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International Conference Re-Thinking Politics and Political Culture in Everyday Lives (21-22.12.2014)

 

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday Lives (21-22.03.2015)

 

Second International Conference in Culture and Cultural Policies (25-26.04.2015)

 

Second International Conference on Media and Popular Culture (23-24.05.2015)

 

Second International Conference on Identity Studies (27-28.06.2015)

 

Second International Conference on Women's Studies (12-13.09.2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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 an 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

 

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 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

 

 

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 were subjects of our conference.

 

Participants debatedissues on women in several panels including Women and Discrimination, Women and Politics,Women and Business, etc.

 

Selection of photos is available in the gallery below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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 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 lively debate, participants debated various issues surrounding Identity studies and expressions of self.

 

Selection of photos is available in the gallery below:

 

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

 

to be held in Vienna, Austria

21-22.03.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010, Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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, events in the Middle East, breakup of former Yugoslavia, economic crisis, 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 inviting papers from social sciences and humanities that address religion and its influence on our present reality, and its growing importance.

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

 

Secularisation vs sacralisation

Methodology in researching religion

Spirituality

Pilgrimage

Religious practices

Religion and culture

Religion and the media

Religious subjectivity

Material religion

Religion and childhood

Religion and critical theory

Religion and discrimination

Religion and identity

Religion and education

Religion and belonging

Religious Anti-Semitism

Studies in Judaism

Religion and the Idea of Europe

Religion and ethnicity

Studies in Islam

 

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

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10 March 2015.

 

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. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.

 

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 and drinks for 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. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference pa rticipants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

Second International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

to be held in Vienna, Austria

25-26.04.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010, Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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 losing 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 integration.

 

These and other issues are the subjects of discussion at our conference. Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

 

Culture and media

Culture and identity

Culture and nationalism

Religion and culture

Culture and tourism

Cultural diplomacy

Cultural imperialism

Popular culture and cultural policy

Cultural policies – case studies

Art and cultural policy

Music and cultural policy

Theatres and cultural policy

EU cultural policy

US cultural policy

Culture and propaganda

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10 April 2015.

 

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. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.

 

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 and drinks for 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. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

Second International Conference on Identity Studies

 

Vienna, Austria, 27-28.06.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, A-1010 Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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.

 

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

 

Identity and Identifications: theory and methodology

Identity and Nationalism

Gender identity

Literature and Identity

Music and Identity

Art and Identity

Religion and Identity

Ethnicity and Identity

Media and Identity

European identity

Identity and Memory

Identity and Critical theory

Marxist views of Identity

 

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

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić (martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10 June 2015.

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. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.

 

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 and drinks for 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. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

Second International Conference on Media and Popular culture

to be held in Vienna, Austria

23-24.05.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, A-1010 Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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

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

Media and Business

 

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels. Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10 May 2015.

 

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. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.

 

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 and drinks for 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. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

 

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday Lives

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

 

Second International Panel Religion in post-Communist Europe

Call for Papers

 

Communist regimes expressed hostility toward religion in public and political sphere, and the official doctrine was atheism. After the fall of Communism, religion emerged as an important factor in public spheres, and in some countries religious organizations participate in political decision-making processes. For example, religious leaders sit in committees for radio-diffusion, or in committees for approving the official history textbooks. Religion also often serves as a demarcation for othering members of religious, national and gender minorities. On the other hand, level of religiosity increased up to the level that, in some post-Communist countries, religious institutions enjoy the highest level of trust among citizenry. Religion is, thus, described as revitalized and as influential as ever. This panel concentrates on the role of religion in politics and society in the post-Communist Europe.

 

Some examples of topics include (but are not limited to):

 

Religion during Communist rule (general) Religion in former Yugoslavia

Religion in Yugoslav successor states

Religion in the Soviet bloc

Religion in post-Soviet sphere

Religion in Communist and post-Communist Central Europe

Religion and othering in post-Communist Europe

Religion in educational materials in post-Communist Europe

Religion and the rights of minorities in post-Communist Europe

Religion and freedom of speech in Communism and now

Religion and women in post-Communist Europe: past and present

 

Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 10 March 2015.

 

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.

 

The 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

 

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.

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

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.

 

 

Second International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

25-26.04.2015.

 

Second International Panel on Theatres and Nationalism in Central and Southeast Europe

Call for Papers

 

During 18th and 19th century, Europe experienced national revivals that eventually led to the creation of the modern nation states, and artists had a significant influence over these processes. This also applies to the creation and preservation of national identities in Central and Southeast Europe. For example, Czech national theatre was opened in 1881, and it is considered as a milestone of Czech nationhood because it offered performances in Czech language since 1881. Theatres that existed before the official national theatre was opened were offering performances in German language, except certain translations from German, and the history of Czech’s theatre culture dates back to 12th century. However, public performances were opened during 1780s while the first play in Czech was performed in 1771. Building of the national theatre attracted help even from poor peasants who donated money as historical documents prove. This was because of the activities of Czech patriots who were collecting support, even among peasantry, to build a national theatre that will cherish national language and culture. Year 1881 is, thus, considered as the year of the official establishment of the Czech national theatre even though first performance in Czech language was displayed in 1771.In Croatia, with success of Croatian national movement, first performance in Croatian language was displayed in 1840 even though the theatre in various forms, similarly to the Czech case, existed since 1607. Performances in German were sometimes displayed together with parts in the local dialect, or German performances were translated to local dialect, etc. Building of theatre and its positioning as a milestone of Croatian nationhood was supported and advocated by Croatian People’s movement that led Croatian national revival; however, there was no need for collecting help for building the theatre because the building existed. First official performance in Croatian language was displayed in 1840; however, the theatre was still under large influence of German language, and this situation lasted until 1860 when the audience interrupted German performance and demanded performances in Croatian language only. Croatian national theatre considers year 1840 as the year of its inception since that was the date when the first performance in Croatian language was displayed.In Serbia, national theatre in Belgrade has been established in 1868 after amateur performances were displayed earlier in Kragujevac, which was the capital of Serbian Principality. Rationale for founding theatres was a fight against backwardness and illiteracy, and not fostering national identity because Serbia had an established national identity, and even though it was subordinated to large powers it did not have to fight for preservation of its identity like other countries in Central and Southeast Europe. Kragujevac is generally considered as the cradle of Serbian culture, which is also why Kragujevac region has an important place in one of the most famous Serbian 20th century writers Milica Jakovljević. In 1851, an idea for establishing the national theatre in Belgrade emerged, and due to the lack of a suitable place performances were displayed in various places such as hotels, breweries and restaurants. From 1868, Serbian national theatre offers regular performances, and it has been considered as a place of particular importance for Serbian culture and Serbian national identity.

 

Papers are invited (but not limited to) the following topics

 

Role of theatres in 19th century CE and SE nationalism

Role of artists (actors, writers, performance directors) in 19th century nationalism in CE and SEE

Position of theatres in CEand SEE after the fall of Communism

Role of theatres in preservation of national identities in CEE and SEE in a post-national condition

Theatres in CE and SEE during the WWII

Popularity of theatres in CE and SEE

Theatres and cultural policy in CE and SEE

Theatres in national tourist offers in CE and SEE

 

We invite papers from all fields in social sciences and humanities. Historical perspectives are particularly welcome. Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 1st April 2015.

 

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.

 

The 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

 

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.

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

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.

 

Second International conference on Media and Popular Culture

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

23-24.05.2015.

 

Second International Panel Media and Diaspora

Call for Papers

 

In an increasingly inter-dependent and globalized world, members of Diaspora no longer feels alienated from their countries of origin. With the growth of Internet, people can stay in touch with their families, as well as staying tuned on what is going on in their homelands. Diaspora is also often pro-active in political engagement, in their countries by regularly following political and social events, and making comments in public forums and on media articles. Nonetheless, members of Diaspora often engage in creating websites and founding newspapers about their countries of origin in order to assist in the promotion of those countries. However, being attached to their countries of origin brings the question of integration in countries where members of Diaspora work and live and we may ask if the world is turning towards detachment and mixture of people with multiple senses of belonging, and to what extend media contributed to these changes.

 

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

 

Media portrayal of Diaspora groups

Usage of media within Diaspora groups

Media developed by Diaspora groups

Sense of belonging in Diaspora

Media portrayal of Diaspora belonging Minority and community media

 

Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 5th May 2015.

The Centre established a peer review journal, and 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 and practitioners.

 

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 conference fee is EUR 290 and it includes

 

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

Certificate of attendance

Meals during both days of the conference

 

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

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

Second International Conference on Women’s Studies

to be held in Vienna, Austria

12-13.09.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010, Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

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) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10 August 2015.

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. Earlier decisions will be available when we collect enough papers for each panel.

 

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 and drinks for 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. This applies to both presenting and non-presenting participants.

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

Second International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

25-26.04.2015.

 

Second International Panel on DANCE AND CULTURAL POLICY

Call for Papers

 

In history, dance has contributed towards creating friendship and understanding. For example, in newly founded communities of British settlers in Australia dancing helped newcomers to interact with locals and establish friendly relations. Some form of dance exists in social life since early days. For example, ballet as a formalized form of dance exists since 15th century Italy, and from Italy it spread to France and then other countries. At first, ballet was intertwined with opera, but theatrical ballet quickly found its place as an independent form of art. On the other hand, wider population developed traditional folk dances, which today form part of national cultures. Importance of dance is also seen in the fact imperial powers largely imposed theirs dancing traditions over countries they controlled. With the arrival of modernity, traditional and indigenous dances in many cases remained without appropriate attention, and dance as such remained outside of interest of wider public. This practice started to change during 1970s and 1980s with BBC championing increase in attention dance received due to its rich dance programme. However, even if dance became subject of interest, countries still remained uninterested in dance in cultural policies and promotion. This is changing too. For example, in 2012, Australian government published a Dance plan and in 2013 dance became part of Australia’s national cultural policy. The European Union also opened possibilities for funding programmes in improving the status of dance and working conditions for dancers under its Culture programme.Many countries are, increasingly, including dance as part of their tourist promotions where dance is presented as a part of national tradition (traditional dances), but also contemporary dances where countries are shown as dancing nations that follow international trends…

 

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

 

Dance and cultural policy – importance and perspectives

Place of dance in national cultural policies

Dance and cultural imperialism

Dance during the Colonial period

Indigenous dance

Folk dance

Dance and identity

Dance and theatres

 

We are inviting papers from all fields of social sciences and humanities. Historical perspectives are particularly welcome.

 

Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 10 April 2015.

 

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 and drinks during both day of the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

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/paradigmat ic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

 

Second International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

25-26.04.2015.

 

Second International Panel Theatres, Nationalism and Cultural policies

Call for Papers

 

Every theatre represents itself as a keeper of national identity and, together with newspapers, theatres are considered to contribute to national integration and cohesion throughout history. It is a historical fact that artists always played important roles in nation formation movements in Europe. For example, during 18th and 19th century, Europe experienced national revivals that eventually led to the creation of the modern nation-states and artists had a significant influence over these processes. The activities were particularly vivid at the end of 18th and beginning of the 19th century, and national revivals always had strong cultural characters where national identities were formed based on national culture that was often constructed by intellectuals. In a majority of cases, language played an important role, and national activists were writing grammars, patriotic songs, and newspaper articles in local languages, which were often constructed using one local dialect used among peasantry. Vast majority of literature concentrates on the influence of media and intellectuals in nation integration process; however, theatres also had an important role in preservation and creation of national identities, which is why theatres proud themselves of being cradles of national culture(s). This applies to theatres in countries with long statehood, as well as to newly founded countries or countries that got their theatres only in 20th century.

 

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

 

Role of theatres in preservation and creation of national identities

Theatres and national movements

Theatres and 19th century European nationalism

Theatres during the WWII

Role of theatres in post-national condition

Popularity of theatres

Theatres vs film: performance and visual identities

Theatres and cultural policy

Theatres in national tourist offers

 

We invite papers from all disciplines in social sciences and humanities. Historical perspectives are particularly welcome. Abstracts should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 10 April 2015.

 

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.

 

The 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

Certificate of attendance

 

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded 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. The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

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. Conference drinks, coffee breaks, lunches a nd dinners are covered for both days of the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference 'Rethinking Politics and Politicalculture in Everyday Lives'

 

21-22. 12. 2014.

 

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

 

Second International conference on Media and Popular Culture

23-24.05.2015.Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

 

Second International Panel ‘Love and Relationships in the Media’

Call for Papers

 

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?

 

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

 

Representation of love in the media

Representation of relationships in the media

Violence and relationships in the media

Loneliness in the media

Quirkyalone concept in the media

Breaking up in the mediaIntimacy in the media

TV shows and representation of love and relationships

Pornography and erotica in the media

Love and relationships in Western versus Middle Eastern media

Male and female roles in relationships portrayal in the media

 

Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 5th May 2015. The Centre established a peer review journal (Journal of Culture and Religion, and a working paper series. The conference papers will be considered for publication.

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers and practitioners. 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 conference fee is EUR 290 and it includes

 

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

Certificate of attendance

Meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

 

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities 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.

 

The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participants, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

Unfortunatelly, 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.

 

 

 

Second International Conference on Media and Popular Culture

Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010

27-28.06.2015.

 

Second International Panel Music in post-Communist Europe

Call for Papers

 

Divisions between the West and the East are very often heard in the public sphere, and this particularly applies to post-Communist Europe that has been excluded from exchange of experiences and interaction with peers during the Communist rule. Even though this does not mean that Communist countries did not have developed music scene nor does it mean that Communist countries only allowed pro-regime lyrics in music, this is one of typical prejudices about Communist regimes. These prejudices have been further deepened with events surrounding North Korea where international media published stories on singers and bands that are singing about the regime, and participate in state-designed propaganda. Even though Communist regimes in Europe enforced dictatorships and limitation of the freedom of speech, it was not always the case that singers had to sing to the regime and about the regime. A good example for this practice is former Yugoslavia that had very developed music and film production. In that, many films and songs were about general themes of love, relationships, or local customaries and local patriotism (so long as the local patriotism was not an obstacle to the official doctrine of brotherhood and unity between all peoples in former Yugoslavia). During the 1980s, music and film scene flourished with the arrival of New Wave that expressed certain criticism of the regime and films expressed more courage in picturing some of the taboo topics such as LGBT problematic, feminism and promiscuity. During the events surrounding the fall of Communism, music also played a role where in some instances musicians engaged in nationalism by playing nationally toned songs and by influencing the change of identity in post-Communist countries. Change of regimes also brought changes in music scene, and post-Communist societies became more exposed to influences from the West. Nonetheless, even though it has been more than 20 years since the fall of Communism, there is still little understanding of the events surrounding Communist regimes in Europe and events after the fall of Communism, and particularly when it comes to popular culture and music in particular.

 

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

 

Music during the Communist rule in general

Music in Communist countries during the 1980s

Music and the change of regimes

Music and nationalism during the change of regimes

Music after the fall of Communism

New Wave in the West and in the East

Music and LGBT rights in post-Communist Europe

Music and feminism in post-Communist Europe

Americanization of post-Communist Europe

 

Submissions of abstracts, and an email contact should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 1st June 2015.

 

The Centre has 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 and practitioners.

 

The 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

Meals 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. The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.

 

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.