Religion and Legal Accommodation: A Symposium
on Cécile Laborde’s Liberalism’s Religion

Friday 10 November 2017
Council Chamber, Main Building, Cardiff University

This event is funded by the Society for Applied Philosophy.

09:15 – 09:30

Welcome and opening remarks – Gregory Walker (UCL Institute of Education)

09:30 – 10:30

Chapter 1. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Critique of Religion’
Commentator: Matteo Bonotti (Cardiff University)
Chair: Graeme Garrard (Cardiff University)

10:30 – 11:00

Tea and coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

Chapter 2. ‘Liberal Egalitarianism and the Exemptions Puzzle’
Commentator: Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick)
Chair: Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

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CFP: Social Trust

Call for Abstracts

The Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy

Social Trust

April 20th-21st, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania) and Ted Hinchman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Political scientists and economists have studied social trust for decades, but social trust is seriously underexplored in philosophical contexts, despite a sizeable literature on personal trust in ethics, psychology, and epistemology. Yet given the centrality of social trust for social order, it seems natural to think that analyses of social trust and its value could help answer some of the central questions in social and political philosophy. The purpose of this workshop is to generate a cross-disciplinary discussion on the nature and value of social trust among philosophers, political scientists, and economists working in the area or interested in doing so. We invite a range of submissions from any theorists, social or normative, working on topics concerned with social trust. read more...

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Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes – University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017

Workshop: New Approaches to Political Cohesion in Democratic Processes

This workshop is sponsored by the Centre of Political Thought (University of Exeter), together with the University of Oxford and the Political Thought Specialist Group of the PSA.

University of Exeter, Wednesday 29 November 2017, Reed Hall, Ibrahim Ahmed Room – 12:45-18:30

This workshop places an emphasis on the relationship between democratic processes and political cohesion that goes beyond the simplistic formula of competitive democrats. Political cohesion, or the commitment to a common political project, is a matter of degree and processes leading to the peaceful resolution of conflict are just one way of contributing to this phenomenon. Indeed, political processes can embody values and produce norms that may legitimate the political system in one way or another and lead to much deeper forms of political cohesion among members of a political community than that which is allowed for by the mere avoidance of violent conflict. On the one hand, we consider the circumstances under which competitive elections can do more than peacefully resolve conflict by contributing in a deeper sense to citizens’ commitment to democratic values. On the other hand, as procedural and substantive democrats recognise, there is much more to democracy than free and fair elections. We therefore expand our inquiry beyond election to understand how other democratic values and activities may contribute towards political cohesion. read more...

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Call for Papers: 11th Annual Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory

The 11th Annual Princeton University Graduate Conference in Political Theory will be held from April 13-14, 2018.

The Conference offers graduate students a unique opportunity to present and receive feedback on works in progress. Each session focuses exclusively on one paper. After receiving feedback from a Princeton graduate student discussant, each author engages in an extensive question and answer period with Princeton faculty, students, and guests.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Amy Allen of Pennsylvania State University will deliver the 2018 keynote address.

Submission Information

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CfA: Summer School GREYZONE Edinburgh June 2018

Call for Applications – Summer School

Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity

University of Edinburgh, 25-27 June 2018

In June 2018 the University of Edinburgh is hosting an interdisciplinary Summer School entitled “Navigating the Grey Zone: Complicity, Resistance and Solidarity.” As conceptualized here, the grey zone is not identical with Primo Levi’s notion. While it encompasses Levi’s account, we aim to build a wider typology of those who remain silent and turn their eyes away from violations, who indirectly benefit from injustice, and who make abuses possible without necessarily acting as co-principal wrongdoers. This event targets PhD students and early career researchers (within 4 years of obtaining their doctorate). We will explore the complexities of complicity in and resistance to systemic human rights violations. Moreover, we will consider the ethical and political value of art for shedding light on the ambiguous reality of political responsibility and fostering relations of political solidarity. The Summer School is part of the interdisciplinary ERC research Project GREYZONE, and we aim to bring together perspectives from political theory, political science, law, history, sociology, cultural studies, aesthetics and art. The main goal is to give participants the opportunity to interact across disciplinary boundaries with several international experts and to receive critical feedback on their own projects. The Summer School will involve extended scholarly discussions as well as social activities, allowing the participants to exchange ideas and initiate academic collaborations in a friendly environment. Participants will include a diverse mix of senior and junior scholars, PhD students and artists, who will work together on problematising the many faces of complicity, resistance and solidarity. read more...

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CfA: 35th Annual International Social Philosophy Conference

Thirty-Fifth International Social Philosophy Conference

Sponsored by the North American Society for Social Philosophy with the Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

July 18-20, 2018

Proposals in all areas of social philosophy are welcome, but special attention will be devoted to the conference theme: Health, Well-being, and Society.

Some possible paper topics include the following:

Public goods and citizen well-being
Civil obligation and social welfare
Holding elected officials accountable
Duties of Citizenship
The ethics of healthy living
Violence, society, and well-being
Education and societal flourishing
Inclusion versus marginalization
Health and marginalized communities
Free-markets and the common good
Defining health
Public institutions and well-being
The status of community in an age of political division
Entertainment, sport, and well-being.
Religious belief as a source of societal flourishing or disruption
The macro and micro dimensions of societal flourishing
Public Health and the Public Good
Food, Water, and Human Rights
Resource allocation
Immunization and social responsibility
Global health justice
Ableism and Public Health
Disability, accommodation, and the basic structure
Health, well-being and urban justice
Distributive Justice and Public Health
The social dimensions of well-being
Bias in Health
Defining well-being
Health and Capabilities
Capabilities Well-being
Biopolitics and Biopower
Harm Reduction and Philosophy

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