Call For Contributions
Fourth International Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
July 5-8, 2000
The Third Sector: For What and For Whom?
Proposals are invited for contributions to the fourth international conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research. The conference will take a critical look at the development of the sector across the globe and the contribution it is making to human welfare and democratic life. The main themes of the conference will be:
* Evaluating the impact of the Third Sector
* The Third Sector, democracy and social capital
* The Third Sector and religion
* Commercialization and privatization in the Third Sector
* The Third Sector in partnership
* Management and organization in the Third Sector
* Globalization, the Third Sector and the social economy
* Philanthropy and volunteering
However, contributions are encouraged on all topics related to Third Sector studies. They may take the form of a panel, a paper or a poster. Abstracts of 500-1000 words are invited in English, French and Spanish. The abstract should give a working title and summarize the argument of the paper and the issue(s) which it addresses; locate that issue within a wider literature; indicate its relevance to an international audience; and refer to its empirical and/or theoretical base. It should be suitable for blind refereeing. Brief biographical details should be given on the attached form and authors are requested to indicate which of the conference themes their proposal addresses. Original papers presented at the conference will be considered for the Conference Working Paper Series to be published shortly after the conference. Authors will have the opportunity to revise their papers in the light of conference feedback with an eye to an appropriate submission to Voluntas, the peer-reviewed official journal of ISTR.
For the purposes of this conference, the Third Sector is broadly defined, including for example: NGOs, non-profit organizations, voluntary associations, social economy organizations, community organizations, self-help and mutual organizations, civil society organizations, unions, religious organizations and co-operatives. Contributions are also welcome which discuss civic participation, community development and citizenship.
ISTR is keen to encourage contributions from all countries and disciplines, as well as contributions from practitioners carrying out research in and with the sector. Comparative papers and panels covering more than one country will be particularly welcome. A number of scholarships and subsidies will be available for researchers from the developing world. Several scholarships will also be reserved for post-graduate students from any part of the world.
A Panel submission is a proposal for a coordinated set of papers (usually 3 or 4 in number) all dealing with a particular topic or issue. The person submitting the panel proposal must be willing to act as the panel coordinator and ensure that all proposed paper presenters commit to attending the conference. Panel proposals must contain a general description of the panel topic as well as specific proposals for each paper.
A Poster proposal is an alternative to presenting a full research paper. This is an opportunity to display a poster about completed and ongoing research. Posters will be displayed through out the conference and a designated session will be scheduled in which participants can meet with authors to discuss their work. (Full instructions on poster formats will be provided for those accepted for presentation.)
One (1) copy of the abstract, along with the presenter information sheet, should be submitted by September 30, 1999, to the ISTR Secretariat. Panel proposals should include information on all the constituent papers; if necessary, additional sheets may be used. Proposals may be submitted by mail or fax, but we regret that we cannot accept proposals via e-mail. Authors will be advised by the end of January 2000 whether their abstract has been accepted. Authors are requested to confirm their participation in the conference by April 1, 2000, and will have an opportunity to submit an extended abstract for inclusion in the conference abstract volume by that date. The completed paper should be submitted to the ISTR office by May 15, 2000, to allow adequate time for session chairs/discussants to read the paper.
Send conference abstracts and presenter sheet by September 30, 1999, to:
International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
The Johns Hopkins University
559 Wyman Park Building
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688 USA
PRESENTER INFORMATION SHEET
Type of Presentation (check one):____ Paper ____ Panel ____ Poster
Primary contact (please type or print clearly):
State (US only):
Co-authors/panelists (please list each person: type or print clearly NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, FAX, E-MAIL; if necessary, additional sheets may be used):
Major conference theme the paper addresses (please check one):
____ Evaluating the impact of the Third Sector
____ The Third Sector, democracy and social capital
____ The Third Sector and religion
____ Commercialization and privatization in the Third Sector?
____ The Third Sector in partnership
____ Management and organizations in the Third Sector
____ Globalization, the Third Sector and the social economy
____ Philanthropy and volunteering
____ Other major research topic and recent theoretical developments
Submission Deadline: September 30, 1999
Abstracts and poster outlines will be accpeted by fax, but cannot be accepted by e-mail. Please submit this sheet with abstract or poster outline to the above address.
Last updated: June 1999