Deadline for Proposals: June 30, 2016
In the second half of 20th century, transitions from authoritarian rule and establishing democratic regimes has gained critical importance for the study of politics in southern and east-central Europe and in Latin America and has also attracted growing interest in sub-Saharan Africa, in various parts of Asia and in all ex-communist countries (Whitehead, 1998). We have witnessed enormous political and social changes in the post-totalitarian life of Spain, Portugal and Greece after the historic breakdown of totalitarian military and political elites in the 1970s which ended up with successful processes of democratic transition. However, many countries from third wave of democratization, and particularly countries of the ex-communist bloc, suffer serious difficulties and troubled challenges in the process of democratic transformation. Certainly, many countries of post-socialist Europe maintained the process of democratization successfully but we also see recent democratic backlashes in Poland and Hungary which apparently leave success narratives unfinished. Also, several post-soviet countries are on a controversial path towards democratization affected by many factors including hybrid, authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regimes, political violence, religious extremism, ethnic and territorial conflicts etc.
Aims of Symposium
The symposium aims to bring together in Tbilisi academics, activists and professionals interested in studying the state of democracy and conflicts across the globe. The symposium aims to discuss the topics related to development, conflict resolution process, modernization, peace building and reconciliations process, and many other topics that are essential to today’s democratic transformation. With this symposium we aim to establish close contacts and cooperation among the scholars and professionals worldwide.
Topics of Symposium
The scholars, practitioners and professionals are invited to submit their papers on the following topics:
§ Democratization as a discipline of political science: theories and problems
§ Regime changes in the contemporary world
§ Citizens, institutions and values in today’s democratic and undemocratic societies
§ Problems and various forms of inequalities in the West and elsewhere
§ Democracy protests in today’s world
§ External factors of democratization in post-totalitarian realms
§ Ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts: their social consequences and implications on democracy
§ Nationalism, political violence and populism in post-socialist Europe
§ Culture and religion as failure or success for democracy
Proposals for panels (3×20 minutes) are also welcome, as are proposals for papers that draw attention to recently published work which relates directly to areas of conference themes.
The conference is open to academics, practitioners and professionals working in the field of democratization, democracy promotion, conflict resolution and the peace building process. PhD students and early career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.
Conference participation fee is 100 EUR.
For participation in conference please submit your CV and Abstract (200-250words) until 30thof June 2016 to the following e-mail address: conference.uni[at]gmail.com.
Applicants will be notified about the selection results by 10th of July, 2016.
Time & Venue
29-30 August, 2016
Georgian American University
8 MerabAleksidze Street, 0160, Tbilisi Georgia
Prof. Marina Muskhelishvili – Professor of Political Science, Director of the Centre for Social Studies
Prof. GiaJorjoliani – Professor of Political Science, Tbilisi State University. Member of the Parliament of Georgia
Prof. Zaza Rukhadze – Professor of Law, Dean of the School of Law, Social Sciences and Diplomacy at Georgia American University
Working Language of Conference
Lecturer in Political Science
Georgian American University