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Rebranding Research for Sustainable Development

Kigali Conference & Exhibition Village
Kigali, Rwanda
14 June, 2017 - 16 June, 2017
Application Deadline: 30 March, 2017

The University of Rwanda (UR) is pleased to announce the UR Scientific Conference Week entitled: ‘Rebranding Research for Sustainable Development.’ The UR was established in 2013 by the Government of Rwanda from the merger of the nation’s seven (7) public Higher Learning Institutions ‘to deliver quality education and develop innovative teaching and research meant to address the problems of the population, the students, the nation, the region and the world.’ This conference provides an opportunity for scholars and stakeholders to reconsider the role of research in socio-economic transformation. In addressing the context of national and global developmental goals especially the SDGs, the UR aims to become both local in context and at the same time globally relevant.

This conference is expected to bring together over 1000 participants from around the world. Over 300 papers is expected to be presented.

Conference Themes
The conference main theme is "Rebranding Research for Sustainable Development". In order to encompass all the different disciplines at the University of Rwanda, the following thematic themes and sub-themes have been selected for this conference: Click here for more details.

Theme 1: Re-positioning Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for sustainable Development.

Good Governance and Rule of Law are concepts in current debates across Africa and outside Africa. The interesting debates about these topics arise when we look at significant gaps between theory and practice and between the Western universalized construct and lived realities reflected in different cultures, histories and development pathways. This field can be conceptually framed with the help of confronting paradigms: culturally embedded social and political practices vs. generalized standards of good governance on the one hand and culturally embedded customs and conventions vs. the rule of law on the other. These productive tensions can be found in the political realm as the tension between the state and the people; in the legal realm as the tension between the court and the community; and in the social realm as the tension between the social and the individual.

The Rwandan government shaped the term “home grown solutions” to characterize its own efforts to achieve the goals of Good Governance and Rule of Law. The obvious intention is to find a way of organizing the Rwandan society based in traditions, customs and pre-colonial pasts in all relevant sectors of political, legal and social matters. These practices and normative claims build an interesting tension to more universal concepts of Good Governance and Rule of Law. Too often, African nations have been coerced or manipulated towards cut-and-paste governance models that construct their own cultures as the enemies of progress, or do not account for dominant societal structures that make Africa significantly different from Europe.

The confrontation of related paradigms brings about a contemporary discussion on the nexus and contradictions between the concepts of Governance and Rule of Law on the one hand and implications on the understanding of democracy and human rights on the other. The conference will encourage interaction between theorists and practitioners at national, regional and international levels.

In this thematic theme, the UR is accepting applications from individuals interested in one of the following.


  •     Re-imagining social justice and the tension between human rights and culture;
  •     Policy fields: gender based violence, accountability, performance contracts;
  •     The State and the People: Obedience and Resistance;
  •     Mediation, conflict management, reconciliation, peace building, transitional (or transformative) justice; and
  •     Elections and Security: The role of individual and institutional actors at national, regional and international levels.

Network Analysis of Political Power

Johannes Gutenberg-University
Mainz, Germany
26 September, 2017 - 29 September, 2017
Application Deadline: 31 March, 2017

Network Analysis of Political Power
This session is organized jointly with IPSA Research Committee on Political Power (IPSA RC36) in order to provide a room for a broad discussion on opportunities and challenges of network analysis in political power studies. We invite contributions that share a commitment to rigorous conceptual analysis of power but focus on distinct form of power in networks, which include, but are not restricted to, power-as-control and power-as-access, networking power, network power, networked power and network-making power. We are interested in attracting papers that show how to deal with different pitfalls of power audit, like infamous problem of inconsistent measures associated with relative and relational nature of political power. We encourage potential participants to introduce solutions and insights provided by methods of network analysis.
We believe network analysis can help us to understand how and why power is used by different actors while taking into account changing conditions of domestic and international politics. Power is a central concept for social and political sciences yet one of the most troublesome in terms of empirical research. Thus, we are expecting our session participants to present papers that link theory to practice, propose systematic testing of theoretical models with network data and demonstrate original network approaches to political power analysis.

Organizers: Alina V. Vladimirova (Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences)

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Max number of words: 500
Paper FAQ: http://www.eusn2017.uni-mainz.de/paper-and-poster-faq/
Abstract Submission Form at CONVERIA