Forms of Corruption in History and in Contemporary Society (CORHICS 2011), Paris 1 Sorbonne University, 14-16 Sept 2011

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Ars Identitatis, Cultural Research Association

The etymology of the word "corruption" (lat. Co-rruptum) indicates either an alteration, or an act of seduction, but in any case it leads toward a rupture. In a broader meaning, corruption is understood as the behavior of a person who derails another one from his/her way, customs or duties, through the promise of money, honors or security. History shows that this phenomenon has generally been manifesting in different kinds of cultures and societies starting with the most ancient times. Today corruption is still a reality, generated by the particular economic, cultural and political conditions in both developing and developed countries.
We are seeking contributions on different forms of corruption and on special aspects of corruption in different cultures, historical times, and juridical systems. The major questions which will be discussed during this international conference are: Do phenomena of corruption evolve over time, or remain as primitive as in their first manifestations? What is the impact of these phenomena on forging the identity of certain individuals, communities or nations? Is the ideal that corruption disappear one day utopian?
CORHICS International Conference will take place in Paris from 14 to 16 September 2011 at Paris 1 Sorbonne University and it is organized by Ars Identitatis Cultural Research Association.
Possible topics (only indicative list) include: corruption and the writing of history, corrupted laws, corrupted political or religious figures, corruption in political systems, totalitarianism and corruption, "false" cases of corruption, iconic corrupted figures, the "angels" and "demons" of corruptions, positions of secret societies in history on corruption, specific laws on corruption and their different effects in different historical times, race and corruption, corruption during wars, sexual scandals, the theatre and/or the literature of corruption, implementation of state policies and corruption, the psychology or philosophy of corruption, corruption during revolutions, corruption and economy, manipulation, brain washing techniques, "enhanced" interrogation techniques, medication and side effects, religious fundamentalism, censorship, millenarian politics, utopian politics and corruption, postcolonial society and corruption, film depictions of corruption cases, rhetorics of corruption, etc.
The proceedings will be published (after the peer reviewing process): some in paperback format, the others in electronic format.
The conference and publication languages are English and French.
Ars Identitatis encourages interdisciplinary debates, that is why we are inviting anyone who can contribute to this debate (Professors, Researchers, Journalists, NGO activists, Lawyers, Clerics, etc.). Submissions from graduate students are also encouraged.
We accept both Panel proposals and Individual abstracts. Each panel proposal should contain at least three abstracts. The person who submits a panel proposal is kindly requested to send us her short Curriculum Vitae (one page) together with a presentation of the panel, the abstracts and the bio-notes of the contributors to the proposed panel (450 words).
Individual abstracts should be of no more than 450 words in length.
Those who intend to send individual abstracts are kindly requested to submit also a short bio note.
The deadline for sending abstracts is August 1st, but we encourage early submissions, in order to allow the selection commission to have enough time for deliberation.
We will acknowledge receipt of your abstract. In case you don't receive any reply from us after 3 days, please resend your abstract.
The deadline for registration is August 20. Ars Identitatis is an independent non-profit association. We are making efforts to keep as low as possible the logistics costs related to the conference and to the publication production process.
Please send your materials and address your enquiries to Ms. Silvia Stoica (President of Ars Identitatis), Mr. Ionut Untea (PhD candidate, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes) and Ms. Teodora Rogozea (Paris 1 Sorbonne University) at registration[at] or ars.identitatis[at]
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