The Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network’s “Building Solidarity and Protecting Difference: Meeting Central Tensions in Contemporary Societies” Conference will be held at the Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus 3rd – 6th July 2012.
Across the globe, communities are struggling to negotiate cultural differences, reflecting religious, political, ideological and identity-based roots. The role of the conference is to help develop a trans-disciplinary network of intellectuals with a global reach, across a broad range of disciplines and spanning theoretical, empirical, cultural, aesthetic, legal, political and policy domains.
The main themes for which papers are sought are:
•Reconciling diverse communities and fragmented communities
•Analysis of effects, uses, failures, or successes of cultural products (literature and the arts)
•The role of states, NGOs and international structures in exacerbating or alleviating problems arising from difference
•Ideological politics and the theorizing of difference, diversity and solidarity
•Language, media and propaganda
•After Multiculturalism?: Monoculturalism, Polyculturalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Theory and Practice of Difference within common space
•Migration, Borders, Diasporas and Solidarity in Changing Communities
•Economics, Crisis and the Impact of Difference and Solidarity
•Ethnocentrism, Eurocentrism, Solidarity and Difference
•Cultural Translation and interpretation, Solidarity and Difference
•Contrasting Theories of Solidarity and Difference
•Academic Research, Intellectuals and Activism
•Technology, Solidarity and Difference
•Solidarity and Difference in Radical Theory/Politics
•New Thinking and Theories of Solidarity/Difference
•Aesthetics, Solidarity and Difference
•Solidarity and Difference – Theory and Empiricism
•Immigration and Diasporas
•Conflict and Conflict Resolution
•Difference, Solidarity and the Ethics of Strangers
Please visit the website for abstract submission details.