2nd international conference of The West Network, a multidisciplinary research network.see more
* Call for abstracts : The West Network *
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
June 5-7, 2019
The West Network, an international and multidisciplinary research network coordinated from the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, is organizing its 2nd international conference titled:
THE END OF WESTERN HEGEMONIES?
If we look at ‘the West’ as a group of states, we can say it has been globally hegemonic in many areas of life, such as scientific innovation, the economy and consumption, military force, medicine, technological development, press freedom, political regimes and ideology. In addition, there are views according to which the West has imposed its own vision of the world by having hegemony over the production of knowledge in intellectual domains, such as philosophy, political science, and sociology, the West has imposed its own vision of the world. This is how the ‘Western paradigm’ has been built. Adopting this paradigm has long been held as a global criterion of success. However, as long as there have been Western hegemonies, there have been contestations of them.
History did not end in the triumph of Western liberal democracy, and there are societal developments in the US and Europe that are seen as undermining (the unity of) the West. It is feared that the era of Donald Trump will disengage the US from the Western and global political arenas. The imminent separation of Britain from the European Union is raising concerns about the unity of Europe. The overall rise of right-wing populism is seen to jeopardize such core Western values as internationalism, liberalism and solidarity. Increasing individualism and identity politics, racism, toxic masculinity, unemployment or a lost sense of purpose are seen to erode Western society from the inside by dividing people into different sides of cultural wars.
Moreover, the so-called emerging countries, China in their lead, are often seen as a threat to Western geopolitical, economic and cultural hegemonies, if not to the contemporary world order. Western military ventures have been seen as the source of deep fractures, not only between the West and other countries, but also within non-Western societies, since they have helped to cause the rise of militant Islam and the unleashing of wars in these countries. This interventionism, however, has not been without consequences in the West as well, for these wars have caused flows of refugees, and brought crowds of immigrants into Western countries. This situation has fueled further political conflict within Western societies whose people debate about the nature of Western civilization and its role in helping others.
Will the ‘non-West’, the emerging countries, or China surpass the West? If so, in which areas of life? Can the West hold on to its hegemonies in science, liberal democracy, economy, civil liberties, and the military sphere? Or is it bound to become one of many equal players - or a relic - in a new multi-polar world order? At the same time, the West - and all of humankind - is developing further in terms of technology, health, human rights, democracy and peace, and many think there is no reason to believe the West would lose its hegemonies.
If one holds that the West is mainly an imagined community, one can doubt that it ever could have exercised any concrete domination. One can thus easily problematize the basic concepts of ‘the West’ as well as its ‘hegemonies’. In contrast, the very notion of hegemony invites explorations in specific areas in which one can postulate a hegemonic or dominating position of the West, today or in the recent past. If one accepts that the West enjoyed a strong leadership in certain domains, one may ask why and how it occurred. Or one might, enquire about the present and future of this domination. Will it come to a close? If so, why and how - politically, culturally, socially or narratively?
We invite scholars, particularly from social sciences and humanities, to present empirical or theoretical papers on the topic of the conference by focusing on the following sub-themes, issues and/or phenomena or other topics relevant to the theme of the conference (the list is not exclusive):
36th International Social Philosophy Conference, University of San Francisco July 11-13 2019see more
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Thirty-Sixth International Social Philosophy Conference
Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy
with the Department of Philosophy, University of San Francisco July 11-13, 2019
Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the theme:
Home: Sanctuary, Shelter, and Justice
Some possible paper topics include:
Membership in families
Membership in communities
Identity, immigration, and assimilation
Caregiving and care receiving
Care and Justice: Compatibilities and Incompatibilities
Philosophical perspectives on welcoming and openness
Philosophical perspectives: What it means to be at home and/or homeless
Homeless in the academy: Conservative political philosophy
Future society and/or technology in reference to the meaning of home
Collective activity and/or collective care
Neoliberalism and social responsibility
Philosophical perspectives on discrimination
Sanctuary and “homeplacing”
Sanctuary, shelter, and living “in-between” worlds
Sanctuary, shelter, and justice as related to gender
Feeling at home/homeless in reference to gender
Recreation, play, and social concerns• Leisure and the common good
Classical philosophical perspectives on the meaning of community
Educating for social justice and/or citizenship
Educational rights in reference to immigrants and the homeless
Educational levels and feeling at home within society
The ethics of social practices
The status of community and home in an age of political division
Citizenship and civic obligation
Religious belief and the feeling of home/homeless
Religious belief and security, justice, and/or shelter
The connection between food, water, and security
The effects of health and well-being on security
Public institutions security
Philosophical perspectives on sanctuary, shelter, and/or justice
We welcome submissions from both members and non-members, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.
Geoff Karabin, Neumann University (chair) Roksana Avali, University of Oklahoma Laura Kane, University of Tampa
Local host: Jeff Paris, University of San Francisco David Stump, University of San Francisco Ron Sundstrom, University of San Francisco
Members of the Program Committee may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NASSP Support for International Presenters
The NASSP will waive fees for conference registration and for the banquet for those participants traveling from outside of the United States and Canada.
NASSP Conference Awards for Graduate Students:
The North American Society for Social Philosophy has established the NASSP Awards for Best Graduate Student Papers to promote new scholarship in social philosophy and to encourage student participation in our Conference.
The winners of the annual prizes. The prizes are awarded only to conference attendees, though there is no obligation to use the money for conference-related costs. Any graduate student enrolled in a program towards a degree beyond the B.A. or first university diploma is eligible.
The paper may address any topic in social philosophy. Papers should be no more than 3,000 words (include a word count with submission), and they should conform to the requirements set out by the APA for colloquium submissions to annual Divisional meetings.
Please indicate "Arendt Circle Submission" in the subject heading of your email.
Deadline: December 1, 2018 Program decisions announced by January 10, 2019.
University of Northern Iowa
University of Waterloo
University of Alberta
The Arendt Circle also hosts two working groups, which will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
For more information on the format and how to participate, please contact the working group coordinators by email:
International Development Ethics Association 2018 Conference, 17-18 May, 2018 Chişinău, Moldovasee more
*CALL FOR ABSTRACTS*
“MARGINALIZED PEOPLES, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND DEVELOPMENT ETHICS”
17-18 May, 2018
Universitatea de Stat din Moldova (The State University of Moldova)
The State University of Moldova
The Ombudsman Office of the Republic of Moldova
UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Moldova School of Public Health and Management
The Department of Philosophy & Anthropology at MSU
The International Development Ethics Association
The Universitatae de Stat din Moldova and the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA) invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation at an international, interdisciplinary conference for scholars, development practitioners, government policy makers, and representatives from local and regional marginalized groups.
The conference will explore the ethical dimensions of international, national, and community development by and for marginalized populations, with an emphasis on human rights and democratic participation. The concept of marginalization recognizes the myriad ways in which individuals and groups might be economically, socially, or politically excluded, and the developmental, democratic, health, and ethical consequences of that exclusion. Presentations will address the challenges to marginalized populations and ethno-cultural minorities, as well as other economically or geographically isolated groups, in the region and in Moldova especially, but also beyond, where there are valuable insights and lessons to be learned.
Keynote Speakers (third to be announced):
Dr. Beatrice Ioan, Chair of the Committee on Bioethics, Council of Europe & Professor of Legal Medicine and Bioethics at Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iaşi, Romania
Dr. Chloe Schwenke, Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women (USA), former Obama Administration Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau of USAID, former Vice President for Global Programs at Freedom House.
Plenary sessions and individual presentations composed into panels. Presentations in English, Romanian, and Russian with simultaneous translation available.
Topics might include, but ARE NOT limited to, the following:
· Theorizing, Mapping, and Assessing Marginalization
· Ethics, Governments, and Marginalization
· Corruption as a driver of Marginalization
· Marginalization and the Right to Health
· Local Norms, Group Rights, and Universal Rights
· Marginalized Groups and Democratic Transitions
· Development Ethics and Autonomy Movements in Moldova and Eastern Europe
· Autonomy and Self-Determination as Tools of Cultural Freedom
· The Process Aspect of Self-Determination
· Democratic Approaches to Conflicts of Culture
· Minorities within Minorities
· Intersectionality and “Universal” Rights
· Language, Culture, and Identity Rights
· The Rights of Linguistic Majorities and Minorities
· Social, Economic, and Cultural rights in the Republic of Moldova
· Human Trafficking as Cause and Consequence of Marginalization
In addition to papers on the conference theme, papers on all core IDEA themes are welcome:
· the nature of ethically desirable development
· ethical means for achieving development
· ethical dilemmas arising in the practice of development.
IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship:
We anticipate that the conversation will not end in Chişinău. This conference will be held one month before the IDEA Congress in Bordeaux, France (June 25-27, 2018). In keeping with IDEA’s commitment to supporting local and marginalized scholars and practitioners, organizers hope to select two or more participants—from the State University of Moldova or other local or regional universities or groups—for a fellowship to attend the Bordeaux IDEA Congress. The fellowship will pay the conference fee, and travel and lodging expenses. If you wish to be considered for the IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship, please indicate this in your submission. Selection will be based on the merit of the proposed papers and relevance to the core objectives of the conference.
Program Committee and Conference Chairs:
Dr. Gheorghe Ciocanu, Rector, State University of Moldova
Dr. Rodica Gramma, Bio-Ethics, School of Public Health and Management (Moldova)
Dr. Stacy J. Kosko, Development Ethics, University of Maryland (USA), Conference Chair
Dr. Angela Popa, Philosophy, State University of Moldova
Dr. Amandine Sabourin, International Relations, State University of Moldova
Dr. Eudochia Saharneau, Philosophy, State University of Moldova
Dr. Valentina Teosa, International Relations, State University of Moldova, Conference Chair
Ms. Natalia Visanu, Ombudsman’s Office of the Republic of Moldova
How to Submit Your Proposal:
Presentation can be made in English, Romanian, or Russian. However, submissions should all be in English, and include the name, email, and affiliation of the presenter(s), an abstract of no more than 300 words, and a statement of whether you wish to be considered for the IDEA Bordeaux Fellowship.
* Organizers especially encourage participation from members of marginalized groups, including but not limited to European minority and indigenous peoples and sexual and gender minorities. *
Submissions should be send to: Prof. Stacy J. Kosko, email@example.com by 1st March, 2018 -- EXTENDED to March 15
Conference Registration Fee Schedule:
On-line conference registration will open around April 2018.
Fee includes coffee and tea breaks, lunch both days, and evening reception.
• Professional, high-income country, early (€100)
• Professional, high-income country, standard (€125)
• Professional, low- or mid-income country, all (free)
• Student, high-income country, early (€25)
• Student, high-income country, standard (€50)
• Student, low- or mid-income country, all (free)
• Low- or mid-income country, Journal subscription and postage (€35)
Please note that the registration fee does not include a year's membership in IDEA, which is compulsory for conference attendance for individuals from high-income countries. Membership may be secured at https://developmentethics.org/joining-idea-2/.
For those not required to pay a registration fee, IDEA has set aside a grant to support one year’s membership for the first 20 registered conference participants from low and middle-income countries. Membership includes a year’s subscription to the Journal of Global Ethics.
March 15, 2018 - Submission of abstracts
April 1, 2018 - Announcement of acceptance/rejection
April 15, 2018 - Deadline for conference registration at early-bird rates
May 1, 2018 - Submission of full papers (if applicable – not required from practitioners)
May 1, 2018 - Final deadline for conference registration at standard rates
Journal of Global Ethics:
We encourage papers presented at the conference to be submitted for publication in the Journal of Global Ethics. This IDEA-affiliated journal is a peer reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal on all aspects of the theory and practice of global ethics as well as ethics in the context of globalisation. See the journal webpage for more information on the journal and on how to submit your paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjge20/current.