Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

First Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory

Keynote speakers: Prof. Lisa Herzog (TU München), Prof. Simon Caney (Warwick)

23-24 May, 2019, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Roeterseilandcampus / REC Building

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV Amsterdam

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

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.

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The Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory is a joint enterprise of PhD students from the University of Amsterdam (Departments of Philosophy and Political Science) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (John Stuart Mill College), in collaboration with the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought.