Dear colleagues,the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s
University Belfast is seeking paper proposals for a two-day conference
(28th-29th November 2008) on the subject of ‘Transformation and the
Dynamics of (Radical) Change Insights from Political Theory and
Transformation is a seemingly ubiquitous concept within the field of
political theory and philosophy. Whilst some idealize transformation as a
source for progress and the improvement of the human condition, others
frame it as a disruptive and unsettling process which can damage the
social, political and natural elements of our world.
Paper proposals should include a tentative title, an abstract (200-300
words) and details of the author’s institutional affiliation and contact
Proposals should address any of the following issues/topics: Factors and
actors in transformation: Pluralism, nationalism, individualism,
collectivism, recognition, complexity.
Forces of transformation: Globalization, economic change, social change,
processes, transformation of conflict.
Objects and subjects of transformation: ideas; norms; values; ideology; the
concept of transformation itself; state and sovereignty; government;
governance; social structures and processes; environment and nature; human
beings, including the self.
Evaluations of transformation: theories, approaches, critiques and the
possibility of a broader discourse on transformation.
All papers should make an explicit contribution to the establishment of a
broader discourse on transformation and the dynamics of (radical) change.
The organizing committee welcomes papers from scholars in all fields and
also encourages submission from early-stage academics, as well as from
The deadline for submissions is JUNE 15th 2008. Please send your submission
For further information, please visit:
School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy
Queen’s University Belfast