Searching Beyond the State: Intercultural Dialogue and Alternative Approaches to International Polit

Venue: Paris

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Apr 18, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 18, 2008
Early Registration Date: Feb 25, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 25, 2008
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The American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy
Announces its Graduate Student Conference 2008

Searching Beyond the State: Intercultural Dialogue and Alternative Approaches to International Politics
18 April 2008

Abstract Submission Deadline: 25 February 2008
At what pace is the world moving away from the nation-state, towards what goal? The new problems arising in world politics are veering away from the state-centric perspective into an as of yet undefined post-modern situation. This new scenario demands new approaches to the present and emerging problems, relying upon new actors, new institutions and new strategies of approach. Exploration of intercultural dialogue, the new role of NGOs, MNCs and other non-state players is crucial to understanding and forming the new structure of the international system. What possibilities arise, what hope?
Possible Sub-Topics
-Redefining the state and statehood, The State in the post-modern world
The ideology of the enlightenment and modernity created the modern state system. As we move into a post-modern world what is the new role of the state? Is there truly a post-modern state of the world? If so, how will this new structure affect the way in which states interact on the international level?

-Civil society in the international arena
Our world is full of various calamities, from natural disasters to wars. As a result, international actors are faced with daily challenges including refugee displacement and immigration. How can Civil Society tackle these problems beyond the spectrum of the State?

-Rulers and the ruled: Challenging political culture in IR
Globalization produces wealthy ruling upper classes disassociated from a great proportion of the population within their respective countries. How does this disassociation affect the common national identity and/or traditional relationship between the rulers and the ruled?

Submission Guidelines:
MA and PhD Candidates at academic institutions the world over are invited to submit a one-page abstract (approximately 500 words) with your contact information (name, institutional affiliation, department and e-mail address). Abstracts and additional information may be submitted through the AGS Graduate Student Conference website at no later than 25 February 2008. A € 20 registration fee will be required upon acceptance of paper. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format.
The AGS Conference Committee will inform applicants regarding the status of their submissions by 15 March 2008. Details regarding conference forums/panels will follow thereafter.

Please direct any procedural questions to We look forward to your participation and to seeing you in Paris!