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2nd INTERNATIONAL ISAR SYMPOSIUM with a Special Focus on State: Between Tradition and Future, December 21-22, 2013, Istanbul
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Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education
2nd INTERNATIONAL ISAR SYMPOSIUM
At the mention of the word ‘State’, we do not only understand the concept nation-state, but a varied range of ideas; and, what is more, there exists a theoretical accord, whereupon the needed metaphysical distinction between the ideas of abstract universal ‘State’ and concrete particular nation-state is preserved. Do these two facts mean that, in practice, we succeed in protecting ourselves from the reduction that occurs within a definite fetishistic illusion, and by which means the notion of an abstract universal state is reduced to a particular nation-state form?
Taking this question as our point of departure, we aim to analyze ‘the State’ both as a completely theoretical and abstract entity, and an historical and actual concrete form and practice. In this way, we aspire to discuss in detail all aspects of the ‘State’ at this symposium.
In this manner, at the point of defining ‘the State’s’ own form and content, we will bring the relationship that exists between the two fundamental references, secularism and religion, to the center of the symposium. We hope to demonstrate academic proofs that will give us the (conceptual) horizon we need both about the past and future of ‘the State’ when we scrutinize it from this type of perspective.
2nd International ISAR Symposium on the subject of ‘the State’, focuses on inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives and it is not limited to this subject alone; it is also open to presentations on other topics by graduate students and professional academics as well (on condition of sufficient sophistication), to whom we would like to announce our invitation.
The basic subjects that we want to address at our symposium on ‘the State’:
The symposium will take place in Istanbul. The languages for the presentations are English, Turkish and Arabic. The abstracts should not exceed 250 words.
July 20, 2013: Abstract Submission
Please submit the abstract of your paper with your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org