CFP: Special issue of Politics, Groups and Identities on “The Theory and Practice of Second-Class Citizenship”:

We are soliciting contributions to a special issue of Politics, Groups and Identities, titled “The theory and politics of second-class citizenship.” Contributions should evaluate the political theoretic questions that arise from governments’ recent attempts to legislate the creation of second class citizenship.

The issue’s goal is to evaluate changes in the last 25 years to the approach taken by western states to citizenship that have led to new forms of second class citizenship. In 1989, Iris Marion Young argued for a group-differentiated approach to citizenship in response to what she perceived as the corrosion of the ideal of universal citizenship in the postwar period. According to Young, differences in class and cultural identity could be predicted to intersect with public policies with the effect of denying access for some people to certain key benefits of citizenships and thereby creating a de facto class of second-class citizens. Her goal was to expose these exclusions as a direct result of the pursuit of universal citizenship, and to propose group-differentiated citizenship as a response.


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CFA: 33rd International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 21-23, 2016

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to:

Power and Public Reason

Some possible paper topics include these:

  • “Nudging”; rhetoric/persuasion and public reason
  • Psychology/social psychology of public reasoning
  • Decision making (democratic/deliberative/otherwise)
  • Neoliberalism and public reason
  • Human rights and power
  • Power and race/ethnicity
  • Critical theory and power in the public sphere
  • Public reason and civic virtue
  • Hate and the public sphere
  • The requirements of justice
  • Domination and political power
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Soft and hard power
  • Rawls and social movements
  • Religion in the public sphere
  • Media and power/public reasoning
  • Technology and power/public reasoning

We welcome submissions from both members and nonmembers, but we require that all presenters join the North American Society for Social Philosophy if their papers are accepted and if they present at the conference.

Submission Deadline:  February 15, 2016. Please submit a 300-word abstract at this address:


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Stanford Center for Ethics Postdocs

For 2016-2017, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics at Stanford University seeks up to three new postdoctoral fellows:

We welcome candidates with substantial normative research interests from philosophy or political science. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in inequality, global justice, environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, and ethics and technology, but we welcome all applicants with strong normative interests. Applicants must have a PhD in philosophy or political science; scholars with a JD or JSD are also eligible so long as their research interests focus on ethical issues with an applied dimension. Postdoctoral fellows teach one class per year, mentor undergraduates in the Ethics in Society Honors Program, and contribute to an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus.


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CFP: 2016 Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory

The Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory will be held on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The Conference offers visiting graduate students a unique opportunity to receive feedback on works in progress from Princeton faculty, students, and guests, during individualized, 75-minute sessions. We are delighted to announce that Alison McQueen (Stanford) will deliver the 2016 keynote address.

We welcome papers addressing any topic in political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought.

Submission deadline: Sunday, December 13, 2015. The conference committee will notify all applicants of their acceptance status in late January, 2016.


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Duke Graduate Conference in Political Theory 2016

The Political Science department at Duke University will host its annual Graduate Conference in Political Theory on February 4-5, 2016. In addition to the participation of Duke faculty, Sharon Krause of Brown University will join us as keynote speaker. We will consider proposals from graduate students in any related discipline, and on any topic in the fields of political theory, political philosophy, or the history of political thought. We particularly welcome submissions which will engage a diverse audience.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 9, 2015, and applicants will be notified by December 1, 2015. See the conference website for more information about the conference, and instructions about how to submit.


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(le français suit)


Call for applications: The Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP), spanning the departments of political science and philosophy at McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal, invites applications for its 2016 manuscript workshop award. The recipient of the award will be invited to Montreal for a day-long workshop in May 2016 dedicated to his or her book manuscript. This “author meets critics” workshop will comprise four to five sessions dedicated to critical discussion of the manuscript; each session will begin with a critical commentary on a section of the manuscript by a political theorist or philosopher who is part of Montreal’s GRIPP community. The format is designed to maximize feedback for a book-in-progress. The award covers the costs of travel, accommodation, and meals.


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