Researchers are kindly invited to send in proposals for papers that can be included in one of the panels of the conference. Generic panel topics that are of special interests for the conference in 2015 are:
Governance of Politics, Conflicts and Interventions: Through globalization an impressive multilateral legal and political-institutional framework has emerged to regulate global norms and values: e.g. security, conflict management, intervention ('hard politics') and human rights, climate change, sustainable livelihoods, sustainability of natural resource management ('soft politics'). The unprecedented number of man-made and natural disasters, with which the international community seems unable to deal, however, put serious question marks to the quality of this regulation. This panel welcomes contributions addressing the challenges to regulate the necessary policy and reform process of today's multilateral system; conflict management and the responsibility to protect; geopolitics of energy and smart grids; and combatting land degradation and depletion of natural resources as a result of rapid urbanization and climate change.
Governance of International Trade and its Multilateral Agreements: Multidisciplinary perspectives. World trade relations are increasingly organized via bilateral and regional agreements. An example is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), The European Union's envisaged trade agreement with the United States. This form of trade governance has the potential to dramatically change the existing world trade system, raising a whole set of economic, political and legal issues for the EU and third countries. More generally, can these agreements be seen as stepping stones or stumbling blocks for the further development of the world trading system and its major multilateral entity, the World Trade Organization?
Governance of Human Behavior and Morality in Innovative Markets and Firms: The advance of behavioral insights in economics, law, sociology and psychology has profound implications how we govern human interaction and stimulate responsible innovation, be it in firms or on markets. Ethical issues have become very much intertwined with this, transforming research boundaries and questioning "standard" methods and methodologies. The call for papers focuses on these issues and how to set up behavioral proof governance structures or systems.
Governance of E-Democracy and Internet Architecture: With the unprecedented development and growth in information communication technologies, no sphere of human life is unaffected, i.e. social, economic, religious, political, etc. The call for papers in the panel(s) covers subjects as e-democracy, e-government, representation, but also data protection, security and privacy issues with private and public actors, the big data challenge, representation issues, journalism challenges, public protests including e.g. the Arab Spring consequences. Read more. A subtheme within this panel is:
Governance of Internet Challenges in East Asia: Within the U4 universities, research centers pay specific attention to East Asia. The panel(s) seeks to bring the researchers together to discuss specific challenges related to among others privacy, data protection, human rights, (political) representation and foster research cooperation among the centers. Read more.
Governance and Equity, Inclusion, Diversity: The world today can be characterized by a growing diversity of form, style and mode with regard to living and working arrangements. Issues of pluralism, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly relevant at all levels of society. This panel calls for contributions exploring and analyzing 'governance and equity, inclusion, diversity' in its various facets as well as at different levels (individual, organization, society). Two sub-themes within this panel are:
Governance, Identity and Social Exclusion: The sub-theme calls for papers discussing the role of social categories and identities, the significance of recognition and equal treatment, as well as social processes and legal mechanisms that enable for positive interaction.
Governance, Equity and Diversity: This sub-theme calls for papers discussing governance, equity and diversity issues at different organizational levels and in different types of organizations (i.e. (entrepreneurial) ventures, non-governmental organizations etc.) and social processes and (legal) mechanisms that help deal or benefit from that diversity. Read more.
Panel coordinators from the participating universities will organize the specific panels. Panel coordinators may offer participants the possibility to publish full papers in an edited volume of a journal or a book.