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Political, Social and International Studies
Post-graduate Research Conference
Shifting Boundaries of the Public and Private
University of East Anglia
Norwich, UK, 5 June 2009
The boundaries between the public and private spheres are central to how we
study politics, society and culture, economy, political theory and
international relations, amongst others. The public/private distinction
encapsulates the division between state/family/individual and market and
between individual/family and state.
Over the past few decades, the boundaries between these two spheres have
shifted as a result of globalization and transformations of legal codes,
social attitudes, economic and political systems, the shift from government
to â€˜governanceâ€™, as well as the emergence of â€˜new actorsâ€™ (for example, the
EU, NGOs, international organizations, multinational corporations,
non-state/sub-state political and military groups, amongst others).
Some questions that this conference seeks to address, include, but are not
â€¢ How do we define â€˜publicâ€™ and â€˜privateâ€™ in todayâ€™s â€˜globalizingâ€™ world?
â€¢ How do conceptions of public and private differ over time or between places?
â€¢ How does the development of religion affect both public and private spheres?
â€¢ How does new media shape the public sphere?
â€¢ How legitimate are non-governmental or other â€˜newâ€™ actors in attempting
to define public interest?
â€¢ How do â€˜old actorsâ€™ (such as political elites, trade unions, professional
groups, religions) act in new ways?
â€¢ How are religion and politics merging in different contexts?
â€¢ What does privatization and the impact of new public management mean for
the role of government, the relationship between government and citizens
and the provision of public services?
â€¢ How is the private sphere being reshaped by international and
â€¢ What role should state/regional/international law play in protecting
invasions of privacy whilst simultaneously protecting individuals within
the private sphere?
â€¢ How are identities constructed/managed in the context of transformations?
The conference is open to all post-graduate researchers. Send a 300-word
abstract of your proposed paper, a recent CV and your contact details to
S.El-Tarouty_at_uea.ac.uk by 15 February 2009. Successful applicants will be
notified by the beginning of March and are required to submit their final
papers of 8,000 words by 22 May. Possibilities for publication of presented
papers will be discussed during the conference.
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