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The recent global transformations of, and threats to, the human condition reveal the urgent need to revisit the very concept of ?world order?. Post-Cold War tensions and anomalies accompanied by the phenomenon of cultural/civilizational resurgence deepened the necessity of critically reflecting on ?civilizations? and ?world orders?. This symposium aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for new approaches to deliberate on, and search for, a just and sustainable global ?world order?. Center for Global Studies at the Foundation for Sciences and Arts calls for papers for an international symposium on ?CIVILIZATIONS AND WORLD ORDERS? to be held on May 12-14, 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Center invites scholars from all disciplines to present papers addressing the themes that may include, but not limited to, the following:

?Civilization? and ?Order?: Philosophical/Conceptual Evaluation:

-The meaning of civilization and order across cultures and times?etc.

Unit of Analysis in World Order Studies:

 -Individual, class, state, empire, region, civilization, the World?etc.

Historical Comparison of World Orders:

 -Chinese, Indian, Hellenic, Persian, Roman, Mongol, Ottoman, Russian, African, European , American?etc.

Value and Order: Perspectives and Impact of Religions/Ideologies on World Order:

-Confucian, Taoist, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Secular?etc.

Critiques of Contemporary Theories of Systemic Change:

-Power Transition, Hegemonic Stability, Long Cycle, Relative Power Cycle, World-Systems theories ?etc.

The ?New World Order? and Globalization:

-The ?newness? of the New World Order, globalization or globalizations?, alternative globalization(s), the future of global world order?etc.

Transnational Actors, New Social Movements and World Order:

-TNCs, NGOs, terrorist organizations, NSMs?etc.

International Law and World Order

Islam in the Global World Order

Turkey in the Global World Order

Critical Issues in Global World Order:

-Financial crises, demographic crises and immigration, poverty, unconventional arms threats, bioethical problems, ecological problems, genetically modified foods, epidemics?etc.


Papers can be submitted through mail, fax or e-mail. Submission of papers should include:

Cover page (must contain; title, participant?s name and institutional affiliations, participant?s e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers if available).

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Biographical statement of participant (a short CV).

Notice to participants: Symposium proceedings will be published.


November 15, 2005: Deadline for submission of abstracts

December 15, 2005: Confirmation of the accepted abstracts

March 1, 2006: Deadline for submission of papers

March 15, 2006: Deadline for confirmation of participation

May 12-13-14, 2006: Symposium.


The Symposium will begin on Friday, May 12, 2006 and end on Sunday, May 14, 2006.


A limited amount of funding, particularly for participants from abroad, is available for travel and/or accommodation expenses. Please contact the Symposium Secretariat for further information.


Sightseeing of historical and cultural places of Istanbul such as the Topkap? Palace, Saint Sophia and the Blue Mosque, including a Bosphorus tour.

Foundation for Sciences and Arts is a non-profit organization focused on inter-disciplinary research for the well-being of the global community. The Foundation previously held another international symposium entitled ?Rethinking the Classical? on October 8-10, 2004.


Muzaffer SENEL                                                          







Bilim ve Sanat Vakfi,

Küresel Arastirmalar Merkezi,

Hac? Kad?n Mah. Vefa Cad. No: 35, 34134

Vefa Istanbul Turkey

Tel: +90 212 528 22 22 pbx

Fax: +90 212 513 32 20

P.S: The notice of Call for Papers is attached to the mail.

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Muzaffer SENEL


Bilim ve Sanat Vakf?,

Küresel Ara?t?rmalar Merkezi,

Hac? Kad?n Mah. Vefa Cad. No: 35, 34134

Vefa Istanbul Turkey

Tel: +90 212 528 22 22 pbx

Fax: +90 212 513 32 20

E-mail: bsv.kam@gmail.com