The Fifteenth International Conference on “New Political Science” and the Seventh International Colloquium on “The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean will be held in Havana, Cuba from November 14 to November 16, 2012.
The New Political Science is being developed by Cuban and international professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Honorary Chair, “Political Science from the South.” It is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars in the disciplines of political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of international dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or the Third World.
Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a summary of 250 words or less, should be sent by October 15, 2012, to Charles McKelvey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. Faculty of the English department of the Division of Modern Foreign Languages of the University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations.
Papers on the following themes can be included in the International Conference on “New Political Science”:
•The purpose, methods, and concepts of the new political science (social science, history, and philosophy) from the perspective of the South or the Third World. Its role in the construction of a new society.
•Political culture and political socialization in the period of transition to socialism.
•Conflict resolution: the significance of negotiation in conflicts among the countries of the South.
•International dynamics and contemporary global issues.
•Domestic policy and foreign policy.
•The political thought of Mao Tse Tung.
•The political thought of Ho Chi Minh and the Doi Moi policy of Vietnam.
•The contributions of the Bolivarian revolution to the new political science from the South
•The contributions of Evo Morales, Hugo Chávez, and Rafael Correa to contemporary political theory
•The contributions of the Cuban Revolution to the new political science from the South
•José Martí and the new political science from the South.
•The relation between philosophy and political science; between philosophy and social science.
•Corruption: History and mechanisms.
•Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.
Paper proposals for the International Colloquium on “The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean” can include the following themes:
•Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.
•Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for scientific and philosophical knowledge.
•The biometric revolution.
•Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.
•Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy. The meaning of transhumanism.
•Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.
•The Martían philosophy as an inclusive philosophy.
•Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.
The registration fee is 100 Cuban Convertible Pesos (approximately equivalent to 120 U.S. dollars). The fee for students is 50 Cuban Convertible Pesos.
Participants will have the option of participating in one of three pre-conference workshops to be held on November 12 and November 13. The workshops will be on the following themes:
•Political science from the South and Western political science: Complementary or alternative?
•Bioethics and its relation to philosophy.
•Methods of theory construction.
The workshop will be conducted by specialists with numerous publications on the themes. Books on related themes also will be available.
The registration fee for one of the workshops is 25 Cuban Convertible Pesos.
All persons interested in the conferences and/or workshops should contact Charles McKelvey at email@example.com. Arrangements also can be made for air travel to Cuba and for lodging in Havana through Global Learning. For more information contact Charles McKelvey (firstname.lastname@example.org). Visit the Website of Global Learning: www.globallearning-cuba.com.
The Fifteenth International Conference on “New Political Science” and the Seventh International Colloquium on “The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean” are sponsored by the Honorary Chair “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana, the Chair of Social Sciences of the General Máximo Gómez Academy, the Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of International Relations, the Nico López School of Higher Education of the Union of Communist Youth, the Division of Marxism of the José Antonio Echeverría Polytechnic Institute of Higher Education, and the Division of Marxism of the University of Informational Sciences.
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