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The conference offers graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment and receive feedback from dedicated discussants. The theme for this inaugural event is: “Bringing Theory to Practice".

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Start date 23 May 2019
End date 24 May 2019
Time 09:00

The Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory 2019

Bringing Theory to Practice

Keynote speakers: Simon Caney (Warwick), Lisa Herzog (TUM School of Governance)

May 23-24, 2019

University of Amsterdam

Roeterseilandcampus / REC Building 

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166

1018 WV Amsterdam

 

Organized by: Ugur Aytac, Gerrit Schaafsma, Lea Klarenbeek, Alex Thinius (University of Amsterdam)

Registration is required. In order to register, please send an email to amsterdamptc2019@gmail.com

The conference offers graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to present their research in a vibrant intellectual environment and receive feedback from dedicated discussants. The theme for this inaugural event is: “Bringing Theory to Practice". This includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  1. The ways in which normative political theory can or should be in dialogue with the empirical study of society, i.e. how normative-institutional prescriptions should be informed by empirical evidence, how normative theorizing can take experiences of marginalized groups into account etc.
  2. The new challenges to democratic participation and political decision-making in the face of contemporary issues, e.g. migration, climate change, international trade, autonomous weapon systems.
  3. Doing normative political theory in non-ideal conditions: motivation as a constraint to political change, the rising scepticism regarding parliamentary democracies and political parties, reconceptualising human dignity in resisting injustice. 

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Room  RECB3.09

08.45   Welcome

09:15   Opening

09.30   Keynote 1: Simon Caney (University of Warwick)

            “Democracy and the Systemic Vulnerability of Future Generations”

10.45   Coffee Break

11.00   Session 1: Justice and Experience

Chair: Alex Thinius

Ane Engelstad (University of Sussex)

“What Do Experiences of Injustice Tell Us About Justice?”

Rahul Ranjan (University of London)

“Towards Indigenous Peoples Political Theory: An account of Adivasi land struggle and the limits of constitutionality in postcolonial India”

Discussant: Afsoun Afsahi

12.30   Lunch

13.30   Session 2: Global Contemporary Issues and Political Theory

Chair: Lea Klarenbeek

Daniel Sharp (New York University)

“Relational Equality and Immigration”

Simon Herr (University of St. Gallen)

“Reconceptualising and measuring climate responsibility – from theory to practice”

Discussant: Christoph Baumgartner

15.00   Coffee Break

15.30   Session 3: Human Rights and Dignity

Chair: Akshath Jitendranath

Linda Eggert (University of Oxford)

“Human Rights and Robots’ Wrongs: Outlines of a Theory of Justice of Autonomised Harming”

Mirjam van der Heide (University of the Witwatersrand)

“Dignity in Protest”

Discussant: Liesbeth Schoonheim

17.00   Drinks at CREA

19.00   Conference Dinner

 

Friday, 24 May 2019

Room RECA2.07

09.30   Session 4: Economic Theory, Normativity, and Policy Making

Chair: Gerrit Schaafsma

Sine Bağatur (Leiden University)

“Fairness in International Trade: Unequal Gains from Trade and the Difference Principle”

Caglar Dede (Erasmus Rotterdam University)

“’Well Ordered’ Nudges”

Discussant: Thomas Nys

11.00   Coffee Break

11.15   Session 5: Context-sensitivity and the Role of the Theorist

            Chair: Ugur Aytac

Dongxian Jiang (Princeton University)

“Progressive Social Criticism and Context-Sensitivity: On How to Bring the Empirical-Normative Divide in the Chinese Context”

Maurits Helmich (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

“Are Normative Theorists Required to Take Sides?”

Discussant: Paul Raekstad

12.45   Lunch

13.45   Session 6: Free Standing Papers

Chair: Marina Uzunova

David Ragazzoni (Columbia University)

“’Particracy’ vs. Party Democracy: The Theory and Practice of Italian Antipartyism”

Naima Chahboun (Stockholm University)

“Motivation as Constraint”

Discussant: Enzo Rossi

15.15   Coffee Break

15.45   Keynote 2: Lisa Herzog (TUM School of Governance)

            “Republican Functionalism”

17.00   Wrap Up

17.15   Drinks at CREA