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CFP: “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

Call for papers “Democracy and Technology. Europe in Tension from the 19th to the 21st century”

September 19-21, 2013, Université Paris-Sorbonne

6th Tensions of Europe Plenary Conference *

Colloque international du projet ANR Resendem **

Deadline paper abstracts: February 25, 2013

Overall Theme of the Conference:  The conference will be devoted to the complex relationship between democracy and technology from a European and transnational perspective. The core of this reflection will be the complementarities and cross-fertilization that arise in the interaction of technology and democracy, but also the frictions, tensions, and paradoxes that emerge in the discourses, representations and interplay of actors. The assumption that technology poses a threat to the liberal democratic political order rooted in the public debate, has fueled a critical approach to technology in humanities and social sciences. This also fueled various shared Europe-wide initiatives of technology assessment. Within the Soviet bloc, on the other hand, technology was promoted as a tool for building socialism.

More recently, calls for the democratization of decision-making related to controversial technical changes made the two terms meet in a dynamic no longer of opposition but of mutual construction: “technical democracy” would be an expansion of democracy, defined primarily as a continuously evolving process rather than a fixed form, open to new questions and new ways to find answers.

This historical conference is open to a wide range of interdisciplinary inquiry. It invites proposals for papers addressing an issue that up to now has mainly been investigated on a national basis. Focusing on circulations and appropriations of technology in a European and transnational perspective, the conference should open new ways to think and talk about the history of Europe.

While European spaces are privileged, papers on the themes of the conference but covering other geographical areas will also be considered.

General areas to be explored are:

Technical democracy: serving the citizen or the consumer?

• The concept of technical democracy, its uses, its meanings, its realities and imaginary through technologies, spaces, periods; • The role of groups of stakeholders such as consumer associations and civil society in the design, ownership, development, or resistance and rejection of technology.

Technology and democracy: a co-construction?

• Democratic regimes facing technological challenges in their economic, political, industrial, ethical, social and/or cultural dimensions;• Technology in political discourses (comparative approaches are welcome); • Technology as vector of democracy: history of voting technologies; • “Democracy by design”: how aspects related to the values of democracy (privacy, transparency, openness, etc.) are considered in the invention of artifacts.

Regulating and governing technology: which models, what practices?

• The evolution, composition, role, challenges and limitations of the regulatory authorities; • The evolution of governance in the field of technology; • Soft and hard power of technology in democracy; • The transition of national and regional governance logics to global governance.

Agoras: spaces for dialogue and debate about technology in democracy

• Public areas of debate around technology and large sociotechnical controversies; • Sites and actors involved in mediating between citizens and technologies; • The relationship between media and technology in a democratic context; • Challenging technology in a democratic context.

Technology against democracy

• Technocracy: confiscated expertise? • Threats to democracy from uses of technology (surveillance, intelligence, propaganda, databases, etc.); • Democracies at war and the technical armaments choices (gas, napalm, nuclear bomb, mines, etc.).

 Session formats

The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address the overall conference themes in the following three formats:

• Individual paper proposals.

• Research sessions with three papers based on original research, and an invited commentator. Because the conference encourages debate, appropriate time for discussion should be allocated to the commentators as well as the members of the audience. The papers will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.

• Research collaboration sessions which are meant to present results of a specific project. The session could be paper based, but could also focus on a discussion of the framing and wider implications of the specific project connected to the future of Tensions of Europe network.

Please note that paper and/or session proposals not directly related to the conference theme but relevant for the TOE network will also be considered. For more information on the TOE intellectual agenda see http://www.tensionsofeurope.eu and http://www.makingeurope.eu

 Deadlines and Time-line

The deadline for proposals is February 25, 2013.

For paper proposals, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 500 words. Authors are invited to submit their titles and abstracts electronically on the homepage of the conferencetoe2013paris.sciencesconf.org with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT sciencesconf.org.

For session proposals, please submit a brief abstract of the session (maximum 600 words) along with a one-page abstract for each participant. The organizer(s) are invited to submit their session abstracts electronically on the homepage of the conference toe2013paris.sciencesconf.org with a copy sent by email to toe2013paris AT sciencesconf.org. Please note that on the website, for technical reasons, each abstract, even of a research session, has to be submitted individually.

The Program Committee will inform about its decisions no later than April 20, 2013.

Since the conference papers will be made available before the conference on our website, we will ask you to send them as PDF file to toe2013paris AT sciencesconf.org before July 15th 2013.

We are seeking to provide a contribution towards travel, fees and/or accommodation costs for those who have no opportunity to participate otherwise.

 Program Committee :

Pr Maria Paula Diogo, Chair, Universidade Nova de Lisboa,  Pr Pascal Griset, Université Paris-Sorbonne,  Pr Martin Kohlrausch, K.U. Leuven,  Dr Léonard Laborie, CNRS,  Dr Larissa Zakharova, EHESS.

Please direct queries to Arielle Haakenstad, conference secretary (toe2013paris AT sciencesconf.org).

* Tensions of Europe (TOE) is an international scientific network consisting of almost 300 scientists from all over Europe and the United States. TOE explores the role of technology as an agent of change in European history by organizing inspiring conferences and summer schools as well as by stimulating international research collaboration and disseminating research results to various audiences.http://www.tensionsofeurope.eu/

** “Large technical networks and democracy: innovations, practices and groups involved in the long term, from 1880 to the present day (France and Europe)”. Resendem project is supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche. It revisits the history of the fields of mobility, communications and energy, in terms of community involvement in their construction and management.http://www.msha.fr/resendem/


CFP: Creating publics creating democracies

This two-day workshop is a collaboration organised by The Publics Research
Programme at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at The
Open University; The Centre for Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths
College; and, The Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of
Westminster. Details and a Call for Papers are attached. The event will
take place in central London, 18 & 19 June 2012.

We invite abstracts of up to 250 words to be submitted to Sarah Batt
(a.s.c.batt@open.ac.uk<mailto:a.s.c.batt@open.ac.uk>) by 16 March 2012.
For further information or if you have questions, please contact Sue Pell
(exs02sp@gold.ac.uk<mailto:exs02sp@gold.ac.uk>). The workshop programme
will be announced in May.

This attached is also available from the CCIG website:-


Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program


Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program was established in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Congress to enable democratic practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows maintain full-time residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (the Forum), the research arm of the Endowment, located in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to international exchange, the program offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and exchange ideas with counterparts in Washington, D.C.; and build ties that contribute to the development of a global network of democracy advocates.

The Forum hosts 16 to 20 Reagan-Fascell Fellows per year, divided into two five-month sessions: the Fall session starts on October 1 and ends on February 28; the Spring session begins on March 1 and ends on July 31. The program offers two tracks, a practitioner track and a scholarly track.

The Practitioner Track

The Reagan-Fascell program was established primarily to support democratic activists, human rights advocates, journalists, and others who work on the front lines of democracy promotion in emerging and aspiring democracies. The program seeks to provide experienced activists with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin. Fellowships on the practitioner track typically culminate in a strategy memorandum, short article or op-ed, and a formal presentation of the fellow’s analysis and ideas.

The Scholarly Track

Recognizing the importance of intellectual contributions to the theory and practice of democracy, the Reagan-Fascell program offers a scholarly track principally for professors and researchers from emerging and aspiring democracies. Accomplished scholars from established democracies are also eligible to apply. Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D., or academic equivalent, at the time of application, and to have developed a rigorous research outline. During their stay at the Forum, scholars make at least one formal presentation and complete a substantial piece of writing (a monograph or book) for publication.

Facilities and Services

Each fellow receives a monthly stipend for living expenses, plus health insurance and reimbursement for travel to and from Washington, D.C., at the beginning and end of the fellowship period. Fellows also receive a fully equipped office and research support through the Forum’s Democracy Resource Center and the Research Associates Program.

While in residence at the Forum, fellows have the opportunity to interact with staff and other visiting scholars and activists in the collegial environment at NED, and with the policy, media, and academic communities in Washington, D.C. Fellows are encouraged to consult with counterparts in the United States, and to participate in the many conferences and seminars held at NED and at the various universities, think tanks, and nongovernmental organizations in the metropolitan area.


The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is intended primarily for citizens of new and aspiring democracies.

Practitioner Track: Applicants interested in the practitioner track are expected to have substantial practical experience working to promote democracy or human rights in their country of origin or interest. There are no specific degree requirements for the practitioner track. A Ph.D., for instance, is not required of practitioner applicants. While there are also no age limits, applicants on the practitioner track are typically mid-career professionals with several years of professional experience in the field of democracy and human rights. Examples of eligible candidates for the practitioner track include human rights advocates, political party activists, professional staff of civic or humanitarian organizations, international lawyers, journalists, labor leaders, politicians, and diplomats.

Scholarly Track: Applicants interested in the scholarly track are expected to possess a doctorate (a Ph.D., or academic equivalent) at the time of application, to have published in their field of expertise, and to have developed a detailed research outline for their fellowship project. Examples of eligible candidates for the scholarly track include college and university professors, analysts at research centers and “think tanks,” and independent writers. Occasionally, a professional who is planning to write a book or other scholarly publication may qualify to apply on the scholarly track.

Deadline: 02/11/2009

Source: http://www.ned.org/forum/reagan-fascell.html

18th AMIC Annual Conference


The Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) is pleased to announce its 18th Annual International Conference, which will be held at the Le Meridien Hotel in New Delhi, India, from the 13–16 July 2009.

AMIC will be organizing this conference in partnership with the Himgiri Nabh Viswavidyalaya (HNV). This conference is open to academics, media industry professionals, government agencies, policymakers, regulators, UN agencies, donors, research groups, civil society organizations, independent consultants and students.

The theme of the 18th annual conference is “Media, Democracy and Governance: Emerging Paradigms in a Digital Age”. The media are central institutions of the public sphere and therefore play a critical role in enhancing democratization and good governance. While democracy has generally been spreading across the world, we have seen countries where democracy is challenged and where the failure of governance has led to widespread poverty, hunger and deprivation. The media can play a significant role in spreading awareness and empowering people while monitoring governments and corporations and holding them accountable. In recent years, the advent of the Internet and digital information and communication technologies have brought about a profound transformation in the way people communicate and share knowledge and information. These new technologies offer vast new opportunities for public participation and engagement and have the potential to expand the public sphere, deepen political participation and enhance good governance and democracy. However, the media and new digital technologies can also present new challenges and be exploited to extend control and surveillance thus policy makers need to put in place the necessary mechanisms that can mitigate the harmful use of the media by extremists and special interest groups. This conference will provide a critical space for both media professionals and academics to exchange knowledge and share their experiences on the role of the media in bringing about development and the new paradigms that are emerging in the digital age.

AMIC’s key event is the flagship annual conference, hosted in rotation by countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Recent annual conferences have been held in Manila, Philippines (2008), Singapore (2007), Penang, Malaysia (2006), Beijing, PR China (2005) and Bangkok, Thailand (2004). The AMIC Annual Conference is a premier event on the Asian media calendar and attracts eminent international speakers and participants from the media industry and academia. Delegates to the conference come not only from the Asia-Pacific region, but also from Europe and the Americas as well. It features high-profile keynote addresses, plenary sessions, and several parallel sessions. Networking events, cultural programmes, media visits and even tourism events are also held in conjunction with the annual conference.

For more information or any queries, please contact Ms. Sandhya Srinivasan at sandhya@amic.org.sg.

(Source: http://www.amic.org.sg/)