We live in a world of constant change. While this is an intrinsic fact and experience of our daily life, change itself has many guises ranging from very sudden, often unexpected occurrences like job loss or natural and man-made hazards (like in Japan) to very slow, subtle and hardly perceivable processes like demographic change or changes in moral attitudes. Change affects us directly in our immediate environment but also beyond our ‘own doorstep’, in other continents: on the other side of the world. Transformation may be something perceived just by an individual or by society as a whole. Change can be a linear process of gradual transition, but it can also be recurring, wave-like; sometimes desirable, sometimes not.
Change is thus associated and correlated with logic at manifold levels and varying in its complexity and extent. As such, this conference is trans-disciplinary in nature and addresses both theorists in Philosophy, Sociology, Economics or Geography, but also practitioners in wider fields of enquiry and research.
Background of the Conference: the organizers of the conference have initiated a “social festival”, entitled “Do something and things will change”. It deals with awareness of poverty and inequality, and aims at local empowerment and participation. Privately funded and sponsored, the festival aims to encourage local people, businesses and institutions. It is hoped that social commitment both at the local and regional level can be increased, thus contributing towards improving the ‘quality of life’ for those hit by (sudden) changing circumstances. This year the festival, whose character is explicitly bottom-up, takes place in the Lungau region (in the south of the Province of Salzburg, Austria).
For more information and full CfP please visit: http://www.ifz-salzburg.at/?p=5738
Abstracts of approx. 300 words are welcome for one of the four sessions below and should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com . Deadline for submission is June 15, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be given by June 30, 2011. Invited colleagues are asked to prepare a paper for publication in spring 2012: deadline for submitting manuscripts is October 30, 2011.
Session I: “Social festivals” as a tool to eradicate poverty and promote local identity
“Social festivals“ deal with local knowledge such as the everyday experience of and insight into social, cultural and local conditions, and they mirror specific perceptions and local theories of their settings. Topics are: To what extent can festivals promote local identities? In how far can they help support social cohesion and empowerment, and can they contribute to reducing poverty and social disparities? And do they contribute to a responsible, sustainable regional development?
Session II: Methods for understanding and evaluating social belonging, regional embeddedness, and local acceptance
Manifold relationships between the individual Lebenswelt and social-spatial environments are to be discerned when surveys are carried out to better understand agency and social belonging. Additionally, different scales and scopes of complexity raise the question of an adequate integration of change concepts in respective methods. In this session we wish to discuss methods and techniques from a wide range of disciplines. Examples are (but are not restricted to): Social network analyses, social capital surveys, action-setting analyses, qualitative interviews, or multivariate statistics.
Session III: What is a ‘contented and happy life’ in a world of inequality, exclusion, and poverty?
A “good life” does not solely depend on money and, or material wealth. It also relies heavily on the intangibles of life such as opportunities, traditions and values, fairness and recognition, and belonging. At the same time we live in a world where the preconditions for a contented and happy life are constantly at risk. Bearing this in mind, we will focus on ideas of what a “good life” comprises, and on factors that can influence well-being in different circumstances and different areas of life.
Session IV: Theories & reflections about locality, agency, regional awareness, and identity.
This session intends to introduce and illustrate different theoretical approaches which shed light on social-spatial scale enquiries, hybrid phenomena, but also on local theories of agency, resilience, poverty, vulnerability, and identity issues in order to better understand the complexity of a ‘good and happy’ life under contemporary conditions of globalization, crisis, risk, and uncertainty.
In addition to the contact e-mail listed below you may contact us using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch
ifz – International Research Center Salzburg
Mönchsberg 2a, A – 5020 Salzburg
Mag. Elisabeth Kapferer
Center for Ethics and Poverty Research (University of Salzburg)
Mönchsberg 2a, A - 5020 Salzburg
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