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23 November 2016

CfP: Mauritius after 50 years of Independence

Mauritius after 50 years of Independence: Charting the way forward

Organized by the University of Mauritius in collaboration with the Mauritius Research Council

28-30 June 2017

CfP deadline: 10th January 2017

Submission of full paper: 15 May 2017

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo), Prof. Patrick Eisenlohr (University of Göttingen) and Prof. Lino Briguglio (University of Malta).

 

After 50 years of independence, proclaimed on the 12th of March 1968 under very unsteady conditions, Mauritius has been a paradox in the developing world with its skillful management of diversity, sustained democracy and political stability and economic success. Despite the odds, the successive post-independence governments implemented economic policies that led to industrialization, economic diversification and development. To a certain extent, Mauritius has been able to successfully accommodate the ethnic diversity of its population through different mechanisms, including institutional provisions, political conventions and real and symbolic gestures that contributed to building a sense of belonging among the different groups. Yet, Mauritian society and the 'unity in diversity' of the country remain fragile. As the 1999 riots illustrated, peace and harmony in the country can be disrupted when communities feel excluded from the fruits of development and lack of meritocracy. The conference will focus on the Mauritian postcolonial developmental and multicultural model as well as comparative case studies/research, examining issues pertaining to quality, sustainability and challenges to democracy, social harmony and economic growth. It will also examine the management of diversity and multiculturalism, especially and what the Mauritian experience can contribute to this debate.

 

While the conference has a strong focus on the Mauritian model and experience, case studies and research on comparative postcolonial developmental contexts are welcome.

PANELS AND THEMES

1. MULTICULTURALISM AND DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT

2. THE MAURITIAN DEMOCRACY

3. SOCIAL WELFARE, INEQUALITY AND POVERTY

4. SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

5. GEOPOLITICS AND THE REGION

 

Language: Papers and presentations can be in English or French.

Submission: Submissions should include an abstract of about 300 words and the primary speaker's institutional affiliation contact details and brief biography. All submissions should be forwarded via email to 50yrsmauritius@uom.ac.mu by 10th January 2017. Authors of accepted abstracts will need to submit the complete paper (between 5,000-6,000 words) by 15th May 2017. Selected papers will considered for publication in an edited volume.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 10th January 2017

Notification of Acceptance: 24th January 2017

Deadline for Registration and Payment: 2nd May 2017

Submission of Full Paper: 15th May 2017

Conference Fees: $ 200 (USD)

Please visit us at http://sites.uom.ac.mu/50yrsmauritius/ for more details on the conference.