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Call for Papers: III International Congress in Political Philosophy and Theory

 

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III International Congress in Political Philosophy and Theory

Human Rights, Democracy and Global Justice

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6-7 November 2012, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar

The language of “human rights” gained prominence within a revolutionary environment that called for a new social and political order. New identities and ideologies emerged in the context of the American Declaration of Independence and the French Revolution. The language of human rights promised future of justice, fairness, equality and freedom for all.

In this Congress we aim to explore the relationship between human rights and democracy in a way that pushes existing theoretical debates further. While in practice human rights and democracy seem to go hand-in-hand, the harmony between the two is not as obvious as one may tend to think. In fact, while the idea that democracies must be committed to respect fundamental human rights is taken for granted, conflicts between the democratic will and the constraints of human rights perpetually put our institutions to the test. The question of how democracy and human rights can co-exist together remains an endless source of reflection for citizens, institutions and theorists.

We welcome papers from political theorists, political scientists, sociologists and legal scholars reflecting upon the relationship between human rights and democracy at the national, sub-national, and global level. We aim to valorize insights from both Western and non-Western traditions in a way that enriches our perspective on the topic. Some of the questions we would like to address are:

·           What counts as a “human right”? Here we are looking for conceptualizations from a variety of traditions (Western and non-Western), disciplines and methodologies.

·           How can we evaluate the competing philosophical justifications for human rights today?

·           How can we theorize the relationship between human rights and democracy?

·           How can a commitment to human rights be institutionalized within a democratic order? What kind of political, legal and administrative arrangements can secure the rights of all at the national and the sub-national levels? How does the idea of legal pluralism advance our reflection on the role of human rights within diverse democracies?

·           How does a commitment to human rights force us to redefine the relationship between the national and the global?

Keynote speakers:

·  Professor Richard Bellamy (UCL, UK) (TBC)

·  Professor João Cardoso Rosas (Universidade do Minho)

·  Professor Nuno Coelho (Universidade de São Paulo)

The languages of the conferences are: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish

Please send an abstract (300 words) with your name, affiliation, 5 keywords, and email address until May 30th 2012 to:  Este endereço de e-mail está protegido contra spambots. Você deve habilitar o JavaScript para visualizá-lo.

For any inquires, please send an email to  Este endereço de e-mail está protegido contra spambots. Você deve habilitar o JavaScript para visualizá-lo.  (Marta Nunes da Costa) or  Este endereço de e-mail está protegido contra spambots. Você deve habilitar o JavaScript para visualizá-lo.  (Mihaela Mihai)

Scientific Committee: Marta Nunes da Costa (Universidade do Minho), João Cardoso Rosas (Universidade do Minho), Mihaela Mihai (CES, Universidade de Coimbra), David Plotke (New School for Social Research), Lawrence Hamilton (University of Johannesburg), Nuno Coelho (Universidade de São Paulo).

 

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