Engaging the Contemporary 2017 addresses current debates in political and social philosophy by examining different theoretical approaches as well as their application to existing political and social realities.
It raises questions about the possible shape of critique in contemporary times, its objects and its scopes. It seeks to identify spaces where critique—within and without academic discourse—can intervene in a public sphere. It attempts to invigorate a sense of democracy beyond populism; and aims to explore a political language of responsibility beyond burden-sharing. It hopes that attempts to think of a world without unjust economic inequalities, or of solidarity that is not reducible to economic gain, do not amount to thinking the impossible. It questions whether we are, after all, living in times of crises: crises of democracy, refugee crises, environmental crises. It invites sensible urgent transformations—at the levels of discourse, law, and institutions—and the necessary work of thought to complement them.
- Contemporary formulations of central political notions such as justice, rights, democracy, recognition and equality
- The concept of a critical public sphere and its relevance in a technocratic age
- The role of critique and its (ir)relevance
- The relation between democracy and populism
- Contemporary reformulations of critical concepts such as alienation and reification
- Rationality, affectivity, and post-truth politics
- Contemporary political and social issues such as migration and borders, refugees and human rights, social complexity and autonomy, surveillance and security, cosmopolitanism
- Identities, social ontology and intersectional theory
- Biopolitics, law and technology
- Spaces of Insurrection: Bodies in the street, the university; Resistance in the work place, in digital spaces
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Conference Fee: Free