CFP: Graduate Student Papers on "De-Parochializing Political Theory"

[Note from Steve: This is very last minute, but I just heard about it; if you need a few extra days, that might be possible to arrange.]

Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the upcoming conference “De-Parochializing Political Theory,” August 2-4, 2012 at the University of Victoria. A workshop dedicated to scholarship by postdoctoral, doctoral andM.A. candidates will be held on the last day of the conference. To apply, send a paper title, abstract of no more than 300 words, and a current curriculum vitae to no later than 15 June 2012. Successful candidates will be notified by email within two weeks of that date.

This workshop builds upon and concludes a three-year project, “East Asian Perspectives on Politics,” whose purpose is to advance research in the emerging field of comparative political theory.  The core premise of the project is that under conditions of globalization, there is an urgent need to develop frameworks for the normative analysis of political structures and institutions that are mutually intelligible across the intellectual traditions and political discourses of diverse human cultures and civilizations.  The workshop continues the project’s focus on the prospects for dialogue between political theory in the European/North American and East Asian traditions, but opens up the conversation to Indigenous, South Asian and Muslim traditions of thought and practice. We invite papers engaging any of these topics and also welcome specialized, theoretically rigorous work on the political thought of any geographic region.

Accepted papers will be circulated in advance and must be submitted no later than 15July 2012.  Some travel funding may be available; if you will need funding support in order to participate, please indicate this in your application.

Organized by Melissa Williams (University of Toronto), Leigh Jenco (London School of Economics), and Jeremy Webber (University of Victoria).  Hosted by the Consortium on Democratic Constitutionalism (UVic), Centre for Asian Pacific Initiatives (UVic), the Shibusawa Foundation and the Center for Ethics (University of Toronto).

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