JULY 2012 - 10th International ISTR Conference
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"DEMOCRATIZATION, MARKETIZATION, and the THIRD SECTOR"

7/10/2012 to 7/13/2012
When: 7/10/2012
Where: Universita Degli Studi Di Siena
Siena
Italy
Contact: ISTR Secretariat


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This Tenth International Conference of ISTR marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of this global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. 

In this era of far-reaching changes in the way that societies are organized, the Third Sector is playing a critical role and has significantly gained importance in many countries. Democratization and the role  of  civil  society in social integration and participation are in the spotlight with recent mobilizations particularly in the Middle East and ongoing suppression of civil society under authoritarian regimes in parts of the world.  New media, social networks and other technological innovations raise new opportunities and challenges for organizing collective action and the diversity of  civil society. Marketization and its impact on the Third Sector is attracting renewed research interest as welfare budgets are cut and the role of nonprofits is called into question in difficult fiscal times in many nations.  A second  type  of marketization is also attracting attention particularly the growth of corporate social responsibility (CSR), the emergence of  social enterprises and changing philanthropic  paradigms. International research toward a better understanding of the implications of these changes continues to gather momentum.

ISTR’s Tenth International Conference in Sienna, Italy offers an excellent opportunity for further  dialogue on these and other changes in an environment of rigor, reflexivity, authenticity and creativity. Siena encapsulates a mix of tradition and innovation that is woven from ancient webs of social engagement and enduring beliefs in justice through periods of peace and conflict. It provides an excellent setting to explore the role of third sector studies as an integrative science with short and long term objectives geared towards understanding and addressing societal concerns. Three  exciting  plenary sessions will canvas major theoretical and practice developments in the Third Sector and highlight the rich history and accomplishments of the host nation’s Third Sector.