SciencesPo Political Theory Seminar § Program 2015/2016

Venue: SciencesPo, Ecole Doctorale, 199 bd. Saint Germain, 3rd floor

For details on each session, please visit:

PROGRAM 2015 • 2016 



September 10  Efraim PODOKSIK(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
October 13 Laura DICKINSON(The George Washington University)
October 15  Enzo ROSSI(University of Amsterdam)
November 26  Charlotte EPSTEIN(University of Sidney)
December 10  Emanuela CEVA(University of Pavia)
January 14  Jean-Fabien SPITZ(Paris 1)
January 21  Horatia MUIR WATT(Sciences Po)
March 10  Roberto FREGA(EHESS)
March 24  Etienne BALIBAR(UC Irvine)
April 14  Rainer FORST(Goethe University)
May 5  Andrea SANGIOVANNI(King’s College)
May 12/19  Simon Cabulea MAY(Florida State University)
May 26  Hans LINDAHL(Tilburg University)
June 2/9 Cécile LABORDE & Aurélia Bardon(University College London)
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Extended Deadline: CFP Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy “Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”



“Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”

University of Minho (Braga – Portugal)
14-15 January 2016

Keynote Speaker
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

Call for papers

The Political Theory Group of the University of Minho is delighted to announce the inaugural event of the Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy: an international annual conference to be held every year in January at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of this new conference series is to promote the study of the tradition of political and moral philosophy and its legacy in shaping our institutions, culture and beliefs. In this important respect, the conference series will focus on how this tradition can contribute to tackling the challenges our societies are facing today. Every year the conference will focus on a specific theme, which will be chosen by taking in consideration the current political situation in Europe (and beyond).
In line with the spirit behind this new series of conferences, the first edition of the Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy will be dedicated to explore the ideas of “representation”, “the people”, and “political leadership”. Since Thomas Hobbes, we have come to understand that the idea of the ‘sovereign people’, and its expression by the state through the idea of representation, is a fiction that makes possible the collective exercise of power on the large scale of modern states. Modern thinkers such as Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, the Federalists, Burke, and Weber or, more recently, Pitkin, Habermas, Rawls, Arendt, or Pettit, have offered a rich panoply of ways of constructing such a fiction. But also in the ancient tradition of, say, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, or Marsilius of Padua, when the question of ‘representation’ was still not explicitly thematized, we can find suggestive insights to think about this topic. Importantly, these different fictional accounts of ‘the sovereign people’ yield different political outcomes, different forms of state, different forms of political participation, different relationships between the people and their political representatives, and so on. At the same time, each of these fictions are based on some critical assumptions regarding, for instance, the capacities needed to engage in politics and how they are distributed among the people, the source of political authority, the level of (in)commensurability between different worldviews, what it means to represent in political terms, and so on.
The deep crisis of representative institutions in Europe’s and the concomitant rise of new (or supposedly new) forms of populism have made it absolutely urgent to reassess how we articulate the relationship between our ideas of ‘representation’, ‘the people’, and ‘political leadership’, in particular taking into consideration which political outcomes our conceptions engender and on which political assumptions they are based. We invite scholars interested in these topics to propose papers that interrogate the history of moral and political thought?ancient, modern, and contemporary?in order to illuminate our current predicament.


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Conference: Disobey! Understanding the Politics and Ethics of Disobedience, IPSA, RC31/SciencesPo Joint Conference

September 27-29, 2015
École Doctorale, SciencesPo, Paris
199 boulevard Saint-Germain, 3ème étage

Day 1: September 27
Welcome Word & Cocktail: 17:00

Day 2: September 28

9:30-10:00: coffee & croissants
1 Panel 1: Sorting Out Disobedience: Concepts and Types (1) – 10:00-11:30
(Moderator: Tom Theuns, SciencesPo)

Why Prometheus could not have disobeyed
(Andrew Knox, UCL)
Fighting Back: Rejection of Punishment in Civil Disobedience
(Jeanne Provencher, Keble College, Oxford)

11:30-11:45: coffee break

2 Panel 2: Constitutional Disobedience – 11h45-13h15
(Moderator: Maurits De Jongh, SciencesPo)


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CFP: Anti-Corruption and Democratic Development. Istanbul, June 23-26, 2016

Call For Papers and Panels
Eleventh International Conference of The International Development Ethics Association (IDEA)
Conference theme: Anti-Corruption and Democratic Development
Venue: Istanbul Technical University, June 23-26, 2016
Co-organizers: Sabanci University, Istanbul Technical University Department of Political Studies
Keynote Speakers:   Sarah Chayes (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to be confirmed), David Crocker (University of Maryland), Harsh Mander (Centre for Equity Studies, Delhi), and others

Conference theme:
The full breadth of ethical concern for international development is to be considered for conference presentations, but this eleventh IDEA conference has as its main focus the analysis of the roles of political corruption and anti-corruption within societies, in globalization, and in international development, as well as the modifying effects of democratic governance upon these.  Further details of call themes may be found at the conference website, at . (Alternative site: )
IDEA invites presentations from diverse theoretical, conceptual and applied perspectives including philosophical argument, empirical analysis, examinations of policy, and reports and proposals for policy and action informed by practitioner experience in development activities. The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, educational sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, IGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in countries of the global South.
Submissions: Details on submission procedures will be issued on the conference website in September.
Panels deadline: 1 November 2015
Papers and Presentations deadline: 1 December 2015


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CFP: International Conference on Global Commons, Global Public Goods and Global Democracy

 Global Commons, Global Public Goods and Global Democracy

 International Conference, 22 and 23 February 2016                  


In the immediate aftermath of the end of the Cold War, the enthusiasm for cosmopolitan prospects led to a marked preoccupation for commonly-governed global goods. But this new interest took two very distinct routes. With the institutional support of the UNDP, a group of distinguished scholars coined the term “global public goods” to express and frame the challenges the reunited international community would urgently have to face. Drawing an analogy with the already-existing literature on public goods at the level of the nation-state, they suggested that a high-level of international coordination was required to overcome the structural underprovision of certain social goods on the global scene. The term has since then enjoyed a spectacular success and permeated much of the international policy discourse. Around the same time, many social activists across the world coalesced around the idea that “the world was not for sale”, i.e. that not all goods were meant to be commodified and that some areas of social life should remain governed as commons. The reference to a governance of the (global) commons as an alternative to both the state and the market became central in many transnational social movements and spread throughout the alterglobalization network.


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Two Postdocs Sydney

Two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are available as part of the research program of the Practical Justice Initiative within the philosophy stream of the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

 Postdoc 1 : Political or Moral Philosophy

A postdoctoral position is available as part of the research program of the Practical Justice Initiative within the philosophy stream of the School of Humanities and Languages. The area of specialisation is flexible within the field of moral and political philosophy. However, the program of research will be expected to enhance the research focus of the Practical Justice Initiative.  Major research areas currently being undertaken include topics within climate justice and contemporary egalitarianism.


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