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Cultures of Violence and Conflict

The Second Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH)

20 to 23 July 2009

Hosted by the UQ Cultural History Project

The University of Queensland

Brisbane

Australia

The second conference of the International Society for Cultural History will address a broad series of questions pertaining to cultures of violence and conflict.  For scholars across a range of disciplines the origins, nature, and impact of violence

and conflict have been of fundamental concern, as highlighted by recent publications including Joanna Bourke's Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present, and Slavoj Žižek's Violence.  Given that ongoing scholarly interest, and the urgency of such

matters in the contemporary world, it is appropriate that this assembly encourages research and discussion on these topics as seen through the diverse perspectives of cultural history. 

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to: 

*             Histories and memories of trauma.

*             The enabling and legitimizing of violent social relations through popular consent and common national identities.

*             Spaces and places of violence: the geography and memorialization of war and conflict.

*             The visualization, narrativization, and aesthetics of violence and conflict in art, fiction, film, television, video games, and new media.

*             Relationships between war and science, medicine, and technology.

*             Everyday violence and gendered conflict.

*             Comedies of violence.

*             The manipulation of cultural phenomena and propaganda to create or sustain genocide, ethnic cleansing, or racial violence.

*             The role of culture in the avoidance or amelioration of violence and conflict.

*             The relative importance of cultural phenomena in the foreign policies of ancient and modern societies.

Paper proposals (300 words max.), or proposals for panels of three speakers, should be sent to isch2009@uq.edu.au by December 19, 2008. Those invited to speak at the conference will be expected to become members of the ISCH (only 5GBP) before May 29,

2009 when the final program will be posted. They, and other participants in the conference who are members of the ISCH, will be entitled to an equivalent reduction in the conference fee.

Further information on the ISCH, including how to join, is available at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/isch/

For additional information on the University of Queensland's Cultural History Project see:  http://www.arts.uq.edu.au/index.html?page=82701

For information on Brisbane and Queensland, refer to:  http://www.tq.com.au/ and http://www.tq.com.au/destinations/brisbane/brisbane_home.cfm

Associate Professor Chris Dixon and Associate Professor Jason Jacobs (Co-convenors)

Dr David Pritchard

UQ Cultural History Project

Centre for the History of European Discourses

Discipline of Classics and Ancient History

School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics

Faculty of Arts

University of Queensland

Brisbane

QLD 4072

Australia

Telephone: +61 7 3365 3338

Fax: +61 7 3365 1968

Email: d.pritchard@uq.edu.au

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The Future is in our Hands : Making A Difference

 UNAA National Conference

 21-23 August 2008

 Parliament House, Brisbane

 Australia

 For more information Tel/Fax  61-7 3254 1096

 Email: unaabalmain@optusnet.com.au

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 International Peace Workshop

 2-4 October 2008

 Institute of Philosophy

 Technische Universität Berlin

 Website: www.arttransponder.net/ or email Serguei.Spetschinsky@gmail.com

 A joint conference by the *International research group transcendental philosophy/German idealism * and *arttransponder *

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Second call for conference abstracts

First European Conference on Tourism and Peace

The Netherlands, October 21-24, 2008

Thank you to those who have already sent an abstract and registered. For those of you who could not

send their abstracts before, we are pleased to let you know that the deadline for abstract submission has

been extended to September 10.

How many of us have heard that tourism contributes to peace, and how many of

us have debated this proposition?

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness (Mark Twain)

Travel has become one of the great forces for peace and understanding in our

time. As people move throughout the world and learn to know each other, to

understand each other's customs and to appreciate the qualities of

individuals of each nation, we are building a level of international

understanding which can sharply improve the atmosphere of world peace (J. F.

Kennedy)

Academics have long debated such claims, maintaining that travel and tourism

do not necessarily lead to positive outcomes, with a majority supporting

that tourism have the potential to contribute to peace. Peace in conflict

studies has been defined not only as the absence of war, but also as the

presence of peacelessness. To what extent does tourism contribute to peace

or in which ways does it contribute to mitigating peacelessness among people

is the major question posed by the Tourism and Peace conference.

The realities of the 21st Century, including globalization, immigration,

terrorism, home-grown terror, made and natural catastrophes, conflicts,

stereotypes, perceptions, and rising poverty, necessitate a closer look at

the role of tourism. Papers, presentations and posters are invited on themes

related to peace and tourism as those indicated below:

    ·                     Tourism, poverty reduction/elimination ·

Tourism and human rights ·                     Tourism as a social force ·

Tourism as a political force ·                     Indigenous tourism ·

Community based tourism ·                     Volunteer and philanthropic tourism ·                    

Tourism and environment ·                       Tourism and globalization ·                    

Ethical and responsible tourism ·              Peace museums ·                    

Attitude change ·                                    Travel writing ·

Reconciliation tourism ·                           Diaspora tourism ·

Tourism and media ·                                Dark tourism  ·

Pro-poor tourism ·                                   Tourism and conflict ·

Tourism and terrorism ·                           Residence attitude ·

Tourism impacts   

* International initiatives (eg, codes of ethics)

* International cooperation

* Festivals and events

* Tourism borders

* Cross-cultural behavior in tourism

* Cross-cultural understanding in tourism

* Student field trips and impacts

* Tourism ethics

* Tourism, perceptions and stereotypes

* Religious tourism

* Tourism and spirituality

* Tourism and humanitarian relief

* Success stories and case studies

* Sports for peace and development

* Education and training

* Industry initiatives

* Tourism, heritage and conflict

* Tourism and immigration

* Sustainable tourism

Participants are invited to submit abstracts no longer than 500 words to Dr. Omar Moufakkir at

omoufak@chn.nl with a CC to Ian Kelly at iankelly@picknowl.com.au before September 10.

For more information visit www.iipt.org <http://www.iipt.org/>  (July newsletter featuring confirmed keynote

speakers) More keynote speakers will be announced with the conference program, soon.

To register visit http://www.meeting-u.nl/iipt/

Please send communication to

Omar Moufakkir

Stenden University

Leeuwarden, Netherlands

omoufak@chn.nl <mailto:omoufak@chn.nl>

(31)58 2441301

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Concerning Peace: Utopia or Pantopia?

Philosophical Perspectives on Peace: Turkey, Germany, Europe

Technic University of Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin).

23 to the 26 of October 2008

Organised by Kai Gregor and Sergueï Spetschinsky

In the frame of the “Peace-Project” (www.peace-realspace.net), which takes place the entire month of October 2008, the workshop “Philosophical Perspectives on Peace” aims to pro-duce a reflection on the idea of peace on the basis of concrete and multidimensional contempo-rary approaches.

 

 Content of the Workshop:

 Following the Kantian tradition, we call the method we propose for the workshop »transcen-dental«. It means that we are not simply examining peace as it can be observed (or not) in the world: instead we are looking for the conditions of the possibility of a concrete peace in our concrete reality. We are looking for what peace ought to be, and how it can or cannot be realised in human existence. 

 The Workshop is an event of applied philosophy. It seeks to develop philosophical reflec-tions on peace, based on concrete contemporary cases. The topic we propose is broad and we want to leave a wide field of possibilities for thinking. With the title “Turkey, Germany and Europe”, participants can investigate one or two themes, or even all three of them.

The aim of this investigation is to highlight the complex relations involved in this triangle. The interrogations could be for example the following ones: What are the contemporary understandings that Turkey has of itself? What is the role of Europe in such an understanding? What are the ten-sion points in this understanding? On the other side, how can Germany understand itself now, since a big part of its population is originally from Turkey? What can a national identity mean, in Germany or Turkey, at the European epoch? What can Europe mean for both Ger-many and Turkey? What could it mean for Europe as well as for Turkey to get closer? These kind of concrete questions could bring an analysis dealing with political matters and topics in the national and international field, such as the nature of identities, cultures, 

religions, social and class issues, nationalism, ideologies, cosmopolitanism, capitalism, democracy and justice. 

Although based on an empirical matter, each contribution or discussion must also have some philosophical content, instead of loosing itself in historical, empirical, political, eco-nomical or social considerations. First and foremost, it should be an interrogation of peace as an idea or a concept. We will question what peace can mean today as a strong ideal under the historical conditions that determinate our epoch. The challenge of the workshop is to address different important contemporary problems, and to be able to keep an equilibrium between empirical facts and transcendental inquiry. Also, the use of empirical facts can be for example the following ones: an empirical problem is discussed, which needs a new kind of philosophical analysis in order to be solved. The empirical fact can also be a paradigm, an example or an occasion for philosophical reflection. It can as well provide a new point of view on an already existing philosophical problem. In any case, the concrete problem has to be subjected to a strong philosophical inquiry. 

 

Form of the Workshop:

We strive for new ideas and visions around the conditions of possibility of peace. In this sense the Workshop understands itself as a sort of think tank for new philosophical perspec-tives of peace and its application. We intend to focus on a more discursive way of research than in common congresses. Hence each speaker should talk for  15 to 20 minutes in order to leave ample time for critical discussion. The Workshop will start in the early afternoon there will be 3-4 short-lectures a day. Each day there will be a central keynote-lecture in the begin-ning and a general discussion at the end. All lectures and discussions will be in English.

Please send a short abstract (150 words maximum) and a title before the 15th of August 2008.

Please send all questions and abstract submissions to k.u.gregor@a-priori.eu or Sergueï.Spetschinsky@gmail.com.

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BRIC & EU: Cooperation vs. Competition

5-7  Nov 2008

International Centre, New Delhi.

P. Vishwas - Coordinator

 

A third pole has recently emerged in the world which was regarded as unipolar just a short while ago. On 19 May 2008, the foreign ministers of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) met to institutionalise BRIC. This would become the largest strategic/economic grouping of people in the world with fast-growing economies that are poised to dominate the world by 2050.

We at Inmantec are proud to have anticipated this development and to have catalysed it in a small way through the 9th International Conference we organized around this topic last year. We are happy to inform you about our tenth international conference. More details about the conference are available at http://inmantec.edu/bric, from where a conference brochure may also be downloaded.

Limited funds are available to partially support the costs of domestic and international travel for participants whose papers are accepted for presentation.

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Fifth International Conference on Human Rights

Peace, Human Rights and Religion

Center for Human Rights Studies of Mofid University

Qom - Iran, 13-14 May 2009. 

 

In the framework of national project of promotion and protection of human rights for greater access to justice. With the Cooperation of UNDP in I.R. Iran and Some Other National and International Organizations. Peace is one of the basic needs and ideals of human beings and among the great aims of the prophets and other right-minded people. Without peace, the achievements of human civilization will be exposed to damage and eradication, and sustainable human development with human rights will be out of reach. Peace is a situation in which individuals, groups and nations, keeping their dignity, live with justice, security, flourishing, tolerance, cooperation, and self-determination. A huge amount of the activity of international institutions is done to reach this valuable ideal; It may be said that access to a peaceful situation is the final aim of international human rights law. Religions, as well, regard as their ideal the establishment of peace with justice and human dignity in the world and in the souls of human beings. However, the world is still suffering from war, terror, insecurity, poverty, and injustice; religions and human rights are being misused to damage and even eradicate peace. Taking these facts into consideration, the Center for Human Rights Studies of Mofid University intends to hold its fifth biennial international conference on human rights under the title of "Peace, Human Rights and Religion" to provide an

academic ground for scholars and researchers from all over the world to share freely their ideas, experience and knowledge in this regard. Interested persons are cordially invited to submit their papers on one of the following sub-topics.

1.     Interrelationship between Human Rights and Peace.

2.     Religions and Peace.

3.     Peace, Justice and Democracy

4.     Peace and the Role of NGOs and Religious Institutions

5.     Peace, Women and Children

6.     Peace and the Threats to it

Papers must be exclusively prepared for this conference, not having been submitted for any other conferences or previously published. Authors are requested to e-mail a 500-word abstract (in English, Persian or Arabic) to the Center by 30 September 2008. Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format including the title, author's name, postal and e-mail addresses as well as telephone and/or fax numbers. They must also contain the schematic proposal of the final paper together with the main assumptions and conclusions.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Board of Referees of the Conference and then the authors of the accepted abstracts will be requested to e-mail their papers for final review. Therefore, the acceptance of an abstract does not imply the acceptance of the paper. Papers must be e-mailed to the Center by 31 December 2008.

Authors of accepted papers will be hosted by Mofid University during the days of the Conference (airfare not included). Others need to pay registration fee and to cover the expenses of accommodation, food and transportation.

Sadoogi Boulevard, Mofid Square, Qom, Iran; P.O.Box:37185-3611

Tel:0098-251-2925764                Fax:0098-251-2903551

E-mail:chrs@mofidu.ac.ir; chrs2003@gmail.com

Website: http://chrs.mofidu.ac.ir/

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Dialogue among Cultures: Peace, Justice and Harmony

23 - 28 July 2009

ISUD Eighth World Congress

Beijing International Studies University

Beijing, China

 

The ISUD is an international association of philosophers devoted to promoting the discussion of such fundamental issues as world peace, social justice, human rights, and dialogical interrelations of diverse cultures. Through this congress the Society hopes to stimulate philosophical reflection and discussion on topics related to the central theme of dialogue among cultures. Topics on philosophy of culture, cultural diversity and universality, globalization, ethics of peace, social equality, justice, and harmony are welcome, as are non-western or other philosophical perspectives. Papers presented at the congress will be published in the ISUD bi-annual proceedings.

The participants will enjoy inexpensive but comfortable accommodation in the University Guests House, as well as a cultural program, including the tour to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs (the Imperial Mausoleums of the Ming Dynasty), and a visit to the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace) located behind the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the capital of China.

The deadline for abstracts is September 15, 2008. Please send a 300-500 word abstract in English by regular post or e-mail attachment in Word to: 

Dr. Marc Lucht, Department of the Humanities, Francis Hall 229

Alvernia College, 400 Saint Bernardine Street

Reading, PA  19607

E-mail:  marc.lucht@alvernia.edu

For the schedule of notification of acceptance of abstracts and the invitation to submit full papers, as well as the other information on the congress please visit our web site:  http://www.isud.org        

ISUD is a member of International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP). It has hosted seven world congresses since 1993 in Poland, USA, Greece, Finland, and Japan.  Among ISUD publications are: Mythos and Logos: How to Regain the Love of Wisdom. N.Y.: Rodopi, 2004; The Challenges of Globalization: Rethinking Nature. Culture, and Freedom. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007; Between Global Violence and Ethics of Peace. Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009 (forthcoming).

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 Activating Human Rights and Peace

 An International Conference

 1-4 July 2008

 Byron Bay Community and Cultural Centre,

 Byron Bay NSW, Australia

 Website: www.scu.edu.au/research/cpsj/human_rights/index.html       

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Parliament of World Religions, December 2009, Australia.

First held in Chicago in 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions brings together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation.

As the world’s largest interreligious gathering, the Parliament will

  • Convene religious and civil leaders and people of faith, spirit and goodwill from at least or more than 80 countries
  • Foster interreligious, civil and cross-cultural dialogue on important local, national, and global issues
  • Invite over 10,000 participants to work together for a just, peaceful, and harmonious society
  • Have global appeal, covering social concerns including understanding and respecting diversity, peace and Indigenous reconciliation
  • Engage worldwide religious, spiritual, secular, environmental, business and educational leaders to seek commitment and practical solutions through dialogue.
  • Promote and encourages social cohesion within societies locally and across the world.

Website: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org

 

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at 1:28 pm on Dec 18, 2008

Parliament of the World's Religions, December 3-9, 2009, Australia.
First held in Chicago in 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions brings together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation. As the world’s largest interreligious gathering, the Parliament will

Convene religious and civil leaders and people of faith, spirit and goodwill from at least or more than 80 countries
Foster interreligious, civil and cross-cultural dialogue on important local, national, and global issues
Invite over 10,000 participants to work together for a just, peaceful, and harmonious society
Have global appeal, covering social concerns including understanding and respecting diversity, peace and Indigenous reconciliation
Engage worldwide religious, spiritual, secular, environmental, business and educational leaders to seek commitment and practical solutions through dialogue.
Promote and encourages social cohesion within societies locally and across the world.
http://www.parliamentofreligions.org

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