Ethical Engagement with Globalization, Citizenship and Multiculturalism:
First International Liberal Arts Conference
Texas A&M University at Qatar
February 3rd – 4th 2013
The primary focus of this 2-day international conference is on the relationship and complexities that exist between our notions of citizenship within a globalized world, and the means by which universalistic and/or particularistic ethical systems and structures “fit” into a multicultural globe. Going across the boundaries of cultures, nations, and academic disciplines, we are seeking contributions that shed light and provide diverse perspectives on the ethical quandaries that exist in being both a citizen of a particular place as well as a “citizen” of the world. As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from across the spectrum of academic fields, including political theory, history, sociology, anthropology, geography, linguistics, philosophy, ethics, law, engineering, the natural sciences, and cultural and religious studies. We especially encourage contributions from graduate students and scholars working in non-western and/or underrepresented regions. As Qatar is a veritable laboratory for of the connection of globalization and multiculturalism, Doha provides the preeminent locale for this discussion.
Some of the broad questions that the conference will address are: What is the relationship of being a good citizen and being a good human in western and non-western traditions? How does the “shrinking” of the world affect the production and/or interpretation of domestic and international law? Are global and national citizenships always compatible? What ethical obligations operate upon scholars when they seek to understand, or be understood, by other societies? What are the ethical and sociopolitical implications of the global spread of English for other languages and cultures? Does globalization require us to re-formulate practices of citizenship in ways that do justice to the increasingly complex multicultural circumstances of national politics worldwide?
The conference will include panels and discussions on:
• Historical perspectives on Global citizenship
• Cosmopolitanism and Ethical Citizenship
• Citizenship Rights and International law
• Professional Ethics and multiculturalism
• Rethinking national / regional citizenship in a Globalized world
• Linguistic Perspectives on Globalization and Localization
• Comparing East - West perspectives on citizenship, globalization, ethics
• Transformations: From colonial to post-colonial and global subject-hood
• Technology, Culture and citizenship
• Diasporas and citizenship
• Gender, globalization and citizenship
The organizing committee also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on other related themes. Maximum 250-word abstracts should be submitted by 30th September 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by 16th December, 2012.
Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information:
(1) author(s), (2) Institutional affiliation, (3) Email address, (4) Title of presentation, (5) Abstract, (6) Up to 5 keywords.
• Proposals should be sent via email to the organizing committee at EGCM2013@qatar.tamu.edu and must have the following subject line: “2013 Conference - Abstract Submission”.
• Substantial bursaries for travel and lodging expenses are available for international participants.
• Select submitted presentations will be considered for publication in an edited volume or a special issue of an international journal.
Conference Organizing Committee:
Dr. Hassan Bashir, Dr. Troy Bickham, Dr. Phillip W. Gray
Liberal Arts Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Hassan Bashir, Ph.D.
Liberal Arts Program &
The Initiative in Professional Ethics
Texas A&M University at Qatar
P. O. Box 23874
Doha, Qatar Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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