Political Minorities and Political Boundaries Graduate Political Science Conference
|Event Date/Time: May 18, 2002||End Date/Time: May 18, 2002|
|Early Registration Date: Feb 25, 2002|
|Abstract Submission Date: Feb 25, 2002|
The Evolving Challenges to Democracy, Freedom, and Equality
Graduate Student Conference
Yale University · Department of Political Science · May 18, 2002
Political minorities exist in every society and nation. Whether the result of distinctions based on ideology, religious doctrine, economic class, or physical appearance, tensions between majorities and minorities constitute defining problematics for all political communities. The most advanced modern democracies continue to face persistent difficulties related to political minorities, and in the coming century, increasing global interdependence will create further challenges related to managing the competing demands of political subgroups. Nations must accommodate new immigrants, new ideas, and new demands for political incorporation.
The conference's goal is to bring together graduate students primarily from (but not limited to) every subdiscipline of political science to present and discuss original work related to a broad range of questions raised by political minorities and political boundaries.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) The impact of electoral systems and democratic competition on the existence and well-being of political minorities
2) The dynamic relationships between ethnic, racial, and religious groups: coalitions and conflict, tolerance and persecution
3) Political models of diverse populations: federalism, multiculturalism, assimilationism
4) The impact of immigration on political identity and democratic participation
5) Distributive justice and socioeconomic class divisions
6) Comparative studies of political minorities and their rights, freedoms, or well-being
7) The historical development of ideas and ideologies of freedom and equality, gender and race, tolerance and difference
8) Universalism versus particularism: the normative tensions between human rights, equality, autonomy, and/or multiculturalism
9) Judicial systems and their treatment of political minorities
10) The impact of ethnic, nationalist, and religious conflict on international security
11) Globalization, international institutions, and boundaries in the 21st Century
For consideration, please send the following to the address below: 1) Your contact information (include an email address, if possible); 2) a two-page abstract describing the aim of a proposed 15-30 page conference paper. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 25, 2002. Decisions regarding participation will be made by March 7, 2002. Participants will be required to submit completed papers by May 1, 2002.
Please send submissions by email to
Prospective participants should be advised that we will not likely be able to fund travel to the conference. Housing, however, will be provided upon request.
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