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October 07, 2008

International Conference on Change & Stability - Call for Papers

International Conference:
"Change and Stability. State, Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East and North Africa."

Organized by: Department of Middle & Far East at Jagiellonian University

Location: Cracow, Poland
Date: 28-29 May 2009

The prime objective of the conference is to analyze interactions between institutions of a modern state and traditional structures and values. State-society relations, identities, culture and religion undergo changes which origins may be considered as external to Islamic civilization.

We would like to address such phenomena as: pluralizing political systems, discourse of democracy, secularization, liberalization, as well as durability of authoritarian regimes, de-politization of large social sectors, and mobilizing aspects of political Islam.

We expect to attract a number of participants and to create a space for discussion that will improve our understanding of these dynamic processes.

The conference will include several panel discussions led by invited experts. Researchers in political science, international relations, socio-legal studies, law, area studies, media studies and human rights studies are invited to propose papers that may include the following subjects:

1. Authoritarian State in Global Environment
2. Collective Identities Transitions
3. Concept of Nation and Practice of Nationalism
4. Conflict as a Mean of Legitimacy
5. Islamic Roots of Political Culture
6. Islamic Political Thought-Sources of Inspiration & Policy Outcomes
7. Women in Public Sphere
8. Islamic Values and Human Rights Record
9. Religious Consequences of Politicizing the masses
10.Mobilization and Social Movements
11.Role of Democratization Debate
12.Dimensions of Regional Instability
13.Economy - Between Bureaucracy and Tradition

All those who wish to present a paper at the conference are expected to meet the following criteria:
-Send an abstract of 500 to 1,000 words on the topic of their paper & a short bio by November, 1 2008 to changeandstability2009@gmail.com
-Acceptance of projects will be sent by December, 31 2008.
-Presentations should last 20 to 30 minutes; they will be followed by discussion and questions. The official language of the conference will be English. Papers designed for publication should not exceed 8000 words; they will be peer-reviewed and published after the conference.
-Register for the conference by January, 31 2009. The registration fee is 60 €, covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks, and conference materials. Special arrangements will be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate.

To register or for more information about the conference, please visit our Web site: http://changeandstability.eu For any further information, do not hesitate to contact Katarzyna Jarecka-Stępień at e-mail: katarzyna.jarecka@uj.edu.pl

Posted by kpfister at October 7, 2008 04:27 PM

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