In recent years social activism and the work of civil society organizations is becoming more and more international. On the one hand, international NGOs have become more salient, and the roles they play in processes and systems of both local and global governance are constantly expanding. On the other hand, local civil society organizations have come to understand the utility of international links, and many are ｡･going global｡ｦ via networks, coalitions, social forums and more. Civil societies are no longer confined to national boundaries, nor can they be understood without examining the local-global nexus.
The main theme of ICTR｡ｦs 12th annual conference and its 2nd international conference addresses the issue of the local-global links of civil society, and particularly the questions of how international NGOs adjust to local circumstances and how local civil society organizations engage in international networks and partnerships to promote their causes locally.
The conference will feature plenary and parallel sessions in English (There will also be parallel sessions in Hebrew, where new research on the Third Sector in Israel will be presented. A separate call will be published for the Hebrew language part of the conference).
Submissions are sought for papers and panels on the following themes:
1. Localization of international NGOs:
ボ how international organizations adjust to local circumstances
ボ the effects of localization on the work, nature and missions of international NGOs
ボ challenges in the establishment of national chapters by international NGOs
ボ local manifestations of international and global networks and coalitions
2. Globalization and internationalization of local and national civil societies:
ボ causes and effects of ｡･going global｡ｦ
ボ mobilization of international networks and coalitions for local campaigns
ボ the formation of international networks and coalitions
ボ international factors affecting local campaigns
3. The global-local nexus of civil societies
ボ the spread of international NGOs and networks
ボ ｡･glocalization｡ｦ, social movements and social activism
ボ effects of globalization on local civil societies
Contributions may take the form of a paper or a panel. Please indicate your choice of presentation. Abstracts should be submitted in English only.
A Panel submission is a proposal for a coordinated set of 3 to 4 papers dealing with a shared
topic or issue. Panel proposals require an abstract identifying and justifying the theme of the panel
as well as a full abstract for each panel paper. The person submitting the panel proposal must be willing to act as the panel coordinator and ensure that all proposed paper presenters commit to attending the conference.
To be considered for review, an abstract must reach the following minimum standards:
ボ There must be a working title that clearly identifies the conference theme being addressed
ボ The abstract should summarize the argument of the paper, locate the issue within a wider literature, and establish its empirical and/or theoretical or practical base
ボ The abstract should be approximately 500 words in length
Submissions will be subject to a blind review process. Only papers that meet sufficient academic quality will be accepted.
Submission should bee made via E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2008. Authors will be advised by the end of November 2008 whether their submission has been accepted.
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