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September 2023
  • September 28, 2023

Trust and Distrust in Governance: Exploring the Impact of Social and Political Dynamics

Trust in governance is considered a pivotal element for democracy. In light of multiple and interrelated crises of recent years an increase of distrust in governance came to the fore and became a highly debated issue, both within the public and the academic field. At the same time, however, scepticism and distrust themselves are productive elements within the democratic arena, as it is a key role of democratic citizens or social movements to critically scrutinise the actions and decisions of governmental actors. This indicates a complex interrelation between trust and distrust, the factors that are responsible for these interrelations, and the ways how trust and distrust need to be evaluated.

The international conference takes up the overarching topic of trust and distrust in democratic governments and institutions and aspires to explore it in all its various dimensions and aspects. Thus, we hope to gain further insights into different arenas of trust formation as well as into the forms, conditions and implications of trust and distrust in democratic governance.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2023
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October 2023
  • October 5, 2023
German Studies Association

The 47th German Studies Association Conference

The 47th German Studies Association Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from October 5 to October 8, 2023 will again host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information, click here). Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and consist of 8 to 20 participants, at least some of whom should be graduate students. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are required to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 3rd, 2023
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  • October 5, 2023
University of Nebraska at Omaha
European Studies Conference

The 48th Annual European Studies Conference, which will be held on October 5-6, 2023, welcomes submissions on European topics in all disciplines. This year's event will feature both online programming and in-person presentations.
Founded in 1975, our interdisciplinary conference draws every year participants from colleges and universities in the United States and from abroad. Areas of interest include art, anthropology, history, literature, current issues, and prospects in cultural, political, social, economic, or military areas; education, business, international affairs, religion, foreign languages, philosophy, music, geography, theater, and film.
This year we will also offer special panels on the following topics:
  • Ancient Mediterranean & Near Eastern World
  • Black European Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Holocaust and Genocide
  • Medieval Europe

Proposal Deadline: May 31, 2023
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  • October 13, 2023
Southern New Hampshire University

Virtual, multidisciplinary conference: Past, Present, and Future of Nation-States

Nation-states are relatively new to the international political landscape. Accompanied by wars, border realignments, and bitter territorial disputes, as well as by glorifying victories and alliances, the modern history of nation-states is a complex mix of losses and achievements. How did the modern nation-state-building process change the lives of people inside and outside of their borders? How do newly developing citizenship regimes and the forces of globalization affect nation-states today? Are nation-states in demise, losing their practical value for local and international politics, or are they changing to meet new conditions? These are some of the questions this conference seeks to discuss.
More than a dozen scholars in the fields of history, Political Science, Economics, Area Studies, and other will participate in this conference, representing seven countries on three continents. Participants include undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, and independent scholars. Please register at https://events.blackthorn.io/1N1TpJJ7/5a3N3l1K6PP

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  • October 14, 2023
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

JIS Symposium 2023: Culture & Its Discontents: From Selfies to Community

At the center of postmodern culture is a paradox: What Christopher Lasch analyzed as The Culture of Narcissism (1979) that celebrates an individual’s unbounded subjectivity, found an unlikely ally in what Mark Milke calls The Victim Cult (2021) that focuses on past grievances while forsaking the future. Both Hitler and Stalin thought of themselves as “victims.” Their paranoia stoked fascist and communist totalitarian dictatorships punctuated by Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag chronicled by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn. In post-World War II U.S., racial, ethnic and gender preferences had unintended consequences. Beneficiaries who succeeded due to talent and effort would have done so without preferences, while those less-prepared often faced higher education’s revolving door. As contributors to A Dubious Expediency (2021) conclude, such preferences damage higher education, lowering standards, resulting in demands for further leveling, and silencing of independent voices via political correctness. But the major deleterious consequence of preferences is the retribalization of American society and resulting identity politics which now divide the Republic along ancient tribal, non-negotiable, lines. John McWhorter claims in Woke Racism (2021) that the “Elect”--self-styled gurus who demand uncompromising racial consciousness of victimhood from blacks and whites alike--propagate a new “religion” that has betrayed black America. The question arises: Can individuals and groups in 21st-century America find common ground, renewing the culture and civil society as the precondition for community and a more perfect Union?

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
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  • October 27, 2023
Concordia University Department of Political Science

Midwifery as Metaphor

In Plato’s dialogue Theaetetus (149e-151e), Socrates describes himself as a midwife, an art he says he learned from his mother. The fact that Plato weaves this metaphor of midwifery in an epistemological discussion is significant and ties into contemporary debates about knowledge and expertise. On the one hand, it speaks to the nurturing and birth of ideas, as well as their (intergenerational) transmission. On the other hand, it raises questions about what it means to know, and who can claim such status. From a contemporary perspective, we were especially struck by the potential of this metaphor to undermine persistent debates about midwives’ knowledge and expertise that not only have material implications for practising midwives, through pay and working conditions, but also limit their authority and legitimacy in policy and decision-making.
While this passage from Theaetetus serves as the inspiration for this workshop, we aim to bring together philosophers, historians, classical scholars, social scientists, health researchers, midwife practitioners, and activists to discuss the questions that arise from this metaphor, in both theoretical and applied contexts, such as:
• What is the meaning and significance of Plato’s metaphor?
• What are the different ways of knowing in ancient and modern perspectives?
• What does it mean to be a midwife, in both historical and contemporary contexts?
• How do midwives produce and share knowledge?
• How can the midwife/midwifery metaphor help us understand the production, transmission, and mobilization of knowledge more broadly?
• How does the midwife, as feminized subject, matter in how we understand and deploy this metaphor?

Proposal Deadline: August 15, 2023

January 2024
  • January 4, 2024
American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA)

American Politics Group Annual Meeting

In 1974 a small group of US politics colleagues, active members both of the Political Studies Association and of the British Association for American Studies, agreed that American Politics scholars in the UK had so much to discuss that they needed to carve out some dedicated space. Their invention, the American Politics Group, held its first conference at Keele University in January 1975, with about 20 participants and Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox gave the keynote address.
The 2024 conference is thus the group's 50th, and we are delighted it will held in London at Queen Mary University on Mile End Road in the East End. The American Politics Group (APG) of the Political Studies Association (PSA) remains the premier organisation for the study of US politics beyond America’s shores. The group is based in the UK, with a strong representation of European scholars, as well as scholars from the US and further afield.
The APG invites proposals on any aspect of US politics. Papers examining contemporary US political institution or processes, US foreign policy, or US political history are all welcome.
Previous conferences have had a strong postgraduate presence, and we especially encourage early career scholars to present their work.

Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2023
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February 2024
  • February 15, 2024
National Association Of African American Studies (NAAAS & affiliates)

National Conference

The conference is a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic research event that involves papers from all fields of study and discipline.Papers may include,but are not limited to education,health and human services, immigration,social sciences,humanities,child trafficking,fine arts,political science,global challenges,poverty in the minority community and other disciplines. Presentations in the arts,readings of original writings and other forms of writings are welcomed.Abstracts for a paper and/or poster presentation are due by November 11,2023.

Proposal Deadline: November 11, 2023
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April 2024
  • April 24, 2024
Urban Affairs Association

International Conference on Urban Affairs

Cities on the Edge: Promoting Equity and Resiliency through Research, Activism, Planning, and Policy
Cities are home to more than 55% of the world’s population and generate 80% of global GDP. Their economic power and influence are counterbalanced by a growing number of social, political, and environmental challenges that threaten to undermine societies and habitats. Current conditions within cities, as well as their future capacity to become equitable and resilient, are shaped by a complex set of dynamics. Policies and politics operating at the global, regional and local levels produce conflicts, polarization, dislocation, economic instability, and climate change. As the world’s cities begin an assumed exit from the recent global pandemic, a singular question emerges: how can cities on the brink of irreversible change develop equitable policy options that will allow for future sustainability and resilience?
The dynamics influencing current conditions in cities, as well as their ability to become equitable and resilient in the future, are complex, and call for a multidisciplinary perspective from urban affairs scholars and practitioners. This conference welcomes researchers, planners, policymakers, advocates, and community leaders to share insights and identify strategies for creating equitable options that ensure sustainable choices. Among the wide range of topics relevant to cities, a set of subthemes are of particular interest.

Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2023
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March 2024
  • March 31, 2024
International Business Review

How Multinational Companies Are Adjusting their Strategies and Operations in Response to a Turbulent IB Environment

The past few years have witnessed significant rises in both the complexity and the risks of international business stemming from (a) more assertive nationalism, protectionism and screening or scrutiny on foreign firms, with government policies increasingly skewed in favor of the host nation; (b) the realization that the extreme optimization of global value chains (GVC) has gone too far and more resilient redesigns of GVCs are called for; (c) globalized or transborder mandates and pressures increasing on multinational enterprises (MNEs), on issues ranging from climate change, environmental, social and governance (ESG), sustainable development goals (SDG), and international tax avoidance; and (d) macroeconomic changes or volatility occurring in interest rates, commodity prices and exchange rates.

Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2024
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May 2024
  • May 24, 2024
University of Notre Dame

Workshop on Race and International Relations

Encouraged by the success of our inaugural workshop, the International Race and Rights Lab is pleased to announce the call for proposals for our second workshop on Race and International Relations. The workshop will be organized by Zoltán I. Búzás (University of Notre Dame) with the generous support of the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. We invite paper proposals on any topic related to race, racism, and anti-racism in international relations broadly defined. We especially encourage advanced graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty to apply, but everyone is welcome. The deadline for proposal submissions (500 words) is January 22, 2024. Full papers will be due on May 14, 2024. The workshop will take place online on May 24, 2024.

Proposal Deadline:  January 22, 2024
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