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Conference: International Conference on Conservatism, Debrecen, Hungary, 26-28 May 2012‏

International Conference on


May 26-28, 2012 – Debrecen, Hungary

Call for Papers

Do opposite poles attract each other? Conservatism is usually seen as the antidote of political radicalism and fundamentalism. Conservatism and Radicalism are depicted as being in a mutually exclusive relationship. Nevertheless, a number of recent instances in politics hint at a different sort of relationship between conservatism and radicalism. The radical discourse of the Tea Party, David Cameron’s self-declared ‘radicalism’, or the Norwegian terrorist, Breivik’s definition of himself as a ‘radical conservative’ indicate the need to reflect upon the nature of the relation between conservatism, radicalism and fundamentalism.

The Department of Political Science of the University of Debrecen, Hungary cordially invites all scholars whose research interests include conservatism, radicalism and/or fundamentalism to the second of the bi-annual international conference series on Conservatism, to be held on the 26-28 May 2012 at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. Those interested in the conference are invited to submit a 250 word abstract for a 20 minute presentation, by February 15, 2012.

The conference in 2010 was held in Prague. The most outstanding contributions from the 2010 conference have been edited and published in Cambridge. We also plan to produce a volume based on the best papers from 2012.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Freeden (Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford, Emeritus Professorial Fellow, Mansfield College, Oxford).

Professor Angus Hawkins (FRHist, Director of Public and International Programmes, Oxord University, Department of Continuing Education, Fellow of Kellogg College and the History Faculty of the University of Oxford).

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be sent to:

Deadline for Submissions

February 15, 2012


Levente Nagy (Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Debrecen)

Dogancan Özsel (Lecturer, University of Hacettepe)

Further Information


If you have further questions about the conference please write to: