CFP: Workshop on “Dangerous Speech”


Workshop on “Dangerous Speech

Part of the 2015 MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory

September 1-3 in Manchester, England

We seek papers on any topic relating to the broad theme of dangerous speech – speech that incites, provokes, or otherwise instigates others’ moral wrongdoing. We especially welcome papers that examine the normative status of speech that is traditionally conceived as protected by the right to free expression, but that nevertheless provokes others to act wrongly. Please email an abstract, between 300 – 500 words, to Jeffrey Howard ( by 7 June 2015 if you would like to be considered.


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Conference on “Territory, Land and Justice”, 25-26 June 2015, Humboldt University Berlin

“Who has the right to control, occupy and use territory, land and natural resources?”

We are happy to announce that registrations are open for the conference on “Territory, Land and Justice” which will take place at the Humboldt University Berlin on 25th & 26th June 2015. The conference aims at bringing together different political philosophy perspectives on conflicts over land and territory. We invite scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds interested in questions related to issues of land and territorial justice to participate.

Confirmed speakers include:

Oliviero Angeli (Technical University Dresden), Frank Dietrich (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf), Cara Nine (University College Cork), Mathias Risse (Harvard University) and Lea Ypi (London School of Economics).


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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).


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CFP: 3rd Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference

I am pleased to announce this call-for-papers for the 3rd Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference (PCPC), which will be held at University of Tampa on Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th, 2015. It would be great to have some submissions by Public Reason readers or contributors. For the full CFP, please see here!

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RGCS Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill

The Research Group on Constitutional Studies at McGill University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in political science for academic year 2015-16. The fellowship is likely to be renewable for 2016-17, and it is expected that funding for the second year will be confirmed by the time an offer us made..  The Fellow will receive a stipend of $C 50,000 per year as well as benefits and a $C 5,000 research fund. The Fellow will be expected to be in residence at McGill throughout the academic year, and to take an active part in workshops, conferences, and the intellectual life of RGCS and appropriate related research groups and centres (for political theorists, the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Philosophie Politique, GRIPP).  The Fellow will also be expected to teach one course per year, most likely an upper-level undergraduate course on “Philosophy, Economics, and Society,” though other matches between curricular needs and the Fellow’s interests are possible. The competition has a preference for political theorists and welcomes applications in all areas of political theory; it is also open to political and legal philosophers and to researchers in cognate areas of political science (public law or comparative politics within the theme of constitutional studies: constitutional design, constitutional law, federalism, and the operation of constitutional-level political institutions). Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, research statement, one writing sample of no more than 10,000 words, and 2-3 letters of recommendation to by June 5, 2015.  It is helpful and welcome if the cover letter specifies one or more political science members of RGCS’ faculty roster ( ) who might be most appropriate as a research advisor, but the final match with an advisor or advisors may differ. The competition is open with respect to citizenship and nationality, but applications should indicate the applicant’s citizenship. Knowledge of French is an advantage but not required.  Other information on postdoctoral fellowships at McGill is available at , including information on obtaining a Canadian work permit if necessary.  Ph.D. must have been awarded between January 1, 2011 and the date of application, or else the dissertation must have been successfully defended and all requirements for the degree completed by the date of application (i.e. with formal awarding of the degree still pending). All e-mailed parts of an application including letters of recommendation should include the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Applications submitted as one complete Interfolio file are welcome.
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2nd CFA: Disobey! Understanding the Politics and Ethics of Disobedience (3 graduate grants available)

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.


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