6th Global Conference: Hope in the 21st Century (March, 2014:Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

6th Global Conference: Hope in the 21st Century

Friday 14th March – Sunday 16th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations
As the 21st Century progresses news and media reports are rife with proclamations of environmental, ecological and economic disasters. With the declining influence of America finding expression across the world emerging giants and struggling minnows are vying for power and recognition, forming new alliances and partnerships, often leaving democracy overshadowed by the spectre of fundamentalism and extremism. In times, when the world often seems to find security and reassurance in ideals and beliefs from the past we ask, "where is Hope in the 21st Century?"

The 6th Global Conference on Hope: Probing the Boundaries will take place in Prague in March 2014. This inter- and multi-disciplinary research and publications project explores the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions regarding hope, as well as the nature of hope, its relationship with other emotions or movements, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and nations.

As a distinct stream within this conference, we are now seeking presentations, performances, papers that focus on contemporary- and future-oriented expressions or questions about hope that are linked in some way to current events. For example:

● Politics and Hope
● Ecology and Hope
● Responsible Living and Hope
● Hope in Literature/Literature as Hope
● The Economics of Hope
● Hope in Film, Art and Music
● Creativity and Hope
● Hope and Religious Teaching
● Hope and Fundamentalism
● Hope in the face of Despair
● Hope and the Future
● Hope and Transition
● Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Hope
● Gender and Hope
● Science Fiction and Hope
● Philosophies of Hope
● Posthumanism and Hope
● Diasporas and/of Hope
● Love and Hope
● The Ethics of Hope

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Hope and/or Pluralism and/or Creative Engagements.

What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th February 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: HOPE6 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

John L. Hochheimer: Hoch@siu.edu
Nancy Billias:nbillias@usj.edu
Rob Fisher:hope6@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Persons programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.