CEISR Conference, Portsmouth June 30


Towards a European Society? Parallel Session 6: June 30 9.00-10.45

Europe and the Cosmopolitan Citizen

Chair: Kathryn Brown, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Kathryn Brown, Tilburg University, Netherlands
David Owen, Southampton University, UK
Bert van Roermund, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Alan Thomas, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Discussions of cosmopolitanism focus on elucidating common values that bind individuals together across the boundaries of traditional, territorially defined nation-states. Accordingly, images of ‘cosmopolitan citizenship’ have recently been posited as ways of articulating shared European identities and concerns in a variety of political, artistic, and theoretical contexts. This interdisciplinary panel analyzes the advantages and limitations of proposing a cosmopolitan ideal in contemporary debates about Europe. Drawing together researchers in the fields of social and political philosophy, law, and visual art, this panel considers the following questions: in what ways do the contingencies of a shared historical narrative undermine the norms of cosmopolitan identification? What art forms and narrative structures do contemporary artists use to advance the ideal of a European cosmopolitan citizen? How are such works received by audiences? Do the institutions and practices of European societies show that we have not, in fact, moved beyond the nation-state? Is there a ‘democratic deficit’ between the ideal of a world citizen and the political reality of a trans-national alliance such as the idea of Europe?

Principles in Practice, 28th June, Churchill College Cambridge


Confirmed speakers: 

Prof. Alan Thomas, Tilburg University
Prof. Christian List, London School of Economics
Prof. Jonathan Dancy, University of Reading and University of Texas
Dr. Maike Albertzart, University of Cambridge
Prof. Michael Bratman, Stanford University
Prof. Onora O’Neill, University of Cambridge
Prof. Richard Ashcroft, Queen Mary University of London
Dr. Stephen John, University of Cambridge

Democracy, Legality and Policy – May 31 through June 1, Tilburg University


Day 1: Thursday, 31 May

Room AZ 211, Academia Building

09:00 – 09:45
Registration (Foyer)

09:45 – 10:00


Chair: Stephan Hartmann
10:00 – 11:15
Helen Longino

Science, Epistemology, and Politics 

11:15 – 12:00
Anna Leuschner

Pluralism, Objectivity, and Democracy

12:00 – 13:15

 Chair: Hans Lindahl

13:15 – 14:00
Klemens Kappel

Factual Disagreement and Political Legitimacy

14:00 – 14:45
Maura Priest

The Binding Political Power of Collective Belief

14:45 – 15:15
Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00
Silke Schicktanz

Being Affected, Representation and Experts: How to Deal with Moral Pluralism and Democratic Ideals in Science Policy?
16:00 – 17:15
Alexander Somek

Accidental Cosmopolitanism: Citizenship at the End of History
Conference Dinner
(Café Anvers)

Day 2: Friday, 1 June

Room AZ 211, Academia Building

Chair: Alan Thomas
10:00 – 11:15
Annabelle Lever

Democracy, Ethics and Method
11:15 – 12:00
Marieke Borren

Illegal Subjectivity and The Politics of In/Visibility: Re-thinking the Ontological Condition of the ‘Illegal’ Alien

12:00 – 13:15

 Chair: Helen Longino

13:15 – 14:00
Stephan Hartmann & Soroush Rafiee Rad

Voting, Deliberation and Truth
14:15 – 14:45
Conrad Heilmann & Philip Cook

The Structure of Censorship

14:45 – 15:15
Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00
Desire Louis Nizigiyimana

Social Justice and Capability Building: The Normative Grounds of Social Criticism

16:00 – 16:45
Alan Thomas

Politics Without Principles? – The Political Realist Critique of Rawls