Call for Papers
Theme: Political Science from the South
Type: 20th International Conference
Institution: Cuban Society of Philosophical Research
Division of Philosophy and History, University of Havana
Location: Havana (Cuba)
The conference is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October
Revolution and to Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz.
The conference will include a special Symposium on Philosophy.
The conference will be held at the Postgraduate Residence of the
Ministry of Public Health Linea and I Street, Vedado, Plaza de la
Revolución, City of Havana.
The conference is being organized by Cuban and international
professors affiliated with the Division of Philosophy and History of
the University of Havana and with Dr. Thalía Fung, Head of the School
of “Political Science from the South” of the University of Havana.
The “Political Science from the South” is a transdisciplinary
initiative, including scholars in political science, economics,
history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. It seeks to
develop an analysis of human history and political dynamics from the
perspective of the global South, endeavoring to develop insights that
are relevant to political strategies of the nations and social
movements of the Third World.
Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. The conference will
be bilingual; simultaneous or consecutive translation will be
Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and
a summary from 250 to 450 words, should be sent by October 1, 2017 to
Charles McKelvey (cemck(at)presby.edu). Please send the abstract in a
Microsoft Word document, with your name, position, institutional
affiliation, city, country, and E-mail address placed at the top of
the page. Paper proposals sent prior to October 1 will be evaluated
by the Organizing Committee as they are received, and a decision will
be sent promptly.
Papers on the following themes can be included:
- Political Science and the October Revolution: The political
repercussions of the October Revolution in the world; the political
thought of Lenin; feminism and the October Revolution; political
parties after the October Revolution; communist parties in the world;
new subjects and actors since the October Revolution; relations
between state and civil society since the October Revolution; current
dynamics in the political system of the nation-state; all themes of
relevance to the Russian Revolution.
- The philosophical legacy of the October Revolution and its
repercussions in the world, Latin America and Cuba: new currents in
political philosophy; political philosophy and the problems of the
world today; the social formation of the man and the woman in the
transitional society; the role of youth in the formation of the new
- The political thought of the South: the political thought of Fidel
Castro; the perspective of the South in the ex-colonized countries;
the political thought of Mao Zedong; the political thought of Ho Chi
Minh and the Doi Moi policy of Vietnam; the contributions of the
Bolivarian Revolution to the construction of socialism; the
contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio “Lula” da Silva, and Rafael
Correa to contemporary political theory; the contributions of José
Martí and the Cuban Revolution to political theory.
- Socialism for the Twenty-First Century: the plurality of ways to
socialism; political actors and the search for coherence; socialism
in Venezuela; culture and political socialization; the role of the
media in political socialization; Latin American and Caribbean
regional integration; the role of political elites in Latin America;
the imperialist counteroffensive in Latin America; the history and
mechanisms of corruption.
- Social movements of the North; the perspective of the South in the
process of social changes in the North.
- The conflict between humanity and nature: the environmental thought
of progressive world leaders; nanotechnology and biotechnology; arms
of mass destruction.
- Philosophy, culture and education: emancipation versus alienation;
the culture of war; integrality; transdisciplinary perspectives;
socialization of new values.
Papers on other relevant themes can be included.
The Symposium of Philosophy will include the following themes:
- Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges;
challenges confronting Cuban education today; the philosophy of
education in the thought of José Martí.
- Epistemology: the essence and functions of philosophy today;
culture, philosophy and science; science and technology today; the
significance of atomic particles for scientific and philosophical
- Political philosophy: the essence of political philosophy today;
political philosophy and the problems of the world today; policy and
law in the world today; policy and human rights; the public and the
private spheres in today’s society; civil society and the state;
political philosophy and its role in scientific knowledge.
- The environmental problem: the biomedical revolution; environmental
problems and their philosophical implications; bioethics and the
relation between bioethics and philosophy.
Papers on other relevant themes can be included.
Registration fees are 200 Cuban Convertible Pesos for participants
from the United States, Canada and Western Europe; and 120 Cuban
Convertible Pesos for participants from Latin America, the Caribbean,
Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa. Undergraduate students are
provided a 50% discount. In addition to accreditation in the
conferences, the fees include translation services, a closing
reception/dinner, and refreshments at the conferences.
Anyone interested in the conference should contact Charles McKelvey
Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment
for airlines, hotel lodging, and meals. For more information on
travel arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (cemck(at)presby.edu).
Dra. Thalía Fung Riverón, President of the Cuban Philosophical
Society; Dr. Vicente Maciñeira, Executive Secretary; Dra. Elsie Plain
Rad-Cliff, Vice President; Dra. Laubel Pimentel Ramos, Academic
Secretary; Dra. Lissette Mendoza Portales, Vice-President; Dra. Nancy
López Díaz, Vice-President; Dra. Magda Bauta Solés, Secretary of
Public Relations; Alberto González, Secretary of Communication; Pedro
Julio Miranda, Secretary of Finances; Helena Uema (Brazil); Dr.
Nelson Fred (Puerto Rico); Dr. Rigoberto Pupo (México); Dr. Jorge
Valmaseda (Mexico); Dr. Victorino Barrios (Mexico); Dr. Hugo Cornejo
(Mexico); Dr. Charles McKelvey (United States of America).