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Education, Democracy and Development


Call for Papers

XI Conference Asociación Española de Ciencia Política

Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla

September 18-20, 2013

Workshop 1.7: Politics, Agonism and Deliberation: The Place of Conflict and Consensus in Contemporary Democracies

Convenor: Javier Franzé (ComplutenseUniversity of Madrid)
Discussant: Máriam Martínez Ramírez (AutónomaUniversity of Madrid)


Contemporary political theory praises liberal democracy both in its descriptive and normative sides. There is widespread consensus around the idea that context has totally transformed the place for democracy, but not its conclusions. We are likely to differentiate between two normative models of democracy, namely, either a liberal or enlightened one –Habermas, Rawls- or a postliberal one, being that critical to Enlightenment tenets – Mouffe, Rancière-. The former considers that the core liberal values are still valid, in concrete concerning the possibility to resolve political conflicts in a dialogical way, although an adjustment to new contexts is much needed. The latter rejects such arguments, in that they are meant to be good for democracy because it entails a conflict and struggle for incommensurables values.

This workshop aims at clarifying the conceptual map and the various categories of each of the models to examine their contributions and limits. It welcomes papers analyzing concrete cases, in an attempt to test the explicative capacity of both paradigms. Some of the inquiries this workshop poses are the following: It there any rationality permitting to overcome political differences or, otherwise, particularity is irreductable and universality means depolitization? Is language a communicative means or it is rather the only way actors have to build the world performatively? Is consensus the result of dialogical rationality or it is otherwise the consequence of certain struggle for values?

Paper proposals:

Deadline: March 20

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We are delighted to announce a two-day conference on ‘Humanism in Agonistic Perspective: Themes from the work of Bonnie Honig’, hosted by CONCEPT: The Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory, with the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham.  

Conference Venue:

The Conference will take place at the National College Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, 18th–19th April, 2011

Conference Format:

The conference will begin on 18th April, with a plenary session from Professor Honig in the evening. The conference will continue on Tuesday 19th April. On Wednesday 20th Professor Honig will run a workshop for graduate students, separate registration is required for the workshop.


Professor Bonnie Honig of Northwestern University will deliver the plenary lecture on Monday 18th April, 2011 at 5:30 pm. The title of her talk will be: Antigone versus Oedipus? Classicizing the ‘Human’ from Anitogne’s Claim to Germany in Autumn


Confirmed speakers – Alan Finlayson (Swansea), Joe Hoover (LSE), Kimberley Hutchings (LSE), Gulshan Khan (Nottingham), Miriam Leonard (UCL), David Owen (Southampton), Mark Philp (Oxford), Andrew Schaap (Exeter), Marc Stears (Oxford), Mark Wenman (Nottingham), Clare Woodford (Queen Mary).

Abstracts are available on our website:


Costs are £110 (Residential Rate), £60 (Non-residential rate) and £30 (Non-residential student rate).  A conference dinner is available for an extra cost of £15 for non-residential delegates.  The postgraduate workshop cost is £15 and separate registration is required.  Full details and forms are available on our website:

Any queries please contact

Dr Mathew Humphrey, Reader in Political Philosophy, School of Politics & IR, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK. Tel: 0044 (0)115 951 4864 Fax: 0044 (0) 115 951 4859


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Please see below for details of THREE forthcoming Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space events:-

1] SPATIAL JUSTICE: RADICAL SPATIAL FOUNDATIONS A one-day workshop organised by Chantal Mouffe (node director), The Westminster Centre for the Study of Democracy, and Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, The Westminster International Law & Theory Centre.
Keynote Addresses:
David Harvey
Doreen Massey
Mustafa Dikec, Engin Isin, Ruth Levitas, Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, David Slater
19th November 2010, 10-6pm, The Pavilion, University of Westminster,
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 7UW
Admission free but places limited. Please contact Andrea Pavoni at to reserve your seat.

2] Two-day workshop on “Democratic Politics: Between Antagonism and Agonism. An International Symposium on the Work of Chantal Mouffe”
Friday, 26 November 2010, 10:30-7pm,
Saturday, 27 November 2010, 10:30-2pm
The Pavilion, University of Westminster,
115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Admission free but places limited. To reserve your place please email:

3] During 2009-2011, the new Rutgers University node has organized an extensive university-wide series of nearly two hundred lectures, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events exploring the theme of “Ecologies in the Balance.”

For the current academic year 2010-2011, they have designated a series of events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers.

These include:

Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine “Europe: the Final Crisis?
Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado “Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences”
Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley “There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change”
Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami “State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000”
Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley “The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South”
Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute “Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?”
March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal “Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy

For details contact the new Rutgers node Directors: Joanna Regulska and Robert Lake
Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women’s Studies and Geography Dean of International
Programs School of Arts and Sciences Rutgers University
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-2699 ext 159
fax 1-732-932-1226

Robert W. Lake
Professor and Graduate Director
Director of the Doctoral Program
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-3133 ext 521
fax 1-732-932-2363


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Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
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Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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