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The politics of secularism, the politics of religion



Convenors: Luca Mavelli, PhD Candidate University of Wales,
Aberystwyth(; Ed Frettingham, PhD Candidate
University of Wales, Aberystwyth (

Much recent work on religion in IR has concentrated on investigating
the nature and implications of the 'global resurgence of religion',
the extent to which this resurgence challenges assumptions about the
secular character of international politics, and the role played by
religion in modern politics. What has received less attention,
however, is the political impact and role of secularism as a set of
doctrines and practices, and the possible connections between the
politics of secularism and the resurgence of religion. Discussion of
religion in IR would be arguably enriched through research into not
only the identity and politics of religion(s) and the behaviour of
religious actors, but also the nature of secularisms and their role in
political life.

This panel seeks to explore the assumptions implicit in different
conceptions of secularism (laïcité, common ground secularism, civic
religion etc), the political effects they produce, and their
relationship with religion(s).

Questions addressed might include:

- What is secularism, what forms does it take and what role does
secularism play in modern politics?

- Where, and on what basis, is the boundary between the secular and
the religious drawn?

- How do varieties of secularism influence the nature of political
interventions by religious actors? How do they define what constitutes
acceptable forms of religion?

- How do perceptions and interpretations of religion(s) affect the
politics of secularism?

- To what extent has secularism contributed to the resurgence of
religion, or vice versa?

This panel aims to contribute to the debate on religion in
international politics through exploring its relationship with
secularism. We welcome both theoretical and empirical explorations of
these issues.

Please contact us if you would like more information; if you would be
interested in presenting a paper please send an abstract by Friday
25th May. We also invite offers to contribute to the panel as chair or

Many thanks,

Ed Frettingham
Luca Mavelli

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WISC Second Global International Studies Conference


Theme: What keeps us apart, what keeps us together? International Order, Justice, Values

Encouraged by the success of its first conference in Istanbul in 2005, the World International Studies Committee agreed in San Diego in 2006 that the next conference would take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), in cooperation with the local host and all the members of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), has been entrusted with organizing the conference. The WISC is committed to making this conference truly global. We are determined to bring together scholars who may not have an opportunity to attend many international studies conferences regularly, and make it possible for them to create lasting professional networks with scholars from all over the world. This is how the WISC strives to live up to its name and make this unique effort a success.

The theme of the conference connotes global tensions and dilemmas, as well as cooperative possibilities. Furthermore, the theme invites debates on patterns of inclusion and exclusion. Finally, we want to encourage looking at global and regional problems through different lenses and from varying perspectives. Our general aim is to bring together scholars from all parts of the world to examine the contrasting perspectives on global problems and to set the agenda for our future explorations of international relations, broadly conceived.

The Programme Committee will organize three plenary roundtables on the themes of ‘International Order’, ‘Global Justice’ and ‘Global Values’ with participants drawn from different quarters of the globe.

In addition to the general conference theme, the Programme Committee wishes particularly to encourage panels or papers on the following themes:
1. Contemporary balance(s) of power: material and ideational power
2. New wars, conflicts and soft security issues
3. Human rights, duties and needs
4. Regional integration: formal and informal processes
5. Contending perspectives on environmental threats
6. Global civil society
7. International organizations: the politics of reform and effectiveness
8. Geopolitics, geoeconomics and geocultures
9. Identity issues and fundamentalism
10. Theorizing IR: the function and dysfunction of biases and simplicity
11. Global patterns of illicit flows: people, money and commodities
12. New trends in diplomacy and foreign policy
13. The values and pathologies of global pluralism
14. Power and Ethics in IR
15. Contemporary Foreign Policy Strategies of the G6:
the USA, the EU, China, India, Brazil and Russia
16. Global capitalism, globalization and neoliberal strategies
17. Politics of Migration
18. Teaching International Relations – techniques and priorities

This list is in no sense restrictive. The Committee invites submissions for panels or papers on other themes or topics as well.

The Conference is open to all members of any WISC member organization and to others with like interests in the scholarly and practical aspects of international studies. The Programme Committee reserves the right to refuse permission to participate. Decisions of the Programme Committee are final.

Individuals may propose sections, panels or papers by completing the attached form to be available very soon on this website. A section consists of a number of panels (up to 10) on a particular theme. A panel consists of up to four papers, a discussant/chairperson, or it can take the form of a Round Table. Each panel lasts for 90 minutes. Papers givers will have not more than 12 minutes for their presentation, as will the discussant. Chairpersons of both panels and Round Tables should leave 30 minutes for discussion from the floor.

Papers will be given in English. It is expected that paper givers will circulate their paper to all other participants on their panel. In principle, the only equipment provided is an overhead projector, although equipment for a Powerpoint presentation may be provided if requested in advance. A paper will be allocated to an appropriate panel, tabled or rejected. Section and Panel proposals should include an international element among its participants or the Programme Committee may exercise its prerogative to include such an element. A tabled paper is an official contribution to the Conference but one that will not be discussed in a panel due to the exigencies of time, space or topic. Such papers may be uploaded on the Conference website.


The deadline for responding to submissions is 1 February 2008. The Programme Committee will, however, confirm acceptance of submissions before the deadline. This implies that early submission is recommended. Proposals received after the deadline, stipulated by the Programme Chairs, are unlikely to be included in the programme.

For full details visit the WISC website:

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Call for Papers - 5th EuPRA General Conference

Sakarya, TURKEY
August 21–24, 2007

The conference of the European Peace Research Association (EuPRA) in co-operation with Sakarya University, Department of International Relations.
Conference Coordinator: Dr. Nesrin Kenar, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University

- SECTION 1: Threats of Terrorism and Peace and Future of Security in Europe
- SECTION 2: Borders of Civilizations in Europe
- SECTION 3: Politics of Identity and Reconstructing European Union
- SECTION 4: Occidentalism and Orientalism in Europe After 9/11
- SECTION 5: Cultures of Citizenship and Democracy in Europe
- SECTION 6: The Role of International Organizations ( UN, NATO, OSCE and EU) in the Globalized International System
- SECTION 7: Peace and War in Southeastern Europe
- SECTION 8: The Role of NGOs in Crisis-management, Peace-building and Reconciliation
- SECTION 9: Political Economy
- SECTION 10: US Foreign Policy
- SECTION 11: Turkey in 21. Century

**If you would like your abstract to be considered for one of the featured panels, please clearly indicate that on your submission.

Other sections to be formed in accordance with the proposals and papers by the participants.

The programme structure, especially as regards workshops, is still quite flexible and can be reformed in accordance with the proposals from the participants. Especially it should be noted that although the main theme of the conference is 'CHALLENGES OF PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE' - this does imply that all papers should deal with Europe. On the contrary, the contents of the working groups should reflect the research being carried out at present within the European peace research community.

Conference language is English. Presented papers will be published.

APPLICATION: If interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel/workshop in the 2007 EuPRA Conference, please submit:
PAPER TITLE (and Panel theme and paper titles if applicable)

Please indicate your willingness to serve as a session MODERATOR and/or DISCUSSANT.

The deadline for abstract submission is 15th June 2007

Important Deadlines and Dates
15th June 2007 - Deadline for receipt of abstracts
30th June 2007 - Decisions on acceptance/rejection of abstracts by Conveners
10 Agust 2007 - Final date for registration by presenters of papers (otherwise paper will be withdrawn from the conference programme)
21–24 August 2007 EuPRA Conference in Sakarya

For information and registration, contact:
Sakarya University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International Relations, Sakarya, Adapazarý, Turkey

Conference Administration:
Tel: 00 90 264 295 63 72
Fax: 00 90 264 295 62 33

Conference Coordinator: Dr. Nesrin Kenar, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University
e-mail :

Conference secreteria:
Murat Yesiltas,,
Ali Balcý,
Yýldýrým Turan

We welcome proposals reflecting various empirical, theoretical, and methodological approaches in the social sciences. We encourage all members to disseminate this message to those who might be interested in submitting a paper proposal in the conference. Please indicate your section.

Send all paper proposals to by June 15th.

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