Please see full CfP at: http://www.ifz-salzburg.at/uploads/Call-for-Papers-Local-Knowledge.pdf
In the light of a globalization, (post-)modernization, social fragmentation and economization of many of our living contexts, local knowledge has regained increased attention in social sciences.
Commonly, local knowledge indicates a counterpart to both rational forms of an explicit knowledge of facts and knowledge of universal validity. Local knowledge attempts to appreciate a more comprehensive view on people’s skills, capabilities, experience, and sophistication. On the other hand, the reference to ‘local’ implies an imagination of bounded applicability of knowledge in specific spatial-cultural environments.
Additionally, local knowledge can be either acknowledged as instrumental in order to achieve specific goals or as an intrinsic value in order to deal with social relations, solidarity, common values and norms accordingly. Social and spatial settings appear to be influential for everybody’s quality of life, personal identity, and political commitment – and local knowledge is the essential foundation to turn these settings into a vivid arena.
The aim of the conference Appreciating Local Knowledge is to discuss the phenomenon, its theoretical and philosophical reflection, methodological comprehension, and practical application in a transdisciplinary fashion.
Topics may include (but are not restricted to) the following issues:
* The nature of local knowledge: what makes local knowledge peculiar with respect to other kinds of knowledge/experience/capabilities and with respect to its local embeddedness?
* Mechanisms of transforming local knowledge into action: which mechanisms of including and supporting local knowledge into public discourses are available and wishful (“local governance strategies”)?
* The social benefit of local knowledge: what can local knowledge contribute to the development of a healthy neighborhood and local well-being?
* The bounded scope of local knowledge: what are potential risks and problems when focusing on and supporting local knowledge?
* Approaches to measure local knowledge: what tools and techniques are available and appropriate to evaluate local knowledge?
* The power of local knowledge: which impact does local knowledge exert in local community resiliency?
* The disciplinary focus on local knowledge: what are the core topics on local knowledge for instance in poverty research, inequality studies, regional disparities’ studies, intercultural communication, anthropology, and philosophy?
Abstracts of approx. 300 words should be submitted to Elisabeth Kapferer and Andreas Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com).
Deadline for submission is June 24, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given by July 15, 2013.
Invited colleagues are asked to prepare a paper for the conference proceedings (approx. 6.000 words) which will be published in 2014. Deadline for submitting manuscripts is October 31, 2013.
The conference will include lectures and discussions and aims at providing enough room for open discussions. Participants are thus asked to prepare short presentations (approx. ten minutes) of the main issues of their topic. Poster presentations are welcome.
Conference fee: 80 Euro (to be paid in advance).
Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Geography and Geology, Social Geography Research Group, University of Salzburg
http://www.socialgeography.at or http://www.ifz-salzburg.at/?p=1322)
Mag. Elisabeth Kapferer (email@example.com)
Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg
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