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Volume 7 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1745-4999

D. Brent Edwards Jr. Researching International Processes of Education Policy Formation: conceptual and methodological considerations

Taro Komatsu. Navigating a Divided Society: educational research strategies for post-conflictBosnia and Herzegovina

Gary W.J. Pluim. Multi-level Research on Youth Participation in the Haitian Reconstruction

Heidi Eschenbacher. The Research Process in a Multi-level Mixed-Methods Case Study: international organization headquarters and field employee perspectives of a program inSouthern Sudan

Henry Barmeier. Reciprocal Cross-school Attraction in Domestic Educational Policy Borrowing: an initial conceptualization

Rune Krumsvik. Action Research and ICT Implementation

Matthias Pilz & Jun Li. What Teachers in Pre-vocational Education Should Teach and What They Actually Teach: a comparison of curricula and teaching inGermany andChina

Kerry J. Kennedy. Asian Students’ Citizenship Values and their Relationship to Civic Understanding: an exploratory study comparing Thai andHong Kong students

Hugh Busher, Chris Wilkins & Tony Lawson. Fostering Critical Thinking about Citizenship Education in Particular Contexts: notes from an Anglo-Turkish student teachers’ exchange programme
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Economic Crisis


Updated call for papers for the first international conference in political economy co-organised by IIPPE.


10-12 SEPTEMBER 2010,


The global economic crisis has now entered what is arguably its third phase. Following the acute financial crisis of September 2008 and the ensuing economic depression, we are now experiencing the debt crisis stage where whole nations face the threat of bankruptcy (with Greece currently at the forefront following the troubles of Iceland, Ireland and Dubai among other countries) and the EU project facing its toughest challenge yet. At the same time, neo-liberalism is losing (or has already lost) much of its confidence, with Keynes, Minsky and Marx gaining currency, and Richard Posner, leading Chicago proponent of the economics of law, telling the world “how he became a Keynesian”. So where is the global economy going following the crisis, and what are the reactions to the crisis both intellectual and in material developments? And, chiefly, what are the alternatives opening up before us?

These are the main questions that the First International Conference in Political Economy co-organised by the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy ( and the Greek Scientific Association of Political Economy will address, following the three previous highly successful IIPPE annual international workshops in Crete, Naples and Ankara. It is to be held at the University of Crete in Rethymno, Crete,Greece, between 10-12 of September 2010. The Conference will be open for interventions across all areas of political economy even though the crisis and its aftermath are its focus. The indications so far point to a successful, fruitful and oversubscribed event. Tony Lawson, Gerald Epstein and Jayati Ghosh have already accepted our invitations to serve as keynote participants. Participation of IIPPE Working Groups will be prominent.

JUST TO REMIND YOU: The deadline for submission of both abstracts of papers and proposals for panels is the 31st of March (submissions should be sent to Early submissions, even if only provisional, are essential both to avoid disappointment and to help in the appropriate allocation of papers to designated panels and streams that will themselves be strengthened through solicited contributions and the plenaries.

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International Association for Critical Realism


XII Annual Conference
July 23-25 2009

Realism and Human Emancipation: Is Another World Possible?
Universidade Federal Fluminense

UFF Niterói – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil                              
Instituto de Geociências

International Association for Critical Realism (IACR)
XII Annual Conference

Call for Papers

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 16 2009. Abstracts should be submitted, preferably in Word format, to: and should be no longer than 250 words.


In the same email, please attach the Registration Form shown in Registration. Those whose abstracts have been selected will be notified in the middle of April 2009. After this, the registration fee is due and is to be paid as indicated in Registration. The deadline for the submission of the complete texts is June 12, 2009. Abstracts and papers can be written in English, Portuguese or Spanish.


The conference is interested in receiving contributions from all areas of the humanities and the social and natural sciences. The call for papers is extended to all who engage in investigating themes of critical realism, and those who from different perspectives aim to challenge the persisting embargo on critical ontology and, consequently, to reaffirm the connection between truth and human emancipation.

Conference Theme: Realism and Human Emancipation. Is Another World Possible.

Over the last thirty years or so critical realism has advanced its project of elaborating an ontology that could rival at any level the empiricist ontology implicit in both positivist and idealist traditions. The ontology resulting from this collective effort should be capable of providing science, whether natural or social, with an explicit philosophical foundation.

The philosophy for science proposed by critical realism presupposes that truth makes a difference. Against most fashionable theoretical contemporary doctrines, for which truth is nothing but a ‘fifth wheel’, critical realism concentrates most of its efforts in demonstrating that we can have objective knowledge of reality. And when it comes to social reality critical realism argues emphatically that objective knowledge is a presupposition for human emancipation from oppressive, inequitable, undesirable and unnecessary social structures.

Reclaiming truth as a condition for human emancipation seems to be even more crucial today, especially since the surprisingly abrupt retreat of the ‘wholesale relativism’ prevalent in the 1980s and 90s has left behind a trace of ideas that influences scientific, economic, political, cultural etc. practices. The conference aims to discuss and to contribute to eliminating this unconscious leftover that, founded on empirical realism, either implicitly or explicitly impedes conceiving of another possible world.

The theme of the Conference (Realism and Human Emancipation: Is  Another World Possible?) unfolds in the following topics:

Theoretical Developments of Critical Realism
Historicity and Human Emancipation
Social Theory and Human Emancipation
Ethics and Human Emancipation
Critique of Economics and Human Emancipation
Science, Technology and Human Emancipation
Education and Human Emancipation
International Relations and Human Emancipation
Ecology and Human Emancipation
Art, Culture and Human Emancipation

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Plenary Speakers who have already accepted the invitation to the 

• Ricardo Antunes (UNICAMP, Departament of Sociology)
• Paulo Eduardo Arantes (Universidade do Estado de São Paulo – Faculty of Philosophy)
• Margaret Archer (University of Warwick – Department of Sociology)
• Alvaro Bianchi (Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Departament of Political Science)
• Roy Bhaskar (University of London Institute of Education)
• Andrew Brown (Leeds University Business School)
• Alex Callinicos (King’s College London – European Studies)
• Newton Duarte (Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho – Departament of Psychology of Education)
• Mario Duayer (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Departament of  Economics)
• Virgínia Fontes (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Graduate Studies in History; Fiocruz – EPSJV)
• Tony Lawson (University of Cambridge – Economics Department)
• Karl Maton (University of Sydney – Department of Sociology & Social Policy)
• Alan Norrie (King’s College London – School of Law)
• Marcos Barbosa de Oliveira (USP – Department of Philosophy of Education and Sciences of Education)
• Moishe Postone (University of Chicago – Department of History)
• Nicolas Tertulian (EHESS – School of High Studies in the Social Sciences/Paris)
• Miguel Vedda (Universidad de Buenos Aires – Faculty of Philosophy and Literature)

* Other plenary speakers to be confirmed



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