MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory: 2nd Call for Convenors

Tenth Annual Conference: 4th - 6th September 2013

Once again, the Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT) in Politics at the University of Manchester will be organizing the annual Political Theory Workshops. Over the last nine years, participants from over twenty five countries have come together in a series of workshops concerned with issues in political theory/philosophy widely construed. Last year’s workshops were a great success with 220 attendees and 24 workshops. This note is the second call for convenors for the 2013 workshops.

Those interested in convening a workshop should send an A4 proposal outlining the types of topics you will be interested in, the format of the proposed workshop, whether you intend to invite guest speakers, and the convenor’s details to the workshop administrator Chris Mills by 29th February.

Previous workshop topics include:

The Legitimacy of International Law; Democratic Public Reason In Practice; Radical Democracy; Nietzsche and Political Theory; Toleration and Respect; Acceptable Reasons and Public Deliberation; Global Justice and Collective Responsibility; British Idealism; Anarchism; Just War Theory; Equality and Responsibility; The Political Thought of Antonio Gramsci; Feminist Theory; Political Theory and Animal Rights; Domination and Resistance; ‘Dirty Hands’; Politics, Morals and Economics in Adam Smith; Ethics in Environmental Health Research and Public Health Applications; Conflict and Compromise; Age Discrimination; Autonomy and Political Philosophy; Borders and Political Order; Children, Families, and Justice; Hobbes; When Should Philosophy be Practical: On Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory; Marxism; Sustainability and Green Politics; Human Enhancement and Justice; Kant’s Doctrine of Right; Democracy: Theory and Practice; Contesting Recognition; Aesthetics and Politics; Legitimacy, Authority and Political Obligation; The Concept of Responsibility; Consequentialism; Exploitation; Justice and the Market; Hermeneutics; Postcolonialism; Normative Justification for the Welfare State; Risk and Uncertainty; Bioethics; Well-Being and Public Policy; The Procedural Dimension of Justice; Niccolo Machiavelli: Politics, Philosophy, Law

Workshop Structure

Convenors organize a workshop which can have between 3 and 12 paper-givers.  The reading of these papers takes place over four sessions, each lasting three and a half hours. For workshops with just 3 paper givers this normally requires only one session, with 6 papers 2 sessions and so on. In most cases, paper-givers will be asked to speak for 30 minutes, and will then field questions and comments for a further 30 minutes. However, workshop convenors are free to organize the length of the presentation and question time as they see fit.  In short, a workshop can last for one session, or it may extend through all four sessions. For example, some may find it convenient to squeeze four paper-givers into one session or use 2 sessions with 2 papers read per session. Also, if a workshop has, say, 5 paper-givers, the second session can finish an hour early. On occasion workshop convenors in the past have had a ’round table’ discussion about a particular topic. This could have up to six speakers and would normally last for only one session.

Please also note that workshop convenors decide which papers to accept in their workshop. (We do not vet papers and workshops range from those which discuss fully developed papers to those where nascent ideas are given their first hearing.) There is no conference policy on whether papers should be circulated to other workshop participants in advance and, again, this is for the workshop convenors to decide.  We do provide a conference website where papers can be posted or they can be circulated among workshop paper givers through email etc.

While participants in the MANCEPT workshops need not be paper givers, and workshop chairs may decide not to deliver a paper, all participants must be attached to a particular workshop and their attendance agreed by with the workshop convenor. Note, too, that delegates are free to attend any workshop they like during the 4 sessions when their own workshop is not meeting.

If you have any enquiries regarding the workshops, please contact the administrator Chris Mills. You are also welcome to contact the MANCEPT organising team to discuss any issues that arise.

They are: Stephen de Wijze, Thomas Porter, Jonathan Quong, and Richard Child.

The websites for previous years workshops can be found here and here.

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