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Democracy and Extremism: An International Conference

Conference Schedule

Georgia State University invites proposals for papers and participation at a multi-disciplinary conference on the comparative study of Democracy and Extremism, to be held in Atlanta on June 12-13, 2008. The conference will feature panels that seek answers to the enduring puzzle of how democracies cope with the paradox of being asked to tolerate the intolerant in their midst. This paradox drives theoretical, empirical, and policy-relevant research on modern democracy, including studies of legal restraints on extremism, the sociological underpinnings of extremist groups, democracy promotion through civic education, media campaigns against intolerance, and the special challenges of promoting democratic tolerance in urban settings. Panels will include: Extremist Parties under Democratic Rules; Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Extremist Groups; Conceptual Difficulties of Studying "Extremism;" Comparing the Consequences of Alternative Strategic Responses to Extremism. We welcome proposals from research scholars and advanced graduate students on issues related to these topics. Send one-page (single-spaced) paper/panel proposals and requests to serve as panel discussant and/or chair by April 15 to Dr. William Downs, Democracy and Extremism Conference, polwmd@langate.gsu.edu. Proposals should be accompanied by a CV or short professional bio.