11 March 2007

CFP: UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, Sydney, Australia, 4-5 October 2007

UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, Sydney, Australia, 4-5 October 2007

Call for Papers

An interdisciplinary group of academics from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) from the Faculties of Business, Humanities, Education, Law, Engineering, the Institute for International Studies (IIS), UTS Shopfront and Jumbunna, the UTS Indigenous centre will convene an international conference, the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, in Sydney on the 4-5 October 2007.

The Conference has a number of themes:

*Migration and Civil Societies
*Cosmopolitan Cities and Communities
*Cross Cultural Dialogues
*Civil Societies and the Third Sector
*Community Activism and Social Movements
*Cosmopolitan Diversity and Civil Societies in Developing Nations
*Challenges and Opportunities facing Contemporary Cosmopolitan Societies
*Cultural Differences and Creative Practices
*Popular Education and Cosmopolitan Societies

International and Comparative Perspectives are invited. We also invite submissions of workshop proposals (1 ½ hours) for the Conference.

Plenary speakers for the Migration strand of the conference include:

Jan Rath, Professor of Urban Sociology, Director, Institute of Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

Dan Hiebert, Professor of Geography, Director RIIM centre, Canadian Metropolis, UBC, Canada

Paul Spoonley, Professor of Sociology, Massey University, NZ

David McEvoy, Emeritus Professor of Geography, John Moores Uni, Liverpool UK

We will also have a plenary session on Women, Community and Action in Cosmopolitan Societies. Invited speakers for this plenary session will be announced shortly.

Please send us an email with the Title of the paper; an Abstract (200 words) and the Institutional details of presenter(s) by 30 May 2007

One stream of the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies will be devoted to post-graduate student research papers. We aim to publish refereed postgraduate student papers following the conference.

We will also publish the general refereed proceedings of the conference and we are currently negotiating with the following journals (Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, Transforming Cultures and UTS e-press) for special issues on themes emerging from the conference. Negotiations are also underway for the publication of a book of an edited collection of conferences.

In the first instance communication should be directed to: ccs@uts.edu.au

A website is being developed for the conference to provide details of registration fees and procedures, accommodation options and other conference information.

Professor Jock Collins, School of Finance and Economics, Faculty of Business, Convenor of the UTS Conference on Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, 2007 jock.collins@uts.edu.au