the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, together with the German Association for East European Studies in Berlin
requests applications to an international Summer School on
Justice as a societal and political matter. Equality, social and legal security as conditions for democracy and the market
funded by the Volkswagen-Stiftung, Hannover
Berlin, 24.-30. July 2006
Contents: Societal and political justice has recently gained increasing significance in scientific debates. The coherence of social systems as well as the legitimacy of political regimes depend to a high degree on the perception of basic rules as fair" or just". This is also a core question when it comes to privatisation, processes of redistribution of societal property, reform of old and design and implementation of new legal and tax systems or differing ideas about state and society. (Not only) Eastern European societies in transition, therefore, have been and are particularly sensitive concerning these issues. During the Summer School we want to approach the question of societal and political justice from varying perspectives. We therefore invite young scholars from different disciplines (sociology, political sciences, economics, law, history, geography etc.) to submit paper proposals on related topics.
The Summer School: This conference is the first of three Summer Schools for young academics doing research on Eastern Europe. The Summer School A Changing Europe" is a follow-up project of the Conferences of Young Experts on Eastern Europe (1995-2005) which provided the foundation for a tight network of young researchers and other experts concerned with Eastern Europe and the social sciences. The Summer Schools aim at extending this concept to researchers in Central and Eastern Europe. The core of the conference will consist of the presentation of scientific papers and their discussion by senior researchers with an international reputation in the respective fields. The sessions will be framed by lectures and excursions, as well as other activities giving participants the opportunity to socialise and establish contacts. The results of the Summer School will be published in a volume. Together with six regional coordinators the organisers will support the participants in establishing an alumni network.
Paper proposals: Paper proposals must be based on original research and should not exceed 200 words. They have to be drafted in English and outline the most important theoretical and empirical aspects of the planned contribution. Please include a short CV, information about institutional affiliation, status, address etc. In order to be selected it is of central importance to connect an empirical question with a theoretical approach and concept. Comparative approaches
(inter- as well as intra-regionally) are encouraged. An international review panel will assess the papers for the conference in an anonymous review process.
The deadline for receipt of paper proposals is 1 January 2006. Please submit your proposal to Dr. Sabine Fischer (email@example.com
Costs: Funding by the Volkswagen-Stiftung covers travel costs as well as accommodation and conference fees.
Location: The Summer School will take place at the Club House of the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin-Dahlem, Goethestr. 49, near U-train station Krumme Lanke.
Information: Further information about the Summer School as well as the conference project A changing Europe" in general will be available from 1. December 2005 at www.changing-europe.de