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CFP - Democracy, including Workplace Democracy (Portugal, Nov. 2010)

vendredi 29 janvier 2010

Call for Papers

Congress : Democracy Today - In Political Philosophy and Theory

3 - 6 November 2010 - Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

Today western democracies confront social, cultural and political challenges, which call for a reevaluation of our state affairs, our system of practices and our system of discourses. In contemporary pluralist and multicultural societies, there is an increased gap between citizens and political establishments. Traditional approaches of politics of recognition or redistribution, used to translate claims into the public sphere, seem no longer sufficient in this new paradigm of an increased globalized world and trans-national politics. Under this light, the meaning(s) we generally tend to attribute to the concept of democracy need to be re-evaluated and ultimately redefined.

This will be the First International Congress on ‘Democracy Today’ which will take place at Universidade do Minho, Braga. Having as starting point the assumption that the concept of democracy needs to be revised, we intent, during this congress, to accomplish two main tasks : on the one hand, to provide an account of the multiplicity of meanings of ‘democracy’ and its conceptual nuances. On the other hand, to account for the different instantiations of democracy and its intrinsic practices. Under this light we propose four days of reflection, discussion and dialogue, specially under the scope of political philosophy and political theory.

These are some of the questions we expect to explore :

• different conceptualizations of democracy - democracy, republicanism and liberalism, its relationship, tensions and articulations.

• relationship between representation and democracy.

• representation and political equality.

• citizenship and civic virtue.

• examples of democratic representation in different countries.

• participation, abstention, representation and exclusion.

• workplace democracy.

These are just a few topics we will approach. The first day will be dedicated to a theoretical discussion, aiming at clarifying the roots and transformations that the concept of democracy has suffered. The second day will be dedicated to the practical component, looking at concrete democratic realities of different countries. Third and fourth days will be dedicated to a workshop about workplace democracy.

We count with the special participation of Professor Lawrence Hamilton (South Africa) and David Plotke (USA).

Scientific Committee : Marta Nunes da Costa (Universidade do Minho), João Cardoso Rosas (Universidade do Minho), Acílio Rocha (Universidade do Minho), Axel Gosseries (Universidade de Louvain), Inigo Gonzalez (Universidade de Barcelona), Roberto Merrill (Universidade do Minho)

To apply to participate, before May 15 2010, send the following : (1) Your name, (2) title, (3) department and institution, (4) an abstract of your work (no more than 250 words), (5) five “key words” about your work and (6) email address.

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