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3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory: Politics of Responsibility

Hosted by the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
28-29 May 2015

On 28-29 May 2015 the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, is hosting the 3rd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory. The theme of the Conference is the politics of responsibility. We aim to provide a forum for a fruitful exchange between a range of perspectives, interests and concerns oriented towards the rubric of international political theory that seek to contribute to this challenging, yet intriguing topic. We welcome paper proposals from various disciplinary backgrounds and wish to offer an opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment.

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Hospitality Now (!): One-day conference, Paris (Sciences Po), July 1st, 2014

“Hospitaliy Now (!)” has two significations: one, what is the current state of scholarship regarding the thematisation of hospitality in political theory/science/philosophy? While work continues apace on hospitality all around the world, some of the key texts—one might think of Of Hospitality by Jacques Derrida, or the work of Seyla Benhabib—are now some years old, and it seems useful to assess where the current thinking is at, both taking into account and moving beyond these canonical texts on the subject.

The second signification is the ever-present urgency around questions of hospitality. Whether it be the sans-papiers in France or across Europe, and the people drowning on their way to Lampedusa, or asylum-seekers drowning in the Indian Ocean between Indonesia and Australia, the ethics of hospitality dominate political agendas, especially in developed nations. The questions press upon us, the call of the vulnerable arrest our attention, as if they cried out: hospitality now!

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Debating ‘Transitional Cosmopolitanism’ through Courts, University of Oslo, 3-4 March 2014

Sangerhall – Håndverkeren Kurs- og Konferansesenter  –  Rosenkrantzgate 7, 0159, Oslo Norwegian Centre for Human Rights- University of Oslo (NCHR-TAG- Human Rights and Conflict) Norwegian Resource Bank for Democracy and Human Rights – NORDEM Democracy as Idea and Practice Programme – University of Oslo MultiRights Project, European Research Council Advanced Grant #269841 at the University of Oslo

During the last decades, cosmopolitan justice has become one of the major fields of multidisciplinary research. Mostly starting from various reinterpretations of Kant’s Perpetual Peace, theories about cosmopolitan justice have emphasized either the relevance of centralized agencies, or have combined – alternatively – nation-state approaches showing a ‘universalist’ scope. Issues concerning the advancement of a cosmopolitan condition have also involved the role of the global civil society, civil disobedience and social activists and so on. Yet, little weight has been given to the assessment of the role of courts, either at the local or at the international level in the promotion of a “cosmopolitan law”. This flaw may reflect a deep scholarly divergence in understanding the multi-faced aspects of post-national law, either regional (i.e. EU), international or – still in progress – cosmopolitan.  Particularly in this latter case, the ever growing influence of international  courts in adjudicating individual and state behaviors (as in the case of the ICJ and the ICC) requires the clarification of what is the philosophical and legal significance, if any, of cosmopolitan law.

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MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2014: 2nd Call for Convenors

The MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2014 is an annual conference in political theory, organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. This year’s conference will be the eleventh event in the series and will take place on Monday 8th September until Wednesday 10th September at the Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Over the last ten years, participants from over twenty five countries have come together in a series of workshops focussing on political theory/philosophy widely construed. Last year the workshops had more than 200 delegates attending, and the conference is now established as a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of research in political theory.

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2nd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory: Political Evil, 22-23 May 2014

Hosted by the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

On 22-23 May 2014 the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, is  hosting the 2nd St Andrews Graduate Conference in International Political Theory. The theme of the Conference is political evil. We aim to provide a forum for a fruitful exchange between a range of perspectives, interests and concerns oriented towards the rubric of international political theory that seek to contribute to this challenging, yet intriguing arena of inquiry. We welcome paper proposals from various disciplinary backgrounds and wish to offer an opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment.

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MANCEPT Workshops 2014 Call for Convenors

The MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2014 is an annual conference in political theory, organised under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory. This year’s conference will be the eleventh event in the series and will take place on Monday 8th September until Wednesday 10th September at the Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester. Over the last ten years, participants from over twenty five countries have come together in a series of workshops focussing on political theory/philosophy widely construed. Last year the workshops had more than 200 delegates attending, and the conference is now established as a leading international forum dedicated to the discussion of research in political theory.

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