CFP: "The Internationalization of Democracy"

Submission deadline: April 22, 2024

Conference date(s):
May 10, 2024 - May 11, 2024

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Conference Venue:

Faculty of Philosophy, Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University
Surabaya, Indonesia

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2nd International Symposium on Transformational Ideas in a Changing World: "The Internationalization of Democracy"


Extended Submission Deadline: April 22th, 2024, by midnight, 12.59 PM (Indonesian Time). 


The Faculty of Philosophy WMSCU (Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University) welcomes submissions for an upcoming International Symposium on the theme of “The Internationalization of Democracy” at WMSCU Indonesia and Online meeting platform (hybrid) on 10-11 May, 2024. 


Democracy is often regarded as the ideal form of government for all nations (Lopes and Casarões: 2019). In certain ways, democracy is regarded as an essential component of the common good and should be considered a Universal Human Right, implying that all human beings should and have the right to live under the rule of a democratic government. The global society encourage every nation to establish democracy in every corner of the world, generates the idea that without democracy, there can be no justice and no common good.

Several international issues even seems to be urging the establishment of Global Democracy, including the war between Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, the Philippine claim to some islands in the West Philippine Sea, the power of social media in democracy, the refusal to face the International Court, and the need for international coordination to resolve global warming.

The issues listed above appear to advocate for the internationalization of democracy. At the same time, we should observe that academic research on this subject is still fraught with debates on whether an internationalized democracy is necessary or even possible. While some may find this uncertainty frustrating, we in the Faculty of Philosophy at Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University (WMSCU) see it as an opportunity and a duty at hand. The signals of the necessity for an internationalized kind of democracy serve as an invitation to global intellectuals to wrack their brains in pursuit of an acceptable solution.

For this very reason, WMSCU has thought it right, just and opportune to organize an international symposium on “The Internationalization of Democracy” for the year 2024. This symposium intends to reflect on: (1) what internationalize democracy is; (2) whether it is the right path to take; (3) whether it is even possible; and (4) what are the challenges that the world will have to face in case this indeed is the direction in which the world is heading.

For this event, the WMSCU Faculty of Philosophy invites academicians, experts, and practitioners to discuss the various issues involving the internationalization of democracy and to propose recommendations on how it can be achieved, in case it is indeed envisioned as the future scenario for the world.

One of the ways by which we can depict the internationalization of democracy is the transformation of the former ‘nationalistic’ type of democracy to a globalized one (i.e., not only from the point of view of economy but in all aspects of a democratic society). This requires the establishment of international institutions, procedures and processes that we usually find in a democratic country.

Universal participation is one of the basic tenets of democracy and establishing this will require finding mechanisms that will not only work for one nation or for just a group of people but mechanisms that will work for the entire family of nations and for all the citizens of the world.

Paying attention to the institutions, procedures and process that may be required, as stated above, we have identified several topics that may have to be studied in order to determine the need or the feasibility of establishing an internationalized democracy. They are: Education, Politics and Economics, Culture and the Empowerment of Minorities.

1. Education of Society

a) Science and Technology

b) Arts and Humanities

c) Eco-Literacy

2. Politics-Economics

a) Governance system - Sustainability

b) Justice system

c) Economic System

3. Culture

a) Multiculturalism

b) Internationalization vs Regionalization

4. Empowerment of Minority

a) PwD (Person with Dissability)

b) Gender and Feminism

c) Indigenous community

d) Religious Minority

Type of Participant:

1. Non-Presenter

- in person/ offline : 200000 IDR or 721 PHP or 12 EUR (Facilities: Seminar kit, Snack, Lunch for two days, certificate)

- online: Free (without e-certificate)

- internal WMSCU: Free (without e-certificate)

(The contribution fee to obtain an e-certificate is Rp 50.000,- or 180 PHP)

2. Presenter

- in person/ offline: 300.000 IDR or 1081 PHP or 18 EUR (Facilities: Seminar kit, Snack, Lunch for two days, Proceeding, certificate)

- online: 200000 IDR or 721 PHP or 12 EUR (Proceeding, e-certificate)

- internal WMSCU: Free

Submission/Participation fee can be transferred to:

1. Paypal: [email protected]

2. Bank Mandiri account number 1400020561206 account name Datu Hendrawan. SWIFT code BMRIIDJA

Please kindly indicate on the reference: “the 2024 Philosophy International Symposium”

Important Date:

Deadline for abstract submission : 22th April 2024 (Extended)

Announcement for accepted abstract : 29 th April 2024 (Extended)

Deadline for full paper submission: 9th May 2024 (Extended)

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If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Anastasia Jessica [email protected] or Dr. Ramon Nadres [email protected] 

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