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Call for Papers : PIDOP Conference 2011 Engaged Citizens? Political Participation and Civic Engagement among Youth, Women, Minorities and Migrants

1 Dec 2010

In addition, analysis of political participation among marginalised groups will help to expand the concept of citizenship. It will also make a substantial contribution to current scholarly and policy debates about democratic deficit.

PIDOP ( Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Participation) Conference 2011 - Bologna, May 11-12, 2011

Engaged Citizens? Political Participation and Civic Engagement among Youth, Women, Minorities and Migrants

Call for papers for the PIDOP

Conference organised by the PIDOP Consortium in collaboration with the University of Bologna May 11-12, 2011

In many countries, conventional forms of political participation have declined in recent years, with growing levels of political apathy, disengagement from formal democratic processes and increasing distrust of, and lack of confidence in, political institutions. This democratic deficit poses a serious threat to the perceived legitimacy of governance.

To understand and promote active citizenship, it is vital to examine how people conceive their role as citizens, how they develop a sense of belonging and ownership in their communities, and how they subjectively experience this role and sense of belonging. It is also essential to investigate a range of diverse groups, particularly marginalised groups that are at risk of political disengagement due to age, gender or ethnicity, if the aim is to develop effective policy and practical recommendations to reconfigure democracy where participation, ownership, diversity and pluralism are key words.

Submissions from researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in any relevant field or discipline are welcome. Abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference should be submitted before the 15th December 2010.

Abstracts, which should be no longer than 300 words will be anonymously reviewed by the Scientific Committee.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30th January 2011.

Abstract should be submitted through Paper

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PIDOP Project

PIDOP is a multinational research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. The project is examining the processes which influence civic and political participation in eight European states ­ Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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Queen’s University Belfast

Università di Bologna

University of Jena

University of Liège

University of Porto

University of Surrey

Contact For further information, please contact :

Prof. ssa Bruna Zani 

Facoltà di Psicologia

Alma Mater Studiorum- Università di Bologna viale Europa, 11

547123 Cesena


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