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R.C. SmithCONTINENTAL AND ANALYTICAL POLITICAL THEORY: AN INSURMOUNTABLE DIVIDE?

28 May 2013

School of Politics & International Relations
Queen Mary, University of London

Analytical and Continental political theory are divided not only over substantial issues, but also over the very nature of political theorising. Theorists working within one tradition view with scepticism the work and conclusions of theorists within the other tradition, and the two traditions often speak past one another because they do not agree what theorising amount to in the first place. Further, the division is also marked by different conceptions of politics and the political. Consequently, Analytical and Continental theorists have different understandings of the role of and relationship between philosophy and politics.

We invite contributions that address the divisions between Analytical and Continental political theory, and between liberal normative theory and post-structuralism. Is it possible to bridge the different traditions? If so, what would this entail? If divisions will remain, what is the exact nature of those divisions? Are they primarily political or philosophical? And are there approaches that eschew these divisions? Contributions can be comparative discussions between different approaches, analyses of specific debates, or readings of texts that address the divisions in an indirect way.

Paper givers should send an abstract of no more than 300 words to the conference organisers: Clayton Chin (c.chin@qmul.ac.uk) and Lasse Thomassen (l.thomassen@qmul.ac.uk) by 28 February 2013. Notifications by 15 March 2013.

Keynote speaker: Professor Paul Patton, University of New South Wales

Roundtable participants: Professor Paul Patton, University of New South Wales, Professor David Owen (University of Southampton) and Dr David Howarth (University of Essex)

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Human Nature

HUMANISM IN AGONISTIC PERSPECTIVE: THEMES FROM THE WORK OF BONNIE HONIG

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM 18th-19th April 2011

CALL FOR DELEGATES

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.

Plenary

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

Speakers

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: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/concept/centre-activities/humanisminagonisticperspective/index.aspx

Registration:

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: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/concept/centre-activities/humanisminagonisticperspective/registration.aspx

Any queries please contact concept@nottingham.ac.uk

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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