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The International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012 

The International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government-Asia 2012
(CeDEM-Asia-2012) is a forum that aims to bring together academics, researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of governance in Asia and elsewhere. CeDEMAsia-
2012 will be held on November 14-15 in Singapore.

Call for Papers
New means of interacting with government and political institutions are causing significant shifts in political and social life. The emerging social and mobile media practices, including content generation, collaboration, and network organization, are changing our understanding of governance and politics. While the changes are already widely debated in mature, developed democracies, there is an even greater need to address them in the context of rapidly developing Asian societies. Following five successful conferences at the Danube University of Krems, CeDEM is looking to open a
new forum in Asia for the exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of e-democracy and open government. This year, CeDEM is pleased to be working with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) as its conference organizer and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as its main partner. CeDEM-Asia-2012 seeks to critically analyze present and future developments in field, with a special focus on the following themes:

Social media to engage citizens, smart & mobile democracy, sustainability of eparticipation

Mobilization via social media, networks vs. traditional party-structure, online
campaigning

Communication technologies and their use for governmental transformation

Open data initiatives, transparency, participation and collaboration in government

Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government

Information provision, mobile devices, service delivery via new communication
channels

Online communities, innovation, bottom-up vs. top-down

Network effects, power laws, long tail, social web

Conference Chairs
Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan, USA)
Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, Austria)
Marko M. Skoric (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Contact
Peter Parycek: Peter.Parycek@donau-uni.ac.at
Marko M. Skoric: marko@ntu.edu.sg

Submission Guidelines
The submission portal will be open mid June 2012: www.cedem-conference.org/CeDEMasia2012

Research papers, case studies and policy papers should be 12 pages maximum and will be double-blind peer-reviewed.

Reflection papers should 6 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs.

Workshop proposals should be no more than 2 pages and will be selected by the chairs.
Publications

The conference proceedings will be published (ISBN) and made available online under the Creative Commons License. A selection of best research papers and case studies of CeDEMAsia-
2012 will be published with the open access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (www.jedem.org).

Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers and workshop proposals: 15 July 2012
Notification of acceptance: 24 September 2012
Camera-ready paper submission: 15 October 2012
Conference dates & location: 14-15 November 2012, Singapore

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CAPTIVITY AND CULPABILITY THE DISCIPLINING SUBJECT IN THE LITERARY AND CULTURAL IMAGINATION 

14-15 DECEMBER 2012
SENATE HOUSE, LONDON

This conference aims to interrogate literary, filmic, popular cultural and artistic representations of the agents of those institutions, specifically in terms of guilt and culpability. Why, for example, can we observe a tendency to hold at a cautious distance the disciplining subject whilst accepting (or even celebrating) the institutions they represent as socially and politically necessary? Why, when the actions of such agents become extreme, transgressive or criminal, is there a tendency to pathologise such actions in terms of individual perversity – as the actions of ‘bad apples’ – and thereby transfer culpability from the institution to the individual subject, rather than explaining such actions in systemic, structural or institutional terms?

We invite papers that interrogate narrative negotiations of the tensions encountered by these figures and in these relationships; tensions between agency and victimhood, necessity and guilt, legitimate and abusive uses of power and violence. We may, for example, be overfamiliar with literary, filmic or popular cultural narratives of captivity that privilege the experience of incarceration or miscarriages of justice, in which the disciplining subject occupies a reified or stereotyped position; what representational potentials have remained underexplored in cultural or political discourses?

Our temporal focus is mainly on the 20th and 21st Centuries, but we do not exclude proposals for papers on earlier periods. Themes for papers could include, but are not limited to, narrative representations of

* Agency and victimhood
* Heroism/duty
* Ethical reflections on institutional and individual culpability
* Stereotypes/prejudices (and their deconstruction)
* Racial/ethnic/national inflections of ‘culpability’
* Women and normative masculinities
* Guilt, responsibility, deserved punitivity
* ‘Dirty work’
* ‘Clean’/non-scarring violence
* Legitimacy and the abuse of power
* State violence and its parameters
* Torturers, torture and abuse; the representation of torturers
* Trauma, testimony
* Colonial and neocolonial disciplinary configurations
* Authority, power, powerlessness
and
* Theoretical conceptualisations of disciplinary agents

The conference is organised by Alex Adams (Newcastle University) and Cornelia Wächter (University of Paderborn, Bielefeld University) in cooperation with the Institute of English Studies (University of London) and the Human Rights Consortium (University of London). Please email 200-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to a.t.adams@newcastle.ac.uk and cornelia.waechter@uni-paderborn.de by Sunday, 19th August 2012.

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Southeastern Law Scholars Conference 

The Charleston School of Law is pleased to host the third annual Southeastern Law Scholars Conference on September 21-22, 2012. This regional conference will bring together junior law school faculty to present published papers or works-in-progress across all disciplines within the law. The conference is open to all junior law faculty (one to seven years teaching experience) at law schools in the United States. To ensure an atmosphere conducive to feedback, space is limited to twenty participants.

The conference will begin with a reception for all participants on Friday, September 21, 2012. On Saturday, September 22, 2012, conference participants will present either a completed paper or work-in-progress, and comment on the papers and ideas presented by others. As the host school, the Charleston School of Law will provide breakfast and lunch on Saturday, September 22. There is no registration fee. Participants, however, are responsible for their own travel expenses.

To participate in the conference, please send an email to conference organizer, Professor Sheila B. Scheuerman at sscheuerman@charlestonlaw.edu by Friday, August 31, 2012. Please note whether you will be attending the reception on Friday, September 21, in your email. In addition, please include the title of your presentation topic. A short abstract would also be helpful. Please direct any questions, comments or suggestions to Sheila B. Scheuerman at the email address above.

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Symposium: Call for Papers Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History 

Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History

October 12, 2012
Lexington, Virginia


Washington and Lee University School of Law’s Law and History Center, in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant, will host a symposium on Climate Change in the Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History.

Recognizing the unique impact that the colonial legal experience continues to have on Eastern states, the symposium will focus on the application of legal historical research to contemporary problems and opportunities in the areas of policy-making, property rights, and hazard resilience in coastal communities. Panel presentations and potential topics include:

How the colonial legal experience affects modern property rights and our responsiveness to climate change
Historical and modern property doctrines—particularly nuisance, zoning, and eminent domain—and their relation to current climate change challenges and policies
Changing notions of acceptable land use and natural resources
Environmental hazard resilience policies and opportunities for their enhancement via legal strategies

We are open to suggestions of other related topics.

Publication details:

A collection of papers from the conference will be published as a volume of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. Solid drafts of articles will be due October 1, 2012. We will solicit peer review comments and plan to return those around October 22nd. Final articles will be due November 16th with proofreading and cite checking to follow and publication in December or January.

Funding:

Accommodations and set costs for travel are available. There are also a limited number of scholarships covering travel costs available for graduate students.

Those interested in submitting a paper should email proposals to Dr. Jill Fraley, Director of the Washington and Lee University Center for Law and History, at fraleyj@wlu.edu. Each proposal should include a 200 word abstract, paper title, and author(s) name(s), affiliations. Graduate students seeking scholarships, please include a C.V. and a statement regarding whether or not (and what) funds are available from your home institution. All proposals are due by JUNE 30, 2012.

Please direct any comments or questions about the symposium to Dr. Jill Fraley at fraleyj@wlu.edu.

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Intellectual Property Workshop at IU – Indianapolis 

The Indiana University McKinney School of Law is pleased to announce this year’s Junior Faculty Workshop, on Intellectual Property Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Scheduled for December 7 and 8, 2012, this two-day Workshop offers a unique opportunity for untenured scholars to present their draft scholarship for in-depth critique and commentary by respected senior scholars in the field. The Workshop is perfectly timed for junior faculty participants to revise their articles in time for a spring submission for publication. Indiana University will cover both travel and lodging expenses for all participants.

Any untenured scholars interested in participating in this intensive workshop should submit a detailed abstract or the first several pages of their articles, along with a brief CV, to Nic Terry (npterry@iupui.edu) or Emily Michiko Morris (emmmorri@iupui.edu), by June 22, 2012. Works already in progress are ideal for this workshop and will be given preference. Topics for the workshop may focus on any of a range of intellectual property issues as they relate to the pharmaceutical industry, broadly defined. Acceptable topics may therefore include, but are not limited to, issues involving patent and regulatory exclusivity; patent linkage; the Hatch-Waxman Act; the BPCIA; TRIPs; the Bayh-Dole Act; the AIA; public-private collaborations; and more.

Applicants should also submit the names of established scholars in their area of scholarship who would be able to provide meaningful commentary on their drafts. Junior faculty applicants selected for the workshop must commit to producing complete drafts of their articles well ahead of the workshop (i.e., before Halloween), so that senior faculty participants may have time to review them. Selected participants will be notified by July 1, 2012.

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Education, Equality, Fundamental Rights – AALS Meeting – New Orleans, LA 

The Section on Constitutional Law and the Section on Education Law will be holding a joint program at the January 2013 AALS annual meeting. The program topic is “Forty Years after Rodriguez, 35 Years after Bakke: Education, Equality and Fundamental Rights.” The program will be held on Friday, January 4, from 2:00-5:00pm.

Deadline Date for Submission: August 1, 2012

For more information and submission of abstracts, contact Professor Mark S. Scarberry, Pepperdine University School of Law, mark.scarberry AT pepperdine.edu.

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Insurance and Consumer Protection – AALS Meeting – New Orleans, LA 

The AALS Section on Insurance Law will hold a program on Insurance and Consumer Protection during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The program is scheduled for Sunday, January 6, 2013, from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM. The program will feature a panel of leading research on consumer protection and insurance markets. Panelists scheduled to participate include: Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School), Kyle Logue (University of Michigan Law School), and Lauren Willis (Loyola Law School Los Angeles). We are looking to add one additional panelist through this Call for Papers. The submission deadline is Sept. 4, 2012.

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6th Annual Conference on the Political Economy of International Organizations 

6th Annual Conference on the
Political Economy of International Organizations
February 7-9, 2013, Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany


Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany, on February 7-9, 2013. The conference brings together economists and political scientists to address political-economy issues related to international organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Union, and also other international organizations that have as yet received less attention in the academic literature.

Submission of Papers
Both empirical and theoretical papers will be considered. Please submit full papers to conference@peio.me. The deadline for submission is 30 September, 2012. Decisions will be made by 31 October, 2012. This year’s special issue of the Review of International Organizations will be focusing on The Political Economy of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, edited by Peter Egger (ETH Zurich) and Marcelo Olarreaga (University of Geneva). Please indicate in your submission to the conference whether you are interested in also submitting to the special issue.

Conference Format, Attendance, and Registration
The number of participants will be limited to about 70, which allows for in-depth discussion of each paper. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the entire conference. There is no registration or conference fee. Travel and accommodation are at the expense of participants.

Conference Venue: Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany. The closest international airport is Frankfurt (30 minutes).

Conference Website: http://www.peio.me/

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Academy of Business & Retail Management -- Call for Papers 

Authors are invited to submit their original research papers, case study, review, work in progress, reports, abstract, students’ papers or research proposals within the broad scope of each conferences. All papers should be personally proofread prior to submission. Author’s submission will be published in both the conference proceeding under The Business & Management Review (Printed copy) and online.

For further details about our conferences and our academic journals, please visit our website on www.abrmr.com or send us an email on editor@abrmr.com.

Conferences

Boston, MA. (USA)
Corporate Governance and Business Conference
CGBC: 19th – 20th July 2012. Click here for more information.

Las Vegas, NV. (USA)
International Conference on Business and Economic Development
ICBED: 23rd – 24th July 2012. Click here for more information.

London, U.K.
International Trade and Academic Research Conference
ITARC: 5th – 6th November 2012. Click here for more information.

New Delhi, India
International conference on the Restructuring of the Global Economy
ROGE: 04th-06th February 2013. Click here for more information.

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Culture, Community and Architecture Workshop: ‘The Architecture of Community’ 

Southampton Law School,
University of Southampton,
06 September, 2012

In our ordinary, everyday lives we travel in, through and around many places that may or may not appear particularly significant or important to us. Yet all of these places conceal and can reveal understandings of place whose meaning is created, constructed and contested. Institutional architecture, for example, whether legal, political or religious, combines and embodies two constitutive elements of architectural reality: it has instrumental use as a place for the public gathering or housing of a particular type of historic and living community; it also has symbolic value as a visual representation of a particular factual reality. It is a place where power is situated and represented. This full-day multidisciplinary workshop explores those complex relationships between culture, community and architecture that help define and organise our public space and how we use and experience that space.

Call For Papers

The workshop welcomes papers from a range of disciplines, including (but not limited to) law, politics, religion, architecture, philosophy, anthropology, ecology. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome, as are both practical and theoretical contributions.

Suggested topics might include but are not limited to the following ideas:

1. Spatiality and social identity

2. Space and place – public and private – inclusion and exclusion

3. Institutional architecture – the design and use of architectural space

4. The construction of meaning through signs, symbols and other modes of communication

5. Architecture of governmentality, power and control

6. Environmental architecture - architectural design and ecological systems

If you are interested in speaking on a panel please send your proposed title, together with an abstract (150–300 words), to E.Nottingham@soton.ac.uk by 13th July 2012. Graduate students, academic staff and career professionals are all invited to submit. All abstract proposals should include the following:

Paper Title
Title, First Name, Surname and Affiliation of all authors
100 - 150 words biography of all authors
E-mail address for corresponding author
150–300 word abstract of paper

It is intended that there will be three panels during the day with up to four speakers on each, which includes one keynote speaker per panel. All speakers can expect to talk for about 20 minutes each, followed by discussion from the floor.

For further information, please contact:
Dr James MacLean, Southampton Law School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Email: J.Maclean@soton.ac.uk

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