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Extended Deadline: CFP Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy “Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 20th September, 2015

BRAGA COLLOQUIUM IN THE HISTORY OF MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

“Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”

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

Keynote Speaker
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

http://bragacolloquium.weebly.com

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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CFP: Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy “Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”

BRAGA COLLOQUIUM 

IN THE HISTORY OF MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

“Representation, the People, and Political Leadership”

University of Minho

Braga – Portugal

14-15 January 2016

Keynote speaker
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)

http://bragacolloquium.weebly.com

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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Final CFP. Extended Deadline: ‘Rhetoric, Between the Theory and Practice of Politics’ Conf. 21-22 June, University of Minho

Please note the new deadline for abstracts below:

RHETORIC, BETWEEN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF POLITICS

International Conference 

CEHUM, University of Minho

Braga, Portugal

June 21-22, 2013

Invited Speakers:

Benedetto Fontana (CUNY)

Bryan Garsten (Yale University)

Eugene Garver (St. John’s University)

Marco Geuna (University of Milan)

James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Kari Palonen (University of Jyväskylä)

Javier Roiz (Complutense University)

Call for papers

As one of the consequences of the lingering process of corrosion of the rationalist assumptions of the Enlightenment project, in the last decades we have witnessed an attempt in different areas of the humanities to revive the central role rhetoric used to have in antiquity. Despite its political origins, however, the contribution of political theory to this important endeavour has only come of late, as more and more theorists have started to expose the rhetorical nature of politics in multiple manners: showing how it can be used to offer more sophisticated accounts of public deliberation, more attentive toward emotive aspects and contexts; or revealing it as an important manifestation of practical reason; or studying its presence in canonical thinkers and critical moments in the history of political thought; or finally, taking it as an inspiring source for a post-foundationalist emancipatory political theory.

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2nd CFP: ‘Rhetoric, Between the Theory and Practice of Politics’ Conference, University of Minho, 21-22 June 2013

RHETORIC, BETWEEN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF POLITICS

International Conference 

CEHUM, University of Minho

Braga, Portugal

June 21-22, 2013

Invited Speakers:

Benedetto Fontana (CUNY)

Bryan Garsten (Yale University)

Eugene Garver (St. John’s University)

Marco Geuna (University of Milan)

James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Kari Palonen (University of Jyväskylä)

Javier Roiz (Complutense University)

Call for papers

As one of the consequences of the lingering process of corrosion of the rationalist assumptions of the Enlightenment project, in the last decades we have witnessed an attempt in different areas of the humanities to revive the central role rhetoric used to have in antiquity. Despite its political origins, however, the contribution of political theory to this important endeavour has only come of late, as more and more theorists have started to expose the rhetorical nature of politics in multiple manners: showing how it can be used to offer more sophisticated accounts of public deliberation, more attentive toward emotive aspects and contexts; or revealing it as an important manifestation of practical reason; or studying its presence in canonical thinkers and critical moments in the history of political thought; or finally, taking it as an inspiring source for a post-foundationalist emancipatory political theory.

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Call for Papers: IV Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, University of Minho (Braga), May 20-21 2013

After three successful meetings on previous years, we now welcome paper proposals for the fourth Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophywhich will be held at University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), on May 20-21 2013.

We invite contributions in both moral philosophy and normative political theory. The Meetings provide an excellent opportunity to present both advanced and exploratory work in front of an open and welcoming audience. The call is open to graduate students, junior researchers and senior scholars.

This year, Professor Peter Vallentyne (Klyne Chair, University of Missouri, Columbia), will be our keynote speaker. He will offer a lecture on ethics and a lecture on political philosophy.

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CFP: ‘Rhetoric, Between the Theory and Practice of Politics’ Conference, University of Minho, 21-22 June 2013

RHETORIC, BETWEEN THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF POLITICS

International Conference

 

CEHUM, University of Minho

Braga, Portugal 

June 21-22, 2013

 

Invited speakers (provisional list)

Barbara Cassin (CNRS, Paris)   Benedetto Fontana (CUNY)

Bryan Garsten (Yale University)   Eugene Garver (St. John’s University)

Marco Geuna (University of Milan)   Kari Palonen (University of Jyväskylä)

Javier Roiz (Complutense University)

Call for papers

As one of the consequences of the lingering process of corrosion of the rationalist assumptions of the Enlightenment project, in the last decades we have witnessed an attempt in different areas of the humanities to revive the central role rhetoric used to have in antiquity. Despite its political origins, however, the contribution of political theory to this important endeavour has only come of late, as more and more theorists have started to expose the rhetorical nature of politics in multiple manners: showing how it can be used to offer more sophisticated accounts of public deliberation, more attentive toward emotive aspects and contexts; or revealing it as an important manifestation of practical reason; or studying its presence in canonical thinkers and critical moments in the history of political thought; or finally, taking it as an inspiring source for a post-foundationalist emancipatory political theory.

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