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Workshop on ‘Linguistic Justice: Philosophy, Politics and Practice’

Workshop on ‘Linguistic Justice: Philosophy, Politics and Practice’

Cardiff University, 5-6 December 2017

This event is part of the project ‘Linguistic Justice in an Interdisciplinary Context’, funded by Cardiff University’s AHSS International Initiatives Fund 2017.

Tuesday 5 December 2017, Council Chamber, Main Building


Lunch and welcoming remarks


Sue Wright (University of Portsmouth)

‘Language Rights. What Is Our Understanding of the Terms “Language” and “Rights” in This Pairing?’


Tea and coffee break


Diarmait Mac Giolla Chríost (Cardiff University)

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Religion and Legal Accommodation: A Symposium
on Cécile Laborde’s Liberalism’s Religion

Friday 10 November 2017
Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University

This event is funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy.

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome and opening remarks – Gregory Walker (UCL Institute of Education)

09:30 – 10:30

Chapter 1. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Critique of Religion’
Commentator: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University)
Chair: Graeme Garrard (Cardiff University)

10:30 – 11:00

Tea and coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Chapter 2. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Exemptions Puzzle’
Commentator: Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick)
Chair: Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

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Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes – University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017

Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes

This workshop is sponsored by the Centre of Political Thought (University of Exeter), together with the University of Oxford and the Political Thought Specialist Group of the PSA.

University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017, Reed Hall, Ibrahim Ahmed Room – 12:45-18:30

This workshop places an emphasis on the relationship between democratic processes and political cohesion that goes beyond the simplistic formula of competitive democrats. Political cohesion, or the commitment to a common political project, is a matter of degree and processes leading to the peaceful resolution of conflict are just one way of contributing to this phenomenon. Indeed, political processes can embody values and produce norms that may legitimate the political system in one way or another and lead to much deeper forms of political cohesion among members of a political community than that which is allowed for by the mere avoidance of violent conflict. On the one hand, we consider the circumstances under which competitive elections can do more than peacefully resolve conflict by contributing in a deeper sense to citizens’ commitment to democratic values. On the other hand, as procedural and substantive democrats recognise, there is much more to democracy than free and fair elections. We therefore expand our inquiry beyond election to understand how other democratic values and activities may contribute towards political cohesion. read more...

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MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester, 11-13 September 2017

The Substance of Linguistic Justice

Convenors: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University) and Yael Peled (McGill University)

Over the past fifteen years, linguistic justice has increasingly become a key area of research in normative political theory. By drawing on existing debates on liberalism, multiculturalism, and social justice, and applying them to language-related issues, political theorists have investigated questions such as the following: how should states respond to the fact of linguistic diversity? Should states officially recognize and promote minority languages? Should states and supranational organizations promote the learning of a shared lingua franca and, if so, is English the best candidate for this role? Answering these and related questions has generated a growing body of literature (e.g. Kymlicka and Patten 2003; De Schutter 2008; Van Parijs 2011; Patten 2014), which has often drawn on examples concerning political communities that display particularly high levels of longstanding linguistic diversity, e.g. Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and the European Union. read more...

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FINAL CFP: Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’


Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’

Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, 14-15 December 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval)

This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the relationship between religion and free speech. This relationship is complex. On the one hand, it has been central to recent discussions of hate speech and offensive speech targeting religious believers, and especially members of religious minorities. For example, the current wave of Islamophobia across Europe, prompted by migratory pressure, an unstable Middle East, and the backlash from the recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, has brought the issue of hate speech directed at religious minorities back to the forefront of public debate in western liberal democracies. Furthermore, the tension between freedom of speech and blasphemy continues to elicit public and academic debate, as shown by the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and, more recently, by the Charlie Hebdo controversies and attack. On the other hand, religious believers sometimes defend their use of derogatory and extreme speech against members of other religious faiths, or people with a certain sexual orientation, as part of their religious freedom. Recent examples include Swedish Pastor Ake Green’s likening of homosexuals with ‘cancer’; Tunisian preacher Muhammad Hammami’s anti-semitic remarks; Belfast Pastor James McConnell’s description of Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘satanic’; and American conservative Evangelical Christian TV evangelist Andrew Wommack’s claim that gay people are ‘not normal’. Religious believers, therefore, can be both victims and instigators of hate speech and offensive speech, and this renders an examination of the relationship between these kinds of speech and religion especially important. read more...

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