Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies in cooperation with the Institute for African Studies (both under the Russian Academy of Sciences) is organizing in Moscow in summer (in late June or early July) 2004 the Third International Conference "HIERARCHY AND POWER IN THE HISTORY OF CIVILIZATIONS".
The immediate objective of the Conference is to discuss the following issues:
civilizational and evolutionary models of socio-political development
interaction of the socio-political and cultural-mental groups of factors in the processes of social transformations
cultural and socio-biological foundations and factors of dominance in human societies
power strategies vs. stages of political evolution
hierarchy and heterarchy in the sociopolitical history of humankind
ideology and legitimation of power in different civilizational contexts
violence and non-violence in the history of political institutions formation, development and decline
the role of economy in sociopolitical processes
access to information as a condition and its use as a means of political manipulation and mobilization
the ¡§classical¡¨ (band, tribe, chiefdom, state) and ¡§alternative¡¨ forms of sociopolitical organization
¡§traditional¡¨ and recent schools and trends in the study of the ¡§hierarchy and power¡¨ problematique
Suggestions for discussion of any other aspects of the general problematique of the Conference reflected in its title, are also welcomed.
The working languages of the Conference are Russian and English.
The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in any of the Conference working languages) which will be received by February 1, 2003. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal, includes the panel convenor¡¦s full name, title, institutional affiliation, full mail and e-mail addresses, and fax #, as well names, institutional affiliations, and e-mail addresses of not less than two other possible participants of the panel, at least one of which should represent a country other than that of the convenor.
The Organizing Committee will inform the applicants about the results of their panel proposals¡¦ consideration by February 15, 2003. Besides that, the Organizing Committee reserves the right to establish one or two free communication panels (it is also suggested that each of the panels will eventually include about a dozen papergivers, and the list of all the participants is to become known in the beginning of the year 2004 due to the activities of both the Organizing Committee and panel convenors). None of the proposals may be accepted or rejected on the basis of its submitter¡¦s previous academic credentials, ethnic or national origin, sex, or otherwise, but only on the basis of the proposal¡¦s relevance to and importance for, the Conference¡¦s general problematique. Proposals emphasizing theoretical and cross-regional approaches to the ¡§hierarchy and power¡¨ problematique are strongly encouraged. In the case the proposal is accepted, the Organizing Committee will send you the list of documents necessary to support your and your panel participants¡¦ visa application process at the Russian Consulate or Embassy in the respective countries.
The Conference participant¡¦s registration fee is $ 100 (or the corresponding sum in euros or Russian rubles) which includes the visa application support at the Russian Foreign Ministry,x culture program, Conference Book of Abstracts, reception, coffee-breaks, is to be paid on the spot upon arrival. The fee for an accompanying person is $ 30 (or again, the corresponding sum in euros or Russian rubles) includes the visa application support at the Russian Foreign Ministry and participation in culture program. Accommodation at the hotel of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Downtown Moscow is about $ 45 per night. It is also possible to make an independent reservation in this hotel or in one of many other Moscow hotels of different class through Internet at sites:
Estimated meal and other daily expenses are c. $ 15 per person. However, please note that the figures above may be subjected to some changes due to processes in transnational and national economy which are obviously out of the Organizing Committee¡¦s control. If such changes happen, the Organizing Committee will try its best to inform the Conference participants as soon as possible.
Prof. Dmitri M. Bondarenko, Dr. Igor L. Alexeev, Mr. Oleg I. Kavykin
Center for Civilizational and Regional Studies Russian Academy of Sciences
30/1 Spiridonovka St.
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