4th International Conference
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
“New Directions in Reconciling Solidarity and Difference in Contemporary Societies”
Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus
June 30th – July 3rd 2015
Strategies for addressing problems of social solidarity in states and communities in a contemporary globalized world, while respecting difference and diversity within the boundaries of those communities, have become more important than ever with the problematization of multiculturalist solutions. In the last decades there has been a rise in moral panics about immigration and right-wing nationalist responses, whilst the emergence of new globalized labor flows and diasporic identities have given rise to both cultural conflicts as well as mutual enrichment within urban settings. There has also been a sharper and more prejudicial relationship between western states and Islamic peoples, with a rise in islamophobia mirroring an apparent hardening of faith-based positions on both sides, intersecting legitimate concerns about the contradictions and conflicts between faith-based positions and contemporary human rights discourses. Additionally, the political enterprise of multiculturalism now appears limited and presumptive in its solutions. Where multiculturalism has been embraced it has been criticized with respect to class divisions, deficiencies in recognitions and redistributions, and the amelioration of tensions and conflicts through rhetoric and temporary solutions to symptoms and not causes.
This conference seeks to explore the fertile grounds within and between idealistic, cosmopolitan, and “radical” strategies to the more pragmatic attempts to provide solutions to particular, immanent, and conjunctural problems of building solidarity with difference. We aim to explore the intersections between different political approaches to integrating or reconciling solidarity with difference and the practices that constitute everyday experience for communities of difference pursuing terms of solidarity.
This conference provides a space for scholars to take stock of the present context and share knowledge – specific or general, empirical or theoretical, with a view to develop and explore the possible ways forward to minimizing violence, discrimination, exclusion and oppression as the means by which difference is managed by political structures. It is hoped that the conference will facilitate the development of more constructive, democratic, participative and inclusive means of promoting solidarity without negating difference and diversity. The conference is intended to be interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from scholars whose research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Papers and panels are sought for presentation at parallel sessions where each paper will have a strict maximum of 20 minutes presentation time on panels of 2 papers with 25 minutes per paper discussion time.
The main themes for which papers are sought are:
These themes are not exhaustive and the organizers will consider other papers relevant to the conference subject. We expect to publish a post-conference edited book, derived from the papers presented and organized around themes that reveal themselves during the conference.
There will be two keynote plenary sessions with speakers to be announced. Reflecting the conference theme in the context of the conference venue, one of these sessions will focus on aspects of these themes in Cyprus.
The conference language is English and all papers and presentations should be in English.
The conference fee is 395 Euros (295 Euros for students and non-participant partners or companions).
Abstracts of no more than 350 words may be submitted online only at: www.differenceandsolidarity.org
For any questions or concerns please see our website, including the FAQ page, or contact the conference organizers at the email address below.
Scott H. Boyd
Middle East Technical University – Northern Cyprus Campus
Edge Hill University
Cultural Difference and
Social Solidarity Network
is an initiative that seeks to promote ethical, responsible, and reasoned discussions, conferences, publications, and literary and artistic events on issues of cultural difference and social solidarity.
Note: CDSS receives no revenues or commissions from any authors' works posted on our website. We will gladly post conference participants' works which support our values to promote broad interdisciplinary research and discussions of societies and cultures.
Abstract Deadline Extended
to April 30th!
4th International Conference of the
Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network
Edited by Scott H. Boyd and Mary Ann Walter.
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
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