2nd Global Conference
Pluralism: Exploring Critical Issues
Monday 6th December - Wednesday 8th December 2004
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and publications project is a critical examination of the theme of 'pluralism' and the challenges it is posing across the world today. Pluralism has unleashed a reaction of paradigm consolidation in political, economic, social, religious and cultural areas that are having a major impact on all aspects of our lives.
In particular, the theme of the second conference is "Managing Pluralism". The significance of this theme is the special importance given to finding ways to manage processes, structures and processes differently. The theme is both timely and significant as tendencies to pull in different directions are causing tremendous frustrations amongst policy makers, administrators and recipients. There is a cry for “doing things differently” but there is an intellectual vacuum that the conference is intending to fill, namely, how to do things differently in the light of existence of pluralism.
The conference seeks to learn and inform from both successful and unsuccessful attempts to better manage pluralism. Pluralism in the context of this conference is conceptualized as being related to context rather than direction. It is not about differences but about alternatives.
Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are warmly invited on any of the following central themes (or their combinations):
Social, Cultural and Economic
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 3rd September 2004. If accepted for presentation, 8 page draft conference papers should be submitted by Friday 19th November 2004.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Joint Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
Dr Rob Fisher
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Dr Makere Stewart-Harawira
Director, Association for Research, Analysis & Change Networking Ltd
Auckland, New Zealand
Dr. Siva Ram Vemuri
School of Law and Business
Charles Darwin University
One ISBN eBook and one themed hard copy volume is in preparation from the previous meeting of this conference project. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.
Dr Rob Fisher
Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
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