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Call for Poster Presentations: Oxford APT Conference

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:
Climate change
Religion
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.

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Conference: The Historical Rawls, May 26, Oxford – registration open now

Conference announcement: THE HISTORICAL RAWLS (May 26, 2017). Organised by Professor Teresa Bejan and Professor Sophie Smith (University of Oxford).

Registration is now open: https://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/departmental/conference-on-the-historical-rawls.html

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CFP: Robust Demands of the Goods (new deadline)

In The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue, and Respect (OUP 2015), Philip Pettit argues that robust goods are central to a human life well lived, including such goods as friendship, love, honesty, fidelity, and respect. Pettit traces the implications of valuing such goods across a wide range of important topics, including whether doing evil is structurally dissimilar from doing good, whether we can act based on dispositions yet still be guided by moral principles, and how we ought to reconcile the demands of personal attachments with morality’s more impersonal demands.

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CALL FOR PAPERS- MANCEPT 2017- Bio-Hackers, Home Made Cyborgs and Body Modifications: A New Frontier for Ethics and Policy

Convenors:

Joseph Roberts-University of Manchester, David Lawrence-Newcastle University

 

A series of panels on biohacking, enhancement, and their regulatory implications, taking place as part of MANCEPT 2017 at the University of Manchester, September 11-13, 2017

Technologies are increasingly being incorporated into the body. ‘Grinder’ and biohacking movements are gaining momentum as more and more individuals are beginning to practice increasingly extreme body modifications; using technology to enhance, extend and modify the capabilities of the human body. Amal Graafstra has incorporated Near Field Communication Chips (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RDIF) into his hands in order to enable him to access his home, office and car without the use of keys and access password protected websites and hardware in a secure manner. Tim Cannon implanted a prototype (Circadia) that collected and transmitted biometric data wirelessly to a smartphone under his skin, enabling him to closely monitor his body temperature. A consumer friendly version of Circadia is being developed that will allow measurement of blood glucose and blood oxygen levels as well as blood pressure and temperature. Other biohackers have implanted magnets in their fingertips to sense magnetic fields (giving them a form of sixth sense) and into their tragi to transmit sound directly into the ears. Naltrexone (an opioid receptor antagonist) implants can be inserted into the lower abdomen in order to aid recovery in opioid addicts by precluding individuals from experiencing the effects of drugs like heroin and morphine. Developments such as these offer tantalising possibilities in terms of convenience, privacy, our relationship to and experience of the natural world, and increased health; but also bring with them significant ethical questions concerning our relationship to our bodies, the limits of consent, and the role of doctors (and other professionals working in clinical and periclinical scenarios).

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Invitation to workshop: World Government or Else?

WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?

The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from empirical angles.

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CFP: Confucian Political Theory (MANCEPT Workshops)

Confucian Political Theory

MANCEPT Workshops 2017,

Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September 

Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 Call for Abstract

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.

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