The theme for the first annual Women and Social Change Conference is “Establishing an Egalitarian Worldview”. Mohandas Gandhi stated “we must be the change we wish to see.” With growing concerns about the economy, the environment, and society itself, the Galiah Institute hopes to bring together academic and independent scholars to discuss their views of what this change might encompass, especially in relation to a classless society. Please understand that the conference is planned with the intention of sharing this information and accompanying discussion with non-academics, thus we expect a sizeable attendance at the conference from the public.
The initial, one-day conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, November 15, 2008. The conference will open with a keynote address from Dr. Robin Hanson, founder of the Galiah Institute.
Perspectives from a broad range of disciplines are welcomed within the five focus areas:
1) Egalitarian Cultures – proposals that identify cultures in our past that serve as examples of equal political, economic, social, and civil rights as well as possible models for our future
2) Women’s Spirituality – proposals exploring the spiritual foundation of these earlier, classless societies
3) Inequalities – proposals examining the hierarchal structure of inequality dealing with ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, and race.
4) Environmentalism – proposals that address our interdependence on the world around us
5) Anthrozoology – proposals that look at how humans interact with other animals and how this is a directional indication of our societal worldview
Individual papers are welcomed as well as full sessions. The deadline for proposals for the conference is July 31, 2008. Proposals should be 300 to 500 words, double-spaced and include the author’s name, e-mail address, contact phone number, and school affiliation (if applicable). Notification of acceptance will be made by August 15, 2008.
Send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is envisaged that the conference will result in a publication.
Contact person – Dr. Robin Hanson, email@example.com or 314-413-1636
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