Online discussion on the interconnection between state images and civic initiatives in the area of foreign policy
Call for participants
While identity and image are not the same, both are constructed and promoted by certain groups in the name of their respective interests. For citizens who have little chance to influence foreign policy decision-making, owing to the nature of the state and other basic societal limitations, they understandably do not place a high priority on this in the first place. Consequently, the distinction between identity and image is obfuscated for many.
We invite rising scholars from student circles, along with senior researchers and practitioners interested in making a contribution, to submit a brief description of a presentation on one of the topics listed below. Selected candidates will be asked to deliver a 15-minute talk on the appointed date.
Estimated date: January 31, 2021
Approximate duration: 3 hours
Selection criteria: Citizenship: any Age: 20-35 years
Written piece: relevance and proper formatting
List of topics
Citizen diplomacy: origin and conceptual boundaries
Correlation between the nature of political regimes and the emergence of grassroots diplomacy projects
Addressing perception problems: how can citizens engage and what are their goals?
Putting the state in question: is there a need for systemic reforms or attempts at bottom-up democratization in foreign policy?
Citizen diplomacy in conflict resolution, mediation, and settlement: case studies
Youth in a post-COVID world: advocates of globalization or proponents of regionalization? The role of WHO. Can it be replaced by other forms of cross-national medical exchange? States apart: the limits of interjurisdictional cooperation on a societal level
Civil engagement in economic diplomacy. Tensions between the state, corporate and workers’interests
Note. This list should be used for guidance; further suggestions are encouraged. You are welcome to bring in any titles closely related to the general theme as well as to submit issue specific proposals.
Deadline: December 13, 2020
Outline: introduction to the topic; detalization of the talk (3-5 points); contemporary significance
Length: 600-1000 words
Kindly forward your submission in PDF format to email@example.com by December 13 at the latest. Include your full name, date of birth, citizenship and affiliation in the email. We would appreciate it if you also share your motivation to become a participant.