proposal
Please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words to: [email protected] or
[email protected]
This abstract should be submitted as a word attachment and include: (1)the title of your paper; (2) your institutional affiliation; (3) your professional status ? whether academic, doctoral student, independent scholar/other; (4) your contact details, including your email.
Before submitting your proposal please consider assembling a panel. You can do this by bringing together other potential panelists yourself, or by contacting the appropriate PSAI specialist group (see www.psai.ie). Panel proposals must include abstracts and contact details for each paper.

23 (AMU) Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland: Theoretical Schools and Methodological Approaches in Contemporary European Political Science. A Comparative Perspective

Sponsor: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland

Dates: October 23, 2014-October 24, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: May 31, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2014

Location: Pozna?, Poland

Website: http://politicalphilosophy.amu.edu.pl/conference2014

Conference Description: 

Keynote Speaker
Professor Quentin Skinner
Queen Mary, University of London

Department of Political Philosophy, Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?, invites for the international conference on theoretical schools and methodological approaches in contemporary political science. The multiplicity of perspectives in political science is a great value, but at the same time – a challenge for political scientists. On the one hand they have at their disposal a vast array of theoretical instruments that allow the comprehensive analysis of political phenomena and processes but, on the other hand, they approach a problem of integrating knowledge these analyses produce.

The aim of the conference is to indicate differences and similarities between distinct theoretical traditions and practices of European political science. It should allow to undertake a close dialogue between representatives of different approaches and, as a result, to produce the more unified, yet still diverse knowledge about politics. The conference is a part of a research project ‘Basic literature of the discipline and the state of contemporary political science. Political science, Politische Wissenschaft and politologija in comparative perspective’. Therfore one of the main focus of the conference will be a comparison between British, German and Russian scientific reflection on politics.

Conference topics include:
- national traditions, history and development of political science in the European countries;
- history and development of theoretical schools in political science;
- quantitative and qualitative research;
- life sciences and political science;
- political science and other social sciences;
- role of theory in political science;
- interpretivism in political science;
- political science and politics;
- political science and ideology;
- political thought research in political science;
- new theories in the 21st century political science.

Keynote speech will be presented by Quentin Skinner, one of the founders of ‘Cambridge School’ in history of political thought, professor of Queen Mary, University of London.

The conference will be held on October 23-24, 2014 at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Pozna?, Poland.

We invite methodologists, political theorists, philosophers of science and researchers in political thought and philosophy to participate and offer proposals for 20-minute papers.

Submissions & conference fee
Submission form will be open until May 31st, 2014. Conference fee is 400 PLN (about 100 EUR).

Languages
The languages of the conference will be Polish and English.

29 (EMU) Eastern Mediterranean University: ICOINE 2014

Sponsor: Eastern Mediterranean University

Dates: October 29, 2014-October 31, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: September 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 01, 2014

Location: AS Hotel, Milano, Italy

Website: http://icoine2014.org/

Conference Description: 

The main goal of this conference is to present and discuss new trends in interdisciplinary in education. ICOINE - 2014 conference is supported by many universities and organizations. ICOINE - 2014 has already formed a large, multi-national and friendly community of colleagues who love to share ideas. ICOINE - 2014 invites you to submit proposals for papers, panels, best practices, round tables, posters/demonstrations and workshops. The proceedings book will be published in e-book format after conference. Participants will be able to reach and download e-book from www.icoine2014.org web site.

30 Proposal deadline, (SPPIA- VIU) Virginia International University: Inagural Conference on International Development

Sponsor: Virginia International University

Dates: March 19, 2015-March 21, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 01, 2015

Location: 4401 Village Drive, VA, United States

Website: http://www.viu.edu/spia/CID

Conference Description: 

The Conference on International Development (CID) seeks to explore the latest ideas and innovations in international development and capture new conceptual debates, learned lessons, and best practices in the field. The question of how developmental strategies have changed – and are likely to change in the near future – are especially relevant at this moment as the United Nations is in the process of crafting its post 2015 goals and agenda and as the sector faces increasing challenges, from shrinking budgets to increasing global insecurity. Within this context, the CID’s goal of analyzing recent trends, identifying emerging approaches, and proposing new solutions is even more pressing and urgent.
The conference will provide a forum for dialogue and the exchange of ideas and expertise between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and will expand the discourse and collaboration between the academic and policy domains. It will aim to contribute to the larger discussion on topics of international development as well as the process of designing programs for the future.


The thematic areas include but are not restricted to:

1. The Future of Economic Development
2. Transforming Institutions and Government, Conflict and Peacebuilding
3. New Actors and Surprising Strategies
4. Youth, Gender Issues and Public Health
5. Education

30 (RSA) Regional Studies Assocation: RSA Early Career Conference in conjunction with Regional Studies, Regional Science Open Access Journal

Sponsor: Regional Studies Assocation

Dates: October 30, 2014-October 31, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: August 29, 2014

Registration Deadline: August 29, 2014

Location: 219 Portobello, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-early-career-conference-2014

Conference Description: 

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers* to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.

Conference Themes:

Urban & Regional Development & Policy
New Challenges in Urban Planning
New Economic Geography
Big Data & Regions
Climate Change & Sustainability
Urban & Regional Governance
Politics & Territory
Innovation & Knowledge
Mega-regions
City Regions
Regional Mapping & Visualisation
Clusters & Smart Specialisation
Labour Markets & Migration
Spatial Justice

31 Harvard University: Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Sponsor: Harvard University

Dates: October 31, 2014-November 01, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: August 01, 2014

Website: http://tinyurl.com/harvardtheory

Conference Description: 

The Department of Government (FAS) at Harvard University will host its annual conference for graduate students in political theory and political philosophy on October 31–November 1, 2014. Papers on any theme or topic within political theory — from the history of political thought to contemporary normative theory — will be considered. Between six and eight papers will be accepted.

Submissions are due via email in PDF form by August 1, 2014. Papers will be refereed by current Harvard graduate students, and acceptance notices will be sent by early September. Please limit each submission to 7,500 words (about 20 double-spaced pages). Essays longer than 10,000 words will not be considered. Each submission should include two PDF files: one with the paper formatted for blind review (free of personal and institutional information), and the other including a cover page with the title of the paper, an abstract (250 words max.), and your name, email address, and institutional affiliation.

The keynote speaker will be Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Conference presentations should last no longer than 10 minutes. Each presentation will be accompanied by comments from a Harvard graduate student. Presenters will have a chance to answer questions during a general discussion period after the presentation.

Food and housing will be provided by the Government Department and its graduate students. Unfortunately, Harvard will not be able to provide funds for transportation.


Questions, comments, and submissions should be sent to


For more information, please visit the conference website at
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November 2014

01 Proposal deadline, (RC09) IPSA Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies): Comparative Judicial Studies at the Crossroads: Mapping New Research Agendas and Exploring New Paths

Sponsor: IPSA Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies)

Dates: July 15, 2015-July 17, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: November 01, 2014

Location: ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Website: http://rc09.ipsa.org

Conference Description: 

Paper and panel proposals for the 2015 Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies (RC09) are now being accepted. The meeting is open to all scholars interested in the study of law and courts from a comparative and national perspective. Papers and panels devoted to the following topics (though not limited to) would be especially welcome:

• Rule of Law and the Quality of Judicial Institutions at the National and Sub-national Level.
• Judicial Institutions for Democracies: The Role Justice-System Actors (Should) Play.
• Mobilizing for Justice: Debating the Proper Role of Courts.
• Methodological Approaches to the Study of Judicial Institutions.
• Beyond Institutional Design: The Role of Judicial Actors in the Protection of Rights.
• Exploring the Relationship between Democracy and Courts.
• National Sovereignty and International Courts.
• The European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court: Legitimacy and Capacity Challenges.
• Laïcité? The Role of Courts in the Debate over Religion in the Public Space.
• The Inter-American, the European, and the African Human Rights Courts: Comparing Enforcement of Human Rights in the Regional Treaty Systems.
• Court of Justice of the European Union versus the European Court of Human Rights: Redefining New Institutional Roles in a Changing European Legal Landscape.
• Legal Reasoning and the Rule of Law.

Please submit your proposal (500 word abstract) via email by November 1, 2014 to RC09 at the following email address: [email protected]
Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by December 15, 2014. A draft conference program will be posted on RC09’s website http://rc09.ipsa.org by February 1, 2015.

06 Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana: CAPITALISM & SOCIALISM: UTOPIA, GLOBALIZATION and REVOLUTION

Sponsor: Center for Communal Studies, University of Southern Indiana

Dates: November 06, 2014-November 08, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: May 26, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 27, 2014

Location: New Harmony, IN, United States

Website: http://www.usi.edu/newview

Conference Description: 

’Capitalism & Socialism’: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference at New Harmony, Indiana
6 – 8 November 2014
* Proposals due 26 May 2014 *

New Harmony, Indiana – the home of well-known communalist experiments – will host a conference on “Capitalism & Socialism: Utopia, Globalization and Revolution” on 6 – 8 November 2014. The conference coincides with the Bicentennial of New Harmony’s founding by German Harmonists in 1814. New Harmony is probably best known as the site of industrialist Robert Owen’s experiment in communal living in 1825. As a factory owner and manager in early nineteenth-century Scotland, Owen achieved success in the new regime of modern capitalism. But as a critical observer of the effects of industrialization, he was also a reformer and one of the “utopian socialists” described by Marx. The legacy of Owen and the Bicentennial of New Harmony are relevant as the world emerges from the shadow of the recent economic crisis and as socialism has returned to the political and economic lexicon.

Panel and individual paper proposals: “Capitalism & Socialism” is a multi-disciplinary conference that welcomes presenters from economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as the humanities. We seek proposals for full panels or individual papers on topics related to Capitalism and Socialism, past and present.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Joyce Appleby (History, UCLA): Author of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism (2010); past president of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians
David F. Ruccio (Economics, University of Notre Dame): Author of Development and Globalization: A Marxian Class Analysis (2010) and Economic Representations: Both Academic and Everyday (2008)
Erik Olin Wright (Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison): Author of Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (1997) and Envisioning Real Utopias (2010); past president of the American Sociological Association

07 (ICD) Instiute for Cultural Diplomacy: A World without Walls 2014 "The Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall"

Sponsor: Instiute for Cultural Diplomacy

Dates: November 07, 2014-November 10, 2014

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?the-annual-conference-on-cultural-diplomacy-2014

Conference Description: 

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy is the world’s leading event within its field and traditionally hosted and organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and other leading organisations from around the world at the end of the calendar year. The 2014 Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy will be held in the framework of the Berlin celebrations of the 25th Anniversary for the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a historic catalyst that led to a change in the world’s political, economic and cultural landscape. In the tumultuous aftermath, Eastern Europe witnessed the emergence of dozens of states which led to today’s European Union. The events in Berlin also brought transformation to other parts of the world very far from the Berlin Wall, including regions as far afield as Africa and Asia, and also laid the groundwork for the world we experience today.

This year’s conference is titled “World Without Walls” to emphasize the great changes that took place in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall and to symbolize the many political, economic and cultural walls that still exist in today’s society. This year’s conference will focus on these boundaries and issues.

07 (NCQA) National Committee for Quality Assurance: NCQA's 9th Annual Conference

Sponsor: National Committee for Quality Assurance

Dates: November 07, 2014

Location: Washington, DC, United States

Website: http://www.ncqa.org/EducationEvents/SeminarsandWebinars/LiveSeminarsWebinars/9thAnnualConference.aspx?utm_source=Directory&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=ConferenceDirectory14

Conference Description: 

NCQA’s 9th Annual Conference will explore “Innovation Driving Value” in healthcare this November 7 in Washington, DC. Join us and some of the nation’s top thought leaders and policy makers to explore new approaches to more patient-centered, affordable, high-quality care. Keynote speakers include muscular dystrophy patient Vance Taylor with his inspirational perspective on overcoming adversity and CMS’ Sean Cavanaugh on efforts to move Medicare to paying for value instead of volume.

08 (ICD) Institute fo Cultural Diplomacy: Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24 "Sustainable Economies, Sustainable Technologies, Sustainable Industries"

Sponsor: Institute fo Cultural Diplomacy

Dates: November 08, 2014-November 12, 2014

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_bef_2014

Conference Description: 

In recent years the world has witnessed the emergence of new technologies and industries following the beginning of the digital revolution in the late 20th century. These new developments have the potential to engage in new emerging economies (such as: green energies & renewable resources and sustainable agriculture and Tourism) whilst promoting a global and equal access to education, gender equality and youth empowerment.

Indeed, over the last two decades we have already seen many developments in what can now be called “The Sustainable Revolution”, where governments, corporations and civil society have been working relentlessly to achieve a sustainable future for the global community. In addition, a significant change (in recent years) in the meaning of the term Sustainabilityhas brought significant change into the way business will be done in the future.

In light of these important developments, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in partnership with other leading organizations initiated the Berlin Economic Forum 2014-24, to further promote and support sustainable economies, sustainable technologies and sustainable industries in the 21st century.

The inaugural event of the Berlin Economic Forum will be exceptional, as the city of Berlin; Germany and the World, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This historical event has highlighted the need for global interdependence and has initiated a new era of cooperation between all sectors of society.

13 (NPSA) Northeastern Political Science Association: Annual Meeting

Sponsor: Northeastern Political Science Association

Dates: November 13, 2014-November 15, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: June 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 01, 2014

Location: boston, massachusetts, United States

Website: http://www.northeasternpsa.com

Conference Description: 

The Northeastern Political Science Association will hold its 46th annual meeting on November 13-15, 2014 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. We invite paper, panel, and roundtable submissions from academics, graduate students, journalists, and practitioners. Proposals for papers, panels, or to serve as a chair and/or discussant must be submitted by June 15, 2014 through the NPSA website. Once on the submission website, create a username and password and follow the instructions (past account may no longer exist). E-mail submissions will not be accepted.

NPSA prohibits multiple paper submissions. Only one paper submission per person will be accepted. However, a paper presenter may also serve as a chair or discussant on another panel or as a roundtable participant. If a faculty member sponsors an undergraduate research paper that does not count as the single submission and such faculty member may submit a separate paper to present.




Questions should be directed to the appropriate Program Section Chair (see below) or the conference Program Chair. All conference information is available on the NPSA website (www.northeasternpsa.com), which is regularly updated.





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13 (GPSA) Georgia Political Science Association: 2014 Georgia Political Science Association Annual Meeting

Sponsor: Georgia Political Science Association

Dates: November 13, 2014-November 15, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: July 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 13, 2014

Location: Savannah, GA, United States

Website: http://www.gpsausa.org/gpsa-conference/2014-conference-call-for-proposals

Conference Description: 

Political life in domestic politics and international affairs is constantly strained by brinksmanship. Despite these tense conditions, political life in many areas continues to make steady progress. We invite you to submit your papers under the general conference theme of Pulling Back from the Brink: Politics and Society in Transition. Please note that to be accepted, proposals need not specifically address the conference theme.

We invite and encourage faculty, independent scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students to submit their research for discussion and review at the 46th annual conference to be held in Savannah, GA, at the Doubletree Hotel, located in the heart of the city’s famed historic district.

Papers will be accepted from all fields of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and other related disciplines. Once presented, scholars and faculty members are also encouraged to submit their papers for publication consideration in our edited and refereed annual proceedings, published online every year. The best presented paper submitted for publication will be selected for the McBrayer Award, which includes a cash prize of $500.

In addition, undergraduate student research will have a special panel devoted to the Pajari Award. Faculty advisors should nominate student presenters to submit papers for consideration to the program chair. This undergraduate research panel will be judged by a panel of political scientists, with the best paper and presentation receiving the Pajari Award.

The deadline for submission of proposals is July 15, 2014. Acceptances will be offered on a rolling basis with panels to be organized no later than Sept. 1, 2014.

Send your paper and/or panel proposals via electronic mail to the 2014 Program Chair, Kyle Christensen, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Columbus State University at [email protected]

Please also indicate your willingness to serve as discussants and chairs!

14 George Washington Forum: Equality and Public Policy

Sponsor: George Washington Forum

Dates: November 14, 2014-November 16, 2014

Location: Baker Center, Athens, OH, United States

Website: http://www.gwfohio.org/news_events

Conference Description: 

(apologies for cross-posting)

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites you to attend our conference on Equality and Public Policy. This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends on equality as a social and political ideal guiding public policy.

The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (14–16 November 2013). Gerald Gaus (Arizona) will deliver the keynote lecture. Full conference program below.

Limited rooms at a conference rate may be available at the Ohio University Inn; please inquire if you are interested.

Program

Thursday, 14 Nov.
Keynote Session, 7:30 pm.
Gerald Gaus (University of Arizona): “The Egalitarian Species”

Friday, 15 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 - 10:15
Kristin Voigt/Gry Wester (McGill University): “Equality in Public Health: Relational or Distributive?”
Steve Horwitz (St. Lawrence University): “Inequality, Mobility, and Being Poor in America”

Session II, 10:30 - 12:15
Elizabeth Anderson (University of Michigan): “Equality and Freedom: Forgotten Connections”
Sarah Skwire (Liberty Fund): “Without Regard of Persons: Gender Equality, Theology, and the Law in the Writing of Margaret Fell”

Session III, 2:00 - 3:45
Scott Winship (The Manhattan Institute): “Inequality of Income and Inequality of Opportunity”
Paul Weithman (Notre Dame University): “Relational Equality and Inherent Stability”

Session IV, 4:00 - 5:45
Dierdre McCloskey (University of lllinois): “Equality is Better Viewed as Dignity”
Debra Thompson (Ohio University): “What Lies Beneath: Equality and the Making of Racial Classifications”

Saturday, 16 Nov.
Session I, 8:30 - 10:15
Govind Persad (Stanford University): “Equality over Time: Mobility, Security, and Economic Justice”
George Sher (Rice University): “How does Choice Justify Inequality?”

Session II, 10:30 - 12:15
Tom W. Bell (Chapman University): “What Can Corporations Teach Governments About Democratic Equality?”
Rich Vedder (Ohio University)/Daniel Bennett (Florida State University): “Inequality and American Higher Education: History, Theory and Evidence”

Dr. Mark LeBar ([email protected])

Dr. Robert G. Ingram ([email protected])

Conference flyer at http://www.gwfohio.org/news_events.

14 (AI) Ashburn Institute: The New World Order: Dangers and Opportunities for Transatlantic Relationship

Sponsor: Ashburn Institute

Dates: November 14, 2014-November 15, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: September 25, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014

Location: Charleston, SC, SC, United States

Website: http://www.ashburninstitute.org/?q=content/graduate-student-conference

Conference Description: 

The Ashburn Institute, an independent NGO committed to the promotion of democracy and international peace, and the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston, will hold a graduate student conference on the topic of ’The New World Order: Dangers and Opportunities for Transatlantic Relationship.’

Since the Cold War ended, many students of international relations and policymakers looked optimistically into the future of the new world free of major international conflicts. The ideological battle between east and west seemed to be over, the European Union opened its membership to post-Communist states, and NATO expanded into parts of Eastern Europe that used belonged to the Soviet “sphere of influence.”

Over the last several years Europe has witnessed territorial conflicts which appeared to have been resolved in the aftermath of WWII. The annexation of territories of Georgia and Ukraine by Russia challenges the established European and global political order. The military conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008 and the most recent Russian annexation of Crimea raises questions about the return of Cold War rivalries between east and west.

Some commentators have argued that by moving too far into its sphere of influence, the West antagonized Russia. Russian policy makers expressed concern that the incorporation into NATO of the Baltic states and other former Soviet satellites created a security threat for the Russian state giving the impression that post-Cold War order was built against Russia. Meanwhile, the US-Russia relations also suffered a setback since the attempt to push the “reset button” by the US and Russian presidents in 2009.

The conference’s goal is to examine the recent challenges to the international order. We call for papers from graduate students (doctoral and master’s) who are interested in addressing the following questions:

Is the post-WWII international order in danger? What are the sources of its instability? What are the consequences of redrawing international borders for stability in Europe? Does Russian foreign policy constitute a threat to European countries? Is nationalism in Europe on the rise and does it create a challenge for European stability? What is the role of the United States and the European Union for maintaining international order? Does economic interdependence still hold Europe together keeping the continent from war or does it create a challenge of contagion and potential for conflict?

The program committee will select approximately 20 papers for inclusion in the conference; about half of the participants will come from each side of the Atlantic. The Ashburn Institute will cover the costs of travel (including international travel) and lodging for all graduate students. The College of Charleston will provide the venue for the panels. In addition, the strongest papers will be selected for inclusion in an edited conference volume.

The conference will consist of two full days of panel sessions on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th, and will conclude with a keynote address. Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday, November 13th, and depart on Sunday, November 15th.

15 Proposal deadline, (SWPSA) Southwestern Social Science Association: Southwestern Political Science Association

Sponsor: Southwestern Social Science Association

Dates: April 08, 2015-April 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: November 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2015

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Website: http://sssaonline.org/?page_id=12

Conference Description: 

Founded in 1919, SSSA is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals. SSSA is the umbrella organization for nine academic and professional affiliate associations, including the areas of Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies. The purpose of SSSA is to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications.

20 (MALAS) Midwest Association for Latin American Studies: Midwest Association for Latin American Studies

Sponsor: Midwest Association for Latin American Studies

Dates: November 20, 2014-November 22, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: September 15, 2014

Location: Panama City, Panama, Panama

Website: http://www.malasnet.org/

Conference Description: 

MALAS is an interdisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on a variety of Latin American topics. Please send by email title of paper, 150-word abstract and contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone and email) to J.D. Bowen at [email protected]

21 (KYSYPE/CAPS) Cypriot Association of Political Science: Politics in Crisis

Sponsor: Cypriot Association of Political Science

Dates: November 21, 2014-November 22, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: July 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 21, 2014

Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

Website: http://www.kysype.org/en/

Conference Description: 

Abstract

Contemporary politics is in crisis. Public discourse and political practice is overwhelmingly concerned with problems that escalate threat, uncertainty and urgency and undermine the routine operation of the systems within which we live and act. Politicians and the mass media, governments, civil society and radical social movements, national and supranational institutions, are busy addressing the causes and effects of crises and legitimate their own actions or inactions by constant reference to crisis. At the same time, there is increasing understanding that the wide range of governmental and non-governmental responses to crises, are inadequate and can sometimes cause or exacerbate social problems. This is especially the case in places of violent conflict and where acceptable standards of living have been seriously depleted and can no longer be guaranteed for a part of the population. Political scientists are therefore called upon to understand and explain the complex predicaments and implications of living and politically operating in a crisis world.

The first conference of the newly established Cyprus Association of Political Science, calls for papers and panels that address the following as well as other related thematic issues:

• Democratic accountability and the radicalization of politics
• Shifts in political behaviour, culture and public opinion
• Intra- and post-crisis transitions
• Crisis diplomacy and global governance
• Economic crisis and variations of capitalism
• Emerging (in)securities and state response
• The role of the media in communicating crises
• Online and offline protest movements
• Parties, Elections and voting behaviour

There will also be one or more special panels on the Cyprus crisis.

Submissions

Paper submissions must include a title, an abstract of less than 200 words and at least one author identified by name and institutional affiliation.

Panel submissions must include an abstract of less than 200 words and 4-5 papers. Additionally, panel submissions can include both a Chair and a Discussant; otherwise, a Chair and a Discussant will be assigned to the panel in case of acceptance.
Please submit paper/panel proposals to:
[email protected] and/or [email protected]

Travel Grants

A few travel grants will be available for doctoral students whose paper is accepted for presentation at the conference. Those interested should include a statement of interest for a travel grant in their paper/panel application.


Key Dates

The submission deadline for participation in the conference is 30 July 2014.

Decisions will be announced by 25 August 2014.

The programme of the conference will be announced by 10 September 2014.

Registration will take place at the conference.

Completed papers must be circulated to Chairs, Discussants and other members of the assigned panel by 10 November 2014.

22 (CAPS/KYSYPE) Cypriot Association of Political Science: CAPS/KYSYPE 1st International Conference

Sponsor: Cypriot Association of Political Science

Dates: November 22, 2014-November 23, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: August 10, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 22, 2014

Location: Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus

Website: http://www.kysype.org/en/?p=438

Conference Description: 

Politics in Crisis

Abstract:

Contemporary politics is in crisis. Public discourse and political practice is overwhelmingly concerned with problems that escalate threat, uncertainty and urgency and undermine the routine operation of the systems within which we live and act. Politicians and the mass media, governments, civil society and radical social movements, national and supranational institutions, are busy addressing the causes and effects of crises and legitimate their own actions or inactions by constant reference to crisis. At the same time, there is increasing understanding that the wide range of governmental and non-governmental responses to crises, are inadequate and can sometimes cause or exacerbate social problems. This is especially the case in places of violent conflict and where acceptable standards of living have been seriously depleted and can no longer be guaranteed for a part of the population. Political scientists are therefore called upon to understand and explain the complex predicaments and implications of living and politically operating in a crisis world.

The first conference of the newly established Cyprus Association of Political Science, calls for papers and panels that address the following as well as other related thematic issues:

• Democratic accountability and the radicalization of politics
• Shifts in political behaviour, culture and public opinion
• Intra- and post-crisis transitions
• Crisis diplomacy and global governance
• Economic crisis and variations of capitalism
• Emerging (in)securities and state response
• The role of the media in communicating crises
• Online and offline protest movements
• Parties, Elections and voting behaviour

There will also be one or more special panels on the Cyprus crisis

Submissions

Paper submissions must include a title, an abstract of less than 200 words and at least one author identified by name and institutional affiliation.

Panel submissions must include an abstract of less than 200 words and 4-5 papers. Additionally, panel submissions can include both a Chair and a Discussant; otherwise, a Chair and a Discussant will be assigned to the panel in case of acceptance.
Please submit paper/panel proposals to [email protected] and/or [email protected]

Travel Grants

A few travel grants will be available for doctoral students whose paper is accepted for presentation at the conference. Those interested should include a statement of interest for a travel grant in their paper/panel application.

26 (Adyan) Adyan Foundation: Religions and Political Values

Sponsor: Adyan Foundation

Dates: November 26, 2014-November 28, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: September 14, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 01, 2014

Location: Byblos, Lebanon, Lebanon

Website: http://www.adyanonline.net/course/view.php?id=64

Conference Description: 

Adyan foundation in partnership with the Lebanese American University in Lebanon (Byblos) is organizing a two day conference on “Religious and Political Values”, on 26-28 November in Lebanon.
The conference will gather around 40 international scholars in political and social sciences, theologians from Islam and Christianity and policy makers.
Conference Concept
At the conclusion of the Adyan international conference on Religion and Democracy in Europe and the Arab world held in November 2012, and in the framework of political changes in the Arab world, scholars and participants emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in the role and participation of religions in the public domain, from an identity based one to a values based one.
Adyan’s International Conference for 2014 responds to this challenge by making “Religions and Public Values” its theme for discussion. The goal of the conference is to create a forum for different sectors of society to reflect on how to actualize definitions of political values and norms in Muslim and Christian discourse on the one hand, and to explore and promote dialogue about these values from different worldviews on the other hand. This exploration is meant not only from an interfaith perspective but also from a public and scholarly perspective, where religions are invited to operate a shift from a normative discourse, and to endorse a dialogical role as part of a diverse society.
In doing so, the Conference seeks to put recent scholarship in social and political philosophy in more direct conversation with social and political theology, in Christianity and Islam specifically, and to confront both with questions and recommendations from leaders and policy makers active in the public domain.

27 (RSA) Regional Studies Association: Sustainable Recovery? Rebalancing, Growth, and the Space Economy

Sponsor: Regional Studies Association

Dates: November 27, 2014-November 28, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: August 18, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 23, 2014

Location: Coram Street, London, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-winter-conference-2014

Conference Description: 

This conference provides a platform on which to address the new economic order and its spatial manifestations. The world has seen a series of shifts in socio-economic relations over the past decade, which has picked up pace since the global financial crisis of 2008, particularly in relation to the complex inter-related processes of industrialisation, urbanisation, and regional and local development. Is the mediation between economic logic and political institutions leading to new patterns of economic activity at a local, regional, national and global level?

The 21st Century has been an era of devolution, predicated on ‘realising’ place-based assets and assembling these as the building-blocks of agglomeration for a new brand of local and regional economic development. On the one hand, political devolution has happened through constitutional change (see Spain and current events in Scotland), and on the other hand, economic devolution has occurred through the explosion of state rescaling. City-regions are the outlet for some of this thinking. In the context of urban and regional austerity, post-crisis, politicians and policy-makers argue this is a more ‘balanced’ approach to growth than past interventions. Crisis in the Eurozone though is having highly differentiated impacts, with some places benefiting, while others have seen a worsening of problems. These outcomes appear complex, and relatively unpredictable, challenging prevailing narratives of places and their future. This begs the question as to whether recovery is sustainable and/or is spatially selective growth occurring at a cost?

• EU and OECD agendas for Smart, Inclusive, and Sustainable Economies
• Modelling and theorising the space economy: urban renewal and regional growth
• The future of work and work-welfare regimes: labour market policy, flexibility, resilience or flexploitations?
• New approaches to agglomeration and the clustering of economic life
• Creative city-regions and urban leadership • The impacts of devolution and constitutional change on economic policy, and vice versa
• The politics and policies of urban and regional austerity
• Cities, Regions, or City-Regions: searching for scalar and institutional fixes
• The lived experience of urban and rural change in times of austerity
• Post-suburbia and governance of metropolitan areas
• Social enterprise, the third sector, and alternative economic geographies
• New industrial spaces of the 21st Century and the future of old industrial regions
• Low Carbon Futures: Green deals and beyond
• Methodological challenges for studying crisis, austerity, and the space economy

This RSA Winter Conference presents a timely opportunity to discuss these issues, to establish the need and nature of future research imperatives, and to address the concerns and challenges confronting policymakers and practitioners. We are keen to attract papers and sessions which address a broad research and policy agenda, including contributions from any discipline which can offer relevant insights associated with the remaking of the world space economy and its shaping of our cities and regions.

Please submit offers of papers in the form of 400 word abstracts through the Regional Studies Association on-line conference portal by 18th 2014 (http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-winter-conference-2014). A full paper will be required 6th October 2014 at the latest, which can be any length, and contain pictures, graphs, tables etc.

December 2014

01 (NZPSA) New Zealand Political Studies Association: New Zealand Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2014

Sponsor: New Zealand Political Studies Association

Dates: December 01, 2014-December 03, 2014

Proposal or Application Due: May 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 28, 2014

Location: Auckland, Auckland Central, New Zealand

Website: http://nzpsa2014.org.nz/

Conference Description: 

The organizers invite submissions for the 2014 Annual Conference of the New Zealand Political Studies Association. We encourage paper abstracts (150-200 words) or panel proposals (of up to five papers) that speak to the diverse approaches, issues and methods in the study of politics. These include the following streams:
• New Zealand politics
• M?ori and Indigenous politics
• Political theory
• Public policy and administration
• International relations
• Political economy
• Comparative politics
• Environmental politics
• Media politics
• Teaching and learning politics
• Conference theme

We would also welcome papers on the following theme:
Conflict and discord: Politics in a time of crisis
The political landscape is characterized by conflict and discord. This is most evident during times of socio-political and economic upheaval, but also features in the everyday practice of contemporary democratic politics. Issues of voter apathy, cynicism and democratic decline more broadly herald significant challenges for the legitimacy and effectiveness of political institutions. At the same time, new political forces have emerged, challenging established practices and actors. For example, the battle between scientists and climate change deniers continues to rage, while public opinion in New Zealand and Australia is divided over the economic and environmental impacts of offshore drilling, mining and agricultural intensification. Protest movements from Occupy to the Indignados have sprung up calling for a radical rethink in the social, economic and political configuration of society. In the Middle East, the sense of hope that accompanied the initial discord of the Arab Spring has quickly evaporated as a new wave of repressive measures is introduced to clamp down on protestors. By focusing on themes of conflict and discord, we encourage participants to think about changes to the decision-making process and the allocation of power in a society during times of crisis. In what ways does the practice of politics change? To what extent is conflict natural, necessary and perhaps even constructive? What insights can some conflicts, such as those around climate denial, provide for our understanding of political processes?
Particular issues welcomed in the theme include:
• Democratic decline
• Theories of crisis
• Austerity and new social movements
• Racism, racialization and conflict
• Retribution and reconciliation
• Conflict and revolutionary change

Conference queries should be sent to: [email protected]

01 Proposal deadline, (ECPR) ECPR Joint Session of Workshops 2015: Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning

Sponsor: ECPR Joint Session of Workshops 2015

Dates: March 29, 2015-April 02, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2015

Location: Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Website: http://www.ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=90

Conference Description: 

Political engagement is at the center of political science research, especially concentrating on traditional and non-traditional web based forms of political participation. Debates are emerging surrounding new forms of participation offered by new digital wave era technologies, especially through the participatory opportunities offered by new communication platforms (such as social networks and microblogs).
The aim of the workshop is to cover both aspects of political communication: the supply side - offered by political actors and the demand side – how audiences-citizens are interacting, or indeed want to interact with political actors. The workshop will focus on key questions arising from current studies. How do political actors communicate with their supporters and adversaries within the new communication environment created by platforms allowing for wide dissemination of information? Is there an emergence of new participation patterns among citizens or do digital technologies simply reinforce existing practices? Are traditional forms of political engagement challenged by new online participatory behaviors? Have any new forms of political engagement and participation emerged or are they just replicating longstanding paradigms? If new forms of engagement or participation are emerging, how can they be defined and measured, is the division between traditional and non-traditional, offline and online artificially sustained, or do they now overlap? Alternatively, are the new online engagement possibilities attracting different groups of citizens previously excluded?

Should you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] [no submission]

Our aim is to select the best papers, with a further purpose of publication (for those interested) in a special issue of a good journal or edited book.

01 Proposal deadline, (EIP, EPOVB, and International IDEA) Electoral Integrity Project: What works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity

Sponsor: Electoral Integrity Project

Dates: October 02, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2015

Location: Hilton Hotel, CA, United States

Website: http://www.electoralintegrityproject.com

Conference Description: 

Theme: Recent decades have seen growing attempts by the international community and domestic stakeholders to strength electoral integrity. Nation-wide legislative elections have spread globally to all but a handful of countries worldwide, but nevertheless their quality remains problematic, with multiple flaws and failures evident throughout the electoral cycle.

What are the most effective policies and types of strategic interventions which improve rectify common problems and thereby improve the quality of elections?

A wide range of policies are available, including the following types of initiatives:

1. Legal frameworks: Reforms to constitutions, legal and procedural frameworks governing elections, for example campaign finance reform or the diffusion of gender quota laws designed to produce more inclusive parliaments.

2. Governance: Building the capacity, human resources, and administrative infrastructure of electoral authorities, including training EMB staff, auditing agencies, reform of civilian security forces

3. Technologies: Implementing electronic and internet voter registration and balloting, the use of surveillance technologies, and the deployment of social media, such as crowd-sourcing

4. Monitoring: Deploying international electoral observers, domestic election watch NGOs and party observers, using PEI and human rights indicators, and scrutinizing results based on techniques of forensic analysis

5. Transparency: deploying exit polls, ‘parallel vote’ tabulations, and strengthening campaign news reporting by the independent media

6. Accountability: improving legal adjudication processes of judicial appeal and parliamentary oversight of electoral authorities

7. Campaigning: expanding the capacity for candidates and political parties to build grassroots organizations and campaign effectively, exemplified by training in mobilizing networks, fund-raising, public communications, and policy analysis for the pool of aspirants for elected office, for nominated candidates and for elected politicians

8. Public reform campaigns: Mobilizing political activism by political parties and civic society organizations, opposition boycotts, and peaceful mass demonstrations.

9. International pressures: Using aid conditionality, international economic sanctions, and diplomatic intermediation

10. International standards: Strengthening global conventions, treaties, and guidelines on electoral rights in international and regional inter-governmental bodies, especially concerning the lack of appropriate standards for regulating campaign finance and campaign broadcasting,

11. Evaluation methods: how do we know what works? What evidence and techniques are available to assess programmatic interventions? Can International IDEA’s assessment tool, survey research, process tracing case-studies, and randomized control experimental methods contribute towards this research?

This workshop therefore welcomes papers addressing these and other related policy relevant issues, using a wide variety of methodological techniques and evidence. To submit proposals, go to www.electoralintegrityproject.com and use the form to submit the contact and affiliation details for author(s), the proposed paper title, and a short abstract. http://bit.ly/1oIoFXv
Papers should be delivered by 1 August 2015.

The workshop will provide all participants with a buffet breakfast, refreshments and buffet lunch during the workshop, an early evening drinks reception, and paper-givers and discussants will be invited to an evening dinner in a local restaurant. Participants can take advantage of APSA annual meeting rates for hotels. There will also be a limited number of $200 travel awards available for graduate students, women, and international participants accepted to present papers in the program.

15 Proposal deadline, Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics: The American Election 2014: Contexts and Consequences

Sponsor: Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Dates: March 13, 2015-March 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 01, 2015

Location: 100 Saint Anselm Drive, NH, United States

Website: http://www.anselm.edu/Institutes-Centers-and-the-Arts/NHIOP.htm

Conference Description: 

On March 13-14th, 2015, Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics will host the second biannual day-long academic symposium, The American Election 2014: Contexts and Consequences. This conference will explore the dynamics of the 2014 elections, including trends at the national and state levels, their causes and consequences across the political spectrum, and the implications for the future of American politics, including looking forward to the 2016 elections. Papers are welcome exploring a wide range of topics connected to the 2014 elections. We anticipate receiving proposals in the areas of campaign and election strategies, foreign and domestic policy and the election, President Obama at the midterms, the role of faith, race, and gender in electoral politics, political party dynamics, and elections at the state level.

Selected papers presented at the conference will serve as drafts of chapters in an edited volume. The symposium format is designed to facilitate feedback and discussion; therefore, participants are expected to attend the full day of sessions.

Proposals of not more than 250 words must be submitted by December 15th, 2014, to ensure full consideration. Please submit proposals to Tauna Sisco at [email protected] Further details about the conference, including registration fees, accommodations, and a tentative schedule of events, can also be found on the conference website.

About Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics:
Saint Anselm College and its New Hampshire Institute of Politics has become a locus of presidential campaigning, serving as ground zero for New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation primary, and hosting more election events than any other venue in America. http://www.anselm.edu/Institutes-Centers-and-the-Arts/NHIOP.htm

January 2015

15 (SPSA) Southern Political Science Association: Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting

Sponsor: Southern Political Science Association

Dates: January 15, 2015-January 17, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: August 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: December 07, 2014

Location: New Orleans, LA, United States

Website: http://spsa.net

Conference Description: 

The Southern Political Science Association is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The SPSA conference is one of the oldest and largest Political Science Conferences in the United States.The SPSA prides itself in hosting an excellent Annual Meeting, valuable to those interested in presenting research and networking with political scientists from around the world. Join the SPSA in its mission to nurture an intellectually charged environment where scholars come together from around the world to discuss topics ranging across the entire spectrum of national and international political issues. It is our goal that participants have the opportunity to discuss ideas, theories, and research with colleagues within the field of political science and strive to make improvements within the discipline.

15 Proposal deadline, (IAPS) Iowa Association of Political Scientists: Iowa Association of Political Scientists

Sponsor: Iowa Association of Political Scientists

Dates: March 06, 2015-March 07, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 15, 2015

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2015

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

The Iowa Association of Political Science (IAPS) cordially invites paper and panel submissions for its 5th Annual Meeting hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, IA, on March 6-7, 2015. IAPS welcomes submissions from faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students who focus on politics and public policy at the local, state, national, or international level. Submissions, consisting of a 300 word abstract with complete contact information and author status as a faculty or student, are due by January 15, 2015, and should be sent electronically to [email protected]

23 Proposal deadline, Department of Politics and Government: Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science

Sponsor: Department of Politics and Government

Dates: April 24, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 23, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2015

Location: Normal, Illinois

Website: http://pol.illinoisstate.edu/current/conferences/

Conference Description: 

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers for the 22nd annual Conference for Students of Political Science sponsored by the Illinois State University Department of Politics and Government. We welcome papers on any topic related to government and/or politics. All subfields and political perspectives are welcome. Panelists at the previous conferences included 750 students attending 100 colleges and universities.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please complete the online proposal submission form or submit a cover letter, containing your contact information (including email address), your school, and the name of the faculty member with whom you are working, and a draft copy of your paper (or the actual paper) by January 23, 2015. Final papers will be due by March 24, 2014.

Note that although only draft papers need be submitted by January 23rd for consideration, the length and completeness of the paper will be a consideration in its acceptance. Please only submit a proposal if you can indeed attend a conference. If you are seeking funding from your department, or if visa requirements require an invitation letter, please email Dr. Palmer.

If you would like to serve as a discussant on a panel, please send a letter stating your interest and main areas of scholarly knowledge. E-mail submissions are welcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email: clpalme @ ilstu.edu or call us at (309) 438-8638.

If you have any questions about the current conference or past conferences, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinators:

Dr. Carl L. Palmer
4600 Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4600.
(309) 438-7852

30 Proposal deadline, (RSA) Regional Studies Association: Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions & Sustainability

Sponsor: Regional Studies Association

Dates: May 24, 2015-May 27, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 30, 2015

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015

Location: Via Emilia Parmense 84, Piacenza, Italy

Website: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-annual-conference-2015-piacenza-italy

Conference Description: 

Social and economic imbalances of the current phase of globalization require a rethinking of the model of international and regional development. The issues of inequality, ecological risks, and poor growth in some areas put at the center of the scientific and political debate the theme of values ??and institutions. What are the values ??for sustainable regional development in the future? And what institutional reforms are needed to overcome the negative consequences of the recession triggered by the financial turmoil of recent years? Which tools can strengthen the capacity of regions and cities to adapt to all changes and to increase the resilience of areas?

To answer these questions the RSA 2015 European Conference in Piacenza offers some lines of reflection about the themes of well-being and quality of life, technological and social innovation, individual and collective entrepreneurship, by starting from the analysis of the values ??and motivations that drive individual and institutional action.

The conference will also include an excursion to the Milan Expo for the final plenary session, which addresses ’Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, to debate the urgent need for answers in the field of global food supply and sustainable energy production.

The conference offers the opportunity to researchers and workers in local and regional development to explore and discuss collectively these key issues from different theoretical perspectives and empirical observation.

Conference Themes
A. Community Economic Development
B. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Development
C. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
D. EU Regional Policy and Practice
E. Innovation and Knowledge Economies
F. Labour Markets and Migration
G. Mega Events and Regional Development
H. Region to Region Trade
I. Regional Challenges in Health and Education
J. Regional Well-being and Happiness
K. Role of Institutions in Regional Development
L. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
M. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
N. Social Justice, Housing and Civil Society
O. Sustainability - Climate Change, Environment and Energy
P. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
Q. The Geography of Crime
R. The Geography of Finance
S. Tourism and Regional Development
T. Urbanisation and Cities

February 2015

02 (AACPCS) Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies: A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives International Conference

Sponsor: Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies

Dates: February 02, 2015-February 03, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: January 18, 2015

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

When the people and their political leaders overthrew communist party rule in the countries of former communist Eastern Europe they were led by a strong desire to eliminate the ideological, political, economic and socio-cultural divisions that separated the West and East in Europe and the world. The following quarter century of post-communist reforms, an extended accession process and the integration of eleven post-communist countries into the enlarged European Union (EU) have successfully eliminated many European Cold-War divisions. Yet, the political and socio-economic transformations of post-communist states are still on-going. The differences between the ‘old’ western and ‘new’ eastern members of the EU are still remarkable in regards to both economic development and many socio-cultural norms and values. Moreover, new differences have emerged between the EU and non-EU post-communist states in many respects; those related to the tumultuous developments in Ukraine and the sinking of most post-Soviet states into authoritarianism being the most visible among them.


The conference organizers welcome papers which examine developments in the countries of post-communist Europe and post-Soviet region from a broad range of disciplines, including but not limited to: sociology, political science, EU studies, economics, history, languages and cultural studies. Scholars who provide new theoretical and/or empirical insights into the events and developments from the communist and pre-communist past of these countries are also strongly encouraged to submit abstracts and present their papers at the conference.

Please, submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to the conference coordinator or organizers listed below by 30 September 2014. The organizers expect to inform participants of the acceptance of their papers by 10 October 2014. Conference organizers expect to secure a guest-edited issue of an international peer-reviewed journal. Conference participants will be invited after the conference to submit an extended and enhanced version of their papers for possible publication in this Issue.
For any further information please contact one of the conference organizers:

Dr Milenko Petrovic ([email protected] )
Senior Lecturer and Conference Coordinator
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies and National Centre for Research on Europe
Associate Professor Dr Evgeny Pavlov, ([email protected])
Deputy Co-Head
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union Studies
Associate Professor Dr Natalia Chaban ([email protected])
Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Identity and Co-Head
Department for Global, Cultural and Language Studies, European and European Union Studies
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

11 (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC North America 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: February 11, 2015-February 13, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: February 11, 2015

Registration Deadline: February 11, 2015

Location: 2500 Calvert NW, Wasington D. C., United States

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/6

Conference Description: 

IUNC North America is organized with the aim of connecting top-notch educators from all over the world, particularly from Latin America, Europe, Asia who would like to establish cooperation with universities and colleges from USA & Canada. On February 11-13, 2015 universities, colleges, languages schools and educational service providers from around the globe will gather in Washington D.C., the USA, to enjoy 2 days of practical insight into global HE and networking with like-minded professionals.

The US and Canada are well-known for their international engagement and continue to be global magnets for international students which gives their European and Asian peers a wide range of cooperation opportunities.

The extensive workshop programme of the conference offers in-depth insight into global HE and will help you keep abreast of the latest international education trends.

Inspired by the best practices in international networking we are offering you a state-of-the-art meeting e-scheduler for making appointments with suitable parties quickly and efficiently.

Participation in IUNC North America will help you to establish closer ties with universities worldwide, enhance the quality and reputation of your universities and colleges, build enrollment capacity for native students, integrate international perspectives into the activities and learning of students and faculty, create a stronger set of support services for international students and broaden the opportunity for international collaborations.

For a number of years IUNC has enjoyed popularity among educators from BRICS, CIS and other European countries and has been recognized as one of the best networking conferences for establishing university partnerships.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education and latest HE analytics
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

The participants will find the following avenues for cooperation at the Conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Student recruitment.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

11 Proposal deadline, (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC North America 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: February 11, 2015-February 13, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: February 11, 2015

Registration Deadline: February 11, 2015

Location: 2500 Calvert NW, Wasington D. C., United States

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/6

Conference Description: 

IUNC North America is organized with the aim of connecting top-notch educators from all over the world, particularly from Latin America, Europe, Asia who would like to establish cooperation with universities and colleges from USA & Canada. On February 11-13, 2015 universities, colleges, languages schools and educational service providers from around the globe will gather in Washington D.C., the USA, to enjoy 2 days of practical insight into global HE and networking with like-minded professionals.

The US and Canada are well-known for their international engagement and continue to be global magnets for international students which gives their European and Asian peers a wide range of cooperation opportunities.

The extensive workshop programme of the conference offers in-depth insight into global HE and will help you keep abreast of the latest international education trends.

Inspired by the best practices in international networking we are offering you a state-of-the-art meeting e-scheduler for making appointments with suitable parties quickly and efficiently.

Participation in IUNC North America will help you to establish closer ties with universities worldwide, enhance the quality and reputation of your universities and colleges, build enrollment capacity for native students, integrate international perspectives into the activities and learning of students and faculty, create a stronger set of support services for international students and broaden the opportunity for international collaborations.

For a number of years IUNC has enjoyed popularity among educators from BRICS, CIS and other European countries and has been recognized as one of the best networking conferences for establishing university partnerships.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education and latest HE analytics
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

The participants will find the following avenues for cooperation at the Conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Student recruitment.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

12 Hertie School of Governance: Political Economy of International Organizations (PEIO) VIII

Sponsor: Hertie School of Governance

Dates: February 12, 2015-February 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Location: Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Website: http://www.peio.me

Conference Description: 

Submissions are invited for the eighth annual conference on the political economy of international organizations, to be held at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany, on February 12-14, 2015. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have as yet received less attention in the academic literature.

Submission of Papers
Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Please submit full papers to [email protected] The deadline for submission is 30 September, 2014. Decisions will be made by 31 October, 2014. The special issue of the Review of International Organizations will focus on Developing Countries and International Organizations, edited by Eric Werker (Harvard University). Submission to the conference does not require submitting to the special issue.

Conference Format, Attendance, and Registration The number of participants will be limited to about 70 to allow for in-depth discussion of each paper. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the entire conference. There is no registration or conference fee. Travel and accommodation are at the expense of participants.

Conference Venue: Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany. Berlin has several airports which are roughly equidistant from downtown Berlin.

Conference Website: www.peio.me

Program committee
Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich)
Lawrence Broz (UC-San Diego)
Renee Bowen (Stanford)
Chad Bown (World Bank)
Axel Dreher (Heidelberg)
Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School)
Simon Hug (Geneva)
Mark Kayser (Hertie School)
Christopher Kilby (Villanova)
Stephen Knack (World Bank)
Katharina Michaelowa (Zurich)
Helen Milner (Princeton)
Daniel Nielson (Brigham Young)
Peter Rosendorff (NYU)
Randall Stone (Rochester)
Michael Tierney (William and Mary)
James Vreeland (Georgetown)
Eric Werker (Harvard)


We look forward to your submission.

March 2015

04 (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Latin America 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: March 04, 2015-March 05, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: March 04, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 04, 2015

Location: Alameda Santos, 1123, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/8

Conference Description: 

IUNC Latin America is a bridge for international academic cooperation. The conference is organized on March 4-5, 2015 in Brazil, Latin America, and embraces more than 150 higher education establishments and language schools from Europe, North America and Asia while special emphasis is laid on the university collaboration with the BRICS countries and major education hubs of the 21st century.

Being the intersection of education, industry and technology Brazil offers excellent perspectives into global HE and internationalization, giving you the singular opportunity to mingle with a diverse mix of hundreds of universities, colleges, language schools, educational service providers and HE specialists from around the globe at the convivial and exciting networking events.

The extensive seminar program will lead you along the modern pathways to establishing solid partnerships with the major education hubs of the present day society as well as help you to attract foreign investment, retain local students, build reputation on international level and learn to satisfy the needs of both international and domestic students.

Another focus is laid on partnerships with universities in developing countries which promote capacity building, research collaboration and help develop responsible and engaged global students.

Participation in IUNC Latin America will equip you with unparalleled knowledge of international HE market and practical tools in order not to lag behind the ever-changing education market.

Besides, by meeting your potential partners face-to-face you will be able to get unbiased first-hand information of the possible cooperation areas and peculiarities of a certain education market. Adopt successful development strategies in the long run.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education and latest HE analytics
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

The participants will find the following avenues for cooperation at the Conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Student recruitment.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

04 Proposal deadline, (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Latin America 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: March 04, 2015-March 05, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: March 04, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 04, 2015

Location: Alameda Santos, 1123, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/8

Conference Description: 

IUNC Latin America is a bridge for international academic cooperation. The conference is organized on March 4-5, 2015 in Brazil, Latin America, and embraces more than 150 higher education establishments and language schools from Europe, North America and Asia while special emphasis is laid on the university collaboration with the BRICS countries and major education hubs of the 21st century.

Being the intersection of education, industry and technology Brazil offers excellent perspectives into global HE and internationalization, giving you the singular opportunity to mingle with a diverse mix of hundreds of universities, colleges, language schools, educational service providers and HE specialists from around the globe at the convivial and exciting networking events.

The extensive seminar program will lead you along the modern pathways to establishing solid partnerships with the major education hubs of the present day society as well as help you to attract foreign investment, retain local students, build reputation on international level and learn to satisfy the needs of both international and domestic students.

Another focus is laid on partnerships with universities in developing countries which promote capacity building, research collaboration and help develop responsible and engaged global students.

Participation in IUNC Latin America will equip you with unparalleled knowledge of international HE market and practical tools in order not to lag behind the ever-changing education market.

Besides, by meeting your potential partners face-to-face you will be able to get unbiased first-hand information of the possible cooperation areas and peculiarities of a certain education market. Adopt successful development strategies in the long run.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education and latest HE analytics
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

The participants will find the following avenues for cooperation at the Conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Student recruitment.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

06 (IAPS) Iowa Association of Political Scientists: Iowa Association of Political Scientists

Sponsor: Iowa Association of Political Scientists

Dates: March 06, 2015-March 07, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 15, 2015

Registration Deadline: February 27, 2015

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

The Iowa Association of Political Science (IAPS) cordially invites paper and panel submissions for its 5th Annual Meeting hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, IA, on March 6-7, 2015. IAPS welcomes submissions from faculty members and undergraduate and graduate students who focus on politics and public policy at the local, state, national, or international level. Submissions, consisting of a 300 word abstract with complete contact information and author status as a faculty or student, are due by January 15, 2015, and should be sent electronically to [email protected]

06 (ISPP) International Society of Political Psychology: Workshop on Political Psychology Perspectives on Participation and Protest in the Middle East

Sponsor: International Society of Political Psychology

Dates: March 06, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: June 30, 2014

Location: Izmir, Turkey

Website: http://garikan.yasar.edu.tr/participation_and_protest_in_middleeast/

Conference Description: 

We invite paper proposals for the Workshop on Political Psychology Perspectives on Participation and Protest in the Middle East, which will take place on March 6, 2015 at Yasar University in Izmir, Turkey and is sponsored by the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). The workshop aims to bring together political psychology research that deals with the issues on political participation, protest, and social movements in the Middle East, and encourage interaction and cooperation among political psychologists in the region. We invite original (i.e., not previously published) proposals that apply psychological theories to questions concerning but not limited to 1) political participation and political protest, 2) voting behavior and electoral politics, 3) attitudes towards democracy, 4) identity issues, and 5) intergroup relations, conflict and cooperation in the region.

Proposals will be evaluated, in addition to academic merit and potential for original contribution to the relevant literature, considering the logistics of a one day workshop, i.e. forming coherent panels. Priority will be given to proposals from scholars with affiliations in institutions in Middle Eastern countries. Travel and accommodation for the workshop for up to 10 qualified participants will be reimbursed.

Please send original paper proposals including title and an abstract of about 250-350 words along with your name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to [email protected]

The deadline to submit proposals is June 30, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be sent around July 30, 2014. Participants will be asked to submit full papers by January 15, 2015.

12 (RGCA) Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs: Progress or Posturing? Examining the Progress of United Nations Millennium Development Goals

Sponsor: Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs

Dates: March 12, 2015-March 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 01, 2014

Location: Middlebury, Vermont, United States

Website: http://www.middlebury.edu/international/rcga/international-conference

Conference Description: 

This conference critically examines the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which were designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015, thereby improving the lives of the world’s poorest. The eight goals were proclaimed and ratified in September 2000, and later by all of the 189 states then in existence and by 23 international organizations. The MDGs set time-bound measurable targets: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equity and empower women; reduce child mortality and improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDs, malaria, and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development. The 2015 deadline is quickly approaching and it is time to evaluate the successes/failures on the MDGs and the transition to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the fifteen years since the establishment of the Millennium endeavor, progress on the eight goals has been uneven. Some countries, such as Brazil, have achieved many of these goals while others such as Benin have realized none. This conference will explore why some countries have been more successful than others in achieving some or all of the goals.

Progress or Posturing will be held at Middlebury College. It will offer a critical assessment of the MDGs by building upon existing scholarship to offer new insights into the Millennium endeavor. Were the MDGs unrealistic? What are the constitutive problems with the MDGs? Were the goals too opaque? Were they poorly defined? Who benefits the most from the MDGs? Whose voices were prioritized in setting the MDGs, whose voices ignored? How is progress measured and by whom? Do the MDGs resuscitate liberal humanism for the 21st century? Do “empower women,” and “development” simply serve as alibis for a new form of western imperialism?

We have identified five major themes around which the conference will be organized: health, education, environment, gender, and global partnership. We invite papers that broadly address the questions outlined above with specific reference to these themes. Since we recognize that the level of success or failure of each of these themes varies spatially, we encourage submissions from multiple perspectives and locations. We are especially interested in presentations that address these topics in specific settings across the non-western world.

Those interested in presenting at the conference should send an abstract (no more than 250 words) by October 1, to the organizers below.

Funds are available to support travel and lodging of all participants.


Organizers:

Tamar Mayer, Professor of Geography, Director of the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs [email protected]
Robert E. Prasch, Professor, Economics [email protected]
Sarah Stroup, Assistant Professor, Political Science, [email protected]
Tara Affolter, Assistant Professor, Education Studies [email protected]
Mez Baker-Medard, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies [email protected]

13 Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics: The American Election 2014: Contexts and Consequences

Sponsor: Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics

Dates: March 13, 2015-March 14, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 01, 2015

Location: 100 Saint Anselm Drive, NH, United States

Website: http://www.anselm.edu/Institutes-Centers-and-the-Arts/NHIOP.htm

Conference Description: 

On March 13-14th, 2015, Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics will host the second biannual day-long academic symposium, The American Election 2014: Contexts and Consequences. This conference will explore the dynamics of the 2014 elections, including trends at the national and state levels, their causes and consequences across the political spectrum, and the implications for the future of American politics, including looking forward to the 2016 elections. Papers are welcome exploring a wide range of topics connected to the 2014 elections. We anticipate receiving proposals in the areas of campaign and election strategies, foreign and domestic policy and the election, President Obama at the midterms, the role of faith, race, and gender in electoral politics, political party dynamics, and elections at the state level.

Selected papers presented at the conference will serve as drafts of chapters in an edited volume. The symposium format is designed to facilitate feedback and discussion; therefore, participants are expected to attend the full day of sessions.

Proposals of not more than 250 words must be submitted by December 15th, 2014, to ensure full consideration. Please submit proposals to Tauna Sisco at [email protected] Further details about the conference, including registration fees, accommodations, and a tentative schedule of events, can also be found on the conference website.

About Saint Anselm College and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics:
Saint Anselm College and its New Hampshire Institute of Politics has become a locus of presidential campaigning, serving as ground zero for New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation primary, and hosting more election events than any other venue in America. http://www.anselm.edu/Institutes-Centers-and-the-Arts/NHIOP.htm

19 (SPPIA- VIU) Virginia International University: Inagural Conference on International Development

Sponsor: Virginia International University

Dates: March 19, 2015-March 21, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 01, 2015

Location: 4401 Village Drive, VA, United States

Website: http://www.viu.edu/spia/CID

Conference Description: 

The Conference on International Development (CID) seeks to explore the latest ideas and innovations in international development and capture new conceptual debates, learned lessons, and best practices in the field. The question of how developmental strategies have changed – and are likely to change in the near future – are especially relevant at this moment as the United Nations is in the process of crafting its post 2015 goals and agenda and as the sector faces increasing challenges, from shrinking budgets to increasing global insecurity. Within this context, the CID’s goal of analyzing recent trends, identifying emerging approaches, and proposing new solutions is even more pressing and urgent.
The conference will provide a forum for dialogue and the exchange of ideas and expertise between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and will expand the discourse and collaboration between the academic and policy domains. It will aim to contribute to the larger discussion on topics of international development as well as the process of designing programs for the future.


The thematic areas include but are not restricted to:

1. The Future of Economic Development
2. Transforming Institutions and Government, Conflict and Peacebuilding
3. New Actors and Surprising Strategies
4. Youth, Gender Issues and Public Health
5. Education

29 (ECPR) ECPR Joint Session of Workshops 2015: Political Engagement in the Web.2.0 era. Co-Production in Election Campaigning

Sponsor: ECPR Joint Session of Workshops 2015

Dates: March 29, 2015-April 02, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2015

Location: Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

Website: http://www.ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=90

Conference Description: 

Political engagement is at the center of political science research, especially concentrating on traditional and non-traditional web based forms of political participation. Debates are emerging surrounding new forms of participation offered by new digital wave era technologies, especially through the participatory opportunities offered by new communication platforms (such as social networks and microblogs).
The aim of the workshop is to cover both aspects of political communication: the supply side - offered by political actors and the demand side – how audiences-citizens are interacting, or indeed want to interact with political actors. The workshop will focus on key questions arising from current studies. How do political actors communicate with their supporters and adversaries within the new communication environment created by platforms allowing for wide dissemination of information? Is there an emergence of new participation patterns among citizens or do digital technologies simply reinforce existing practices? Are traditional forms of political engagement challenged by new online participatory behaviors? Have any new forms of political engagement and participation emerged or are they just replicating longstanding paradigms? If new forms of engagement or participation are emerging, how can they be defined and measured, is the division between traditional and non-traditional, offline and online artificially sustained, or do they now overlap? Alternatively, are the new online engagement possibilities attracting different groups of citizens previously excluded?

Should you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] [no submission]

Our aim is to select the best papers, with a further purpose of publication (for those interested) in a special issue of a good journal or edited book.

April 2015

08 (SWPSA) Southwestern Social Science Association: Southwestern Political Science Association

Sponsor: Southwestern Social Science Association

Dates: April 08, 2015-April 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: November 15, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2015

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

Website: http://sssaonline.org/?page_id=12

Conference Description: 

Founded in 1919, SSSA is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals. SSSA is the umbrella organization for nine academic and professional affiliate associations, including the areas of Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies. The purpose of SSSA is to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications.

08 (UAA) Urban Affairs Association: 45th Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference (2015) – Miami

Sponsor: Urban Affairs Association

Dates: April 08, 2015-April 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: February 13, 2015

Location: Miami, Florida, United States

Website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/conference2015/

Conference Description: 

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA), the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service/nonprofit professionals, will be hosting its 45th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida in the spring of 2015. This year’s conference theme is: “Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making in the Global City”. However, in keeping with its tradition, UAA also encourages proposals that focus on an array of research topics. For a complete listing of these topics please visit UAA’s website. Some notable highlights for the 45th Annual UAA Conference include a Special Conference Track on Urban Health, a Special Conference Track on Geopolitics in Latin America, a series of Graduate Student Workshops (ex: The Dissertation Process, Getting Your First Job-Academic and Non-Academic, Publishing), and a Workshop on Urban Education Policy Advocacy.

16 (LCSP) University of Paris Diderot and York University: Radical Democracy and Utopia Conference

Sponsor: University of Paris Diderot and York University

Dates: April 16, 2015-April 17, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 15, 2014

Location: Paris, France

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

Through the struggle against existing forms of domination, oppression, and exploitation, utopia and radical democracy ensure that deterritorialized, marginalized, or minoritairian populations can appear and express themselves. They create communities that reconfigure the possible, the sayable, and the doable. Yet such similarities in terms of methods, hope, and landscapes must not conceal the real differences between them.

Indeed, utopia and radical democracy refer to two different forms of experimentation of the possible. In the case of radical democracy, the goal is to extend and intensify the power of the demos. By constituting the public sphere as a stage of conflict that carries with it tumultuous ruptures, vehicles of deterritorialization and minoritarian becomings, radical democracy reveals the triple emergence of a subject and of a politics of “anybody and everybody”, of an equality without prerequisites, and of an improper distribution that cannot be integrated into the consensual order.

In light of this, how can we think through the irruption of the subject of “anybody and everybody” as well as its strategic horizons, its organizational forms, and actions? Moreover, how can we think about the political organization of equality without prerequisites, its institutionalization (lottery, direct democracy, games of contingency), and the problems related to the power of the Many.

Utopia invites us to imagine the various possible arrangements of unprecedented communities. By outlining the full temporal spectrum of the possible, utopia reinvents social practices, architectural, and technological spaces, forms of social critique, decision-making procedures, social interactions, and the relationship to nature. Utopian projects cannot be reduced to “models” that need to be imitated or “ideals” that need to be applied. They seek instead to create new configurations of space, new societies, and new political subjects within a capitalist universe that tends to restrict and keep under surveillance the boundaries of the possible.

Throughout the conference, we wish to remain attentive to the concrete manifestations of utopia and radical democracy “in action”, to the experiences themselves, to the possibilities and the experimentation of communities as well as to their theoretical constructions and justifications. To paraphrase Derrida, would it not be necessary to think together two different emancipatory promises, – utopian and democratic -, which rally our capacity to search for intersections in their respective paths and to establish mutual sharing within the very moment of their divergence? For example, could radical democracy articulate an egalitarian critique of the utopian tendencies toward planning, hierarchy, and technocracy? Could utopia bring an innovating boldness to the possible forms of organization of radical democracy that run the risk of betraying its intentions? By critically engaging the debate through the specific forces of each concept, as well as their reciprocal tensions, we hope that the conference will serve to expand the frontiers of each and understand more audaciously a form of politics that is dissensual, creative, egalitarian, and radical.

Papers can be delivered in French or in English.

18 (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Middle East & Africa 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: April 18, 2015-April 21, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: April 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: April 18, 2015

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/10

Conference Description: 

IUNC Middle East & Africa is devoted to Internationalizing Higher Education (IHE) in Africa and the Middle East, embracing the economically diverse MENA region, the extremely ambitious BRICS education market player South Africa and other African countries that have entered the global HE market or are on the way of doing so.

IUNC Africa & Middle East will take place on April 18-21, 2015 in the bewildering ultramodern city of Dubai and will act as a breakthrough international networking platform for connecting more than 150 universities, colleges, language schools and educational service providers from around the globe for sharing expertise and setting solid cooperation ties.The state-of-the-art conference meeting e-scheduler makes it possible to pre-schedule the appointments with suitable parties easily and efficiently.

Taking into account that the Middle East and Africa are increasingly making their mark on the overall QS World University Rankings with Saudi universities scoring high in the engineering rankings and South Africa featuring strongly in the arts and social sciences rankings, this conference will give you a vast scope of cooperation and networking opportunities.

Education is at the crossroads for the future of the Middle East and Africa, playing a crucial role in promoting economic growth and reflecting the aspirations for a successful integration into the global economy in an ever changing world. Given the rapid expansion of the higher education sector in the region, new domestic institutions and branch campuses of overseas institutions emerge, resulting in the potential for greater international collaboration and educational reform.

Comprehensive conference workshops will cover the groundbreaking approaches and diverse ways of marketing your institution in these high-potential regions by “branching out” i.e. setting up branch campuses and issuing degrees to students staying in a country other than home country.

The trend to establish branch campuses overseas is growing rapidly with the number of international branch campuses increasing up to 200 across the world (and more being added every year), while Africa and the Middle East have been recognized as particular branch campus hot spots.

There are a number of advantages of branching out, among which:

- Tuition fees and living costs are often lower at branch campuses compared to the main campus of the university, which makes it more attractive for local students wishing to have a global experience.

- In addition to the benefits for individual students, branch campuses also have advantages for countries. With many nations facing ‘brain drain’, international branch campuses can mean retaining more top students.

- Healthy competition tends to lead to an increase in standards at other local universities – in turn benefitting students.

Africa is considered a region of particular interest, as its university system is fast-changing, with new institutions being launched and old ones reformed; its strengths include strong international connections as well as productive and well-regarded research. South Africa’s universities, in particular, are consistently good at attracting international students and staff, in line with its mission of African leadership in higher education.

18 Proposal deadline, (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Middle East & Africa 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: April 18, 2015-April 21, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: April 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: April 18, 2015

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/10

Conference Description: 

IUNC Middle East & Africa is devoted to Internationalizing Higher Education (IHE) in Africa and the Middle East, embracing the economically diverse MENA region, the extremely ambitious BRICS education market player South Africa and other African countries that have entered the global HE market or are on the way of doing so.

IUNC Africa & Middle East will take place on April 18-21, 2015 in the bewildering ultramodern city of Dubai and will act as a breakthrough international networking platform for connecting more than 150 universities, colleges, language schools and educational service providers from around the globe for sharing expertise and setting solid cooperation ties.The state-of-the-art conference meeting e-scheduler makes it possible to pre-schedule the appointments with suitable parties easily and efficiently.

Taking into account that the Middle East and Africa are increasingly making their mark on the overall QS World University Rankings with Saudi universities scoring high in the engineering rankings and South Africa featuring strongly in the arts and social sciences rankings, this conference will give you a vast scope of cooperation and networking opportunities.

Education is at the crossroads for the future of the Middle East and Africa, playing a crucial role in promoting economic growth and reflecting the aspirations for a successful integration into the global economy in an ever changing world. Given the rapid expansion of the higher education sector in the region, new domestic institutions and branch campuses of overseas institutions emerge, resulting in the potential for greater international collaboration and educational reform.

Comprehensive conference workshops will cover the groundbreaking approaches and diverse ways of marketing your institution in these high-potential regions by “branching out” i.e. setting up branch campuses and issuing degrees to students staying in a country other than home country.

The trend to establish branch campuses overseas is growing rapidly with the number of international branch campuses increasing up to 200 across the world (and more being added every year), while Africa and the Middle East have been recognized as particular branch campus hot spots.

There are a number of advantages of branching out, among which:

- Tuition fees and living costs are often lower at branch campuses compared to the main campus of the university, which makes it more attractive for local students wishing to have a global experience.

- In addition to the benefits for individual students, branch campuses also have advantages for countries. With many nations facing ‘brain drain’, international branch campuses can mean retaining more top students.

- Healthy competition tends to lead to an increase in standards at other local universities – in turn benefitting students.

Africa is considered a region of particular interest, as its university system is fast-changing, with new institutions being launched and old ones reformed; its strengths include strong international connections as well as productive and well-regarded research. South Africa’s universities, in particular, are consistently good at attracting international students and staff, in line with its mission of African leadership in higher education.

24 Department of Politics and Government: Illinois State University Conference for Students of Political Science

Sponsor: Department of Politics and Government

Dates: April 24, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 23, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 24, 2015

Location: Normal, Illinois

Website: http://pol.illinoisstate.edu/current/conferences/

Conference Description: 

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers for the 22nd annual Conference for Students of Political Science sponsored by the Illinois State University Department of Politics and Government. We welcome papers on any topic related to government and/or politics. All subfields and political perspectives are welcome. Panelists at the previous conferences included 750 students attending 100 colleges and universities.

If you are interested in participating in this exciting event, please complete the online proposal submission form or submit a cover letter, containing your contact information (including email address), your school, and the name of the faculty member with whom you are working, and a draft copy of your paper (or the actual paper) by January 23, 2015. Final papers will be due by March 24, 2014.

Note that although only draft papers need be submitted by January 23rd for consideration, the length and completeness of the paper will be a consideration in its acceptance. Please only submit a proposal if you can indeed attend a conference. If you are seeking funding from your department, or if visa requirements require an invitation letter, please email Dr. Palmer.

If you would like to serve as a discussant on a panel, please send a letter stating your interest and main areas of scholarly knowledge. E-mail submissions are welcome. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email: clpalme @ ilstu.edu or call us at (309) 438-8638.

If you have any questions about the current conference or past conferences, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinators:

Dr. Carl L. Palmer
4600 Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4600.
(309) 438-7852

May 2015

05 (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Eurasia 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: May 05, 2015-May 07, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: May 05, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 05, 2015

Location: Europe Square, 2, Moscow, Russia

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/11

Conference Description: 

The Eastern European University Association is honored to invite you to participate in the Forth Annual International Universities Networking Conference IUNC Eurasia on May 5-7, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. In 2015 year the conference theme will be Eurasia, its latest news and analytics, market demands and cooperation possibilities.

The IUNC 2015 is the first and unique conference in HE offering network building as the main conference tool, which gives participants an opportunity to achieve their collaboration and partnership goals easily and efficiently.

The IUNC 2015 will highlight cutting-edge tendencies in the sphere of higher education in Eurasia and will bring together more than 200 universities from across the globe.

The IUNC 2015 aims to broaden relations between institutions from different countries and create world-wide peer-level interaction network. The special focus of the event is collaboration with universities of Eurasia. The conference will also provide higher education professionals with an opportunity to present and discuss their interests in friendly and engaging environment.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

IUNC 2015 offers a state-of-the-art meeting e-scheduler,
which helps participants to find suitable contacts and make appointments quickly and efficiently.

Managing of your conference meetings is a breeze to use today!

There are many ways of collaboration you will find at the conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

05 Proposal deadline, (EEUA) Eastern European University Association: IUNC Eurasia 2015 (International Universities Networking Conference)

Sponsor: Eastern European University Association

Dates: May 05, 2015-May 07, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: May 05, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 05, 2015

Location: Europe Square, 2, Moscow, Russia

Website: http://iunc.net/conference/view/11

Conference Description: 

The Eastern European University Association is honored to invite you to participate in the Forth Annual International Universities Networking Conference IUNC Eurasia on May 5-7, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. In 2015 year the conference theme will be Eurasia, its latest news and analytics, market demands and cooperation possibilities.

The IUNC 2015 is the first and unique conference in HE offering network building as the main conference tool, which gives participants an opportunity to achieve their collaboration and partnership goals easily and efficiently.

The IUNC 2015 will highlight cutting-edge tendencies in the sphere of higher education in Eurasia and will bring together more than 200 universities from across the globe.

The IUNC 2015 aims to broaden relations between institutions from different countries and create world-wide peer-level interaction network. The special focus of the event is collaboration with universities of Eurasia. The conference will also provide higher education professionals with an opportunity to present and discuss their interests in friendly and engaging environment.

The Conference program includes:

— Open sessions and seminars on various topics about:
trends of international education
effective ways of cooperation between universities
recruitment technologies
state scholarship programs.
— Prescheduled meetings with universities.
— Campus tour to prospective partner universities.
— Networking activities.

IUNC 2015 offers a state-of-the-art meeting e-scheduler,
which helps participants to find suitable contacts and make appointments quickly and efficiently.

Managing of your conference meetings is a breeze to use today!

There are many ways of collaboration you will find at the conference:

— Academic exchange of students.
— Tutors exchange.
— Creating joint educational programs.
— Exchange of educational products.
— Joint grant applications.

08 Medieval Institute: International Congress on Medieval Studies

Sponsor: Medieval Institute

Dates: May 08, 2015-May 11, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: September 30, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 08, 2015

Location: Kalamazoo, Mi, United States

Website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval

Conference Description: 

Call for papers for two sessions on The Medieval Tradition of Natural Law. Session 1-Papers in Honour of Cary J. Nederman’s Contributions to the Study of Natural Law in Medieval Political Philosophy. Session 2- Natural Law and Moral Philosophy
Proposals should be sent to Harvey Brown, Dept. of Political Science, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont., Canada
[email protected]

13 University of Warwick: New Directions in International Political Economy

Sponsor: University of Warwick

Dates: May 13, 2015-May 15, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 03, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 01, 2015

Location: Coventry, United Kingdom

Website: http://www.warwick.ac.uk/ipeconference

Conference Description: 

CALL FOR PAPERS:
The organizers invite proposals for two types of short papers (3,000–4,000 words in length) based on the conference section themes: 1) theory notes; 2) research notes.

Please submit a paper proposal with a 300-word abstract, author details, institutional affiliation, and section theme to [email protected]

CONFERENCE THEMES:
1: The changing geography of International Political Economy
2: Global development and International Political Economy
3: Gender in International Political Economy
4: Everyday and Cultural Political Economy
5: New actors and networks in International Political Economy

THEORY NOTES:
Theory notes should make a straightforward intervention in an ongoing theoretical or conceptual debate or dilemma that speaks directly to one of the conference section themes on New Directions in IPE. Theory notes should make an important and compelling argument about theoretical innovation and theory development in IPE, and should demonstrate the relevance to empirical research and how this advances the ‘state of the art’ in the field.

RESEARCH NOTES:
Research notes should make a novel and focused contribution to empirical knowledge that speaks directly to one of the conference section themes on New Directions in IPE. Research notes should include preliminary empirical findings that demonstrate the importance and novelty of the research, as well as their relevance to important theoretical or empirical discussions in the field.

18 (CDS) University of Hawai'i Center on Disability Studies: 31st Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity

Sponsor: University of Hawai'i Center on Disability Studies

Dates: May 18, 2015-May 19, 2015

Location: Honolulu, HI, United States

Website: http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu

Conference Description: 

For our 31st edition, Pac Rim is merging and partnering with another conference, so there is sure to be plenty of surprises!

The Pacific Rim International Conference, considered one of the most ‘diverse gatherings’ in the world, encourages and respects voices from “diverse” perspective across numerous areas, including: voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability and diversity areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying diversity and disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, and; action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world.

In 2015, new topic areas will promote thoughtful discussion and suggest new ways to integrate education, technology, advocacy, activism and interdisciplinary research. We all strive to strengthen communities and enhance the lives of all human beings. Together, we can harness the tremendous synergy generated by the intermingling and cross-fertilization of diverse perspectives, and ‘spread the word’ as we continue our professional and personal life journey.

Take your first steps to the islands by visiting the website: www.pacrim.hawaii.edu. We welcome your ideas, suggestions and enthusiasm. Then join us in Waikiki, Hawaii, May 18 & 19, 2015.

24 (RSA) Regional Studies Association: Global Growth Agendas: Regions, Institutions & Sustainability

Sponsor: Regional Studies Association

Dates: May 24, 2015-May 27, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: January 30, 2015

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015

Location: Via Emilia Parmense 84, Piacenza, Italy

Website: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-annual-conference-2015-piacenza-italy

Conference Description: 

Social and economic imbalances of the current phase of globalization require a rethinking of the model of international and regional development. The issues of inequality, ecological risks, and poor growth in some areas put at the center of the scientific and political debate the theme of values ??and institutions. What are the values ??for sustainable regional development in the future? And what institutional reforms are needed to overcome the negative consequences of the recession triggered by the financial turmoil of recent years? Which tools can strengthen the capacity of regions and cities to adapt to all changes and to increase the resilience of areas?

To answer these questions the RSA 2015 European Conference in Piacenza offers some lines of reflection about the themes of well-being and quality of life, technological and social innovation, individual and collective entrepreneurship, by starting from the analysis of the values ??and motivations that drive individual and institutional action.

The conference will also include an excursion to the Milan Expo for the final plenary session, which addresses ’Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’, to debate the urgent need for answers in the field of global food supply and sustainable energy production.

The conference offers the opportunity to researchers and workers in local and regional development to explore and discuss collectively these key issues from different theoretical perspectives and empirical observation.

Conference Themes
A. Community Economic Development
B. Culture and Creativity as a Driver of Regional Development
C. Developing Rural and Peripheral Regions
D. EU Regional Policy and Practice
E. Innovation and Knowledge Economies
F. Labour Markets and Migration
G. Mega Events and Regional Development
H. Region to Region Trade
I. Regional Challenges in Health and Education
J. Regional Well-being and Happiness
K. Role of Institutions in Regional Development
L. Role of Social Networks in Regional Development
M. Spatial Planning and Infrastructure
N. Social Justice, Housing and Civil Society
O. Sustainability - Climate Change, Environment and Energy
P. Territorial Governance and Regional Leadership
Q. The Geography of Crime
R. The Geography of Finance
S. Tourism and Regional Development
T. Urbanisation and Cities

June 2015

15 Athens Institute for Education and Research: 13th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs

Sponsor: Athens Institute for Education and Research

Dates: June 15, 2015-June 18, 2015

Location: Athens, Greece

Website: http://www.atiner.gr/politics.htm

Conference Description: 

The Politics & International Affairs Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 13th Annual International Conference on Politics & International Affairs, 15-18 June 2015, Athens, Greece. For further details (including previous programs), please go to the conference website: www.atiner.gr/politics.htm.
The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, researchers, students and professionals in private and public organizations and governments of Politics and International Affairs and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.
For programs of previous conferences and other information, please visit the conference website: www.atiner.gr/politics.htm.

19 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center: Violence in Twentieth-Century Russia and Eurasia: Experience, Affect, Memory, and Legacies

Sponsor: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Dates: June 19, 2015-June 20, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: March 01, 2014

Website: None provided

Conference Description: 

Call for Paper Proposals

Violence in Twentieth-Century Russia and Eurasia: Experience, Affect, Memory, and Legacies

Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
June 19-20, 2015

Organized by Harriet Murav and Mark Steinberg

In a poem dedicated to the memory of 19 June 1914, Anna Akhmatova wrote “we aged a hundred years, and this / Happened in a single hour.” The twentieth century brought unprecedented violence to the European world, not least in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. The years 1914-1921, among the most bloody and destructive in Russia’s history, cannot be understood in isolation from the whole jagged landscape of violence—international wars, violent political force, national and revolutionary violence, ethnic and racial violence, and interpersonal and domestic violence. Boundaries do not easily stand in violent conditions. Emancipatory and repressive violence mix and blur. Purposeful political and social struggles mix with “hooliganism” and commonplace human brutality.

And violence itself is only part of this story. The twentieth century, especially its first decades, saw a remarkable explosion of creativity in the arts, literature, science, politics, philosophy, and social organization, as well as extraordinary technological innovation and invention. Indeed, violence itself could be understood in radically different ways, including as creativity, even as actions in the name of life.

We are seeking paper proposals from diverse disciplines that will examine the immediacy, effects, and refractions of violence in Russia and Eurasia (defined as the spaces occupied by the Russian empire and the Soviet Union) from 1900 through 1945. Papers might explore violence in culture (from art and literature to popular culture), in society and politics, as recorded in documentary and photographic form, in science, law, and technology, and in subjective, sensory, and emotional life.

No less important, papers should engage the problem of how to interpret and theorize violence, as practice, as experience, as legacy. Indeed, while our focus is on the past, we cannot ignore lasting effects and persistent meanings, including for our own time. Our shared interpretive and theoretical concerns, as well as the richness and diversity of the research, will both make our discussions fruitful, and help us produce a coherent and publishable volume.

If you are interested in participating, please send a 2-page CV (focusing on publications), and a tentative title and abstract (maximum 300 words) to Harriet Murav [email protected] and Mark Steinberg [email protected] by March 1, 2014.

July 2015

08 Council for European Studies: 2015 International Conference of Europeanists in Paris - Call for Proposals

Sponsor: Council for European Studies

Dates: July 08, 2015-July 10, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: October 10, 2014

Registration Deadline: May 11, 2015

Location: 27 Rue Saint-Guillaume, France

Website: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

Conference Description: 

The Council for European Studies (CES) calls for proposals for its 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, taking place on July 8-10, 2015 at Sciences Po in Paris, France. This time, the conference is organized around the theme ’ Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures .’

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome.

Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014.
For more information, please visit our website: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/conferences/2015-ces-conference

15 (RC09) IPSA Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies): Comparative Judicial Studies at the Crossroads: Mapping New Research Agendas and Exploring New Paths

Sponsor: IPSA Research Committee 9 (Comparative Judicial Studies)

Dates: July 15, 2015-July 17, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: November 01, 2014

Location: ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Website: http://rc09.ipsa.org

Conference Description: 

Paper and panel proposals for the 2015 Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies (RC09) are now being accepted. The meeting is open to all scholars interested in the study of law and courts from a comparative and national perspective. Papers and panels devoted to the following topics (though not limited to) would be especially welcome:

• Rule of Law and the Quality of Judicial Institutions at the National and Sub-national Level.
• Judicial Institutions for Democracies: The Role Justice-System Actors (Should) Play.
• Mobilizing for Justice: Debating the Proper Role of Courts.
• Methodological Approaches to the Study of Judicial Institutions.
• Beyond Institutional Design: The Role of Judicial Actors in the Protection of Rights.
• Exploring the Relationship between Democracy and Courts.
• National Sovereignty and International Courts.
• The European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court: Legitimacy and Capacity Challenges.
• Laïcité? The Role of Courts in the Debate over Religion in the Public Space.
• The Inter-American, the European, and the African Human Rights Courts: Comparing Enforcement of Human Rights in the Regional Treaty Systems.
• Court of Justice of the European Union versus the European Court of Human Rights: Redefining New Institutional Roles in a Changing European Legal Landscape.
• Legal Reasoning and the Rule of Law.

Please submit your proposal (500 word abstract) via email by November 1, 2014 to RC09 at the following email address: [email protected]
Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by December 15, 2014. A draft conference program will be posted on RC09’s website http://rc09.ipsa.org by February 1, 2015.

27 (ATINER) Athens Institute for Education and Research: Home Page Ø Conferences Ø 2015 Conferences Ø Social Sciences ConferenceØ Call 2nd Annual International Conference on Social Sciences

Sponsor: Athens Institute for Education and Research

Dates: July 27, 2015-July 30, 2015

Location: Greece

Website: http://www.atiner.gr/social.htm

Conference Description: 

The Social Sciences Research Division (SSRD) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 2nd Annual International Conference on Social Sciences, 27-30 July 2015. The conference website is http://www.atiner.gr/social.htm. In the past, the five research units of SSRD have organized 45 annual international conferences on economics, sociology psychology, politics & International Affairs, as well as the mass media & Communication. Papers from all branches of social sciences are welcome: Anthropology, Media and Communication Studies, Economics, Education, Human Geography, Political science, Public Administration, Psychology and Sociology. Papers on Social Research and Social Theory are also welcome. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.
For programs of previous conferences and other information, please visit the conference website: http://www.atiner.gr/social.htm.
Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.htm.
Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/SOC-SOS.htm.

October 2015

02 (EIP, EPOVB, and International IDEA) Electoral Integrity Project: What works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity

Sponsor: Electoral Integrity Project

Dates: October 02, 2015

Proposal or Application Due: December 01, 2014

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2015

Location: Hilton Hotel, CA, United States

Website: http://www.electoralintegrityproject.com

Conference Description: 

Theme: Recent decades have seen growing attempts by the international community and domestic stakeholders to strength electoral integrity. Nation-wide legislative elections have spread globally to all but a handful of countries worldwide, but nevertheless their quality remains problematic, with multiple flaws and failures evident throughout the electoral cycle.

What are the most effective policies and types of strategic interventions which improve rectify common problems and thereby improve the quality of elections?

A wide range of policies are available, including the following types of initiatives:

1. Legal frameworks: Reforms to constitutions, legal and procedural frameworks governing elections, for example campaign finance reform or the diffusion of gender quota laws designed to produce more inclusive parliaments.

2. Governance: Building the capacity, human resources, and administrative infrastructure of electoral authorities, including training EMB staff, auditing agencies, reform of civilian security forces

3. Technologies: Implementing electronic and internet voter registration and balloting, the use of surveillance technologies, and the deployment of social media, such as crowd-sourcing

4. Monitoring: Deploying international electoral observers, domestic election watch NGOs and party observers, using PEI and human rights indicators, and scrutinizing results based on techniques of forensic analysis

5. Transparency: deploying exit polls, ‘parallel vote’ tabulations, and strengthening campaign news reporting by the independent media

6. Accountability: improving legal adjudication processes of judicial appeal and parliamentary oversight of electoral authorities

7. Campaigning: expanding the capacity for candidates and political parties to build grassroots organizations and campaign effectively, exemplified by training in mobilizing networks, fund-raising, public communications, and policy analysis for the pool of aspirants for elected office, for nominated candidates and for elected politicians

8. Public reform campaigns: Mobilizing political activism by political parties and civic society organizations, opposition boycotts, and peaceful mass demonstrations.

9. International pressures: Using aid conditionality, international economic sanctions, and diplomatic intermediation

10. International standards: Strengthening global conventions, treaties, and guidelines on electoral rights in international and regional inter-governmental bodies, especially concerning the lack of appropriate standards for regulating campaign finance and campaign broadcasting,

11. Evaluation methods: how do we know what works? What evidence and techniques are available to assess programmatic interventions? Can International IDEA’s assessment tool, survey research, process tracing case-studies, and randomized control experimental methods contribute towards this research?

This workshop therefore welcomes papers addressing these and other related policy relevant issues, using a wide variety of methodological techniques and evidence. To submit proposals, go to www.electoralintegrityproject.com and use the form to submit the contact and affiliation details for author(s), the proposed paper title, and a short abstract. http://bit.ly/1oIoFXv
Papers should be delivered by 1 August 2015.

The workshop will provide all participants with a buffet breakfast, refreshments and buffet lunch during the workshop, an early evening drinks reception, and paper-givers and discussants will be invited to an evening dinner in a local restaurant. Participants can take advantage of APSA annual meeting rates for hotels. There will also be a limited number of $200 travel awards available for graduate students, women, and international participants accepted to present papers in the program.

 

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