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Conference in Cuba, November 2013

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of
Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Higher
Institute of International Relations


the Sixteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and
a philosophy colloquium to be held at the University of Havana from
November 20 to November 22, 2013. The conference is dedicated to the
memory of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez Frías.

The New Political Science is being developed 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. It is a transdisciplinary initiative, including scholars
in political science, economics, history, philosophy, anthropology,
and sociology. It seeks to develop an analysis of international
dynamics and global issues from the perspective of the global South or
the Third World. It endeavors to develop insights that are relevant
to public policies and political strategies of the nations and social
movements of the South.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish. The conference will be
bilingual; members of the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the
University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations, in most
cases, and consecutive translation, in some cases.

Paper proposals (in English or Spanish), including a paper title and a
summary of 250 words or less, should be sent by October 15, 2013 to
Charles McKelvey (; Paper
proposals sent prior to October 15 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 in the International
Conference on "New Political Science":
~ The purpose, methods, and concepts of the new political science
(or new social science, history, or philosophy) from the perspective
of the South or the Third World; its role in the construction of a new

~ The meaning of socialism in the second decade of the
twenty-first century. The various paths to socialism. Political
culture and political socialization in the period of transition to

~ Conflict theory. Significant conflicts in the second decade of
the twenty-first century. Conflict resolution: the role of
negotiation in conflicts among the countries of the South.

~ International dynamics and contemporary global issues.

~ The relation between domestic policy and foreign policy.

~ The political thought of Mao Tse Tung.

~ The political thought of Ho Chi Minh and the Doi Moi policy of

- Regional integration: challenges and perspectives.

~ The contributions of the Bolivarian Revolution to the political
science from the South

~ The contributions of Evo Morales, Inacio "Lula" da Silva, and
Rafael Correa to contemporary political theory

~ The contributions of the Cuban Revolution to the political
science from the South

~ Social movements of the North.

~ José Martí and the political science from the South.

~ The relation between philosophy and political science; between
philosophy and social science.

~ Corruption: History and mechanisms.

~ Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The philosophy colloquium will include the following themes:
~ Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.

~ Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for
scientific and philosophical knowledge.

~ The biometric revolution.

~ Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.

~ Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy.
The meaning of transhumanism.

~ Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.

~ Papers on other relevant themes will be considered.

The conference will be held from Wednesday, November 20 to
Friday, November 22. In addition, there will be two pre-conference
workshops: (1) a Scientific Interchange between the New Political
Science (of the United States) and the New Political Science from the
South (of Cuba), Tuesday, November 19; (2) a philosophy workshop on
methods in theory construction, Monday, November 18. A program of
educational activities, such as visits to a school, labor
organization, and women's organization, will be offered in conjunction
with the pre-conference workshops.

Anyone interested in the conference and/or the preconference workshops
and program should contact Charles McKelvey at or

Participants and/or their institutions are responsible for payment for
airlines, hotel lodging, and meals. For more information on travel
arrangements, contact Charles McKelvey (;

For more information on events and programs in Cuba, travel to Cuba,
and Cuban history and society, visit the Website of Global Learning:

The Sixteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and
philosophy colloquium are sponsored by: the School of "Political
Science from the South" of the University of Havana; the Cuban Society
of Philosophical Research; the Division of Philosophy and History of
the University of Havana; the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of
International Relations; the Cuban Association of the United Nations;
the Institute of Philosophy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and
Environment; the School of Social Sciences of the General Máximo Gómez
Academy; the Nico López School of Higher Education of the Cuban
Communist Party; the School of the Union of Communist Youth; the
Division of Marxism of the José Antonio Echeverría Polytechnic
Institute of Higher Education; and the Division of Marxism of the
University of Informational Sciences.

Organizing Committee: Cuban Members: Dra. Sc. Thalía Fung, President;
Dra. Alicia Morffi García, Secretary-Treasurer; MSc. Alberto González;
Prof. José Carlos Vázquez; Dra. Elsie Plain; Dr. Armando Cristóbal
Pérez; Dr. Carolos Delgado; Dr. Juan Azahares; Dr. Juan Francisco
Fuentes; Dr. José R. Díaz Ricardo; Dr. Sc. Rigoberto Pupo; Dra. Sc.
Rita Buch; Dra. Magna Bauta; Doctorante José Fernández; Dra. Marta
Pérez; Dra. Nancy López; Dr. René Márquez; International Members:
Prof. Renée-Marie Parry (Germany), Inv. Kenneth Parry, England; Dr.
Charles McKelvey, United States; Dr. Iedo Fontes (Brazil), M.Sc.
Helena Uema (Brazil), Prof. Manuel Barbosa Filho (Brazil); Dr.
Victorino Barrios Dávalos (Mexico); Dr. Hugo Cornejo (Mexico); Dr.
Jorge Valmaseda Valmaseda (Mexico)

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