Call for Papers

Theme: Political Science from the South
Type: 21th International Conference on New Political Science
Institution: Cuban Society of Philosophical Research
   Division of Philosophy and History, University of Havana
Location: Havana (Cuba)
Date: 12.–16.11.2018
Deadline: 1.10.2018


The conference is being organized by Cuban and international
professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of
the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School
of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana.
The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary
initiative, including scholars in political science, economics,
history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to develop
an analysis of human history and political dynamics from the
perspective of the global South, endeavoring to develop insights that
are relevant to political strategies of the nations and social
movements of the Third World.

The conference will include a special Symposium on Philosophy.

The conference and symposium are dedicated to the 150th anniversary
of the initiation of the Cuban struggle of independence.

The conference will be held at the Postgraduate Residence of the
Ministry of Public Health Linea and I Street, Vedado, Plaza de la
Revolución, City of Havana.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. The conference will be
bilingual; simultaneous or consecutive translation will be provided.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and
a summary from 250 to 450 words, should be sent by October 1, 2018 to
Charles McKelvey (ce...@presby.edu). Please send the abstract in a
Microsoft Word document, with your name, position, institutional
affiliation, city, country, and E-mail address placed at the top of
the page. Paper proposals sent prior to October 1 will be evaluated
by the Organizing Committee as they are received, and a decision will
be sent promptly.

Papers on the following themes can be included:

- The political thought of the South: the political thought of Fidel
Castro; the perspective of the South in the ex-colonized countries;
the political thought of Mao Zedong; the political thought of Ho Chi
Minh and the Doi Moi policy of Vietnam; the contributions of the
Bolivarian Revolution to the construction of socialism;  the
contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio “Lula” da Silva, and Rafael
Correa to contemporary political theory; the contributions of José
Martí and the Cuban Revolution to political theory.

- Socialism for the Twenty-First Century: the plurality of ways to
socialism; political actors and the search for coherence; socialism
in Venezuela; culture and political socialization; the role of the
media in political socialization; Latin American and Caribbean
regional integration; the role of political elites in Latin America;
the imperialist counteroffensive in Latin America; the history and
mechanisms of corruption.

- Social movements of the North; the perspective of the South in the
process of social changes in the North.

- The conflict between humanity and nature: the environmental thought
of progressive world leaders; nanotechnology and biotechnology; arms
of mass destruction.

- Philosophy, culture and education: emancipation versus alienation;
the culture of war; integrality; transdisciplinary perspectives;
socialization of new values.

Papers on other relevant themes can be included.

The Symposium of Philosophy will include the following themes:

- Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges;
challenges confronting Cuban education today; the philosophy of
education in the thought of José Martí.

- Epistemology: the essence and functions of philosophy today;
culture, philosophy and science; science and technology today; the
significance of atomic particles for scientific and philosophical

- Political philosophy: the essence of political philosophy today;
political philosophy and the problems of the world today; policy and
law in the world today; policy and human rights; the public and the
private spheres in today’s society; civil society and the state;
political philosophy and its rol attendance at professional meetings
or conferences in Cuba relating to a traveler’s profession,
professional background, or area of expertise, and in scientific

- The environmental problem: the biomedical revolution; environmental
problems and their philosophical implications; bioethics and the
relation between bioethics and philosophy.

Papers on other relevant themes can be included.

Registration fees are 200 Cuban Convertible Pesos for participants
from the United States, Canada and Western Europe; and 120 Cuban
Convertible Pesos for participants from Latin America, the Caribbean,
Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Undergraduate students are provided
a 50% discount. In addition to accreditation in the conferences, the
fees include translation services, a closing reception/dinner, and
refreshments at the conferences.

Anyone interested in the conference should contact Charles McKelvey
at: ce...@presby.edu

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