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  • Venice | Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    A global history of free ports

    Capitalism, commerce and geopolotics (1600-1900)

    Exactly how free ports arose in early-modern Europe is still subject to debate. Livorno, Genoa and other Italian cities became famous as major examples of a particular way of attracting trade. Between the late eighteenth and the nineteenth century the existence of free ports – as specific fiscal, cultural, political and economic entities with different local functions and characteristics – developed from an Italian and European into a global phenomenon. While a general history of free ports – from their first emergence to the present-day special economic zones – has never been written, this research network aims to pave the way for such an enterprise. The history of free ports research network is organising a number of conferences in the next years, in order to work towards a standard publication and interactive research platform for the history of free ports from the XVIth to the early XXth century.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - Thought

    Moral Machines? Ethics and Politics of the Digital World

    As our visible and invisible social reality is getting increasingly digitalized, the question of the ethical, moral and political consequences of digitalization is getting ever more pressing. All technologies mark their environment, but digital technologies do so much more intimately than any previous technologies since they promise to think in our place. But how do they really think? What happens when they are entrusted with moral decisions? Is a moral machine possible? Who is responsible of the social and political environments and situations digitalization creates? Should they be politically controlled and how? The conference Moral machines calls together scholars in philosophy, humanities, literature and art in order to discuss these pressing issues.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    In­clu­sion and ex­clu­sion in the his­tory of ideas

    The Helsinki Centre for Intellectual History invites paper and panel proposals for its first international conference, which will take place 14-15 December 2017. Papers and panels should address intellectual history, broadly speaking, and relate to the general conference theme of “inclusion and exclusion”.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - Representation

    Managing the State, transforming the City. Office buildings for central State administrations as a "forgotten" type of political architecture (1880–1980)

    XIII International Conference of European Association for Urban History – Session 29

    From the late XIXth century onwards, both the competence and scale of Ministerial departments and State-run corporations have increased continuously in Western countries. This growth – which accelerated after each World War, and became a truly global phenomenon in the second half of the XXth century – necessitated the construction of large and well-equipped office buildings, which were often grouped together in the "administrative districts" of capitals and other major cities. 

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    Urban spaces, mobility and "citadinité" in the Mediterranean cities (14th to 18th century)

    The panel focuses on mobility and insertion in the cities of the Mediterranean area, during the early modern age. Since the Ancient times, Mediterranean cities are centers for commercial and cultural exchanges, and crossroads of migratory streams. These "sedimented" cities have a long tradition of multi-cultural society and reception of foreigners while remaining, to this day pivotal centers for international circulation and migration, and gateways to Europe.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    The Noses and Eyes of the City

    Reinterpreting Early Modern Politics and Administrative Practices of Hygiene

    The Specialist Session welcomes contributions that deal with questions of medical and administrative debates and with techniques of controlling and monitoring of the urban space by city authorities and the urban population. The aim is to create a basis for understanding contemporary hygienic assumptions concerning life in urban spaces. The papers may be focused on questions of practice, concerning the contemporary considerations to improve city space, political agenda, procedures to implement them and the “instruments” – that is most importantly: the use of senses – to control the implementation. The Contributions of this session will therefore challenge the “modern”, deprecated view on early modern hygienic questions and replace it with a view that is based on contemporary theories and contemporary instruments: the noses and eyes of the city.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Culture(s) in Sustainable Futures

    Theories, practices and policies

    Is culture the fourth pillar of sustainability alongside the ecological, economic and social aspects? How does culture act as a catalyst for ecological sustainability, human well-being and economic viability? What would our futures look like if sustainability was embedded in the multiple dimensions of culture? This landmark conference explores the roles and meanings of culture in sustainable development. The new ideas generated in the conference will inform and advance understandings of sustainability with cultural studies and practices, and vice versa.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    A comparison of Roms' immigration in Finland and France

    A comparison of Roms' immigration in Finland and France

    Sous la conduite du ministère des Affaires étrangères, l'Institut français de Finlande à Helsinki œuvre à la promotion de l'action culturelle et scientifique de la France à l'étranger. Dans le cadre d'une coopération scientifique entre l'Université d'histoire d'Helsinki et l'IFF, une réflexion sur la population Tsigane est entamée avec pour premier objectif de proposer un regard croisé entre les expériences françaises et finlandaises. Dans le cadre d'un séminaire de travail entre historien-ne-s finlandais-es (CENS, Centre d'études nordiques, Université d'Helsinki) et historien-ne-s français-es, l'analyse comparée de la situation des Tsiganes / Roms pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale permettra de dresser un état des lieux afin de favoriser la mise en oeuvre des axes de réflexion qui seront développés par la suite. Le séminaire aura lieu le jeudi 8 avril 2013 à l'Université d'Helsinki .

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  • Turku

    Call for papers - Sociology

    Urbanity, plurality and the management of "differences" in the Christian Church

    Session 19, Meeting of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (27th-30th June 2013). Coordinators : Yannick Fer et Gwendoline Malogne-Fer.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - History

    Public Diplomacy in Context

    Past and Present of National Image Management among the Small Nations of Northern Europe

    Two-day conference in Helsinki and Turku (Finland) in April 2013. The theme of the conference is the History of "National Image Management" efforts (Public diplomacy, Propaganda, Nation-Branding) in the countries of Northern Europe. Deadline for abstracts is the end of November 2012.

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  • Turku

    Call for papers - Language

    Grammar and genre: interfaces and influences

    This symposium aims to study the interfaces between grammar and genre: the purpose is to investigate how genre affects grammatical choices. How are genre distinctions reflected in grammar, be it for example literary vs. media genres, or distinctions such as argumentative, informative, persuasive, expressive, or narrative genres? Is a specific genre belonging to a particular domain, e.g. sport news vs. economy news, characterized by certain grammatical choices? Possible genre distinctions are various, and both empirical questions related to the theme and more theoretical implications and reflections thereof are welcome.

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  • Turku

    Call for papers - History

    Life course and learning in history

    Cultural, societal and individual perspectives on adult education and training in Europe

    Le prochain séminaire du réseau de l'ESREA « History of Adult Education and Training » sera organisé à Turku (Finlande), les 8 et 9 juin 2009, couplé avec le colloque du réseau finlandais d’histoire de l’éducation. Il a pour thème : le cours de la vie et la formation (learning) dans l’histoire : perspectives culturelles, sociétales et individuelles dans l’éducation et la formation des adultes en Europe. L’appel à communications est disponible sur le site de l’ESREA : http://www.esrrea.org. Les travaux devront être présentés en anglais (ou au moins pour une part, de manière bilingue). Date limite d'envoi des propositions : 1er mars 2009.

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  • Helsinki

    Call for papers - Political studies

    Citizens vs. customers

    EGPA/NISPACee Second Trans-European Dialogue

    Treating citizens as customers has been one of the key elements in transforming public services in Europe. Many public sector innovations have focused on giving citizens more voice and more choice, and on giving them the service quality they deserve. But are we right to reduce the citizen’s role to that of a customer? What have been the implications of these changes in the public sector? Is the difference between citizens and customers a mere conceptual one, or do the differences run deeper? What is the political, legal, and economic position of citizens and consumers within the organisation of public services? Do they have a different position in different countries? At this conference, we invite perspectives from public administration, public management, political science, law, business and marketing.

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  • Turku

    Call for papers - Language

    Vivre, travailler et étudier dans une langue véhiculaire

    Langue, discours, hybridité et identités

    Cette conférence bilingue internationale (français et anglais) se veut être un forum de discussion sur les langues véhiculaires (LV). Trois objectifs principaux ont été définis : 1. Faire le lien entre les approches théoriques et de recherche sur l’utilisation des LVs dans des contextes peu étudiés tels que le quotidien (couples binationaux, amis communicant dans une ou des LV/s) ; les études (à l’étranger ou chez soi) et le monde du travail (idem). 2. Explorer les impacts de l’utilisation des LVs sur les représentations et créations identitaires (soi et autre) d’utilisateurs de LVs, et de ceux qui sont témoins de cette utilisation, dans différentes zones géographiques, professionnelles et sociales. 3. Stimuler la recherche sur les LVs en s’inspirant, entre autres, des recherches et réflexions théoriques sur l’anglais lingua franca.

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  • Helsinki

    Conference, symposium - History

    US Firms in Europe (from the 1890s to the 21st century): Strategy, Identity, Performance, Reception, Adaptability

    Le déploiement des sociétés américaines en France: stratégie, identité, perfomance, perception, capacité d'évolution (1880s-2000)

    Après de nombreux livres consacrés à "l'américanisation" des entreprises européennes, ce colloque doit évaluer "l'européanisation" des entreprises américaines.

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