Disobey! Understanding the Politics and Ethics of Disobedience
Sciences Po & IPSA RC 31 Conference
Paris, September 27-29, 2015
Key-note Speakers: Kimberley Brownlee (University of Warwick),
Frédéric Gros (Sciences Po)
Organizing & Selection Committee:
Astrid von Busekist (Sciences Po), Fréderic Gros (Sciences Po), John Medearis (University of California Riverside), Andrei Poama (Sciences Po), Maurits de Jongh (Sciences Po)
IPSA’s Research Committee on Political Philosophy (RC31) and Sciences Po, Paris are pleased to announce that a jointly organized conference on disobedience will be taking place at Sciences Po, Paris. The purpose of this conference is to explore the content and to assess the force of contemporary injunctions to disobey. In doing so, we want to step back from those dominant views that concentrate primarily on the question of civil disobedience, and see if there are other less visible forms of disobedience that demand closer theoretical scrutiny. Our conceptual bet is that disobedience does not have to be civil in order for it to matter politically and ethically. We intend to ask what is the meaning of disobedience, reflect on how disobedience gives rise to particular social movements and ideals, analyze the extent to which the morality of disobedient acts is practice-dependent, and think about whether there are categorically distinct types of disobedience.