The 19th Annual Meeting of the Hungarian Political Science Association
May 30-June 1, 2013, Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár)
Central Europe: Cooperation and Competition
From eleven planned sections of the Annual Meeting the following ones are bilinguals and invites paper proposals in Hungarian and English too.
IDENTITY OF THE CENTRAL EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND SOCIETIES, AND THEIR COOPERATION
Chair: Hamberger Judit, Hungarian Institute of International Affairs
In the Wake of a Central European Identity – its historical, cultural and political elements
Includes the following topics:
- - Does a central European identity exist? If so, why? What are its characteristcs? If it doesn’t exist, why?
- - What kind of regional identity is shaped by the history, by the culture and by the political culture of the region?
- - What kind of regional identity is manifested in the process of political histories and in the characteristics of the current political systems?
- - Interpretations of Central Europe (What is that Central-Europe; The debates over the Central Europe);
- - Bilateral and multilateral relations in Central Europe before 1989
The Central European Countries in Cooperation.
Includes the following topics:
- - The Visegrad Cooperation (V4 Cooperation) – The history and the present of V4, its chances of survival
- - The Central European Initiative (CEI) – its situation, its difficulties, benefits, results and limitations
- - The European Union’s neighborhood policy-related tasks for the Central European Cooperation: to support the integration of the Western Balkans’ countries; support for the Eastern Partnership
The situation of the Political Science in Central Europe
- Chair of panel: Florin N. Fesnic, researcher, UBB Cluj-Napoca, Department of Political Science, E-mail: email@example.com
QUO VADIS, EUROPEAN UNION?
Chair: Arató Krisztina, associate professor, ELTE ÁJK Politikatudományi Intézet
Includes the following topics:
- - What techniques does the EU use in order to manage the economic and financial crisis?
- - What does that the concept of “political union” include today?
- - What did EU membership bring for East Central European countries, and how did we change since accession?
- - What is the current status of the European Union in the global order and in the global economy?
Chair: Tamás Kiss, researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities
E-mail: : firstname.lastname@example.org
The section addresses the domain of ethnopolitics and policies targeting historical ethnic and national minorities, focusing on one hand on the legal and institutional aspects of the various ethnopolitical models, and on the other hand on their political and social consequences. Given the character and location of the conference, special attention will be paid to the Hungarian minorities residing in the states neighboring Hungary, but presentations about analogous cases from other parts of the world are equally welcome.
A. Ethnopolitics and policies directed to minorities
- The minority policies of host-states
- The policies of kin-states directed to their ethnic kin communities living in other states
B. Ethnic mobilization
- The political participation of minorities
- Ethnic parties and the voting behavior of minorities
Chair: Enyedi Zsolt, professor, CEU – Political Science Department
Includes the following topics:
- - party choice, electoral participation and the processing of politically relevant information;
- - impact of political institutions (electoral systems, constitutional regimes, media systems, etc.) on perceptions, attitudes and political action;
- - theoretical reinterpretations of political science findings.
DIMENSIONS OF THE ROMA INCLUSION: FROM SECTORIAL POLICIES TO IDENTITY POLITICS
Chairs: Papp Z. Attila, az MTA Institute for Minority Studies, director
Fosztó László, researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities
As a consequence of systematic attempts like the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), the European Framework for Roma inclusion (2012-2020) and the National Roma Inclusion Strategies aiming at the inclusion of the Europe’s most deprived minority the political thinking and planning related to Roma communities has reached an intensity which has been never experienced before. The aim of this panel is to gather presentations which at the one hand focus on the policies proposed by the different international and national political and non-government actors in the different domains (education, employment, housing, health) for social inclusion of the Roma, and, on the other hand, offer insight into the political and social processes within the Romani communities (social mobilisation, leadership, political participation etc.).
The following topics are possible to be discussed:
- - The European Roma Strategy and National Strategies for Roam inclusion
- - Minority protections regimes, Human Rights, and Roma Rights
- - Roma Civil Society – between the world of donors and local communities
- - Roma ethnic parties, Roma leaders, social movements among the Roma
- - Roma Culture as the basis and scope for public policies
- - Anti-Gypsy Politics: from Stigma to institutional discrimination
- - Challenges of Roma Education, etc.
DEMOCRATIC THEORY AND CENTRAL EUROPE.
Chair: Mándi Tibor, senior lecturer, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law and Government, Institute of Political Science
Compared to the Western part of Europe, democracy as a political system arrived to Central Europe with considerable delay, for a long time only in a limited version, and after painful historical detours. The starting question of the section would be if the special historical experiences regarding democracy, the lack of continuous, organic development, the contrast of totalitarian regimes, the presence of democracy only as an ideal to be achieved have an impact when it comes to theoretical reflection about democracy in the political thought of the region, and also political thought about it? What are the specifics of theoretically inclined thinking about democracy in the countries of the region, what have been, are, or could be the specific contributions of theorists from the region to the tradition of western democratic theory? Does western democratic theory in any way reflect upon the above specifics? Interpreting the question in the broadest possible sense, the section would give place to papers from the fields of empirically based and normative political theory, the history of ideas and political philosophy, which, either through the referenced authors, or thematically relate to the concept of Central Europe. Among the topics to be discussed, along with democracy as a theoretical problem, questions touching upon the process of democratization and the quality of democracy would also be given consideration. Comparative perspectives within, and also without the region would be welcome. The section accepts papers in English and Hungarian as well.
PROCESSING THE COMMUNIST PAST IN EAST-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FROM A „POLITICAL-HISTORICAL” POINT OF VIEW.
Chair: Gyarmati György, director general of Historical Archives of State Security Organisations (Állambiztonsági Szolgálatok Történeti Levéltára), Budapest
Nearly 25 years have passed since 1989. The decades of communism in our region have become a thing of the past if we approach them from the point of view of political systems. A so called „Revolution of Archives” has also taken place here. Theoretically the conditions are given to explore state socialism as a topic of history. The most striking feature of the bygone system was that during its reign it wanted to seem omnipotent and omnicompetent. When examined from the traditional political-historical view the “project of communism” seems to swamp everything as the former state power got the upper hand of all the social spheres and subsystems – or at least it endeavoured to do so. It is impossible to discuss all the details within the frames of time our section is given. The lectures, which must not be longer than 20 minutes, will come in two panels. We are going to try to give examples of the diversity of the centralised, monolithic system in this region through country reports and thematic case studies.
- - “images” of state socialist countries in relevant historical works
- - thematic case studies (party power, forced cooperatives, armament, church policy, secret services, etc.) within the countries in the region
12. POSTER SECTION.
Chair: István Gergő Székely, PhD candidate, CEU – Department of Political Science; researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj
The aim of the poster section is to provide an opportunity for participants to share their work with the audience of the conference in the form of an exhibition, rather than a standard presentation, or for researchers whose topic does not fit into the thematic sections of the conference listed above. Thus, posters related to basically any topic in political science are welcome for submission.
Upon request by the authors, the organizers assume the responsibility for printing out the posters. In order to clarify the technical details, please consult the section chair.