Tukholma

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

PRACTICAL CONFLICTS AND DEGREES OF MORAL RIGHTNESS

The Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University in association with the Swedish Research Council will host a one-day conference on November 9th 2011. The conference seeks to address such questions as: What is the nature of moral conflict? Can conflicting obligations successfully be resolved into an all-things-considered moral verdict and, if so, what is the structure of such verdicts? Are deontic concepts such as rightness and wrongness binary or can they be a matter of degree?

Organiser: Anna Bergqvist

Please note that Prof. Wlodek Rabinowicz will also present at this conference.
The conference will therefore start at 9.30 am, and not at 10 am as previously
advertised.

Location: Stockholm University, Main Frescati Campus, Geovetenskapens Hus, Room U29.

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2011
Time: 9.30 am - 6 pm

CONFERENCE PROGRAM
[updated 20.10.2011]

9.30 – 10.15 Brief welcome and introduction, followed by Martin Peterson (Eindhoven) and Nicolas Espinoza (Stockholm): ‘Degrees of Moral Rightness’

10.15 – 11.15 Johan Brännmark (Lund): ‘About Right’

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee 11.30 – 12.30 Keynote Address: Jonathan Dancy (UT Austin): ‘More Right than Wrong’

12.30 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.45 Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund): ‘Aggregation of Value Judgments vs. Aggregation of Preferences’

14.45 – 15.45 Andrew Sepielli (Toronto): ‘What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do’

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Björn Eriksson (Stockholm): ‘Degrees of Moral Wrongness’

17.00 – 18.00 Alan Thomas (Tilburg): 'Laws and Generalisations in Ethics’

REGISTRATION
If you wish to attend, please contact Anna Bergqvist
(anna.bergqvist(at)philosophy.su.se). The conference is free of charge, but places
are limited. The deadline for registration is October 31st 2011. There will be a
dinner afterwards (at self-cost). If you wish to attend the conference dinner,
please indicate this in the email. Email to Anna Bergqvist
anna.bergqvist(at)philosophy.su.se

Campus map:
http://www.su.se/english/about/campus/maps/frescati

Travel directions:
http://www.su.se/english/about/campus/getting-to-stockholm-university Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested. Thank you.
 
Konsten att handla – konsten att tänka
HANNAH ARENDT OM DET POLITISKA

Symposium vid Södertörns högskola
Fredag 1 oktober 2010 kl. 9.00–17.00 i Moas Båge, MA636

Program:

9.00−10.10
Inledning
Ulrika Björk: Handling och existens
Bernt Skovdahl: Att göra världen sammanhängande. Hannah Arendts syn på idéernas roll i totalitarismen

Kaffe

10.40−12.10
Stefan Jonsson: Hannah Arendt i Weimarrepubliken. Massan, mobben, folket och
totalitarismens ursprung

Maria Bexelius: Hannah Arendt och rätten till rättigheter
Julia Honkasalo: Arendt och feminismen – en självmotsägelse?

Lunch

13.10−14.40
Shamal Kaveh: Arendts storstädning av det politiska rummet
Victoria Fareld: Temporalt ansvar mellan minne och glömska. Förlåtelse och skuld hos Arendt
Gustav Strandberg: Med Arendt, bortom Arendt. Jan Patočkas läsning av Arendt

Kaffe

15.10−17.00
Anders Burman: Tankens fenomenologi
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: Arendt och Lyotard som läsare av Kant
Cecilia Sjöholm: Arendt och konsten
Slutord

Mingel

För vidare information kontakta Anders Burman, anders.burman(at)sh.se, 08–608 45 79. Evenemanget, som finansieras av CBEES och Idéhistoria vid Södertörns högskola, är öppet för allmänheten och kräver ingen anmälan. Fri entré. Varmt välkomna!
 

Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy 2010:
Ethics and Epistemology
Thursday 3 June, D207, 10 am - 5 pm, room D207

Program:

10.00   Welcome
10.05   Brian McElwee (Oxford): ‘The Structure of Demandingness Objections’. Commentator: Katharina Berndt (Stockholm).
11.05   Coffee
11.20   Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm): ‘What Justifies Beliefs about One's Own Beliefs?’ Commentator: Sara Packalén (Stockholm).
12.20   Lunch
13.40   Karl Karlander (Stockholm): ‘The Varieties of Pain’. Commentator: Jonas Olson (Stockholm).
14.40   Break
14.45   Jonas Åkerman (Stockholm): ’Referential Intentions’. Commentator: Emma Wallin (Stockholm).
15.45   Coffee
16.00   Chris Heathwood (UC Boulder): ‘Could Morality Have a Source’? Commentator: Jens Johansson (Stockholm).


Organizers: Jens Johansson and Jonas Olson
jens.johansson(at)philosophy.su.se; jonas.olson(at)philosophy.su.se

Attendance is free of charge and registration is not required. Papers will be posted at the workshop website (see www.philosophy.su.se) on 20 May.
 
27.05.2010 - 28.05.2010
Workshop: "Agency and Nature" i Stockholm den 27 och 28 maj.

HEMSIDA: http://www.philosophy.su.se/agencyworkshop.htm

Speakers and Titles:
Andrew Janiak, Duke University, North Carolina
“Agents and their powers in Isaac Newton's philosophical thought”

Lilli Alanen, Uppsala University
“Explaining (away) the passions: Spinoza and the science of the human mind”

Valtteri Viljanen, Academy of Finland
“Force and Striving in Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics”

Charlotta Weigelt, Stockholm University
”A potential origin? Aristotle’s conception of archê in the Physics.”

Marcel Quarfood, Uppsala University
“Kant’s antinomy of teleological judgment”

Martin Gustafsson, Stockholm University
“Anscombe's Bird, Wittgenstein's Cat.”

Ulrika Björk, Uppsala University
“Praxis and Initium: On Hannah Arendt's Conception of Action”

Erik Åkerlund, Uppsala University
"The Four Causes in Suárez - the Transformation of the Aristotelian Causes in Late
Scholasticism."

Organisatorer: Robert Callergard och Charlotta Weigelt
 
'Externalism challenged? Externalism vs. internalism today.'

Workshop, 4-5 maj 2010, Stockholms universitet.

Talare:
Katalin Farkas (CEU, Budapest)
Brie Gertler (University of Virginia)
Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern University)
Jesper Kallestrup (The University of Edinburgh)
Åsa Wikforss (Stockholms universitet)

The detailed program will be found here (later):
För detaljer kontakta Åsa Wikforss (asa.wikforss(at)philosophy.su.se)

Alla intresserade välkomna!
 
The Nordic Society for Phenomenology
http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/nosp/index.htm

The Nordic Society for Phenomenology / Nordisk Selskab for Fænomenologi (NoSP)
was founded in May 2001 in Copenhagen. Its aim is to further dialogue and cooperation between phenomenologists in the Nordic countries, and to promote scholarship, teaching, research,and publication affiliated with phenomenology.

The executive committee of the society consists of five members, one from each of the five Nordic countries.

Membership of the Society is free and open to all persons interested in furthering its purposes and in participating in its activities.

The eighth annual meeting of the Society will take place at Södertörn University College in Stockholm, April 22-24, 2010.

POSTER: http://www.helsinki.fi/jarj/nosp/NOSP%20affisch.pdf

PROGRAM:

Thursday 22/4

17.00 MB 416, Registration
17.30 Words of welcome from the University: Rector Ingela Josefson. Music: Jörgen Petterson.
18.00 Ronald Bruzina “Phenomenology’s recovery of nature antecedent to naturalism”
19.30 Reception with buffet at Södertörn University
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

Friday 23/4

9.30 -11.00 MB 416, Camilla Serck-Hanssen "Critique conceived as Fundamental Ontology; Heidegger's Reading of Kant"
Chair: Hans Ruin
11.30-13.00 Parallel Sessions Section I
13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Parallel Sessions Section II
16.30-18.00 MB 416 Jeff Malpas “Nihilism and the Thinking of Place”
18.00-18.30 Board meeting
Chair: Sara Heinämaa

Saturday 24/4
9.30-11.00 MB 416, Panel on Eugen Fink’s Phenomenology
Chair: Sven-Olov Wallenstein
11.30-13.00 Parallel Sessions Section III
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.30 Parallel Sessions Section IV
16.00-17.30 MB 416, Claudia Baracchi “The End of Philosophy and Another Beginning”
Chair: Hans Ruin
20.00 Conference dinner at Restaurant Rival


Parallel Sessions Section I
1a) MC 238, Phenomenology and Ancient Philosophy
Jussi Backman “The Unthought Distinction: Heidegger’s Notion of the First Onset of Western Philosophy”
Charlotta Weigelt: “The hermeneutic significance of Aristotle’s concept of chance”
Antonio Cimino: “Performativity and Philosophy as a Form of Life. New Perspectives on Heidegger’s Interpretation of Plato’s Sophist”
Chair: Hans Ruin

1b) MC235, Merleau-Ponty, Speech, Space, Gender
Anna Petronella Fredlund: “A phenomenology of speech: Merleau-Ponty’s reading of Saussure”
Petri Berndtson: “The Respiratory Constitution of Space and its connection to the Origin of Space”
Linda Fisher: “Gendering Body Memory in Merleau-Ponty”
Chair: Lisa Käll

1c) M243, Space and Orientations
Friederike Rese: “Places, Human Beings and Things”
Denisa Butnaru: “‘Distorted‘ Body, ‘Distorted’ Space”
David Connolly: “Space not spaces: Spatial unities in experiences of pathological synaesthesia”
Chair: Fredrika Spindler

1d) MC 544, Finitude and Responsivity

Anna-Karin Selberg: “Achtung versus wakefulness – Heidegger’s approach to Kant’s practical philosophy”
Thomas Schwarz-Wentzer: “Being responsive – an existentialist reading of the late Heidegger”
Eddo Evink: “A Phenomenology of Surrender”
Chair: Christian Nilsson

1e) MC546, Husserl, Eidetics and Life World
Mirja Hartimo “Husserl and algebra of logic”
Rosa-Maria Lupo: “The eidetic constitution of objectivity between Husserl and Aristotle”
Simo Pulkkinen: “On the Pregivenness of the Lifeworld”
Chair: Jonna Bornemark

1f) MC219, Phenomenology and Aesthetics
Trevor Perri: “The Imaginary and the Work of Art”
Mitha Firth: “Phenomenology and Anonymous Architecture”
Cecilia Sjöholm: “The Aestheticization of public space; art, phenomenology and the feminist revolt”
Chair: Sven-Olof Wallenstein

Parallel Sessions Section II
2a) MC 238, Phenomenology and psychoanalysis
Andrzej Leder: “Can Husserl’s concept of consciousness’ structure serve as a starting point for the development of a theory of not-conscious?”
Johan Eriksson: “Freud the reluctant philosopher – on psychoanalysis and its relation to science and philosophy”
Jagna Brudzińska: “In-depth Phenomenology and the dynamic of the unconscious experiences in the Psychoanalysis”
Nicholas Smith: “Husserl’s late philosophy of science and the Freudian contribution”
Chair: Christian Nilsson

2b) MC 235, Self and Other

Dan Zahavi: ”Shame and the exposed self”
Joel Backström: ”The phenomenology of conscience: turning ethics inside out”
Vivian Bohl & Bruno Mölder: “The directness of the other”
Chair: Jonna Lappalainen

2c) MC 243, Phenomenology of Affectivity
Hanne Jacobs: “Affection and Distance”
Irina Poleshchuk: “Affected intentionality in Levinas’ philosophy”
Christophe Perrin: “Useful but incertain: Heidegger’s critique of Pascal”
Chair: Carl Cederberg

2d) MC 544, Eugen Fink’s Critical Elaboration of Phenomenology
Daniele de Santis: “Fink’s Criticism of the Concept of Evidence”
Peter A. Varga: “Distinguishing between Fink’s and Husserl’s Notion of Phenomenological Philosophy”
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

2e) MC 546, Agency and Action
Ulrika Björk: “World and worldlessness. Romantic cosmopolitanism in the Varnhagen salon”
Hans Pedersen: “Heidegger’s Critique of Causal Theories of Action”
Martina Reuter: ”Hannah Arendt’s Concept of Personal Responsibility”
Chair: Charlotta Weigelt

2f) MC219, Community and Politics
Lisa Folkmarson Käll: “Community as Space of Sharing and Exposure”
Kristian Klockars: “Political Ontology, its Possibilities and Role”
Timo Miettinen: “Husserl and body politic”
Ramona Rat: “Singular and Multiple”
Chair: Anna-Karin Selberg

Parallel Sessions Section III
3a) MC 238, Intentionality and Hyletic Content
Ingvar Johansson: "How to Situate Fictions in the Spatiotemporal World – Developing Thoughts from Ingarden"
Dalius Jonkus: “Transformation of the Notion of Sensibility in Contemporary Phenomenology”
Helena de Preester: “Hylè and imagination: Sartre’s critique of Husserl”
Luis Niel: “The Fundamental Problem of the Phenomenology of Time: The Phenomenologizing of Primal Phenomenality in Husserl’s C-Manuscripts”
Chair: Johan Eriksson

3b) MC 235, The Spatiality of the Body

Dermot Moran: “Pain takes Place at a Distance from the Ego: The Experience of Inner Spatiality in Husserl and Stein”
Timothy Mooney: “On the Intelligence in Concrete Movement: Merleau-Ponty’s Proper Conclusion”
Rasmus Thybo Jensen: “Is spatial awareness in action conceptual?”
Chair: Carl Cederberg

3c) MC 243, Roundtable on Feminist Phenomenology
Lisa Folkmarsson Käll, Beata Strawarska and Lanei Rodemeyer
Chair: Sara Heinämaa

3d) MC 544, Bodily Reflection

Johan Eckart Hansen:  “Bodily reflection”
Wenjing  Cai: “Phenomenological Reflection and the Possibility of a ‘Phenomenological Language’”
Erika Ruonakoski: “Embodied Situation As the Object of Empathy”
Chair: Nicholas Smith

3e) MC 546, History and Death
Paul John Ennis: “Phenomenology and the Problem of the Ancestral”
Gabriel Malenfant: "'We Do Not Have a Present' Levinas, Wyschogrod, and the Dead Other"
Søren Gosvig Olesen: “The History of Reason”
Chair: Hans Ruin

3f) MC516, Intentionality
Jonna Bornemark: “Beyond naming and non-naming”
Anne Granberg: “Phenomenology of anonymity”
Māra Grīnfelde: “From Erlebnis to Erfahrung: The Quest for a New Understanding of Experience in Contemporary Phenomenology”
Chair: Karl Weigelt

Parallel Sessions Section IV
4a) MC 238, Phenomenology of the Unapparent

Andreea Parapuf: “Phenomenology and Tautological Thinking in the Later Heidegger”
Sinead Hogan: “Shifting grounds… ‘…der satz vom grund klingt an…’”
Fredrik Westerlund: “The Epiphany of the World: Heidegger’s late phenomenology of origins”
Chair: Fredrika Spindler

4b) MC 235, Phenomenology and Music
Peter Hanly:  “Dark Celebration: Heidegger and the Song”
Erik Wallrup: “The phenomenon musical space”
Jessica Wiskus: “Listening: On Phenomenological and Musical Form”
Chair: Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

4c) MC 243, Indexicality and Intentional Content

James McGuirk: “Indexicality and the First Person Perspective”
Karl Weigelt: “What is in your mind? Phenomenology and theory of content”
Tõnu Viik: “Cultural constituents of intentional objects: towards reading noema as a cultural form”
Chair: Johan Eriksson

4d) MC 544, Technology, Nature and Subjectivity
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: “Husserl, the Earth, and Technology”
Björn Thorsteinsson: “Responsively entangled: Merleau-Ponty meets Niels Bohr”
Joona Taipale: “Husserl and Freud on the Origins of Otherness”
Chair: Anna-Karin Selberg

4e) MC 546, Phenomenology of Body and Organ
Lanei M. Rodemeyer: “Beyond Time: Considering Ecstatic Time through the Living Present and the Body”
Line Ryberg Ingerslev: “Bodily awareness and self-distance”
Fredrik Svenaeus: “What is an organ? Towards a phenomenology of organ transplantation”
Chair: Jonna Bornemark
 
Constitution and Constititutionalism

The Third Concepta Resarch Training Seminar
CALL FOR PAPERS

Date: 5-6 November 2009

Place: Stockholm University, Sweden

Organisers: Concepta - International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought and the University of Stockholm.

Convenors: Dr. Jussi Kurunmäki (Stockholm University), Dr. Suvi Soininen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Henrik Stenius (University of Helsinki)

In recent years, questions regarding the meaning and scope of the concept of constitution have become re-actualised in conjunction with the increased attention that has been paid to the phenomena of globalisation, multiculturalism and the transformation of modern democracy. Questions, which for a long time had been posed almost exclusively by legal and political theorists and the historians of “the age of revolutions”, seem to have gained practical relevance: Are the constitution-makers the same people as the people affected by the constitution in question? What is the relationship between the
concept of constitution and the concepts of nation and state?

Present problems and future concerns revitalise our interest in the history of the concepts of constitution and constitutionalism. The conceptual history perspective not only helps us to understand the background of today’s problems but it also enables us to see the contested character of the very concept of constitution. We may ask: What meanings have been given to concept of constitution and in what kind of political controversies it has been involved? What kind of role have geopolitical constellations had in terms of constitution-making and constitutional reforms? What is characteristic to a constitutional moment? When and where did these moments take place? We may also learn why and in which ways “constitution” has become one of the key concepts of modern politics.

In order to shed light to the politics of constitution and constitutionalism, the International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Though, Concepta, invites doctoral students, post docs and senior scholars to a workshop on the concepts of constitution and constitutionalism. The focus of the workshop is narrow in a sense that we are interested in a particular concept (or a cluster of concepts), but it is also broad in a sense that the concept of constitution will be approached from a number of different angles.

Consequently, papers dealing with the following topics are especially welcome.

-  historical case studies of debates over constitutions

-  diachronic conceptual changes in the use of “constitution”

-  the relationship between constitutionalism and democracy

-  political ideologies and the concept of constitution

-  parliamentarism as republican form of constitutionalism

-  geopolitical aspects of constitution-making

-  ancient constitutions vs. revolutionary moments: temporal aspects of “constitution”

-  sub-national and post-national constitutional aspirations

-  conceptual history aspects of the attempts to create a European constitution

Deadline for abstracts (max. 400 words):  1 September 2009

Send abstracts to Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se or
Suvi Soininen: suvi.m.soininen (at) jyu.fi

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers at the seminar are Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter), Max Edling (University of Uppsala), Andreas Kalyvas (The New School for Social Research, New York). The topics covered by the key note speakers include the making of the US Constitution, the history of pouvoir constituent, and the EU Constitution.

Dario Castiglione is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Exeter in the Department of Politics of the School of Human and Social Sciences. His major field of interest is political theory and its history, with particular application to contemporary European developments. His main areas of research comprise constitutionalism, democratic theory, the interconnection between state and society, the history of early modern political thought, and democracy and
citizenship in the EU. He has published extensively on these issues and acted as one of the lead-partners in numerous EU projects on issues such as European Constitutionalism, Democracy and Citizenship.

Max Edling is a member of the Department of History at Uppsala University and the author of A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State (New York, 2003). His
current research deals with American political economy and war finance between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Andreas Kalyvas is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of 'Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Weber, Schmitt, Arendt' (Cambridge University Press 2008) and the co-author of 'Liberal Beginnings: Making a Democracy for the Moderns' (Cambridge University Press 2008).  He is currently working on two book projects: one on the intersecting trajectories of dictatorship and tyranny in Western political thought and another on the constituent power and radical democratic politics.

Registration fee: 50 euros.

Accommodation: More information will be published soon.

Travel grants: A number of travel grants will be available to contribute towards students travel expenses. Although, students should be aware that these grants might not cover full costs. Those wishing to apply for a travel grant should indicate this in their applications.

Contact: Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se and Suvi
Soininen: suvi.m.soininen (at) jyu.fi.

www: http://www.concepta-net.org/



Lisätietoja Conceptan sivuilta ( http://www.concepta-net.org/ )

Tiedustelut:
Jussi Kurunmäki <jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se>

 
The Politics of Life: Michel Foucault and the Biopolitics of Modernity

Conference at IASPIS, Sep 3-5
Maria Skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm

This symposium is arranged by the Institution of Culture and Communication
at Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg, and The International Artists
Studio Program in Stockholm (IASPIS).


Ever since the concepts of “biopolitics” and “biopower” appeared in the first volume of Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality in 1976, they have continued to provoke responses. In 1976 Foucault picks up themes already developed in Discipline and Punish, and describes a shift in the structure of power that takes us from the epoch of sovereignty, in which the right of the ruler is to take life or let live, to the modern conception of power as a way to enhance, render productive, compose, maximize, and administer life. In some respects this is an undeniable progress toward a more “humane” world, but, as Foucault underlines, it also leads to a biological conception of politics. To exterminate the enemy, to expel the degenerate, the enemy of the people or the class from the social body in order to attain purity—all of this will become possible precisely because the body politic comes to be perceived as a living entity that must be attended to, and not just a source of disturbances that must be repressed.

Foucault’s research, which soon came to graft the concept of biopolitics onto the idea of a modern form of “governmentality”, has been a major source of inspiration for philosophy, political science and gender studies, as well as in bioethics and analyses of security apparatuses and techniques of surveillance. Foucault’s ideas have been critically extended in the highly diverse ways, often taking them far beyond their initial formulations—all of which indicate the extent to which thinking with, through, beyond and perhaps also against the questions posed by Foucault has proved to be a highly fertile ground for research.

In this way, the conference takes its point of departure in the work of Foucault, but with the intention of assessing the applicability of his thought to the present, which undoubtedly also means to envisage the possibility of different futures.

Keynote speakers: Thomas Lemke, Johanna Oksala, Maurizio Lazzarato,
Catherine Mills, Julian Reid, Vikki Bell, and Sven-Olov Wallenstein

For a detailed program, see the homepage of the philosophy department:
http://webappl.web.sh.se/[...]

Contact:
Sven-Olov Wallenstein: sven-olov.wallenstein(at)sh.se, or
walle(at)sitemagazine.net

The conference is free of charge, but seating is limited, so we recommend
pre-booking. Send mail to: jakob.nilsson(at)mail.film.su.se
 
Constitution and Constititutionalism

The Third Concepta Resarch Training Seminar
CALL FOR PAPERS

Date: 5-6 November 2009

Place: Stockholm University, Sweden

Organisers: Concepta - International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought and the University of Stockholm.

Convenors: Dr. Jussi Kurunmäki (Stockholm University), Dr. Suvi Soininen (University of Jyväskylä), Dr. Henrik Stenius (University of Helsinki)

In recent years, questions regarding the meaning and scope of the concept of constitution have become re-actualised in conjunction with the increased attention that has been paid to the phenomena of globalisation, multiculturalism and the transformation of modern democracy. Questions, which for a long time had been posed almost exclusively by legal and political theorists and the historians of “the age of revolutions”, seem to have gained practical relevance: Are the constitution-makers the same people as the people affected by the constitution in question? What is the relationship between the
concept of constitution and the concepts of nation and state?

Present problems and future concerns revitalise our interest in the history of the concepts of constitution and constitutionalism. The conceptual history perspective not only helps us to understand the background of today’s problems but it also enables us to see the contested character of the very concept of constitution. We may ask: What meanings have been given to concept of constitution and in what kind of political controversies it has been involved? What kind of role have geopolitical constellations had in terms of constitution-making and constitutional reforms? What is characteristic to a constitutional moment? When and where did these moments take place? We may also learn why and in which ways “constitution” has become one of the key concepts of modern politics.

In order to shed light to the politics of constitution and constitutionalism, the International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Though, Concepta, invites doctoral students, post docs and senior scholars to a workshop on the concepts of constitution and constitutionalism. The focus of the workshop is narrow in a sense that we are interested in a particular concept (or a cluster of concepts), but it is also broad in a sense that the concept of constitution will be approached from a number of different angles.

Consequently, papers dealing with the following topics are especially welcome.

-  historical case studies of debates over constitutions

-  diachronic conceptual changes in the use of “constitution”

-  the relationship between constitutionalism and democracy

-  political ideologies and the concept of constitution

-  parliamentarism as republican form of constitutionalism

-  geopolitical aspects of constitution-making

-  ancient constitutions vs. revolutionary moments: temporal aspects of “constitution”

-  sub-national and post-national constitutional aspirations

-  conceptual history aspects of the attempts to create a European constitution

Deadline for abstracts (max. 400 words):  1 September 2009

Send abstracts to Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se or
Suvi Soininen: suvi.m.soininen (at) jyu.fi

Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers at the seminar are Dario Castiglione (University of Exeter), Max Edling (University of Uppsala), Andreas Kalyvas (The New School for Social Research, New York). The topics covered by the key note speakers include the making of the US Constitution, the history of pouvoir constituent, and the EU Constitution.

Dario Castiglione is Reader in Political Theory at the University of Exeter in the Department of Politics of the School of Human and Social Sciences. His major field of interest is political theory and its history, with particular application to contemporary European developments. His main areas of research comprise constitutionalism, democratic theory, the interconnection between state and society, the history of early modern political thought, and democracy and
citizenship in the EU. He has published extensively on these issues and acted as one of the lead-partners in numerous EU projects on issues such as European Constitutionalism, Democracy and Citizenship.

Max Edling is a member of the Department of History at Uppsala University and the author of A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State (New York, 2003). His
current research deals with American political economy and war finance between the Revolution and the Civil War.

Andreas Kalyvas is an associate professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research. He is the author of 'Democracy and the Politics of the Extraordinary: Weber, Schmitt, Arendt' (Cambridge University Press 2008) and the co-author of 'Liberal Beginnings: Making a Democracy for the Moderns' (Cambridge University Press 2008).  He is currently working on two book projects: one on the intersecting trajectories of dictatorship and tyranny in Western political thought and another on the constituent power and radical democratic politics.

Registration fee: 50 euros.

Accommodation: More information will be published soon.

Travel grants: A number of travel grants will be available to contribute towards students travel expenses. Although, students should be aware that these grants might not cover full costs. Those wishing to apply for a travel grant should indicate this in their applications.

Contact: Jussi Kurunmäki: jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se and Suvi
Soininen: suvi.m.soininen (at) jyu.fi.

www: http://www.concepta-net.org/



Lisätietoja Conceptan sivuilta ( http://www.concepta-net.org/ )

Tiedustelut:
Jussi Kurunmäki <jussi.kurunmaki (at) statsvet.su.se>

 

Stockholm June Workshop in Philosophy 2009

Metaphysics and Normativity

June 4, 9.30 - 17.00
Stockholm University, room B497

Speakers

KENT HURTIG (UPPSALA):
'The Scope of (External) Reasons'

JENS JOHANSSON (STOCKHOLM):
'Temporalism about Death's Badness'

NED MARKOSIAN (WESTERN WASHINGTON):
'Rossian Minimalism'

JONAS OLSON (STOCKHOLM):
'Getting Real about Moral Fictionalism'

STEPHAN TORRE (OXFORD):
'Eternalism and the Open Future'

Organizers: Jens Johansson and Jonas Olson

Attendance is free of charge, but please email the organizers if you
plan to attend.

jens.johansson (at) philosophy.su.se
jonas.olson (at) philosophy.su.se
 
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