Changes in Security
An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference


Friday 28th May 2021 – Saturday 29th May 2021
Prague, Czech Republic

The primal need to feel secure is fundamental to the human experience. As babies, we crave the comfort and security provided by an embrace and by substitutes for this contact, such as a blanket, doll or stuffed animal. As we grow and mature, our sense of security is shaped by having a home, adequate food, good health, a livelihood and confidence that we will be safe from harm as we go about our daily lives. For Abraham Maslow, safety and security needs are second only to the basic physiological needs for sustaining life, and must be met before social needs, esteem needs and self-actualising needs can be addressed. 


As individuals come together to form communities, states and nations, the concept of security at macro level takes the form of factors that inform individual security and recasts them in terms of public welfare protected by a governing entity. In this context, the need for security takes the form of sovereignty, protection from insurrection, invasion or attack, provision of adequate healthcare, and appropriate economic and environmental management. While communal security may often be understood in terms of the collective good, the security of the governing entity itself may sometimes conflict with the security of the individuals being governed. For example, a governing entity may maintain its own security by implementing an oppressive regime that denies its people individual security.  Or, where a governing entity provides for the public welfare, maintaining the security of that entity may require compromises of individual security. 


Where the public experiences uncertainties about individual and communal security, the conditions are ripe for full-fledged paranoia to develop. In a climate of paranoia, the slightest perceived threat can be blown out of proportion and distract from the actual problem(s). Where threats to security complex and not able to be properly comprehended or explained, conspiracy theories may fill the void and – in some instances magnify the threat to security by undermining faith in the certainty of facts and truths. 


The devastating impacts of COVID-19 have brought the intersections between the micro and macro levels of security into sharp relief. As the pandemic has spread across the globe, prompting the shutdown of business as usual, destroying livelihoods, plunging people into poverty, and infecting or killing millions, it has posed a severe threat to the security of individuals and governments alike. Accusations that the virus was deliberately spread by China, or linked to 5G telecommunication networks, or a political hoax have proliferated across old and new media platforms. As a result, a notable segment of the population has deliberately ignored medical advice regarding social distancing and mask-wearing, while fear and suspicion about “other countries” pose additional obstacles to the challenge of mounting an effective international response to a global pandemic.  


Due to the difficulty in eradicating the coronavirus and uncertainty about treatment and the full impact of the coronavirus on the human body, it could be argued that COVID-19 is the greatest threat to human security in a generation. Of course, this is not to discount the security threat posed by climate change, geo-political instability in particular regions of the world, or despotic regimes in particular countries. Indeed, it is precisely because we face an abundance of powerful threats to person and communal security that it is essential to reflect on the meaning of security and strategies for achieving it in the 21st century. 


The global conference on Changes in Security provides a platform for inter-disciplinary engagement aimed at examining current threats to individual and communal security, identifying options for responding to threats and considering ways to prevent future threats. While current and future security issues are the focus of the event, the past provides a rich repository of knowledge and case studies that can be brought to bear upon contemporary discussions. As a complex, multi-faceted subject, the topic of security needs to be approached from a perspective that is not limited by disciplinary boundaries. Accordingly, the organisers welcome participants from all disciplines, practices, professions and walks of life to submit proposals for presentations dealing with any aspect of security. Subject to the presentations and discussions which take place at the meeting, there is a possibility for a selective publication to emerge with the aim of engendering further interdisciplinary collaborations and discussion.

Key Topics

Key topics, themes and issues for discussion may include, but are definitely not limited to:

Individual security

  • Psychological/physiological perspectives on what makes us feel (in)secure
  • Role of education
  • Family and friendships
  • Threats to feeling secure 
  • Self-help strategies
  • Faith/spirituality and security
  • Counselling, therapies and best practice for dealing with (in)security
  • Security and the law

Communal security

  • Theoretical and philosophical perspectives
  • Globalism vs. Nationalism 
  • Security for Indigenous communities
  • Borders and security
  • Changing approaches to security threats (terrorism, cyber-security, war, weapons proliferation, chemical and biological weapons, climate change, crime, economic depression, etc.)
  • Technology as tool for enhancing and undermining security
  • Security and conspiracy theories
  • Role of social media and news media in shaping attitudes about security
  • Activism and grass roots movements 
  • Legislation, policy, laws, treaties
  • Leadership styles and approaches to security threats
  • Security themes in film, television, videogames, literature, theatre, art and music 
  • Experiences of vulnerable groups (LGBTIQ+, people of colour, immigrants, people with disabilities, homeless, elderly, etc. )
  • Strategies for addressing security threats
  • The future of security

What To Send

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference and collaborative networking event is to bring people together and encourage creative conversations in the context of a variety of formats: papers, seminars, workshops, storytelling, performances, poster presentations, panels, q&a’s, round-tables etc.

At the end of the conference we will be exploring ways in which we can develop the discussions and dialogues in new and sustainably inclusive interdisciplinary directions, including research, workshops, publications, public interest days, associations, developing courses, etc which will help us make sense of the topics discussed during the conference and ensure that our efforts are continued in our own communities.

300 word proposals, presentations, abstracts and other forms of contribution and participation should be submitted by Friday 20th November 2020. Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair.

All submissions will be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Development Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 4th December 2020.

If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 9th April 2021

Abstracts and proposals may be in Word, PDF, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in the programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.

E-mails should be entitled: Security Submission.

Where To Send

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chair and the Project Administrator:

Len Capuli (Project Administrator):


Details and Information


Registration Fees

The cost for attending the conference is £295/€335. This includes:

~ conference registration fee
~ book of Abstracts
~ a discounted rate for any of the outputs emerging from the event
~ Friday coffee/tea on arrival
~ Friday morning coffee and biscuits
~ Friday lunch
~ Friday afternoon tea and biscuits
~ Friday evening wine and drinks reception
~ drinks in the conference room
~ Saturday morning coffee and biscuits
~ Saturday lunch
~ Saturday afternoon tea and biscuits
~ drinks in the conference room

Calendar of time-lines and deadlines

Friday 20th November 2020
Abstract/Presentation submission

Friday 4th December 2020
Acceptance/Rejection notification

Friday 15th January 2021
Booking Form Submissions

by Friday 29th January 2021
Circulation of Draft Programme
Invoices issued

Friday 5th March 2021
Final date for payment

Friday 9th April 2021
Circulation of Revised Programme
Full draft of presentation to be submitted

Friday 25th April 2021
Final programme to printing

The conference is being held at the Hotel Angelo, Prague

Radlicka 3216/1g. 15000 Prague +420 234 801 111

We have reserved rooms for delegates at the conference hotel on favourable terms and conditions. On having a proposal accepted for presentation at the conference, and on the completion and submission of a booking form, a special booking form will be sent to you along with instructions on how to use it in order to access these terms.

Standard Room - Single Occupancy €109 per night including breakfast and all taxes
Standard Room - Double/Twin Person Occupancy €119 per night including breakfast and all taxes

Details will be sent to delegates on how to access these rates once receipt of the booking form has been confirmed.
Accommodation bookings are made directly with the hotel, not Progressive Connexions. All payments for accommodation are made directly to the hotel as well. A credit card will be required on booking.
You are free to find alternative accommodation. We are offering these arrangements as a convenience to folks who would like to be at the conference venue.

The conferences, meetings and events we organise are not single ‘one-off’ events. They are part of a continual stream of conversations, activities and projects which grow and evolve in different directions. At the conclusion of every meeting, the question needs to be considered: What happens next? After all, there is little personal, educational or professional benefit in gathering people together from around the world and sharing all sorts of fascinating conversations if nothing further is going to happen as a result!

The possible ranges of ‘outputs’ which can productively flow from our meetings is a dynamic response to the dialogues, issues and engagements that take place during the events themselves. And as our meetings are attended by folks who come from different backgrounds, contexts, professions and vocations, what people would like to see developed as a result of our time spent together will always be potentially diverse, fluid and appropriate to what took place.

One range of possible outputs involves publication as a way of continuing the work of a project. Where publishing is a possibility, it is directly referenced in the Call for Papers, Presentations and Participation. Other possible outputs may include, but are not limited to:
~ social media platforms such as Facebook pages and groups, blogs, wikis, Twitter, as vehicles for continuing dialogues, disseminating knowledge and information and bringing new people into the work of the project
~ reviews; reports; policy statements; position papers/statements; declarations of principles
~ proposals for meetings, workshops, courses, schools
~ collaboration gateways, platforms and media
~ personal and professional development opportunities: faculty development; mentoring programmes; cultural cruises; consultancies; summer schools; personal enrichment programmes

The range of outputs is dependent on how little or how much you would like to become involved. Don’t let the end of the meeting signal the end of your involvement with the project. Please get involved, bounce ideas around, think out loud – we’d love to hear about what you’d like to do and are always happy to talk about what is possible.

Payment Process
Participants must complete the online booking form by Friday 15th January 2021 at the latest.
After the deadline has expired, an invoice will be drawn up and sent to you; the invoice will contain all the necessary information for you to pay by bank transfer, cheque, Paypal or credit card.
The invoice must be settled by Friday 29th January 2021.

It is the responsibility of delegates to ensure that payment is made by this date. Failure to receive payment will result in your booking being cancelled.

Payment Methods
There are a number of ways payment can be made.

Payment can be made by cheque, in GBP (£ sterling) only and must be drawn against a bank with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Progressive Connexions’ and sent, with a copy of the booking form, to:

Dr Rob Fisher
Progressive Connexions
Priory House
149b Wroslyn Road
Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

We regret we cannot and will not accept cheques made payable in currencies other than GBP Sterling.

Bank Transfer Payment may be made using bank transfer. There will be an option to pay in either GBP (£ Sterling) or Euro (€). Full details to enable a bank transfer are made available on your conference invoice. If paying by this method, you must agree to pay all charges at the sending and receiving banks.

By Invoice
You may request that an invoice be sent to you which you may forward to your institution. It is your responsibility to ensure that the invoice is paid before the payment deadline.

Your invoice will include a link to pay through a secure and encrypted online payment system. Please click the link to use this method.

Credit Card
Payment may also be made using credit card. We cannot accept American Express or Discovery as a form of payment.

Payment may also be made using Paypal. If paying by this method please send us the email account connected with your Paypal account and we will forward you a request for payment.

We strongly recommend that all delegates take out some form of travel or other insurance in relation to any and all travel arrangements or accommodation booked in regard to the conference. This should include cancellation insurance in the event of unforeseen or unexpected circumstances.

All fees are payable in advance. No delegate will be permitted entry to the conference if an invoice is still unpaid.

What’s so Special?

A fresh, friendly, dynamic format – at Progressive Connexions we are dedicated to breaking away from the stuffy, old-fashion conference formats, where endless presentations are read aloud off PowerPoints. We work to bring you an interactive format, where exchange of experience and information is alternated with captivating workshops, engaging debates and round tables, time set aside for getting to know each other and for discussing common future projects and initiatives, all in a warm, relaxed, egalitarian atmosphere.


A chance to network with international professionals – the beauty of our interdisciplinary events is that they bring together professionals from all over the world and from various fields of activity, all joined together by a shared passion. Not only will the exchange of experience, knowledge and stories be extremely valuable in itself, but we seek to create lasting, ever-growing communities around our projects, which will become a valuable resource for those belonging to them.


A chance to be part of constructing change – There is only one thing we love as much as promoting knowledge: promoting real, lasting social change by encouraging our participants to take collective action, under whichever form is most suited to their needs and expertise (policy proposals, measuring instruments, research projects, educational materials, etc.) We will support all such actions in the aftermath of the event as well, providing a platform for further discussions, advice from the experts on our Project Advisory Team and various other tools and intellectual resources, as needed.


An opportunity to discuss things that matter to you – Our events are not only about discussing how things work in the respective field, but also about how people work in that field – what are the struggles, problems and solutions professionals have found in their line of work, what are the areas where better communication among specialists is needed and how the interdisciplinary approach can help bridge those gaps and help provide answers to questions from specific areas of activity.


An unforgettable experience – When participating in a Progressive Connexions event, there is a good chance you will make some long-time friends. Our group sizes are intimate, our venues are comfortable and relaxing and our event locations are suited to the history and culture of the event.


Progressive Connexions believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract or proposal for presentation.


Please note: Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence, nor can we offer discounts off published rates and fees.

Progressive Connexions is a not-for-profit network inspiring inclusive interdisciplinary research, publishing and collaboration