May 23–May 25, 2013
The theme of the conference has been inspired by two sources. First, by Robert D. Putnam’s research in social capital and institutions, most recently his study, with David E. Campbell, of the role of religion in American society, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster 2010). Secondly, by Jan-Erik Lane and UweWagschal’s recent Culture and Politics (Routledge 2012) in which the authors write in their foreword: “… the social sciences must come to grips with the anti-Tönnies predicament of the growing relevance of culture for politics. Predicting that associations would trump communities in terms of social and political saliency, Tönnies’s Community and Society … seemed a correct analysis of industrial society. However, in the postmodern society culture seems to be at least as important as economic relationships.”
The conference will focus on the role of culture in contemporary politics, political science and International Relations and, more broadly, discuss the methods by which the significance of culture for politics and society may be studied.
Proposed papers should address one of the following subjects:
(1) social capital, democracy and state cohesion;
(2) cultural diversity and the politics of recognition;
(3) value-oriented politics;
(4) religion and politics;
(5) methodology and emerging research avenues and opportunities.
You are hereby invited to submit proposals for the conference.
Deadline for proposals
February 1, 2013. Submit to Michael Böss, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 6–June 9, 2013
Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Center for Health and Global Environment, ACS Forum
If we instinctively seek a paradisiacal and special place on earth, it is because we know in our inmost hearts that the earth was given to us in order that we might find meaning, order, truth and salvation in it. (Thomas Merton)
The International Symposium on Urbanism, Spirituality & Well Being will convene experts in the fields of architecture, landscape design, urbanism, religious studies, public health and other related disciplines to address leading-edge global culture and urbanism issues from contemplative, spiritual, philosophical, design and ethical perspectives. The 2 1/2 day program of scholarly presentations and panel discussions is sponsored by the Harvard University Divinity School, the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and the Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality. The symposium topics include scholarship on the history of cities and architecture planned according to spiritual motivations or principles; the contemporary built urban environment and the plethora of forces that shape it; and the prospects of future urban life that nurtures meaningful, sustainable, and spiritually inspiring built environments and architecture.
How we draw from past and present contexts to cultivate new urban and architectural visions is an imperative that theologians, public health experts, architects and urban designers are well placed to address through philosophical, theoretical and practical considerations and contemplation. This international symposium will focus on the history and potential of the city to spiritually uplift the human spirit, contextualize and symbolize our shared “human condition,” accommodate communal activities and rituals that give meaning to our lives, and provide connections to knowledge and understanding of the transcendent dimension of existence in architecture and the urban setting.
June 9–June 14, 2013
World Congress of Environmental Education
The proposal to host for the first time a world congress in a country of Arab and Muslim culture was put forward by the Fondation Mohammed VI Pour la Protection de L’Environnement. This is undoubtedly the most interesting aspect of the next edition of WEEC.
Morocco, among other things, is in a state of flux. A new constitution bringing political change has been in force since the end of 2011. A country with a long history and great artistic and natural assets, Morocco has in Marrakech a pearl of international fame.
Another interesting aspect is the theme: the rural-urban relationship, a particularly sensitive issue in Morocco where, like many other countries, an exodus from the countryside and a strong process of urban migration is being witnessed. In addition, climactic changes are bound to exacerbate the problem of water shortage, strongly felt in Morocco as in many other countries.
In short, this is a very interesting transverse theme, because the urban/rural relationship has an enormous social and environmental impact and is totally dependent on relationships of power (urban classes as opposed to rural classes, the north and south in the world, division of economic power groups) and on the model of production and consumption.
This theme also brings into play town planning, life styles, the relationship between man and nature, etc. Finally, this theme lends itself to involving new subjects in WEEC (international NGOs, agricultural organizations, farmers’ movements, movements for responsible consumerism and fair trade), new disciplines and new institutions.
As always, along with the title theme of the congress, various other arguments relevant to environmental education (divided into a number of thematic niches) will be dealt with.
June 11–June 14, 2013
City of Vienna and the European Cyclists' Federation
Velo-city 2013 in Vienna will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to communicate and exchange their work, ideas and visions in an inspiring environment, as well as to interact with a diverse array of experts, advocates and decision makers. As cycling plays a crucial role in the integrated mobility strategy of the city of Vienna, the conference also aims to become a catalyst for cycling in Vienna, and will therefore actively reach out to the Viennese population. Moreover, the city council will declare 2013 a special year of cycling in Vienna, combining a wide range of measures empowering urban cycling.
June 14–June 15, 2013
University of Leeds and the Urban Communication Foundation
The Communication and the City Conference hosted by the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, is an international two-day event. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of national contexts and institutional and professional fields, to discuss questions of urban communication across academic disciplines and professional fields.