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Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

 

Vienna, Austria

28-29. 03. 2014.

 

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13, Vienna A- 10 10, 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.

 

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

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Religion and the Idea of Europe

Religion and ethnicity

 

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 February 2014.

Decisions will be made by 25th February, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 1st March.

Panel proposals should be sent by 1st February 2014. When we receive four or five quality papers for a whole panel, we will send notification of acceptance earlier.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th March. Early decisions are available for participants with EU visa requirements, and for panel proposals.

Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel).

The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. 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 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

Conference drinks and meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

International Conference on Culture and Cultural policies

 

to be held in

Vienna, Austria

24-25. 04. 2013.

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

 

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 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 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

Culture and media

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), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 10th April.

 

Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal, as well as 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 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

Drinks and meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

International Conference on Media and Popular culture

 

to be held in Vienna, Austria

30-31.05.2014.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, 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

 

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 1st May 2014.

 

Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal, as well as 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 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 days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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 part icipants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

Interdisciplinary Conference on Music studies

 

to be held in Vienna, Austria

28-29-06. 2014.

Conference venue: tbc

 

Rationale

 

Music significantly shapes our daily lives, and we are surrounded with music every day. Level of attachment to music goes that far that young population in one study stated if on a Desert Island they would miss music the most (Bahanovich & Collopy, 2009). Music affects our identity creation, and it sends messages about us as people, i.e. what we listen may show who we really are. In younger age, music contributes to the level of acceptance and/or rejection of peers and music is considered being one of the key elements of life of youngsters. In more mature age, we still enjoy music by attending concerts, listening to music on the radio, and whether we know it or not, music is forming our daily lives.In schools, we take music classes meant to teach us how to appreciate music, and how to form a sense for aesthetics. Music is also often part of tourist offers where countries are presenting themselves as musical, and where they express pride for having high-class composers.

These and other issues are the subjects of discussion at our conference.

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

 

Music and education

Music and culture

Music and meaning

Music and nationalism

History of Music

Music and the WWII

Music and youth

Music and identity

Music and fashion

Volk music

Music awards

Media and music

Methodology in researching music

Classic music: past, present and future

Minority music

Diaspora music

Concert life in history and at present

European music

American music

Psychology of music

Music taste

Aesthetics

Music and tourism

 

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 20th May 2014.

Decisions will be made by 25th May 2014, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 1st June 2014. Panel proposals should be sent by 15th April 2014. When we receive four or five quality papers for a whole panel, we will send notification of acceptance earlier.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th June 2014. Early decisions are available for participants with EU visa requirements, and for panel proposals.

Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. 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 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 days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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 parti cipants.

 

 

 

 

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

is inviting papers for

 

International Conference on Identity studies

 

Vienna, Austria, Vienna, Austria

26-27.07.2014.

Conference venue: ***** 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.

Panels 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), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 20th June 2014.

Decisions will be made by 25th June 2014, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 30th June 2014.

Panel proposals should be sent by 15th May 2014. When we receive four or five quality papers for a whole panel, we will send notification of acceptance earlier.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th July 2014. Early decisions are available for participants with EU visa requirements, and for panel proposals. Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.

The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. 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 EUR 290, and it includes

 

The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publicationAccess 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 days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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.

 

 

 

*** OPEN CALLS ***

 

Journal of Religion and Culture: submissions are opened!

 

Working Paper Series: submissions are opened! 

 

 

CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

International Conference on Women’s Studies

 

to be held in

Vienna, Austria

27-28.09.

Conference venue: tbc

 

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, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 30th August 2014.

Panel proposals should be sent by 15th July 2014.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 15th September 2014. Early decisions are available for participants with EU visa requirements, and for panel proposals.

Participants should indicate in their applications whether they would like to chair one of the existing panels (if not proposing their own panel) and whether they plan to submit a paper for publication.

The Centre plans to establish a peer review journal, as well as publish working papers and edited volumes. 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 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 days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

Certificate of attendance

 

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

www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

 

Call for Papers for an International Conference ‘Europe in Crisis’

 

Berlin, Germany

Venue: tbc

4-5 August 2014

Conference fee: EUR 220

 

Rationale

 

Economic crisis is at the constant foci of debates on the present situation in Europe because it is an unquestionable fact that the Euro-zone is facing difficulties with the economic crisis in Greece, and other South-European countries. However, it can be stated with certain security that Europe is faced with the ongoing crisis in several other aspects such as growing tensions towards migrants from new EU Member States that headed towards wealthier countries of the EU, as well as descendants of migrants that came during 1960s and who are citizens of the EU countries but still suffer from the low level of integration. At the same time, Anti-Semitism is on the rise in some European countries, and many Jews migrated to less hostile countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany. Additionally, the EU is struggling with fostering one unique European identity that will be acceptable to all citizens of an enlarged EU; however, so far it has not been successful. A good example can be found in cultural policy of the EU that has been criticized for its competitor nature in a sense it seems to compete with policies of the EU Member States, and the lack of coherence. Furthermore, the EU’s foreign policy has been a subject to criticism for a long time ago, and its inconsistency and lack of coherence has been seen during wars in former Yugoslavia, but problems in designing unique foreign policy came to surface again during the crisis in Ukraine in March 2014 where the EU did not promptly responded. Finally, religion seems to bear more relevance than ever for not only that the secularization theory has been accused to fail, but religion is as strong as ever. In a secularized Europe, this initiated debates on how to deal with this phenomenon and its growing influence over the life of Europeans. These and other issues are subjects of the conference ‘Europe in Crisis’. To what extent present Europe is in crisis, and in which ways this crisis manifests and reflects upon lives of Europeans?

 

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

 

Economic crisis, and its reflection on everyday lives of Europeans and prospects for deeper integration

Comparative aspects between crisis in Europe before the Holocaust and now

Anti-Semitism in present Europe

Position of descendants of migrants from the 1960s wave

Policies towards migrants from the new EU Member States

European identity in the old and new EU Member States

Policies towards the European identity

Religion and crisis

Crisis in the EU foreign policy

Comparative aspects of crisis in Europe and other parts of the world

 

This conference is scheduled to have plenary session with a keynote speech by an established scholar in the field. Details will be available in due time.

Paper proposals should be sent to martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com by 15th July 2014. Participants are welcome to propose and chair their own panels.

Participants are kindly asked to submit abstracts only for papers they actually intend to present, and not a selection of potential papers for presentations. There is also no possibility to send a selection of papers, and then select which one to present based on the first draft conference programme.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal (Journal of Culture and Religion / http://socialsciencesandhumanities.com/journal-of-culture-and-religion.html), and working paper series (http://socialsciencesandhumanities.com/working-paper-series.html). Conference papers will be considered for publication.

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

 

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

 

Decisions will be made while the call is still open depending on the topic of the paper proposal. When it will not be possible to make the decision soon after paper proposal submission, the decision will be made by 20th July the latest.

 

The registration fee is EUR 220, and 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 and drinks during both days of the conference

WLAN during 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 methodolo gical/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

 

 

 

International Conference 'Rethinking Politics and Politicalculture in Everyday Lives'

 

21-22. 12. 2014.

 

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