The Association for Sociopolitical Heterodoxy is an international academic organization for scholars addressing sociopolitical issues from interdisciplinary standpoints. We invite presenters to apply good ideas, whether new or old, to issues facing contemporary society. We are proud to hold our second conference in the beautiful city of Hakodate.

SUBMISSION deadline: June 30, 2020
• REGISTRATION deadline (presenters): July 31, 2020

Our HESTIA conferences feature three types of presentations:

• ANALYTICAL presentations are 20 minutes in length, and consist of a brief introduction to a
key concept, or the work of a particular scholar or writer, followed by an explanation of how the
concept (etc.) can be used to frame contemporary issues in new and interesting ways. Analytical
presentations are particularly accessible to new researchers, or those from outside academia.
• RESEARCH presentations are 50 minutes. This allows ample time to showcase the ongoing
research activities of one or more participants, and to engage with the audience.
• DISCURSIVE presentations feature two or more presenters sharing differing views on a
common subject. A mediator guides the interaction and invites participation from audience
members. Discursive presentations are a more interactive take on the conventional panel.

Areas the applicant may wish to address include, but are not limited to, the following:

The role of heterodox thought in liberal democraciesFreedom of expression in the media/onlineCensorship and society
Fake newsMedia ecologyPolarization and culture
Media literacyMedia and politicsThe new media

Applicants are invited to submit one or more abstracts of no more than 300 words, tailored
carefully to meet the requirements of the presentation type. Please also include a bio of no more
than 100 words. For more details on preparing a submission, please visit the‘submission guidelines’ page of our

Conference presenters will be invited to contribute to one of our three publications.

Symposium fees (includes two lunches and conference reception)
PRESENTER: $320 (Students: $256)
Attendee fees, including generous student discounts, to be announced at a later date.

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