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The Department of Political Science and International Relations of the National Research University Higher School of Economics - St. Petersburg invites you to take part in the Eleventh Annual International Conference "October Readings".
The central theme of the conference in 2022 is “Law and political science: methods, problem field and areas of intersection in the study of political regimes”.
The conference will be held in St. Petersburg from 20 to 22 October 2022.
By tradition, the first day of readings, October 20, will be devoted to the Youth Forum - speeches by undergraduate and graduate students, October 21-22 - panels and round tables of the main participants of the conference.
The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.
Applications for participation in the conference, including abstracts of planned reports (150-200 words), please send no later than April 15, 2022:
Political scientists, lawyers, sociologists of law, specialists in the field of public administration, social and political activities are invited to participate.
Requirements for the design of materials for participation in the Youth Forum:
The text of the abstract should be done in Microsoft Word: font - Times New Roman, size - 14, line spacing - 1.5, page margins: top, bottom - 2 cm, right - 1 cm, left - 3 cm. Automatic hyphenation must be turned off. Text alignment - in width. References to literature in the text are in parentheses. The list of references is placed at the end of the text in alphabetical order. The volume of materials should not exceed 8,000 characters (including spaces). The organizing committee reserves the right to select applications.
The Organizing Committee of the Conference, based on the results of consideration of abstracts by the Conference Program Committee, no later than May 30, 2022, will send invitations to participate in the conference. Reports at the conference can be recommended for publication in the new journal "Public Policy".
Chairman of the Organizing Committee - Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics - St. Petersburg, President of the Interregional Center "Strategy" Alexander Sungurov.
Co-chairs of the program committee: Doctor of Philosophy, ordinary professor of the Higher School of Economics A.N. Medushevsky and Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, President of the Foundation for Constitutional Reforms O.G. Rumyantsev.
In modern humanitarian thought, there is an obvious consensus regarding the prospects of interdisciplinary research at the intersection of jurisprudence and political science. No one will deny that in order to understand constitutionalism, statehood, human rights, political institutions and practices, it is important to understand both the legal framework of their existence and the general political context of their evolution and functioning. Meanwhile, upon closer examination, it turns out that the interaction of the two approaches - legal and political science - is far from full-fledged cooperation and can be characterized, rather, as rivalry and mutual distrust, exacerbated by competition between disciplines, dissident councils, specialized associations and journals.
As a result, one can state the remaining fundamental difference in methodological and professional approaches from the standpoint of jurisprudence and political science in understanding the nature of law, politics and constitutional reforms, dysfunctions and ways to overcome them. To identify these differences, analyze them and outline ways of bringing the two approaches closer is the task of this conference. A possible name for this field of convergence (by analogy with the sociology of law) is the political science of law.
We note a number of problem areas (and typical subjects of disagreement), where the interaction of lawyers and political scientists requires more specification, clarification of terminology and verification of research methods:
These and related topics will serve as approximate guidelines for the discussion at the conference, in which political scientists, lawyers, sociologists of law, specialists in the field of public administration, public and political activities are invited.