Politics Beyond the State: Transformations of the State between De- and Repoliticization

Date
May 27-29, 2010
Site
Bremen, Germany
Organiser
Collaborative Research Center 597“Transformations of the State”
Topics
The organizers are interested in papers from a variety of disciplines – e.g. political science, law, economics, and sociology – and from both emerging and established scholars. The range of possible topics includes, but is not limited to, the following: The concept of politicization – useful category or empty phrase? To what extent is politicization a new concept? Empirical studies, e.g. on depoliticization in the wake of processes of privatization, internationalization, bureaucratization, marketization, judicialization, professionalization (‘expertocracy’), and increasing complexity of politics, or on the repoliticization of ‘non-political’ areas via new social movements, emotionalization and political scandals; Theoretical explanations of de- or repoliticization processes in the context of state transformations or the supranationalization of international institutions, and explorations of underlying causal mechanisms; The normative dimension of de-/repoliticization.
Language
English
Deadline
January 11, 2010
Contact
Rike Krämer, Martin Nonhoff, Tanja Pritzlaff, Henning Schmidtke
E-mail
conference2010@sfb597.uni-bremen.de
Internet
https://www.dvpw.de/fileadmin/docs/cfp/CfP_Conference_Bremen_Politicization1.pdf

Networking Democracy? New media innovations in participatory politics

Date
June 25-27, 2010
Site
Cluj, Romania
Organiser
University of York
Topics
The main questions of the conference are: What new forms and relations of power are produced in the digital network society? Who are the key social actors shaping the new public sphere and what are their respective strategies, framing, and repertoires of action? What is the democratic potential of Web 2.0 applications such as social networking, blogging and twittering? What empirical evidence do we have to understand and assess these developments? How is networked democracy influencing new democratic societies? What are its consequences for human rights, social sorting, migration, e-government, community politics, surveillance, protest, participation, culture, identity, mobilization, representation, nationalism, security, citizen journalism, trust, regulation, both exogenous and self-regulation and much more?
Language
English
Deadline
December 07, 2009
Contact
Dan Mercea, Department of Sociology, University of York, Heslington, YO10 5DD, United Kingdom
Tel.
+44 1904 4333578
E-mail
dmm505@york.ac.uk
Internet
http://www.brisc.info/NetDem/index.php?page=networking-democracy

Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging

Date
June 30-July 02, 2010
Site
London, UK
Organiser
FEMCIT, an EU FP6 integrated research project on “Gendered citizenship in multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women’s movements”, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, at Birkbeck, University of London, Rokkansenteret, at the University of Bergen, and is sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council
Topics
The organizers invite proposals for papers that address questions and the broad theme of the conference. Can the concept of citizenship encompass the transformations that feminist politics seek? What are the restrictions and exclusions of contemporary forms and practices of citizenship? How does the concept of citizenship deal with power, inequality, and difference? What are the problems with framing our desires and visions for the future in terms of citizenship in a globalizing world of migration, mobility, armed conflict, economic crisis and climate change? Does the concept of citizenship restrict our imaginations and limit our horizons within nation-state formations? Can it ever really grasp the complexity of our real and longed-for attachments to communities, networks, friends and loved ones? Is it able to embrace the politics of embodiment and of our relationships with the non-human world? How have feminists historically and cross-culturally imagined and prefigured a world beyond citizenship? Is a feminist, queer or global citizenship thinkable, or should we find a new language for new forms of belonging? The organizers particularly welcome papers which explore the interface between the feminist academy and feminist activism, and which are interdisciplinary and innovative in method and approach.
Language
English
Deadline
December 01, 2009
Contact
Academic Organising Committee: Sasha Roseneil, Isabel Crowhurst, Ana Cristina Santos, Mariya Stoilova
E-mail
abstracts.beyondcitizenship@bbk.ac.uk
Internet
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bisr/beyondcitizenship

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