Ethnicity and Power: International Conflicts, Terrorism and New Threats for Global Security

Date: May 12-15, 2011
Site: Yalta, Ukraine

Organiser: Norway Humanist Association and Taurida National University Named after V.I.Vernadsky (Ukraine), Network of Cultural Exchange and Interethnic Trust (Ukraine).

Topics: The discourse shall include the following topics: New threats for security and the geopolitical risks in the conditions of globalization of cultural environment; Regional, national, international and global security: ethnopolitical dimension; International relations in conditions of forming the new world order; Islamic fundamentalism and new challenges to the European identity; Modern terrorism: reasons, tendencies, specific features; Ethnic and regional elites as actors of geopolitical processes; Political myths and ethnocultural stereotypes; Religious and ethnic identities as objects for manipulative technologies; Defense of ethnic minorities rights: the European standards and the post-Soviet reality; International conflicts management: problems of theory and practice; Mechanisms of forming the interethnic and interconfessional tolerance; The strategy and tactics of ethnopolitical management; The role of mass-media in forming of ethnopolitical culture of a society; Ethnicity, social networks and social capital; Sustainable development as a problem of a multiethnic civil society; Linguistic aspects of intercultural communications. The round table of the experts “Islamic factor and new threats for global security” will take place at the time of Workshop.

Language: English, Ukrainian, Russian

Fee: 50€

Deadline: April 15, 2011

Contact: Chairs: Dr.Kjartan Selnes, Advisor in social science and philosophy, Norway Humanist Association, Oslo, Norway; Dr.Tatyana Senyushkina, Department of Political Science and International relations, V.I. Vernadsky Tavrida National University, Ukraine

E-mail: selnes@human.no, tsenyushkina@yandex.ru
Internet: http://nce.sevhost.net/?p=124


Globalizing Cultures, Identities and Lifestyles

Date: September 7-9, 2011

Site: Manchester, UK

Organiser: The Global Studies Association

Topics: The organizers are strongly interested in papers that explore the limits to developing a global consciousness or varieties of cosmopolitanism as outcomes of global cultural experiences and/or which critique concepts in this field. Although the primary emphasis here is on cultural experiences, the papers which explore how exposure to globalizing work are also welcome, religious or political practices are changing people’s identities. Possible Directions and Themes: The migration and /or cross fertilization of sport practices, institutions and celebrities across cultural and national boundaries and their impact on the socio-cultural life of groups; The diffusion, role and take-up of globalizing health practices on the everyday lives of ordinary people and the mechanisms through which this occurs; How different kinds of skilled transnational migrants are influenced by and in turn shape the dominant cultural, political and other forms evident in the host society; How poor economic migrants, who retain strong ties to their societies and cultures of birth, nevertheless forge multiple identities through engagements with members of the host society or with migrants from societies different from their own; The borrowing, mixing and/or hybridization of genres, styles or practices across ethnic/national borders in any field of the arts, film, music, literature, theatre, dance etc. – and the origins, vehicles and outcomes of and for such cultural mobilities; Becoming or being cosmopolitan through engaging in globalizing leisure or lifestyle practices; Travel and tourism as paths into global lifestyles and the encountering the cultural other; Globalizing lifestyles and identities and their possible links to the expression of varying forms of political protest.

Language: English

Deadline: May 31, 2011

Contact: Paul Kennedy

E-mail: p.kennedy@mmu.ac.uk

Internet: http://www.isa-sociology.org/conference.php?t=132


Graduate Course “Divided Societies: Research, Methodology, Ethics”

Date: April 16-21, 2011

Site: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Organiser: IUC, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

Topics: Divided Societies is a graduate course that will in 2011 enter its fifteenth year. This year's subtitle 'Research, Methodology, Ethics' focuses the course on theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical issues of research in divided societies. These issues are always present in designing and carrying out research as well as in its presentation and dissemination, already as preliminary questions, but are seldom given adequate scholarly attention. In the traditional view of social sciences, every research requires a firm theoretical basis and a clearly defined (preferably disciplinary) methodological framework that should follow prescribed ethical principles. However, the success of research on complex phenomena such as ethnicity and divided societies to a large extent depends on the combination of different theoretical frameworks, the utilization of several disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches and methodologies, as well as on the complex ethical issues that do not only take into account the research process, but also the possible impacts of the research process and results in a given environment. These issues will be addressed by the course that is an eight-day, interdisciplinary workshop combining conference-oriented presentation of scholarly research with an intensive and rigorous academic program for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. In addition, the course offers personal inter-cultural experience of students and faculty from other contexts in the unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.

Application is available online: http://www.iuc.hr/programme-application-form.php?progType=course&progId=618

Language: English

Deadline: ongoing

Contact: IUC, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel.: + 385 20 413 626 / 627
Fax: + 385 20 413 628
E-mail: iuc@iuc.hr
Internet: http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=618


Master and PhD programmes in Political Science at Central European University (CEU) 2011/2012
Institution/Organiser: Political Science Department, CEU

Site: Budapest, Hungary

Topics: The Political Science Department of the Central European University offers a PhD, a one-year MA, and a two-year MA program in Political Science. The 1-year MA program and the PhD program are accredited in the US; the 2-year MA program has a European accreditation. CEU offers scholarships that cover all tuition fees and a generous living allowance for both Master (1 year and 2 year) and PhD studies. The Department of Political Science at Central European University focuses on several areas of political science, with a special emphasis on comparative politics. The curriculum examines questions of political theory, democratization, constitutional politics, political economy, mass media, electoral behavior, party politics, research methodology and European politics. Next to the international core faculty, courses at the department are offered by distinguished visiting professors.

Eligibility: Future Applicants will find the information they need at www.ceu.hu/polsci. Detailed description of the general applications requirements at www.ceu.hu/admissions/requirements.

Language: English

Deadline: March 14, 2011, for applicant who have proof of English proficiency

Contact:
E-mail: polsci@ceu.hu
Internet: http://web.ceu.hu/polsci/


The Award-winning M.A. Programs International Relations Online and East European Studies Online
Institution/Organiser: The Center for Global Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin

Site: Berlin, Germany

Topics: The Center for Global Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin offers two international M.A. programs: International Relations Online and East European Studies Online are both arranged as blended-learning study formats, combining online (90%) and in-house sessions (10%). Both programs confer full master degrees (120 ECTS credits). The Center for Global Politics is now seeking qualified candidates for its M.A. programs who are interested in advancing their prospects in the global job market. Programs start in October, 2011.

Deadline: April 30, 2011

Contact: Center for Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 55 | D-14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 838 55093
Fax: +49 30 838 53616
E-mail: ironline@fu-berlin.de, ees@fu-berlin.de.
Internet: http://www.ir-online.org

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