CFP: Cosmopolitanism and Conflict, Rome, October 11-13 2013

Call for Papers

Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

 John Cabot University, Rome, October 11-13 2013

Confirmed speakers:

Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck and CNR, Rome)

Robert Bernasconi (Penn State)     James Bohman (St. Louis)

Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg)     Fred Dallmayr (Notre Dame)

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck)     Patrick Hayden (St. Andrews)

Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)     Sankar Muthu (Chicago)

Contemporary global politics is increasingly marked by conflicts. One thinks of conflicts over institutions and authorities, resources and citizenship, military force and climate change, religion and ideology. Yet prevailing cosmopolitan theories of global politics tend to abstract from conflict, through idealizing presuppositions about rights and authority, rationality and society. This conference therefore proposes to consider the constructive roles that concepts of conflict might play in theorizing global politics. It will focus particularly on how cosmopolitan theories might be enriched and reformulated by such concepts, and thus better respond to the challenges of contemporary global conflicts.

 The conference will consider the significance of conflict for such themes as: Cosmopolitan democracy, deliberation, rationality; Global justice, human rights, liberalism; ‘Kantian’ universalism, pluralism; Concepts of conflict, agonism; Political anthropology, human development; Religion, (post-)secularism; War, peace-building, humanitarian intervention; Environmental change.

Organizers: Tom Bailey (John Cabot University) and Martine Prange (University of Leiden)

Funded by John Cabot University and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the research programme, Between Deliberation and Agonism: Rethinking Conflict and its Relation to Law in Political Philosophy (

 Submission guidelines

A paper suitable for presentation in 20 minutes and a 500-word abstract, both prepared for blind review, should be sent by May 1, 2013, to

Submissions are welcome from graduate students as well as from more established scholars. A travel allowance of €500 will be awarded to the best graduate submission.

Notice of acceptance will be provided by May 10, 2013.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a collected volume.

Registration fee (includes conference dinner, lunches and refreshments): Faculty €50, Students €10


 Call for papers in pdf: Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

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