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2nd CFP: 17th BIEN Congress, Portugal


17th BIEN Congress, Portugal

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17th BIEN Congress, Portugal

Dates: 25-27 September 2017

Location: Portuguese National Parliament

Portuguese Basic Income Week: 25-30 September 2017

Today basic income attracts the public’s attention as a potentially fair and realistic public policy. We can see this attention as important political parties in Europe have adopted the unconditional basic income as a policy objective.

Our 2017 congress will discuss the different aspects of the politics of a basic income under the general theme: Implementing a Basic Income. We invite submissions around (but not limited to) the topics below:

  • Economic models for a basic income
  • The economic case for and against UBI in Europe
  • Evaluations and prospects of various pilot projects
  • The politics of a basic income
  • The relation between basic income and other welfare benefits
  • The future of work and technological unemployment
  • The costs of poverty
  • Basic income, inequality and social injustice
  • Basic income, the family, and gender-based and group-based oppression
  • Results and strategies of communication regarding diffusion of a basic income

The above topics are not intended to limit the boundaries, but to set as references for a broader discussion. We invite all interested individuals and groups to participate. Those who want to present should submit abstracts (up to 300 words in English) to by March 31st 2017. read more...

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Call For Papers: Le pluralisme libéral et ses critiques

Call For Papers: Le pluralisme libéral et ses critiques

Le CEVIPOF (Sciences Po Paris) et le CEHUM (Université de Minho) organisent un colloque de deux jours sur le pluralisme libéral et ses critiques. Il aura lieu à Paris les 20 et 21 septembre 2012.

Les chercheurs participant à ce colloque incluent :

  • Catherine Audard (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Richard Bellamy (University College London)
  • João Cardoso Rosas (Université du Minho)
  • George Crowder (Flinders University)
  • Gil Delannoi (CEVIPOF, Sciences Po Paris)
  • William Galston (The Brookings Institution & University of Maryland)
  • Cécile Laborde (University College London)
  • Charles Larmore (Brown University) [to be confirmed]
  • Véronique Munoz-Dardé (University College London & UC Berkeley) [to be confirmed]
  • Ruwen Ogien (CERSES, CNRS)
  • Daniel Weinstock (Université de Montréal)

La question du pluralisme s’est aujourd’hui imposée dans les divers domaines de la recherche en sciences sociales et politiques, tout comme dans les discours publics. Parmi les courants actuels de théorie politique, le pluralisme libéral se caractérise par le fait qu’il intègre au socle du libéralisme politique les exigences du pluralisme des valeurs. La place centrale qu’occupe ce courant dans les débats académiques et publics anglo-américains contraste singulièrement avec le peu de discussions qui lui sont directement consacrées dans l’espace français. Il y a là une lacune que le présent colloque vise à combler en rassemblant, pour la première fois en France, des auteurs de premier plan dont les travaux mettent en lumière les enjeux cruciaux du pluralisme libéral. Enjeux à la fois théoriques et pratiques puisqu’il s’agira de mettre en perspective les sources politiques, historiques et conceptuelles du pluralisme libéral avec les controverses très concrètes qu’il a suscitées et suscite encore dans la vie politique des sociétés d’aujourd’hui.

Ce courant de pensée se situe au carrefour de la théorie morale et de la philosophie politique. Le « pluralisme des valeurs » (« value-pluralism ») est une notion qui recouvre plusieurs significations. Sur un plan factuel, c’est d’abord une manière de nommer le constat de la diversité des croyances morales et des visions du bien dans les sociétés démocratiques contemporaines. C’est ensuite une thèse d’épistémologie morale portant sur la structure de notre univers moral et consistant à affirmer que les valeurs sont conflictuelles et incommensurables. C’est enfin une thèse normative qui valorise l’existence de cette pluralité irréductible de valeurs et de conceptions du bien. La confusion entre ces différentes acceptions concourt, pour une grande part, à entretenir les mécompréhensions persistantes dont les pensées pluralistes font l’objet en France, où elles restent souvent assimilées à des positions aussi dissemblables que le relativisme moral, le différentialisme, le multiculturalisme ou encore le « communautarisme ».

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CFP: International Conference on Challenging Citizenship, Portugal, 2011

Call for Papers:

International Conference

Challenging Citizenship

Organization: Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal

When? June 3–4, 2011

Where? Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra

Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Portuguese

Conference website:

Confirmed invited speakers:

·        James Tully, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada – Keynote

·        Boaventura de Sousa Santos,Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra, Portugal

·        Duncan Ivison, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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CFP – Democracy, including Workplace Democracy (Portugal, Nov. 2010)

Congress: Democracy Today – In Political Philosophy and Theory, 3 – 6 November 2010 – Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

Today western democracies confront social, cultural and political challenges, which call for a reevaluation of our state affairs, our system of practices and our system of discourses. In contemporary pluralist and multicultural societies, there is an increased gap between citizens and political establishments. Traditional approaches of politics of recognition or redistribution, used to translate claims into the public sphere, seem no longer sufficient in this new paradigm of an increased globalized world and trans-national politics. Under this light, the meaning(s) we generally tend to attribute to the concept of democracy need to be re-evaluated and ultimately redefined.

This will be the First International Congress on ‘Democracy Today’ which will take place at Universidade do Minho, Braga. Having as starting point the assumption that the concept of democracy needs to be revised, we intent, during this congress, to accomplish two main tasks: on the one hand, to provide an account of the multiplicity of meanings of ‘democracy’ and its conceptual nuances. On the other hand, to account for the different instantiations of democracy and its intrinsic practices. Under this light we propose four days of reflection, discussion and dialogue, specially under the scope of political philosophy and political theory.

These are some of the questions we expect to explore:

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Call for papers: Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy (Minho University, Braga)

Minho University, Braga: 19 June 2009 | CFP: 30 April 2009

Participating Institutions:
CEHUM-University of Minho
IEP- Catholic University of Lisbon
IFL-New University of Lisbon
LIF-University of Coimbra
University of Lisbon
University of Porto

Scholars of all disciplines usually need opportunities to share their thoughts and to collect feed-back on their work. We hereby invite scholars of moral philosophy as well as of normative political theory who are keen to engage in a discussion with their peers to join in regular meetings at which they can present papers or chapters they are writing, or topics they are working on. The invitation is open both to graduate and PhD students and to senior scholars. The initiative aims to increase the reciprocal knowledge of our fellow researchers within the Portuguese scientific community. However, meetings and participation are open to all interested scholars, both from Portugal and from abroad. In order to accommodate a broad range of research interests and to encourage the dissemination of different ideas, the first meeting will be non-thematic. Papers can be given either in Portuguese, in English, or in French.

The first meeting will take place at the University of Minho, Braga, on Friday, 19 June. If you are interested in presenting a paper on a topic of your choice, please send an abstract (300 to 500 words) by 30 April to the following address: eefp [at]

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Final CFP: Évaluations morales des technologies controversées dans les conférences citoyennes

Appel à participations : Évaluations morales des technologies controversées dans les conférences citoyennes

Le CEHUM (Université du Minho) organise un colloque de deux jours ayant pour thème les « évaluations morales des technologies controversées dans les conférences citoyennes» qui aura lieu les 14 et 15 mai 2009, à Lisbonne (Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa). Les chercheurs participant à ce colloque incluent :

Joana Baguenier (CEHUM, Université du Minho – Université Paris IV, Sorbonne)
João Cardoso Rosas (CEHUM, Université du Minho)
Anca Gheaus (Equality Studies Centre, University College Dublin)
Simon Joss (SSHL, University of Westminster)
Roberto Merrill (CEHUM, Université du Minho)
Florence Quinche (Université de Nancy)
Bernard Reber (CERSES, CNRS-Université Paris Descartes)
Sabine Roeser (Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology)
Daniel Weinstock (CRÉUM, Université de Montréal)

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