quarta-feira, 27 de agosto de 2014

Chamada: "Compromise and Disagreement"

Chamada para a submissão de trabalhos na conferência internacional Compromise and Disagreement organizada pelo departamento de teoria política da Universidade de Copenhagen. O evento ocorrerá entre os dias 27 e 29 de maio (2015) e o prazo final para o envio dos resumos é 12 de janeiro. Entre os palestrantes convidados, Richard Bellamy (UCL) e Michael Freeden (Nottingham). 

Compromise and Disagreement

International Conference in Political Theory

27-29 May, 2015

Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Eric Beerbohm (Harvard)
Richard Bellamy (UCL)
Michael Freeden (Nottingham)
Alin Fumurescu (Yale)
Lea Ypi (LSE)
Modern society is characterised by disagreement and pluralism, and it is largely this fact that makes politics necessary. In the contemporary world, political institutions and laws must coordinate the actions of millions of people who disagree at many different levels. Liberal theory has traditionally focused on disagreement between different conceptions of the good and more recently on disagreement about justice. But disagreement might also concern facts: Is global warming caused by human activity? Or the means: Which institutions best secure freedom of religion? What are the best means for protecting the climate? And when we agree on fundamental issues, e.g. human rights or protecting the climate, we often disagree on which institutions at the national and international level ought to promote them: How should the three branches of government relate to each other? Which role should international or global institutions play? Thus, a political theory that aims to be realistic in terms of beginning from the fact of disagreement cannot merely see disagreement as a result of human self-interest, nor should it see disagreement merely as a matter of disagreement on ends or justice. Citizens disagree in good faith at many different levels – and so do political theorists and philosophers. 
If disagreement makes politics necessary, what makes it possible? Are there principles at a higher level of abstraction that transcend our disagreements? Are there ways of coming to agreement that all can (or that all ought to) accept? Are democratic comprises uniquely and properly tailored to deal with a political reality characterized by disagreement? Is compromise formation equally valid at all levels and for all forms of disagreement? 
We invite papers broadly addressing any of these questions. We welcome papers that discuss general theoretical problems as well as those with a practical political focus. Suggested topics for papers include:
  • Which democratic benefits may compromises entail in regard to better democratic learning processes, improved decision-making and likelihood of political stability?
  • What role do compromises play in real politics and contemporary governance of political challenges?
  • How do compromises relate to ideals of consensus, majority rule, pluralism and liberalism?
  • How do compromises in real politics relate to democratic compromises in political theory? 
  • When and to what extent ought one – as a political theorist theorising about politics or as a citizen engaged in politics – compromise one's ideals when confronted with the realities of political life? Is it for instance possible to compromise between (non-ideal) political-economic circumstances and (ideal) moral norms? 
  • Is compromise always a compromise with ideals or could compromise be an ideal requirement of democracy? 
  • How do the mind-set of citizens and politicians, on the one hand, and political institutions, on the other hand, affect the possibilities of compromises that are compatible with the ideational requirements of democracy? 
We invite submission of abstracts of 350-500 words from researchers in relevant disciplines and from policy makers, professionals, representatives of professional bodies, and government. Abstracts should be emailed to ts[@]ifs.ku.dk by January 12, 2015. Applicants will be notified by the end of January whether their abstract has been accepted.
Please register by sending an email to psj301[@]alumni.ku.dk. Registration deadline for non-presenters is March 1, 2015.
A first draft of the conference program will appear here in mid-February 2015.
A selection of presenters will be invited to contribute a chapter towards a peer-reviewed volume. To ensure timeliness of publication, we request that authors interested in this project (a) let us know, and (b) plan to have a written draft of their paper ready by July 1, 2015.