Climate Change, Migration, Radicalism: What to do?

Date: May 5-8, 2011

Site: Mittersill, Austria

Organiser: The Quo Vadis Institute

Topics: The Quo Vadis Institute at Schloss Mittersill, Austria welcomes contributions to its 2011 ‘What to Do’ conference from all fields and professions addressing: Climate change and its impact on the future of Europe; Demographics, migration, nationalism and their impact on the future of Europe; Secularism, religious radicalism and their impact on the future of Europe. Papers will be chosen by a panel drawn from the fields mentioned above. Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at the conference. These presentations, which will last no longer than 15 minutes, will be followed by the panel’s discussion of the paper’s contribution to the issue. A unique cross-disciplinary consultation with policy makers and other societal influencers on ‘What to Do’ will follow with the aim of submitting three policy proposals to the EU. The best 3 papers will be granted a prize award. The publication of accepted papers is intended.

Language: English, German or French

Deadline: December 17, 2010

Contact: Dr. Christian Bensel, Quo Vadis Institute , Thalbach 1 , 5730 Mittersill, Austria
Tel.: +43 (0)6562 4523

The 4th ESIL Research Forum

Date: May 27-28, 2011

Site: Tallinn, Estonia

Organiser: The European Society of International Law (ESIL)

Topics: The theme of the Research Forum is “International Law and Power Politics: Great Powers, Peripheries and Claims to Spheres of Influence in International Normative Order”. Abstracts are invited for participation in panel discussions on the following, fairly broad, topics: International Law and the Concepts of Balance of Power and Spheres of Influence; International Law and Center-Periphery Dynamics ; International Law in Foreign Policy and Military Doctrines of the UN Security Council’s Permanent Members: A Critical Comparison; The Fragmentation of International Law, Regionalism and ’Greater Spaces’ – a Challenge to Universality? The Definition of Aggression and the Prohibition of the Use of Force: Who Determines the Aggressor, and How? Russia’s Contemporary Understanding of International Law: Identical to Western Approaches? The Role of International Lawyers in International Politics: the Life and Legacy of Friedrich (Fedor Fedorovich) Martens (1845-1909); International Law of Minority Rights: Regional, Universal or Double Standards? International Institutions, Decision-making Processes and the Logic of the Distribution of Power; Kosovo and South Ossetia: Similar or Different? Consequences for International Law; Oil, Gas and Questions concerning the Legal Regime of the Arctic Ocean and the Baltic, Black and Caspian Seas; The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Transition from Totalitarianism: the European mission civilisatrice of our Time? Piracy as an Old/New Challenge to International Legal Order; Cyber-Attacks and the Threshold to Use of Force in International Law: Rethinking Use of Force in International Relations; NATO, CSTO and the United Nations: The Uneasy Overlap of Regional and Universal Collective Security Organizations.

Language: English

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Contact: ESIL 2011 Conference Organisers, Institute of Constitutional and International Law, University of Tartu, Näituse 20, Tartu 50407, Estonia


Publication: 50 Years since the End of Stalin

Place of publication: Glasgow, UK
Type of publication: print, online

Publication date: 2011
Published by: Routledge

Topics: Critique will be dedicating its 2011 special issue to reflect on the end of Stalinism. Critique is an independent, peer reviewed, academic journal founded in 1973. We are looking for high quality scholarly articles on or surrounding, but not limited to, the following topics: What was the Stalinist system? Could it have been reformed? Can one describe its successor as a disintegrating Stalinism? Has capitalism been destabilized by the end of Stalinism, and the end of the Cold War? Did the ‘Secret Speech’ have an impact on the demise of Stalinism? Why has Stalinism been so difficult to defeat? What was the impact of the CPSU’s shift away from Stalinism on the communist world? Other thematic topics may include: Bay of Pigs invasion and Castro’s official adoption of Marxism-Leninism, construction of the Berlin Wall, Stalin’s body removed from the Lenin mausoleum, etc. Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory welcomes contributions covering any aspect of Marxist political economy, philosophy and history.

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Contact: Hillel H. Ticktin, Critique-Journal of Socialist Theory, c/o DCEES, University of Glasgow, 8 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RZ, United Kingdom


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