2nd Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference “Friends, Foes and Familiar Strangers: Reassessing Actorness in Times of the Global (Dis)Order”

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It seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary debate on contemporary actorness in the complex security environment. “Friends”, “Foes” and “Familiar Strangers” (S. Milgram) are the archetypes of dominant patterns of behaviour and performance in contemporary turbulent global security system. They serve as referent objects of security in its dynamic, “liquid” form, going beyond conventional roles and established institutional schemes. They facilitate security actors’ differentiation according to their status and roles performed in selected security fields. They also stimulate discussion about varieties of actorness in domestic, national and global dimensions of security policy.

An interdisciplinary perspective would contribute to our understanding of these complex and often interrelated challenges. In these efforts, the perspectives of the humanities and the arts are as important as those of the social and natural sciences. Similarly, the perspectives of business, law, medicine, and other sciences are all also necessary and must be incorporated into many of the solutions if the global community is to be successful in developing responses to these 21st century challenges.

The 2nd Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference seeks to convene a wide range of  scholars, leaders and activists representing academia, government, business and NGOs in an effort to promote and advance an interdisciplinary dialogue aimed at launching theoretical proposals and finding effective practical solutions to the challenges that must be confronted in the contemporary global security arena. Ideas how to transform a few of these challenges into opportunities will serve to enhance security and promote frameworks that enhance regional and global governance.

In addition, it is designed after the 1st Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference, organised in 2015 in collaboration with the International Studies Association (ISA) as the Jagiellonian University Security Conference – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Security in the Changing World, which brought together 150 researchers and practitioners representing over 100 institutions from 26 countries around the world. This successful academic event resulted in valuable and stimulating papers which, following a careful selection, were collected into two volumes edited by Artur Gruszczak and Paweł Frankowski from Jagiellonian University: Technology, Ethics and the Protocols of Modern War (Routledge 2018) and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Regional and Global Security (Palgrave Macmillan 2018).

The organisers plan to publish a selection of papers in a collective volume to be published by an internationally renowned publishing house.

Confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Christopher Coker (London School of Economics and Political Science). He will deliver lecture on Technology, human agency and the future of human conflict.

Venue: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Law and Administration, 33a Krupnicza St., Krakow (Old Town), Poland.
Conference language: English

Important deadlines:
Submission of paper and panel proposals:  10 May, 2018
Notification of acceptance:  15 May, 2018
Early-bird registration: 15 May – 15 June, 2018
Regular registration: 16 – 30 June, 2018
Cancellation: 30 August, 2018

Registration fees:
Early-bird registration (by 15 June 2018):
450 PLN (discount rate for BA/MA/PHD students) (equivalent to USD 130 / EUR 110 approximately)
600 PLN (regular rate) (equivalent to USD 175 / EUR 140 approximately)
Late registration (by 30 June 2018):
500 PLN (discount rate for BA/MA/PHD students) (equivalent to USD 145 / EUR 120 approximately)
650 PLN (regular rate) (equivalent to USD 190 / EUR 155 approximately)
Conference fee includes: free access to all conference events; conference bag with programme; free lunches & coffee breaks; free invitation to a welcome reception (the first day) and a gala dinner and concert (the second day).

Submission of your contribution:
The organizers invite proposals of papers, panels and/or round-table discussions. Abstracts should be submitted via the online application: https://www.konferencje-uj.pl/?lang=en&go2logPanel=1&kid=241 upon the previous registration at: https://www.konferencje-uj.pl/?lang=en&go2rej=1&kid=241

Conference organised by:
Department of National Security, Institute of Political Science and International Relations, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.
Organising Committee:
Artur Gruszczak, General Chair
Piotr Bajor, Secretary
Paweł Frankowski, Programme Chair

More information:  please visit http://www.jisc.confer.uj.edu.pl/start