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Thomas S. Kuhn Ė The 50th Anniversary of the Structure of Scientific Revolutions
The Philosophy of Science: How Seminal Works in Research Methodology Shape Our Understanding of Science and the Interpretation of Results

International Conference 
Prishtina, Kosovo
December 14-15, 2012
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 November 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS DONORS AND SPONSORS PRACTICAL INFORMATION
PICTURES CONFERENCE PROGRAM - FINAL PUBLICATION UPDATE
     

 Keynote Speaker:
(Additional Keynote Speakers and Honorary Speakers will be announced later)



Dr. Steve Fuller
- is an internationally renown sociologist and academician. He is currently the August Comte Chair in Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. Dr Fuller is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the UK Academy of Social Sciences. For more info on Dr. Fuller, please click here.
 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 Thomas S. Kuhnís The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a seminal work of philosophy which has marked a major and important turn in the understanding of science in general and the understanding of the philosophy of science in particular.  

The influence of this work has gone beyond the sphere of philosophy and it has touched upon all other major sciences, too. Indeed, philosophy in general and the philosophy of science in particular would not be the same after the publication of Kuhnís work. His work marked the beginning of the end of many understandings and beliefs that were thought to be indisputable.  

For instance, methodology would no longer have the supremacy in scientific research that it was believed to have. Moreover, the belief that there was one criterion under which all scientific research were to be conducted faded away as well. And, rationalism was shaken to its roots. Therefore, Kuhnís contribution is invaluable in challenging existing paradigms while seeking new and more sustainable approaches.  

On the occasion of Kuhnís The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 50th anniversary, it is important to recall his immense contribution to science and the understanding of it.  

Therefore, the objective of this international conference is to bring together scholars, researchers, policymakers, and other professionals with an interest in the philosophy of science, methodology and interpretation of research results. Papers in the field of sociology, political science, logics, semantics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of history, and other related fields that deal with issues raised by Kuhn are also welcome. To enrich the discussions, the conference will feature prominent scholars of these topics.

The Kosovo Public Policy Center wishes to invite all scholars, including graduate students as well as recent post-graduates, with an interest in the topic to submit abstracts for consideration for the third annual KPPC international conference. The deadline for abstract submission is November 30, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. Authors of selected abstracts will be expected to submit their full papers by December 14, 2012.  

Depending on the number of accepted proposals for paper presentations, there will be between three and five panel sessions. Papers will be grouped into sessions based on their topic, theoretical frameworks, and methodologies used.  

Professor Steve Fuller from the University of Warwick will be the featured keynote speaker. Other guest speakers will also be presenting at the conference.  

Papers presented at the conference, upon successful redrafting necessitated by the peer-review process, will be published in two issues of the third volume of the Western Balkans Policy Review, a semi-annual, peer-reviewed scholarly journal.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • All abstracts must be in English, typed, and submitted via email as a .DOC (MS Word) or PDF attachment, using Times New Roman font, size 12 pt, 1 inch margins, double-spaced.
  • Each abstract should be between 300 and 400 words (max).
  • Each abstract should include the full name, affiliation, academic background and contact details of the author. A CV of the author should also be submitted.
  • Individual or group authored abstracts will be considered.
  • Each abstract is to be submitted via email by the given deadline to conference@kppcenter.org  

An academic committee consisting of university professors will be called upon to review all abstracts and select papers for presentation at the conference.

Please note that there is no fee to attend or present at this conference, thanks to the generous commitment of the organizers.  The organizers are working intensively to find sponsors, however, to financially help presenters from developing countries to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.   As funds become available, adequate announcements will be made on this site. 

All selected presenters and interested participants from abroad will be given practical information as to best travel options to Prishtina, Kosovo.  Hotel accommodation will be offered at a discounted rate for all conference participants. More details will have now been published on this page under the Practical Information section.

For further information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at conference@kppcenter.org

Because of the importance of the conference topic and the unique opportunity to get yourself published, the organizers hope to have a great number of you in Prishtina, Kosovo in December 2012.

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CONFERENCE DONORS AND SPONSORS

Kosovo Public Policy Center, the American University in Kosovo Research Center, and Victory University College express the most sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following conference donors and sponsors:
                


Government of Kosovo
Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Victory University College (Perandori Justinian No. 3, Pejton) in Prishtina, Kosovo. All confirmed conference participants will be informed of the exact conference venue (including room names / numbers) via email prior to the conference start date. 

Coming to Kosovo by Air

If you are flying into Kosovo, please note that Kosovo is served by the Prishtina International Airport.  This airport is Kosovo's gateway to the world. Many major international airliners serve Prishtina. For a list of airlines and their contact info, please see the official website of the
Prishtina International Airport.

From the airport, you may take a taxi to your arranged hotel accommodation in Prishtina. The trip takes about 30 minutes and the average fare is about Ä25.00.  There are plenty of taxi companies at the airport that can offer you a ride to the city 24 hrs a day. 

Coming to Kosovo by Bus / Ground Transportation

Participants from the neighboring countries can also use ground transportation to come to Prishtina. There are regular bus lines connecting Prishtina to all capitals of its neighboring countries.  Please check with your local bus station for particulars on routes and fares.

You may also drive to Prishtina. However, please make sure that your car has proper insurance and that you are in possession of a valid driver's license. 

Entry Visas

Kosovo does not require entry visas for citizens of European countries or its neighboring countries. There is also a visa waiver treaty in effect between Kosovo and Turkey. Visas are also not required for citizens of the United States and Canada.  Citizens of other countries, however, may be required to have a visa to enter Kosovo. Entry visas are usually given at the point of entry by the Kosovo Border Police.  If you are not sure whether you need a visa or not, please contact us.

Accommodation

We have arranged for discount accommodation rates with Hotel Victory, one of the most prestigious hotels in Prishtina. Conference participants wishing to stay at Hotel Victory are encouraged to contact us well in advance to make their booking.  You are of course free to choose your own accommodation.

Local Transportation

The Conference Organizers will try to provide organized local transportation from Hotel Victory to the conference venue for conference participants. Alternative local transportation for conference participants staying at other hotels may also be arranged.

Food

All our guests staying at Hotel Victory will be provided with a rich buffet breakfast of a luxurious hotel, included in their rate.  We will provide lunch and coffee/refreshments at the conference venue during the two days of conference proceedings. We will also provide two formal dinners for all conference presenters on the evenings of December 14 and 15. 

Financial Support for Presenters

At this point, we are not in a position to provide any financial support to our conference presenters. If additional sponsors come forth in supporting the conference, adequate announcements will be made on this page.  

Contact Person

If you would like to be booked at Hotel Victory and if you want us to arrange a cab to pick you up at the airport, and if you have any other questions regarding accommodation, transportation, etc, please contact:
Mr. Faton Tony Bislimi
KPPC Senior Fellow and Conference Chair
faton.bislimi@kppcenter.org

 

CONFERENCE PICTURES
 

Faton Bislimi introducing the keynote speaker, Professor Steve Fuller
 
Professor Steve Fuller addressing the conference

Panel Session
 
During conference proceedings

Group picture on the stairs of Victory College
   
     

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