30 sierpnia 2010 r. w Warszawie przy ul. Nowy Świat 72 w sali 100 odbędzie się konferencja pt. “Mastering Civil Society Practices and Difficulties of Civil Participation in Taiwanese and Polish Studies”.
In the last two decades Europe and Asia have undergone historical transformations of unprecedented breadth and depth. This new order has generated special concern among governments and diverse civil society practices and institutions on the kinds of social change that are occurring and the impact that change is having.
Although civil society has shown significant advances in attaining more just and inclusive societies, there remain enormous practical and theoretical challenges that demand multi-disciplinary approaches and new strategic alliances among those engaged in development.
At the end of 1980s, at the end of totalitarian/authoritarian regimes in Taiwan and Poland and other countries in Central Europe, new democratic order took control on their societies. Ideas of civil society, self-governance as well as self-organization became significant issue in political and public debates. Major breakthroughs in state (democratic state) reforms occurred during the period of formation (neo-modernization or second-wave-modernization) of new order shaped on the basis of western concerns of social and political philosophy. Moreover that formation was influenced by original cultural circumstances of local societies. As a result of these mixed ideas one can observe specific practice of civil and political practices in Taiwan and in Central Europe .
The conference is focused on several aspects of institutional practices of civil society agendas, modes of participation in the social organizations, modes of action of so-called social or civic activists, and attitudes toward civil society manifested in the actions of the state officials.
What lesson can we take from experiences which civil society produces in different cultures? The exchange of experiences and findings among scholars and practitioners will help to define the new frontiers of research on civil society.
The conference offers an excellent opportunity for discussing these and related questions, with both academic rigor and empirical foundations. Within a partnership between Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Center for East-Central Europe Studies at Soochow University in Taipei and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland, the conference will also put a special emphasis on European-Asian debates and contributions related to democracy and civil society while placing them in a worldwide context. Participants and cooperates will also strongly contribute through its research programs on civil society and new forms of governance in Asian-European relations.
Program of the conference
Mastering Civil Society
Practices and Difficulties of Civil Participation
in Taiwanese and Polish Studies
Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (IFIS PAN)
Center for East-Central Europe Studies, Soochow University Taipei
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland
August 30th, 2010
Round Table Room
10:00 – Opening – Prof. Henryk Domański (The Head of the IFIS PAN) and Liu Yi-Min (Ambassador of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Poland)
10:20 – Part One
Dr Dariusz Gawin – The History of the Notion of Civil Society in the Western Europe and Poland Prof. Piotr Gliński – 20 years of the Development of Civil Society in Poland
Prof. Chang Chia Ming – Civic Participation and Civil Society –
The Czech, Slovak and Taiwan’s Cases
Prof. Joanna Kurczewska – Local Community and Civil Society – Studies in Social History
12:20 – Discussion
13:10 – Coffee Break
13:30 – Part Two
Dr Cheng Ter Hsing – Participatory Democracy and the Disadvantaged Factor:
Taiwan and Czech Cases
Dr Artur Kościański – The Familism and Civil Society: Case of Polish Guanxi.
Dr Paweł Załęski – Solidarity and Civil Society
MA. Radosław Pyffel – Taiwanese Political Stage from the Perspective of Polish Social Researcher
15:30 – Discussion
16:20 – End of the Conference
16:30 – Dinner