The 2nd International Modernization Forum Modernization and Diversity
 China Center For Modernization Research, CAS

Dear colleagues,

We, with great honor and pleasure, cordially invite you to attend the 2nd International Modernization Forum (IMF 2016). It will be held at China Hall of Science & Technology in Beijing, capital of China, from May 20-22, 2016. The China Center for Modernization Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Law & Development Academy, Peking University, Theory and Modernization Magazine, and the International Social Science Council, UNESCO, are the co-sponsors of the IMF2016.

Modernization has been a profound change of human civilizations since the 18th century. It includes not only the great change and transformation from traditional to modern politics, economy, society and culture, but also all human development and the rational protection of the natural environment at present. Modernization has been a worldwide phenomenon took place in the pioneering-countries and subsequently on a global scale. Almost all nations in the world are undergoing some kind of modernization consciously or unconsciously at the moment, and the modernization drive can also be set as a national goal if they will. Modernization science seeks to promote people’s understanding of modernization process through interdisciplinary and international comparative studies.

The first IMF themed “Modernization and Global Change” ( held in Beijing in 2013 was attended by more than 90 scholars from 14 countries. Over 80 papers were submitted to the forum and they were published as Global Modernization Review (English) and Global Modernization Report (Chinese). The first IFM issued Modernization Announcement and which is a milestone on the modernization study in the world. The CFMR is an annual meeting of Chinese scholars engaged in modernization research, and has been held 13 times since 2003. The IMF and CFMR will be committed to promoting the research on modernization theories and strategies, international exchanges and cooperation on modernization research, the modernization drive, and the development of the modernization science.

IMF 2016 will take “Modernization and Diversity” as the theme, and focus on five topics including five following themes, and the topic “ecological modernization and green development” will also be the theme of the 14th CFMR.

    Theme 1: Multiple modernities and cultural diversity
        Theme 2: Driving forces & paths of modernization
        Theme 3: Social modernization and human development
        Theme 4: Ecological modernization and green development
        Theme 5: Regional modernization, reduction of poverty and inequalities

The success of the 2nd IMF depends on a large extent on your contributions and active participation. We strongly encourage you to attend the forum and submit your paper. The proceedings of IMF 2016 will be published as Global Modernization Review (English) by World Scientific Publishing in UK and Global Modernization Report (Chinese) by Science Press in China.

We believe this forum will “open the way to significant international and interdisciplinary cooperation for the comparative analysis of modernization” in the future. Please find the further information from the website, and please let us know your comments, if have. We look forward to meeting you in Beijing next May.

With best regards

Prof. Chuanqi He
     Chair, Organization Committee of IMF
     Professor and Director, China Center for Modernization Research, CAS
     No. 33 Beisihuanxilu, Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190, P.R. China

Prof. Alberto Martinelli
     Co-Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee of IMF
     Professor of Political Science and Sociology,University of Milan, Italy
     President, International Social Science Council, UNESCO

September 22, 2015

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