Call for Presentations

9th Global Conference

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Friday 14th March – Sunday 16th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic


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“Pluralism” allows for the diffusion of power rather than the concentration; in this sense, there is a continuous interaction between power and pluralism. Pluralism means diversity, and the more diverse voices there are, the less concentrated power is.

Within this context existing economic, political, social and cultural constructs have resulted in paradigms with variants of power. This has been made possible by and is intertwined with institutional consolidation. Business firms, households, public agencies, government departments/agencies and non-governmental institutions have all reacted to these consolidations by creating, promoting and securing, values and knowledge that have greatly impacted on how to determine a rational understanding of power distributions.

Pluralism as the contextual framework for rational thinking has allowed for and created the vision that there are pluralities of diverse facts and passage of time amongst other things, for the consolidation of these processes that permeates throughout the diaspora. This vision, though, can sometimes easily allow for, instances of pure speculations. Facts are actually strongly influenced by contexts, as context brings real knowledge to existing objective data.

The Pluralism Project, thus far,  has embodied the ontology of knowledge creation from all groupings acknowledging that there is subjectivity in creating objectivity. The focus of the project has been to create a platform for an international, interdisciplinary exchange of ideas to explore awareness of the responses to such paradigmatic and institutional policies and processes in advancing counter positions that translate into pluralism.

The project has moved its focus to the realities of paradigm consolidation in general and the imbalances of power in reality.

The 9th Global  Conference on Pluralism, Inclusion and Citizenship will build on the previous conferences. ‘Rhetoric to Reality of Power’ summarises the way the project has developed over previous years and they have  acknowledged that facts are almost always contested and contexts are value loaded.

Keeping with these observations, this years event will mainly focus on finding new and hitherto established ways for:

  • Determining the rules of power balance, practices of empowerment and disempowerment in context
  • Specifying the pros and cons of contexts serving as the ultimate power in defining facts when dealing with issues of pluralism and inclusion
  • Resolving ontological quarrels: citizenship versus exclusion
  • The Cultures of Power.
  • Measuring traits of citizenship that challenge the established notions of Pluralism, Identity and Inclusion
  • Creation of communities of inclusion
  • Examining experiences and learn how to manage disconnectedness
  • Understanding influences for inclusion of diasporas
  • Analysing the process of exclusion to find ways for inclusion in pluralistic populations.

What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th October 2013. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be titled: Pluralism 9 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs:

Ram Vemuri & Rob Fisher: pic9@nullinter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘At the Interface’ programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

If you like this project you may also like: Communication and Conflict, Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship, Hollywood and the World, Interculturalism, Monstrous Geographies, Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging, Space and Place, Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners, The Citizen in the 21st Century, War, Civil Conflict, Security and Peace, Whiteness

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.