DGfE-Kongress 2018 @ Universität Duisburg-Essen
Mrz 18 – Mrz 21 ganztägig

In der Erziehungswissenschaft werden BEWEGUNGEN, wie die der Bildung und der Erziehung, systematisch beobachtet, historisch und theoretisch reflektiert und auf Basis empirischer Einsichten zu verstehen oder zu erklären versucht. Die Einsicht in die Relevanz körperlicher, kognitiver und biographischer BEWEGUNGEN spielt dabei eine wesentliche Rolle.

Der erziehungswissenschaftliche Blick auf BEWEGUNGEN verweist auch auf unterschiedliche Ebenen der Analyse und Reflexion: die Ebene der konkreten pädagogischen Interaktion, die Ebene der pädagogischen Organisation, die Ebene der gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen pädagogischen Handelns und nicht zuletzt die Ebene der (erziehungs-)wissenschaftlichen Wissensproduktion.

Fragen der BEWEGUNGEN im Kontext pädagogischen Handelns und dessen Reflexion werden im Rahmen des 26. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswissenschaft in Essen in mindestens vierfacher Weise in den Blick genommen.

59th International Studies Convention, San Francisco @ Hilton Hotel
Apr 4 – Apr 7 ganztägig

Power of Rules and Rule of Power

ISA 2018Many approaches to understanding international politics begin with the observation that international politics operates in a condition of anarchy, and that this creates fundamentally different interactions than those we witness in domestic politics. Yet, despite the lack of a formal government, the international system operates through a vast web of rules– formal and informal, explicit and implicit. While powerful actors may have disproportionate influence in the creation, maintenance, and contestation of rules, explicit and implicit rules also influence notions of power and serve as sources of power. There is an endogenous, mutually constitutive, relationship between power and rules.

The 2018 conference theme seeks to understand the relative and relational influence of power and rules in international politics. While the interaction between power and rules characterizes the subject we study, it also characterizes the international studies profession. ISA invites proposals that address and problematize power structures, rules, and norms in the discipline, universities, and professional associations as well as in international interactions.

Jahrestagung der DGSA 2018, Hamburg
Apr 27 – Apr 28 ganztägig

Folgende Leitfragen werden bei der DGSA-Tagung in Hamburg diskutiert:

  • DGSA-Tagung 2018 HamburgWie lassen sich politische Partizipation und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe im Kontext von wachsender Vielfalt und sozialer Spaltung realisieren?
  • Was bedeutet die Diskreditierung der Demokratie für die weitere Entwicklung der Sozialen Arbeit?
  • Inwiefern spielen die neoliberale Verengung des Sozialstaates und das Erstarken rechtspopulistischer Kräfte zusammen und wie kann sich die Soziale Arbeit hier positionieren?
  • Welche Erfahrungen gibt es in der Sozialen Arbeit mit Teilhabe- und Partizipationsmodellen?
  • Welche Verständnisse von Teilhabe und Partizipation haben sich in der Sozialen Arbeit entwickelt?
  • In welchen Bereichen – auch der Sozialen Arbeit – fehlen bislang partizipative Konzepte?
  • Wie können Selbstwirksamkeitserfahrungen unterstützt werden, die auch die Erfahrung, Bürger_in eines demokratischen Gemeinwesens zu sein, einschließen?
  • Wie lassen sich bürgerschaftliches Engagement und professionelle Soziale Arbeit gut miteinander verknüpfen?
  • Wie können individuelle und auf Gruppen bezogene Hilfen und Unterstützungskonzepte mit anwaltschaftlichem Mandat konkret verknüpft werden?
  • Wie können Fragen der Umverteilung mit Fragen der Teilhabe zusammengedacht und auch in Interventionen der Sozialen Arbeit adressiert werden?
  • Und nicht zuletzt: In welcher Gesellschaft wollen wir leben?
IPSA 2018, Brisbane @ International Convention Center
Jul 21 – Jul 28 ganztägig

Borders and Margins

IPSA 2018 Borders and MarginsThe post-Cold War acceleration of globalization and the multi-layered consequences of the 9/11 terrorist attacks have had profound effects on borders. These include empirical borders, such as state, regional, security and “glocal” boundaries that feature on maps and in organizational practices, and also conceptual ones, such as social, cultural, economic, religious, ethnic, sexual and linguistic distinctions that discipline and divide human populations through identity politics and bio-political management.

These borders create margins, through which administrative and military bureaucracies, as well as NGOs, activists, “networks” and more-or-less organized criminals and terrorists operate, empirically and conceptually. Borders between recognized states, de-facto states, sub-states, occupied territories and supra-national governance authorities are spatial creations defined through lines that separate one country, state, province, zone, “union” etc. from another, while borderlands appear to be critical zones at the margins of state control and governing institutions.

However, borders are not simply territorial lines demarcated by road signs, official checkpoints, even barbed-wire fences and fortified walls, but institutions in themselves. They have a dynamic character arising from their formal or informal functions and impacts. At a time when entire regions have been destabilized by the implosion of borders – often imposed by former and current imperialisms rather than arising through freely negotiated or democratic means – these margins are now conflict zones and flash points in national and international politics. Such conflicts and controversies are currently presenting very serious challenges to the international governance of human rights derived from the Universal Declaration of 1948, which reaches its 70th anniversary in 2018.

In the last few decades, the evolution of information technologies has transformed the traditional “border as a barrier” by virtually enclosing people into groups with common identities and interests. These groups are dispersed throughout the globe, and so lack any form of territorial compactness or contiguity. Electronic “connectedness,” whether in information exchange, e-commerce, international academic work, financialization, security surveillance or criminality, challenges the imposition of physical barriers, bureaucratized checks and migration controls in starkly political terms. The new “Great Firewall of China” is about as ineffective as the old physical Great Wall was, and “leaks” of huge quantities of financial, commercial and security data continue to defy the attempted criminalization of “leakers.” The challenges posed by these global developments – which make headline news when violence erupts or powerful politicians are exposed – invite us to explore the fundamental dynamics of inclusion and exclusion under an all-encompassing theme “Borders and Margins.”

Along with those who constitute the current majority/minority or other identity “mix” within a state, there are also those caught in marginal zones, such as immigrant groups that are physically “inside” but are said by some not to “belong.” They are typically central to a politics of multiculturalism/cosmopolitanism, or nationalism/assimilation, or expulsion/genocide. The politics of “Borders and Margins” has a common centre of gravity: that of “otherness” or “otherization,” which, in turn, determines the borders and creates marginalizations. It is these practices which further determine inequalities of wealth and power, now very extreme in global terms. “Borders and Margins” offers participants in IPSA’s 25th World Congress broad scientific possibilities within the ethical dimensions through which the discipline operates.

These conjunctions of empirical activities and conceptual claims generate new methodologies in cognate disciplines that political scientists are keen to adopt. The Congress theme should be taken to include further perspectives including history, geography, international relations, international law, philosophy, sociology, political psychology, cultural studies, feminist and gender studies, queer perspectives, security studies and similarly engaged forms of scientific enquiry. In these fields there are crucial debates on sovereignty and identity, rights and obligations, just and unjust warfare and “interventions,” democratic theory and practice, and international governance, among other areas of concern.

IPSA therefore expects that “Borders and Margins” will thematically unite participants and broaden their understanding of politics. “Borders and Margins” are constitutive of crucial political processes and are therefore a focus for the international political sciences which study them.