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12th Aleksanteri Conference: Competition and Good Society - the Eastern Model

Conference venue: Helsinki (Finland)
Period: Oct. 24-26, 2012
Deadline for submitting abstracts: Apr. 30, 2012

Description of the Conference

The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary, international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, interested in the development of post-socialist countries.
The link between competition and good society has seldom been extensively discussed on any international academic forum. Hence, the Conference aims to discuss competition and competitiveness not primarily in the economic context but, more importantly, in reflection to societal life.
The purpose of the 12th Aleksanteri Conference is to generate academic research and discourse on this subject. The focus of the conference is on the Eastern angle. Its aim is to discuss how people in Eastern and Central Europe, Russia, and even further in the East in Central Asia and China understand the preconditions of a good society and what role competition plays in it as well as how competition is reflected in the semantic systems and the cultural structures of these countries. Especially the area that faced the enormous task of building a new social system after the collapse of socialism had to redefine its relation to market forces, competitiveness and social well-being.

Eligible topics for the conference

The organizers call for contributions from a wide range of disciplines in social sciences and humanities since the aim is a fruitful interdisciplinary discourse. Presentations on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • Competition as Individual and Social Action
  • Change and Continuity
  • Regional, National, International and Transnational
  • Interaction and Juxtaposition
  • Idea of Development

Guidelines for submission

Abstract and contact information must be submitted through the abstract submission form at the following link or panel proposal submission form at


Information & contacts

Anna Salonsalmi
University of Helsinki
tel.: 00358.50.3565.802


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