Our decision to devote an issue of Social Research and a conference to accountability for Africa’s development in the 21st century is motivated by the fact that the region’s growth has not made a notable dent on poverty on the continent. Performance in recent years on a range of measures of socioeconomic development and political stability is far from what one might hope it would be. In the special issue of Social Research on which this proposed conference is based, we will bring the relationship between the governors and the governed into the spotlight once again. By bringing some of our Social Research authors together for frank discussion with each other and the public, we hope to generate a productive debate among social scientists and other experts that might serve to prod policy makers and the international community to take more appropriate actions than those they may be currently engaged in.
This conference was made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation, Institute of International Education (IIE), the integrated New School Graduate Program in International Affairs and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and the Global Studies Program at the Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.
Join us as speakers discuss the body as a human rights arena in which many forces, such as religion, science, media, and the market struggle for control over policies that control our bodies. We hope to illuminate how the often tacit assumptions about the “normal,” “healthy,” and acceptable” body lead to policies which are, at their core, unjust.
The proceedings of this conference will be available in a forthcoming Social Research issue.
Thus far, this conference is made possible by generous support from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and Arcus Foundation.
Recently Past Events
This, the 21st in the Social Research conference series, will seek to examine what moment we are in with regard to how both our government and other political and cultural institutions organize, fund, restrict, facilitate, or otherwise affect the flow of knowledge and the implications of this for our democracy. The proceedings of this conference will be available in Social Research Volume 77(3), Fall 2010.
This conference was made possible by generous support from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Russell Sage Foundation.
Tensions between religion and secularism are long-standing, widespread, and increasingly fierce, evidenced by debates over evolution, separation between religion and education, religion and science, and religious influences on political decisions. This, the 20th in the Social Research conference series, was a forum for discussions about the past and future separation between the religious and the secular. Charles Taylor delivered the keynote address.The proceedings of this conference are available in Social Research Volume 76, Number 4 (Winter 2009).
This conference was made possible with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts.