CISRUL is seeking applications for advanced PhD students in any discipline with an interest in political community to attend a PhD summer school at the University of Aberdeen. The PhD students will attend an academic workshop on 25-26 June which will be followed by the summer school on 27-28 June.
Confirmed speakers include Margaret Somers (Sociology and History, Michigan), Ajay Gudavarthy (Politics, JNU), Sian Lazar (Anthropology, Cambridge), John Perry (Theology, Oxford), Nigel Dower (Philosophy, Aberdeen) and Tamas Gyorfi (Law, Aberdeen).
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 30th April
Notions of political community are implicit in many or most contemporary debates – academic and public – of citizenship, civil society and rule of law, as well as of democracy, multiculturalism and human rights. But they are seldom made explicit and subject to analysis and reflection. That has also been our experience at CISRUL. Having debated and discussed aspects of citizenship, civil society and rule of law in a series of events since our founding in 2009, we have identified political community as a topic that crosscuts the three but which we have yet to comprehend fully, and are seeking papers that address the following questions:
1. When “political community” has been the explicit topic of debates, in particular times and places, what is meant by “political” and what is meant by “community”? What is not considered political and what is not community? To give just two examples, how is political community distinguished from religious community? And community from society?
2. What notions of political community have been caught up in citizenship, civil society and rule of law? Does citizenship, for example, always entail political community?
3. Can we identify political community beyond citizenship, civil society and rule of law? For example, are universities political communities? How about families, businesses and churches? Is multitude, as Hardt and Negri suggest, an emergent form of political community? What other emergent political communities might there be?
The workshop will be held at the beautiful Old Aberdeen campus of the University of Aberdeen on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June. It will be followed by the two-day PhD summer school, to be held immediately after the workshop, on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th June, at The Burn, a country house set in a beautiful estate in rural Aberdeenshire.
See http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cisrul/events/2269/ for details of how advanced PhD students can submit applications for the summer school.
A CfP for prospective workshop speakers is available separately at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cisrul/events/2269/
On our website http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cisrul you can also see news of:
- other CISRUL activities, including our Citizenship Education project and Politics of Oil & Gas public conference
- our PhD studentships (deadline extended to 17 April).
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