Conference organizers: Academics Stand Against Poverty and Juris North
This conference will bring together academics, non-governmental organizations and activists to present, explore, and discuss ways in which we may address worldwide current issues by means of global justice. The conference takes place at a key moment for global justice. Contemporary events such as the rise of Islamic State and state failure/potential dismemberment from the caucus regions to the Middle East, the ongoing Israel-Palestine difference, the Ukrainian Crisis and Russia’s foray into Crimea, the socio-political crisis in Venezuela, the European Union facing Brexit are a few examples of domestic, regional and international multi-layered crisis .
The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for debate over some key issues (poverty, access, dispute resolution and terrorism) ranging between particular case studies to their global impact, and including analysis of political, sociological, legal, policy, and everyday conceptualizations. The conference will provide a forum to analyze developments, and seek to discern underlying social, legal and political processes to address them.
The conference papers will have the following objectives:
- To produce a lexical, syntactic, and semantic description of the language being used by different disciplines when using the terms such as “poverty”, “access”, “dispute”, “conflict”, “sovereignty”, “terrorism” and variation between speakers and groups of speakers—i.e. that of politicians, academics, and public in general.
- To evaluate whether we need to redefine “conflict” to reflect the complexity of current conflicts and the difficulty of fitting them into existing categorizations (inter-state, intra-state, domestic, regional, global).
- Conflict is usually viewed entirely in negative terms. To reflect on how conflict may be a positive mechanism for social change and what can be learnt/taken from situations of conflict to be applied in other contexts.
The conference papers will have test the following hypotheses:
- Politicians, academics, and public in general will display different linguistic features when referring to “poverty”, “access”, “dispute”, “conflict”, “sovereignty”, “terrorism” depending on country of origin and historical involvement in the conflict as well as personal and/or national agenda.
- Conflicts are defined by legal science, political science, international relations and many other sciences but also by non-rational factors such as emotion and passion.
- By neutralizing non-rational factors that cause bias in assessing conflicts, these conflicts may be resolved through a joint approach.
Key areas of discussion include:
- Access (to health, education, justice)
- Dispute resolution
It is intended that papers from the conference will be collected for publication.
CALL for PAPERS
We look for contributions that will deepen and broaden understanding of how conflict may me a positive force for change (key areas: poverty, access, dispute resolution and terrorism).
We hope to attract contributions from different disciplinary approaches and backgrounds, including those outside of the mainstream of theories of global justice.
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract (no more than 500 words long and written in English). If email your abstract to Dr Jorge E. Núñez firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission: Friday 31st August 2018
General Enquiries: Dr Jorge E. Núñez email@example.com
School of International Futures (SOIF) is awarding $25,000 incubator funding as top prize for its Joseph Jaworski Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award.
SOIF is recognising and supporting the next generation’s endeavours to shape the future and work to drive innovation in foresight internationally. This award understands that foresight practice includes anyone who takes a futures approach to their work to explore and understand the impacts of longer-term factors and drivers of change on the future, to better understand how different futures might evolve, and to generate insights for decisions made today.
Making an award application is a simple process. In 1000 words write down the story of one of your past projects and make a 2 minute video about what foresight work you would spend the $25k on, this can simply be you speaking to your webcam or phone camera.
If you are under 35 or you have less than 10 years of experience in strategic foresight, and are studying or professionally working in the field, then you are eligible to apply. Applications are open until 1st July 2018.
SOIF is especially keen to welcome participation from the global south and to recognise the excellent foresight work across Africa, Asia and Latin America, including supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. However, this prize is very much open to all, worldwide.
The Award will support practitioners both personally and professionally and will help create a global sensing-network of future-alert activists. It will provide a platform to showcase innovative practice from around the world.
The winner will not only receive incubator funding to develop a new foresight initiative, but also free attendance at the SOIF2018 Summer retreat as well as mentoring support to develop professionally. A number of geographic and sectoral special awards will also be made.
If you’d like to apply, get involved as a partner or can help share the word then SOIF would love to hear from you. Please email award website.
ASAP Brazil will host its 3rd international conference, “Academic Reflections to Overcome Misery and Hunger” on August 23rd – 24th at Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo.
The members of ASAP seek to contribute to the improvement of public policies and debate on the subject, for the subsidy of legislative changes and for the adjustment of procedures. In view of the direct link with the research lines of the UPM’s Political and Economic Law Graduate Program (1. Citizenship modeling the State and 2. Economic Power and its legal limits), the Event will contribute significantly to the formation as well as in the practical thinking involved in the strategies to build public policies to fight poverty and hunger.
ASAP Brazil Conference Programme
This year, Global Financial Integrity and Academics Stand Against Poverty will be awarding the fifth annual Amartya Sen Prizes to the two best original essays on assessing the human impact of illicit financial flows out of Africa. Entered essays should be about 7,000 to 9,000 words long. There is a first prize of $5,000 and a second prize of $3,000.
Illicit financial flows are generally defined as cross-border movements of funds that are illegally earned, transferred, or used. Examples are funds earned through illegal trafficking in persons, drugs or weapons; funds illegally transferred through mispriced exchanges (e.g., among affiliates of a multinational corporation seeking to shift profits to reduce taxes); and funds used to bribe foreign officials. Because many African countries have large natural resource sectors and often strained administrative capacities, illicit financial flows out of African countries tend to be substantial relative to their GDP or overall trade. And because massive and severe poverty persists in these countries, their people can ill afford such losses of capital and tax revenues.
Mindful of the Sustainable Development Goals and seeking to inspire effective political action toward reducing illicit financial flows out of Africa, we are inviting essays that assess the human impact of such outflows. Your entry may focus on one or more specific countries and on one or more specific kinds of illicit financial flows. It should then estimate the magnitude of these outflows as well as the damage they do to the affected populations – for example, through depressed investment and through reduced tax revenues leading to, inter alia, lower public spending on health, education, social security and development.
We welcome authors from diverse academic disciplines and from outside the academy. Please send your entry on or before 31 October 2018 by email attachment to Tom Cardamone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Essays should be stripped of self-identifying references, formatted for blind review.
On February 19th, ASAP and the New Economics Foundation organized an exciting panel discussion at King’s College London with former Prime Ministers from Club de Madrid and other panelists.
Background: We live in an era of division. Many countries around the world are suffering stark inequalities between rich and poor, young and old, metropolitan and rural, settled and newcomer. And this is driving new and potentially dangerous forms of politics to the fore. There is an urgent need for ideas and initiatives to bridge these divides and create a stronger, fairer society.
Academics Stand Against Poverty and the New Economics Foundation were pleased to welcome members of Club de Madrid, Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina (2001-2002) and Wim Kok, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1994-2002) to lead a discussion on what different countries can learn from each other about how to build a more inclusive society. They were joined on the panel by:
- Richard Bell, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Research at The Challenge
- Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL, where she also holds the Chair in Culture, Philosophy and Design.
The panel was chaired by Helen Yanacopulos, Professor of International Politics and Development at the Open University.
About Club de Madrid
The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization created to promote democracy and change in the international community. Composed of 95 regular members, the Club de Madrid is the world’s largest forum of former heads of state and government. Its Shared Societies Project aims to challenge social divisions and supports a holistic approach to sustainable development, integrating social, economic and environmental dimensions, with social inclusion at its core.
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Key Insights of Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017
- Sharing Our Planet: Today and Tomorrow – Policy and practice options to implement key insights from the Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- A New Paradigm for Sustainable Development? – Summary of the deliberations of the Club de Madrid Working Group on Environmental Sustainability and Shared Societies
- The Shared Societies Contribution to Agenda 2030 – A message for World Leaders and Governments from the Club de Madrid Working Group on Shared Societies and Environmental Sustainability 2017