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March 2023
  • March 17, 2023
The Telos-Paul Piccone Institute

The 2023 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference: Forms of War

At the 2023 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute conference on forms of war, we will consider different ways of understanding the relationship between conflict and insight in war as well as examples of how the conceptualization of conflict affects the outbreak, progress, and outcome of wars. On the one hand, we will consider the way in which the experience of war, both on the battlefield and on the home front, affects the outcome of the war. On the other hand, we will look at how this importance of the experience of war in turn affects the strategy of war. Such strategizing begins already at the nascent stages of conflict, before any actual fighting begins, but in which the possibility of conflict can already lead to concessions by one side or the other that lead to a transformation of the basis of order. Similarly, fears and hopes for the future also determine the course of a war, helping the participants to end a war by offering them a mutually acceptable vision of the terms of peace.

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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May 2023
  • May 4, 2023
University of California, San Diego

Political Economy of International Organization (PEIO)

We invite submissions for the fifteenth annual conference on the Political Economy of International Organization. The conference is hosted by UC San Diego on May 4-6, 2023. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, European Union, and others. We also consider submissions on topics more broadly related to international organization, such as foreign aid, international agreements and international law.

Proposal Deadline: January 15, 2023
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July 2023
  • July 3, 2023
The Critical Theory Workshop

Critical Theory Workshop's 15th Annual Summer School

The CTW’s Summer School provides an international forum for trans-disciplinary and politically relevant research that contributes to a coherent and systematic elucidation of the contemporary world. Participants are exposed to the work of contemporary thinkers and engage with current debates with leading scholars from around the globe. Special attention is paid to traditions of thought that have been sidelined or suppressed in the academy, including Marxism, the black radical tradition, anticolonial theory, socialist feminism, revolutionary thought from the Global South and radical ecological thought.

Proposal Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2023
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August 2023
  • August 3, 2023
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Age of Reagan

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI) is pleased to announce its inaugural Age of Reagan Conference to take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA from August 3-5, 2023. This academic and interdisciplinary conference is RRPFI’s most significant effort to realize President Reagan’s wish to make the Library “a dynamic intellectual forum where scholars interpret the past…”

Proposal Deadline: Saturday, March 25, 2023
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September 2023
  • September 28, 2023

Trust and Distrust in Governance: Exploring the Impact of Social and Political Dynamics

Trust in governance is considered a pivotal element for democracy. In light of multiple and interrelated crises of recent years an increase of distrust in governance came to the fore and became a highly debated issue, both within the public and the academic field. At the same time, however, scepticism and distrust themselves are productive elements within the democratic arena, as it is a key role of democratic citizens or social movements to critically scrutinise the actions and decisions of governmental actors. This indicates a complex interrelation between trust and distrust, the factors that are responsible for these interrelations, and the ways how trust and distrust need to be evaluated.

The international conference takes up the overarching topic of trust and distrust in democratic governments and institutions and aspires to explore it in all its various dimensions and aspects. Thus, we hope to gain further insights into different arenas of trust formation as well as into the forms, conditions and implications of trust and distrust in democratic governance.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, April 7, 2023
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  • September 28, 2023
Jagiellonian University

The Rise of the Digital Technocracy

The focus of the conference is on a multi-disciplinary exploration of the following contention: that recent developments in digital technology and the consolidation of a global communications infrastructure, in the context of the wealth-and-power concentrating activities of a global ‘superclass’ and corporate sector, are on the verge of making older dreams and visions of an all-encompassing and post-democratic system of Technocracy realisable.

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
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October 2023
  • October 5, 2023
German Studies Association

The 47th German Studies Association Conference

The 47th German Studies Association Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from October 5 to October 8, 2023 will again host a series of seminars in addition to conference sessions and roundtables (for general conference information, click here). Seminars meet for all three days of the conference during the first or second morning slot to foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual exchange, and intensified networking. They are led by two to four conveners and consist of 8 to 20 participants, at least some of whom should be graduate students. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar organizers and participants are required to participate in all three installments of the seminar.

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 3rd, 2023
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  • October 14, 2023
Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

JIS Symposium 2023: Culture & Its Discontents: From Selfies to Community

At the center of postmodern culture is a paradox: What Christopher Lasch analyzed as The Culture of Narcissism (1979) that celebrates an individual’s unbounded subjectivity, found an unlikely ally in what Mark Milke calls The Victim Cult (2021) that focuses on past grievances while forsaking the future. Both Hitler and Stalin thought of themselves as “victims.” Their paranoia stoked fascist and communist totalitarian dictatorships punctuated by Nazi concentration camps and the Soviet Gulag chronicled by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn. In post-World War II U.S., racial, ethnic and gender preferences had unintended consequences. Beneficiaries who succeeded due to talent and effort would have done so without preferences, while those less-prepared often faced higher education’s revolving door. As contributors to A Dubious Expediency (2021) conclude, such preferences damage higher education, lowering standards, resulting in demands for further leveling, and silencing of independent voices via political correctness. But the major deleterious consequence of preferences is the retribalization of American society and resulting identity politics which now divide the Republic along ancient tribal, non-negotiable, lines. John McWhorter claims in Woke Racism (2021) that the “Elect”--self-styled gurus who demand uncompromising racial consciousness of victimhood from blacks and whites alike--propagate a new “religion” that has betrayed black America. The question arises: Can individuals and groups in 21st-century America find common ground, renewing the culture and civil society as the precondition for community and a more perfect Union?

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
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