16th Berlin Roundtable conference on Transnationality will be organized from October 17 to 20, 2012, at WZB. This conference on Transnationality analyzes the dynamics of political (and often violent) unrest which lead to fundamental structural transformations of political regimes and alterations in power relations between the masses as well as the elites.
The recent waves of protests and demonstrations in many countries around the world have reintroduced the question of revolution and grass-roots system change to the political and scholarly agenda.
Based on an international essay competition, approximately 45 applicants will be invited to discuss their research, concerns and agendas with peers and prominent scholars in Berlin. The Irmgard Coninx Foundation will cover travel to and accommodation in Berlin.
Discussions will take place in three workshops:
- Workshop 1 “Revolutions, Democratisation and Democracy”chaired by Wolfgang Merkel (Political Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/ WZB) and Christoph Stefes (Political Science, University of Colorado Denver/WZB),
- Workshop 2 “The Genesis of Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements” chaired by Jeff Goodwin (Sociology, New York University) and Sonja Hegasy (Middle Eastern Studies, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), and
- Workshop 3 “International Intervention in Revolutionary Processes” chaired by Jarat Chopra (Senior Advsior, World Bank) and Vidya Kumar (Law, London School of Economics).
The conference will be accompanied by public evening lectures by Nancy Fraser (Political Philosophy, The New School for Social Research) and Amr Hamzawy (University of Cairo/Freedom Egypt Party).
The call for papers extends to scholars (max. up to 10 years after Ph.D.) and practitioners (e.g. workers in governmental or urban services, NGOs, journalists). Please submit your paper (maximum 3500 words including footnotes and bibliography), an abstract (max. 300 words), a narrative biography and a CV using the online submission form and the style sheets for your abstract and essay. Submission deadline is June 30, 2012. Please note that co-authorship and already published papers will not be accepted. All participants are expected to actively participate during all days of this workshop.
Conference participants are eligible to apply for one of up to three short-term fellowships to be used at the WZB in Berlin. Conference participants will receive all necessary details on the grant application shortly before the conference.
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