Biannual Eastern and Central
European International Conference
Identities and Modernization
University, Institute of Philosophy, Poznan, Poland
The Institute of Philosophy of
Adam Mickiewicz University and the Council for Research
in Values and Philosophy (RVP) would like to invite you
to the biannual Eastern and Central European
international conference: "Identities and Modernization"
to be held on September 13-14, 2012. The conference will
take place at Mielzynski Street 27/29 in Poznan, Poland.
The aim of the conference is to
explore the role of collective identities in processes
of modernization in the different civilizations and
cultures. Modernization is understood first of all as an
economic and technological phenomenon. It is accepted by
the contemporary societies throughout the world. But it
causes the problems for traditional communities and
traditional identities, which are weakening or
transforming into new forms.
The conference invites discussion
of the following related issues:
(1) What kinds of collective
(social, religious, cultural, political) identities
function as conditions enabling modernizations and
innovations, and which kinds impede modernization?
(2) How to avoid the negative
effects of modernization on society and culture?
(3) Is it possible to assure the
sustainability of the development by adding specific
characteristics to the modernization processes and
adapting them to the particular collective identities?
The conference will attempt to
respond to these questions through interpreting and
comparing the role of collective identities in
modernization in different regions and cultures,
especially in Western and Eastern Europe, in Middle East
and in Asia. Scholars from a variety of disciplines and
from different regions are invited to consider the
deeper cultural and political roots of the specific
characteristics of modernization processes in various
societies and cultures.
The discussions of these problems
should contribute to a better understanding of the
present state of globalization, in which from the one
side individualistic processes are present and from the
other side the traditional collective identities. The
heritage of values and norms, customs and beliefs
struggles to persist and to enable societies to evolve
as particular, unique subjects, despite the stress of
Conference language: English
There is no application fee. The
organizers will assist accommodations during the
The titles of the presentations
should be submitted by March 30, 2012 and the abstracts
by May 30, 2012.
Registration and Contact:
Professor Tadeusz Buksinski, Institute of Philosophy,
Adam Mickiewicz University, 60569 Poznan, Szamarzewski
Street 89c; (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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