International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (ISCSC) is inviting you to participate in the Society’s 40th annual international conference, June 15–17, 2010, at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA.
ISCSC is a nonpolitical, nonprofit scholarly organization dedicated to bringing scholars interested in the study of civilizations. The Society was formally established in 1961 in Salzburg by the historian Othmar Anderle, Arnold J.Toynbee and Rushton Coulborn. The Society has long emphasized the research of the origins and transformation of world civilizations in history. Beneath and beyond the tradition, we are now exploring new research topics on current civilizational clashes or integration and civilizational futures. The goal is to interrogate the impacts of the ongoing economic globalization, surging ecological consciousness, and proliferation of internet technology on the development of world civilizations.
This year, we invite proposals from scholars and teachers around the world for position paper (6 pages), research paper (12 pages) or research in progress (1 page) on topics related to the scholarly aspects of the conference’s themes:
Main Theme: Civilizational Futures
1. What roles religion, in the past, today and tomorrow?
2. Is a global civilization developing? How would we know?
3. How can past civilizational crises inform the present?
4. Does ecology matter, or are these crises driven entirely by culture, politics, religion and other social phenomena?
1. What is a “Civilization” anyway?
2. How are civilizations distinct from nations, societies and cultures? Are they correlated with empires?
3. How many are there in human history … and today?
4. Does history repeat itself and what about technology?
5. Are civilizational transformations necessarily traumatic, or can they “transform” peacefully?
6. When civilizations “clash” can they hybridize by combining strengths positively? Or must one die?
7. How do art, language and culture matter compared to ancient drivers of commerce and military affairs?
Submission Deadline: March 30, 2010
Email abstracts to: Dr. Michael Andregg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For more information on the conference, please visit ISCSC website at www.wmich.edu/iscsc
Dr. Michael Andregg
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
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