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Working Paper Series: submissions are opened! 

 

 

CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS

 

 

Conference on Women's studies (27-28.09.2014.)

 

Conference on Communication(1-2.11.2014.)

 

Conference Re-thinking politics and political culture (21-22.12.2014.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE RE-THINKING POLITICS AND POLITICAL CULTURE IN EVERYDAY LIVES

 

21-22 December 2014

Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

RATIONALE

 

Politics makes our daily lives whether we are aware of it, or not. From social policies (e.g. financial help during unemployment, health insurance, etc.) that directly affect our wellbeing towards political decisions on foreign interventions and alliances, politics forms our daily lives. On the other hand, the notion of political does not stop in the realm of policymaking but also reflects in statements politicians make as well as in their party programmes. Because of the economic crisis, the Far Right re-gained power in many countries, but the Far Left also became more exposed in the public sphere offering criticism of current policies. Both Far Right and Far Left offer particular set of values and it seems as if central political positions are diminishing because people are turning towards finding the scapegoat by blaming those they consider as responsible for the crisis be it the so-called neo-liberal policies or immigrants. Religion has seemed to grow as strong as ever, and this also brings tensions because immigrants are often considered to be more religious than the hosts and religion is seen as too influential in policy making (i.e. in organizing referendums that enforce religiously-conditioned views, or by directly participating in ruling the country in certain countries). All of this changes our everyday lives and brings uneasy tensions in already turbulent relations. It also brings questions on political culture, which apparently varies from case to case. However, to what extent are we different, and how politics shapes our everyday lives?

 

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Far Right: growth and current policies

Far Left and the opposition to current policies

Anti-Semitism: Far Right and Far Left

Social policies and everyday lives in the present world

Social resistance movements

Politics: theory and praxis

Political culture: theory and praxis

Political culture: case studies

Corruption and anti-corruption policies

Current issues in European and global politics, and the place of social sciences and humanities in understanding ongoing events

Media and representation of politics

Global crisis and its reflection on everyday lives

Religion, politics and political culture

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.

 

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 20 November 2014.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

 

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

 

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals during both days of the conference WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria.

Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

 

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodolo gical/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Media and Popular culture

 

30-31.05.2014.

***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

 

Panel ‘Love and Relationships in the Media’

 

Contemporary media often include content on love and relationships; however, it is difficult to determine how media see love and relationships. In that, media sometimes show love and relationships in a way that makes it difficult to determine where love stops, and erotica and pornography begin. Violence in relationships, as well as loneliness and impossibility to find an appropriate person seem to dominate media content. Media also significantly engage into famous break ups that are often subject of extensive media content where intimacy of the couple that is separating is being exposed to local or global audiences. Nonetheless, TV shows such as Ally McBeal introduced the concept of ‘quirkyalone’ that seems to dominate the media content when it comes to relationships. To what extent are these messages true representatives of the reality? Are we truly turning towards being ‘quirkyalone’ whether by our own choices or because of the situation? What is the role of the media in creating expected roles in relationships and defining love?

 

 

A few photos from the panel are available in the gallery below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Women’s Studies

 

 

27-28.09. 2014.

Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

Rationale

 

It has been a long time ago since feminists started to debate women’s rights, and different treatment women receive in societies, politics and working markets. Even though feminist voices are still loud, and feminists still warn about inferior position of women in comparison to men in all aspects of life, have we reached true equality? Statistics and events forming daily consumption of the international media show we have not reached an ultimate goal of equality, and yet certain movements are claiming that feminists are too loud and that men’s rights need to be protected due to the enormous influence of ‘women’s lobby’. Have we truly reached equality, and are feminists jeopardizing the rights of men?These and other issues are subjects of our conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Women and labour

Women and discrimination

Women and sexual violence

Women and religion

Women in the media

Women and politics

Women and sexuality

Theory and methodology in women’s studies

Women: East vs West

Women and reproductive rights

Women and education

Women and leadership

Movement for men’s rights

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 15th August 2014.

Decisions will be made by 20th August 2014.

Panel proposals should be sent by 15th July 2014.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th September 2014.

 

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

 

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Conference meals and drinks during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).

We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.

 

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

 

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a private institution registered in Croatia.

 

Our goal is to encourage work in fields of religion and wider cultural studies by organizing conferences, and through our publishing activities.

 

We are registered, among others, for conducting research in fields of History, Sociology, Religion, Culture, and Musicology, organizing conferences and seminars, as well as publishing activities.

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

 

28-29. 03. 2014.

***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

Rationale

 

Religion is often discussed through the eyes of secularisation theory; however, there is no agreement on what secularisation is, or to what extent religion is present in our present lives even though religion is as influential as ever. Whether we understand secularisation as a decline of religious beliefs, privatization of religion, or as differentiation of the secular spheres and emancipation (Casanova 2006; Berger 2001), we still have to ask ourselves to what extent religion shapes our present lives. Many scholars believed religion will eventually loose importance and that societies will face decline of religious beliefs, but by the end of the 20th century many changed their views and acknowledged that secularisation theory does not work, and that religion is as important as ever (Berger, 1999). Nonetheless, we can agree with a view “religious communities have survived and even flourished to the degree that they have not tried to adapt themselves to the alleged requirements of a secularised world” (Berger, 1999: 4). Recently, scholars also advocated that religion emerges in times of crisis such as, for example, the Arab Spring, breakup of former Yugoslavia, current economic crisis that is shaking the world etc. It is questionable whether we can truly discuss secularisation as a phenomenon, or we should simply turn our attention to the notion of religion in all of its aspects, and try to increase understanding of this complex phenomenon.We are, therefore, seeking papers from social sciences and humanities that address religion and its influence on our present reality, and its growing importance.

 

In a very interesting and lively debate, participants debated issues such as religion and science, religion in post-Communist Europe, religion and identity,religion and politics, religion and culture, and religion and spirituality.

 

Selection of photos from the conference is available in the photo gallery below:

 

 

 

International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

 

***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

24-25. 04. 2014.

 

Rationale

 

Culture is a set of rules and behavioural patterns we learn with socialisation. However, in a globalised (and multicultural) world culture became subject of discussions from various points of views, and its importance is not loosing strength.In the past century, we witnessed many attempts to foster cultural agendas using popular culture where identities were formed in a way to present one nation to other nations in a favourable way, and where audiences were confronted with various messages that are sometimes blurred with first-hand experiences. States indeed invest funding in their cultural policies, and particularly in their cultural policies oriented towards abroad via external cultural institutes, or tourist offers where culture is emphasized as an achievement of a certain nation (most notably, in art and music). Cultural relations, on the other hand, are centred on creating mutual recognition and understanding, however, many scholars and practitioners expressed criticism calling western countries as imperialists imposing their cultural patterns over less advanced countries just via peaceful means and not through colonialism anymore.On the other hand, culture is often a subject of discussion when minority groups are in stake because minorities find themselves surrounded by different culture, and in a dilemma whether to assimilate or to preserve their culture while still trying to lead average lives. The latter is then subject of criticism from conservatives and the Far Right that insist on integration, an unclear term that sometimes seems more like forced i ntegration.

 

Participants debated issues in culture and cultural policies in several panels: culture and nationalism, women and cultural policy, dance and cultural policy, European cultural policy, cultural policy and theatres, culture and identity, culture and economy & development, and cultural policy in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Communication

 

1-2.11.2014.

Venue: tbc

Leeds, West Yorkshire

United Kingdom

Fee: GBP 180

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

RATIONALE

 

Communication is understood as a process of transferring information through verbal words, non-verbal signs, written word or as a transfer of information through modern communication technology. However, in order to have a successful communication the process should be a two-way oriented and communication should create meaning and mutual understanding, and communication should inter-connect people. Indeed, we may ask ourselves how do we understand communication? What does it mean to communicate in contemporary world?

 

In the EU, for example, bureaucracy in Brussels is trying to communicate messages of united Europe based on fundamental rights and the so-called European values, and yet majority of Europe (EU and non-EU alike) is witnessing various forms of radicalisation and growth of populism. International media are trying to transfer information on ongoing events but the coverage is often framed into opinions of writers very often bigoted and biased that increases animosities and contributes toward lack of adequate communication that could/should create mutual understanding.

 

On the other hand, cultural communication occurs separately, and artists seem to be the only ones who are making an attempt to communicate in a way that does not create misunderstanding. This is visible in dancing troops that are performing in various places in the world, and in international film festivals, for example.

 

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Media communication

Journalism practices

Communication on Internet

Political communication

Communication of values

Inter-cultural communication

Cultural events as a form of communication

Dance and communication

Film and communication

Communication of values in the EU

Communication policies of the EU

Communication and Identities

Communication of gender identities

Communication and Discrimination

Religious communication and inter-faith dialogue

Communication and Globalisation

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), and an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 1st October 2014.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered for publication.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

 

Conference fee is GBP 180, and it includes

 

The registration feeConference bag and folder with materials

 

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing proceedings)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Drinks and meals during both days of the conference

Certificate of attendance

Social programme in Leeds (optional)

 

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in the UK. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

 

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

Information for participants with Visa requirements

 

The Centre has been issuing confirmations and invitation letters for Austria since March 2014, and so far no conference participant has been refused Schengen Visa by Austrian embassies.

 

However, since United Kingdom is not part of Schengen area Visa regime of the British Home Office may differ from the one in the rest of the EU. If you have not travelled to the UK before, we advise that you check Visa requirements of the UK regardless whether you need Visa for visiting Schengen area or not.

 

Visa self-assessment is available at the website of the Home Office at this link: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Media and Popular culture

 

30-31.05.2014.

***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13, 10 10, Vienna, Austria

 

 

Rationale

 

It is an unobjectionable fact that media participate in formation of our daily lives by creating identities, images, and by generally influencing our views. This applies not only to politics (i.e. political campaigns), but also to the formation on how we see ourselves and others. Popular culture, on the other hand, also affects our daily lives by fostering images and ideologies, and by selling way of life that is presented as acceptable or non-acceptable.Sociological theories presented five models of audiences (hypodermic model, normative model, model of satisfying needs, interpretative model, structural interpretative model), and scholars still debate usability of each model due to the influence of media and popular culture over current issues.

These and other issues will be discussed at our conference.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Media and identity

Media and political campaigns

Media and discrimination

Media and war

War reporting

Women in the media

Objectivity of media

Media and democracy

Media and human rights

Popular culture

TV shows and identity

Film and identity

TV shows and everyday lives

Film and everyday lives

Media and memory

Media and history

History of media and popular culture

Media and diplomacy

Media and the Collapse of Eastern Europe

Audience studies

Media and the war in Yugoslavia

Media and religion

Media audience models

 

A selection of photos from the conference is available in the gallery below:

 

International Conference on Identity studies

 

 

26-27.07.2014.

***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

Rationale

 

Identities are various: personal, national, religious, regional, racial, gender etc., and it is very difficult to determine which identity is affecting us most. Sometimes it can be one, and sometimes the other. For example, during the presidential race in the United States between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, black women wondered which of the two identities represented them most: their racial or their gender identity.National identity bears huge relevance and people are willing to die for their nations. Religious is as important as ever, and people are willing to sacrifice their own comforts and sometimes even to discriminate others because of their religious identities. European identity had been an issue of debate since the foundation of the EU when founders envisaged European unification based on a particular set of values shared among founders and prospective future members.The notion of identity is often ending up in stereotyping and othering of those who have different identities, and irrespective of the approach we take in identity studies we always end up with the same dilemma: why are identities and identifications so important? These and other issues will be a subject of our conference.

 

In a very lively and interesting debate, participants debated multiplicity of identities in contemporary world in 10 different panels.

 

Selection of photos is available in the gallery below...

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE RE-THINKING POLITICS AND POLITICAL CULTURE IN EVERYDAY LIVES

 

21-22 December 2014

Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

RATIONALE

 

Politics makes our daily lives whether we are aware of it, or not. From social policies (e.g. financial help during unemployment, health insurance, etc.) that directly affect our wellbeing towards political decisions on foreign interventions and alliances, politics forms our daily lives. On the other hand, the notion of political does not stop in the realm of policymaking but also reflects in statements politicians make as well as in their party programmes. Because of the economic crisis, the Far Right re-gained power in many countries, but the Far Left also became more exposed in the public sphere offering criticism of current policies. Both Far Right and Far Left offer particular set of values and it seems as if central political positions are diminishing because people are turning towards finding the scapegoat by blaming those they consider as responsible for the crisis be it the so-called neo-liberal policies or immigrants. Religion has seemed to grow as strong as ever, and this also brings tensions because immigrants are often considered to be more religious than the hosts and religion is seen as too influential in policy making (i.e. in organizing referendums that enforce religiously-conditioned views, or by directly participating in ruling the country in certain countries). All of this changes our everyday lives and brings uneasy tensions in already turbulent relations. It also brings questions on political culture, which apparently varies from case to case. However, to what extent are we different, and how politics shapes our everyday lives?

 

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Far Right: growth and current policies

Far Left and the opposition to current policies

Anti-Semitism: Far Right and Far Left

Social policies and everyday lives in the present world

Social resistance movements

Politics: theory and praxis

Political culture: theory and praxis

Political culture: case studies

Corruption and anti-corruption policies

Current issues in European and global politics, and the place of social sciences and humanities in understanding ongoing events

Media and representation of politics

Global crisis and its reflection on everyday lives

Religion, politics and political culture

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 20 November 2014.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

 

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

 

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publication

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

Meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

 

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodolo gical/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events

 

 

 

Interdisciplinary Conference

 

Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29. 03. 2014.

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

 

International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

 

Vienna, Austria, 24-25. 04. 2013.

 

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13, 10 10, Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

International Conference on Media and Popular culture

 

Vienna, Austria, 30-31.05.2014.

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13, 10 10, Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Identity studies

 

Vienna, Austria, 26-27.07.2014.

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Women’s Studies

 

 

Vienna, Austria, 27-28.09.

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria

 

 

International Conference on Communication

 

1-2.11.2014.

Leeds, United Kingdom

Venue: tbc

 

 

 

 

International Conference 'Rethinking Politics and Politicalculture in Everyday Lives'

 

21-22. 12. 2014.

 

Venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, 10 10 Vienna, Austria