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Category Archives: Conferences
The new Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of Groningen is hosting its inaugural conference on Sept 28-29, 2017.
Keynote speakers are Simon Caney (Warwick), Nancy Cartwright (Durham/UCSD), Gerald Gaus (Arizona), and Catherine de Vries (Essex).
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CFP: Refugees and Minority Rights – Acceptable and unacceptable criteria for accepting/ rejecting refugees in a non-ideal world
14-15 June 2018
University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway
David Miller (Oxford), Sarah Fine (KCL), Serena Parekh (Northeastern), Kieran Oberman (Edinburgh), Lea Ypi (LSE), Phillip Cole (UWE)
Call for Papers:
Faced with the worst displacement crisis since the second world war, many states are unlikely to accept as many refugees as they ought, and very few are likely to accept more than they are required. So though some refugees will be admitted, many with sound claims will thus be wrongfully rejected. Are some ways of wrongfully rejecting refugees less objectionable than others? If “yes”, is it then morally justifiable to give priority to refugees who flee from worse forms discrimination or persecution of minority groups than refugees who flee less severe forms of discrimination?
Registration open and program online:
Philosophy and Childhood
13-14 July 2017, University of Salzburg, Austria
Keynote Speakers: S. Matthew Liao (New York), Amy Mullin (Toronto), Adam Swift (Warwick)
The program includes 32 talks in two parallel sessions and three keynote talks over the course of two days. A detailed program including a book of abstracts can be found on the conference homepage. The registration fee is 30€ and covers the conference folder, coffee breaks, and two lunch snacks. Students as well as particpiants from countries classified as low-income or lower-middle income economies by the World Bank pay a subsidized fee of 15€.
Here’s a call for papers for a worskshop a colleague of mine and I are organizing at MANCEPT later this year:
A natural way to theorize about social institutions and rules is to focus on first identifying what the perfect model of such arrangements looks like. After all, if we are interested in determining what justice in our specific situation requires, then it seems sensible to first figure out what justice requires in general. We might label a theory that takes up such an approach ideal theory. Rawls took the function of ideal theory to be the generation of guiding principles for how actual societies and political institutions should be arranged. On his view, ideal theory was to be supplemented with a nonideal theory, which is tasked at least partly with determining the morally justifiable and politically feasible means of moving actual societies closer to the ideal one. Of course, Rawls’s usage of the term “ideal theory” is narrower than how it is employed by contemporary writers on the subject. For Rawls, the term referred to a theory that imagines realistic utopia in which individuals are assumed to be fully compliant and possess an effective sense of justice. More generally, we can take ideal theory to also refer simply to any theory that advances a vision of a perfect society that fully embodies a normative political or moral value such as justice. Such an approach to theorizing is to be contrasted with any other that merely aims to solve moral or justice-related problems in our actual, imperfect world, without reference to a perfect society.
The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought invites graduate students registered for a doctoral degree at any university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland, engaged in research in any area of the fields of political thought and theory, to submit a paper which will form the basis for presentation at the Political Thought Conference 2018, to be held in Oxford January 4-6 2018). The academic convenors for the conference (Iseult Honohan and Humeira Iqtidar) will select one paper to be included in the conference programme. The winning candidate will be given free conference registration, accommodation, meals and travel expenses.
Proposals are invited from PhD and early postdoctoral students for a newly introduced poster presentation session at the APT Oxford Political Thought conference at St Catherine’s College 4-6 January 2018.
Posters are invited in three broad thematic areas:
Social justice [these are provisional]
A limited number of proposals will be selected for presentation. Invited speakers at the conference will be available at the poster session to comment on the presentations and to discuss your research.
The APT is one of the longest established meeting of political theorists in Britain. Consisting mainly of plenary sessions at which all papers are invited, it is strikingly and unusually pluralist. It attracts an international range of researchers from all the sub-fields of political theory: normative and critical; analytic and interpretive; historical and contemporary; anglo-american and continental european.