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Call for Papers: Workshop on Recognition and Poverty, U of Salzburg, 15 & 16 November 2018, Invited speaker: David Ingram (Loyola University Chicago)

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg is happy to announce the call for papers for a workshop on “Recognition and Poverty”. The workshop will be held at the University of Salzburg on 15 and 16 November 2018.

The invited speaker for this workshop is David Ingram (Loyola University Chicago), who will give a talk on “Misrecognition and Divided Agency: Does Micro-Finance Empower Women?”.

The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together papers that explore the relation of recognition and poverty, and how (critical) theories of recognition can be utilized to enhance our understanding, evaluation and critique of poverty and social inequalities. This also includes issues of recognition in the production of poverty knowledge and in poverty research. Another possible topic is the relation of recognition to other critical normative concepts such as reification, alienation or invisibility in respect to issues of poverty. Furthermore, papers can explore anti-poverty policies, development aid and duties towards the (global) poor. Critical examinations of reflections on poverty and related issues in the work of past and present thinkers of recognition (e.g. Fichte, Hegel, Kojeve, Fanon, Taylor, Fraser, Honneth) are welcomed.

This workshop hopes to contribute to the ongoing and expanding debate about recognition in ethics, political and social philosophy by focusing on poverty, which is one highly important social and global challenge. Contributions from social and political theory are also welcomed as are papers that combine conceptual and empirical work.?

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Call for Papers: Workshop: Spatial In/justice: Linking Perspectives from Geography and Philosophy

Call for Papers: Workshop: Spatial In/justice: Linking Perspectives from Geography and Philosophy

organized by Andreas Koch (Social Geography, Salzburg) and Gottfried Schweiger (Political Philosophy, Salzburg)

13. & 14 September 2018, University of Salzburg

Part of the 2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research on Space and Poverty


The aim of this workshop is to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion and exchange of ideas and knowledge between geography and philosophy on issues of spatial in/justice. Spatial in/justice is certainly of high interest to both disciplines, whether it be in the form of poverty, inequality, exclusion, marginalization or oppression or issues of rights, morality, agency or knowledge production regarding spaces. Both disciplines have produced valuable insights on these issues over the last decades and yet it seems as if they are rather separated from each other. This workshop is dedicated to explore how geographical and philosophical concepts, theories, insights and methods can learn, enrich or even criticize each other to help us to better understand spatial in/justice but also to construct better practices and policies to overcome them. This workshop is open to several different conceptual and methodological approaches and theoretical backgrounds within geography and philosophy (e.g. Structuralism, Marxism, Critical Theory, Liberalism…).

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CFP: Political Identity on the Theshold

Call for papers: Political Identity on the Threshold
Location: Nova University of Lisbon, September 10-11 2018

Keynote: Richard Bellamy (University College, London; European University Institute)

Political identity is historically related to social identity, that is, to how people recognize themselves as members of some larger aggregate grouping. In this sense, it involves an exclusion process whereby ‘we’ are distinguished from ‘them’ and an inclusion process whereby who or what one is can be defined in terms of where one has come from and where one is going. The most common forms of political identity are traced back to nationalist claims associated with states, but even political parties or other social movements came to represent the needs and interests of certain key identities (‘the working class’, ‘the British people’, ‘the environmentalists’), and their success was built largely on their ability to connect to those sharing such characteristics. read more...

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CFP: Yaoundé Seminar ‘Future generations and global inequality’

CFP: Yaoundé Seminar ‘Future generations and global inequality’


Submission deadline: February 28, 2018

Conference date: August 20, 2018 – August 26, 2018

Conference Venue: Yaoundé Seminar, UCAC, Yaoundé (Cameroon)

The things we do now, more than in the past, affect how future people will live. We can improve their conditions by transferring knowledge, technology or things of beauty, or make the world a much less pleasant place for them to live in, for example by failing to stop climate change, resource depletion, environmental degradation to the point where human rights come under threat. This raises the question of intergenerational justice: what do we owe to future people? Do we have minimal duties to protect their human rights or more demanding duties to preserve what’s we’ve inherited from past generations? Do we have egalitarian duties towards future generations? read more...

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CFA: 6th Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference

Keynote Speaker: Achille Mbembe

The 6th Graduate Conference in Political Theory, hosted by Sciences Po Paris’ Doctoral School and CEVIPOF will take place on the 30th and 31st of May 2018. These two days of  discussion are open to young political theorists coming from diverse intellectual and cultural horizons. For this year’s edition, we will have the pleasure of welcoming Achille Mbembe, whose closing presentation will mark the end of our event.

Born in Cameroon, Achille Mbembe is a philosopher inspired by thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Michel Foucault. His work focuses on postcolonialism, race, war, the state of exception and, more recently, relations of enmity. We owe him the concept of necropolitics, an inflection of Foucault’s biopolitics. read more...

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The events of the year 2016 have led many critical observers to doubt the stability and longevity of democracy. Ideally, democracy effectuates the rule of reason. Debates in elected assemblies and in society as a whole should serve the process of finding best reasons for political decisions. However, the mechanisms that currently produce such decisions are vulnerable to misuse. Arguably, they need to be redesigned in an attempt to make them “foolproof” – i.e., to design them in a way to make misuse inherently impossible or to minimize its negative consequences.

Empirical evidence suggests that political agents may generally lack the required competence for deliberation and debate. Even very intelligent people systematically tend to focus on information that confirms what they already believe and dismiss information that contradicts it. Instead of seeking rational debate, people often cling to forms of modern tribalism. In addition, modern communication networks are swiftly replacing traditional print and broadcast news media. This shift presents deliberative democracy with opportunities but also risks, as these communication networks neither encourage a balanced exchange of information nor systematically check its quality. read more...

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