Conference: Privacy Outside Its Comfort Zone

Deadline: 28 February 2017
Open to: scholars and PhD students who work on the concept of “privacy” in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe
Venue: December 8-10, 2017 at the University of Passau, Germany

Description

“Privacy” is a well-researched yet highly disputed concept in Western scholarship. While most privacy research comes from and concentrates on Western liberal societies, great potential of privacy studies beyond this traditional framework still remains largely unexplored. The framework of Western liberal societies may therefore be seen not only as a “comfort zone” of privacy studies, but also as a barrier that often limits the potential of the research. This conference aims at elucidating the problems and the perspectives of privacy studies beyond the traditional liberal framework by bringing together scholars and PhD students who work on the concept of “privacy” in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe.

A common challenge to privacy researchers of non-Western societies, especially if they come from such a society, is to refute the erroneous misconception of the absence of “privacy” in non-liberal societies, and to embrace the constructions of “privacy” that these local societies offer. This conference endeavors to create a dialogue between scholars and PhD students from all fields of humanities and social and political sciences to discuss the challenges of transgressing the borders of liberal frameworks, the strategies to cope with these challenges, and the perspectives for privacy research that such transgressions offer.

Eligibility

  • Scholars and PhD students who work on the concept of “privacy” in the context of Late Socialist Eastern and East-Central Europe.

Costs

There will be a contribution to the accommodation and travel costs of the participants.

How to apply?

Abstract submissions of individual papers (no more than 300 words) are welcome until February 28, 2017.

Please include the title of your presentation, as well as a short academic CV (max. 150 words), and send us a PDF document at the following E-mail addresses, indicating “Conference Privacy 2017” as the E-mail subject: [email protected] AND [email protected]

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