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THE 2017 ANNUAL MONTREAL POLITICAL THEORY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AWARD

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THE 2017 ANNUAL MONTREAL POLITICAL THEORY MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP AWARD

Call for applications: The Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en philosophie politique de Montréal (GRIPP), spanning the departments of political science and philosophy at McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, Concordia University, and l’Université du Québec à Montréal, invites applications for its 2017 manuscript workshop award. The recipient of the award will be invited to Montreal for a day-long workshop in May 2017 dedicated to his or her book manuscript. This “author meets critics” workshop will comprise four to five sessions dedicated to critical discussion of the manuscript; each session will begin with a critical commentary on a section of the manuscript by a political theorist or philosopher who is part of Montreal’s GRIPP community. The format is designed to maximize feedback for a book-in-progress. The award covers the costs of travel, accommodation, and meals.

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CFP: The Future of Work, Automation, and a Basic Income

Call for Abstracts

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

The Future of Work, Automation, and a Basic Income

April 7-8, 2017

Invited Speakers include: Matt Zwolinski (USD) and Evelyn Forget (Manitoba)

Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a 2-3 page abstract (double-spaced) by Dec. 1, 2016. Papers need not address each element of the workshop theme.  We are casting a wide net, and encourage thinking broadly about the theme.

Only one submission per person is permitted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a program committee and decisions will be made by the end of January, 2017.

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Ten Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Politics/IR at Edinburgh

Up to 10 fully funded PhD scholarships in Politics & International Relations, Edinburgh

Applicants interested in work in political theory/political philosophy are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Political Theory group at Edinburgh is a large and diverse comunity of academics, post-doctoral fellows, and PhD students. We hold weekly research seminars and regular conferences and workshops. We host the Just World Institute which, in addition to research activities, has a flourishing programme of public engagement events: http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/jwi

More information on doing a Political Theory PhD in Edinburgh can be found here: http://politicaltheory.sps.ed.ac.uk/

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The (un)certainty of US drone strikes

One topic that President Obama did not discuss during his SOTU address was his use of drone strikes in the so-called “War on Terror.” Perhaps this is not surprising as the President and the CIA have permitted drone strikes to occur under an unknown set of rules, supported with an unknown set of reasons. But as an academic who works in epistemology, I find the level of uncertainty here reckless, and as a citizen, I find it terrifying.

Read more here: http://www.loyno.edu/~rbrice/research_nearcertainty.htm

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Workshop, David Miler, Strangers in our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration

Workshop on

David Miller, Strangers in Our Midst: the political philosophy of immigration, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press

Institute for Philosophy, Hamburg University

March 18th, 2016, Room tbd

Organizers: Thomas Schramme, Christine Straehle

 

Registration: The workshop is open to everyone, but attendance is by registration and limited in number. RSVP by sending an email to millerworkshopHH@gmail.com

Format: Upon registration, participants will receive the manuscript. To maximize the quality of discussion, participants are expected to have read the manuscript beforehand. The workshop comprises four sessions dedicated to the manuscript. Each session will begin with brief critiques of chapters of the manuscript, followed by a brief response by the author and general discussion.

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New Book — Commercium: Critical Theory from a Cosmopolitan Point of View

by Brian Milstein

Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a wealth of discussion and controversy about the idea of a “postnational” or “cosmopolitan” politics. Yet while we have seen many normative theories of cosmopolitanism (David Held, Thomas Pogge) and some cosmopolitan-oriented theories of globalization (Ulrich Beck, Gerard Delanty), there has been little attempt to grapple systematically with fundamental questions of structure and action from a cosmopolitan perspective.

This book departs from previous theoretical treatments of contemporary world politics in that, instead of adopting the conventional image of essentially bounded nation-states that are just recently becoming interdependent with one another, it takes societies to be already essentially interconnected and analyzes their differentiation into a system of sovereign nation-states. Drawing from the cosmopolitan writings of Immanuel Kant and the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas, this book argues that, before we are members of nations, states, or other bounded communities, we are originally participants in what Kant called a commercium of global interaction who are able to negotiate for ourselves the terms on which we share the earth in common with one another. It marshals a broad range of literature from philosophy, sociology, and international relations to show how the modern system of sovereign states destructively impedes, constrains, and distorts these relations of global interaction, producing contradictions and legitimation problems in present-day world society.

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