Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice

Forthcoming Activities

The PDJ Research Group invites you to the international conference on: 

 Free Speech, Public Deliberation, and Global Affairs

CFP will be open in October/November 2013.
More information will soon be here available.
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Realizing Global Justice: Theory and Practice

The Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice (PDJ) research group of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Tromsø invites you to participate in the conference Realizing Global Justice: Theory and Practice to be held on 19–22 June 2013 at the University of Tromsø, Norway.
The conference is intended as a meeting place for friendly discussions and conjoint learning among students, young researchers and internationally renowned researchers such as Professor Philippe Van Parijs (Catholic University of Louvain), Professor Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Professor Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex), Professor Tove Pettersen (University of Oslo), and Associate Professor Eva Erman (Uppsala University).
The University of Tromsø, the northernmost university in the world, was included among the world’s top universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2010. Moreover, the university was pleased and honored to have Noam Chomsky as a guest lecturer at a meeting held in September 2012 demonstrating our engagement in an open and meaningful debate on global justice issues.
The conference will also be a great opportunity to explore the capital city of the Arctic, a place full of culture and history, surrounded by incredibly beautiful fjords and mountains. At the time of the conference, it will be possible to enjoy the midnight sun.
During the conference days, you are also invited to admire the photography exhibition “The Claims of Justice”, by the Brazilian photographer, Rodolfo Gil. A very inspiring experience, indeed!
                                                                                    Velkommen til Tromsø!
                                                                                    The Organizers.



Dear colleagues,
I would like to invite you to attend Stephen Wolfe's lecture on "New Concepts in the Border Imaginary: Borderscapes, Bordering and Ordering and Border Narratives". The lecture is part of the FIL-3006 course and it will be held on Tuesday, 26 February from 12h-14h at Innsikten
Stephen Wolfe is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Culture and Literature, IKL, at the University of Tromsø and co-coordinator of the Border Aesthetics and the Borders Culture Research Group.
The lecture  will focus on the exam of the new complex processes of bordering through the discussion a short story, Thomas King's Borders (1991) (See attachments).  There are, at least, two broad and often overlapping ways that bordering can be understood: one pragmatic (examining practices of border transcendence and confirmation) and the other critical (theorizing and questioning the conditions that give rise to border-generating categories). Wolfe will discuss both these approaches.
Thank you very much for your attention and I hope to meet you there,
Melina Duarte
 Debate Proposal
King, Thomas. Borders.

Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice Research Group
Group meeting
17 – 18 January 2013
Venue: Innsikten UF. 1512
University of Tromsø
Thursday - 17. 1  
11.00 – 11.30: Melina Duarte: Information about the conference on Realizing Global Justice: Theory and Practice
12.00 – 12.45: Tor Ivar Hanstad: Carl Schmitt and the Political (opponent: Melina Duarte)
13.00 - 13.45: Jonas Jakobsen: Religion and (Mis)recognition. Axel Honneth and the Danish Cartoon Controversy (opponent: Øyvind Stokke)
14.00 – 14.45:  Øyvind Stokke: Justice without democracy? On the political logic of justice (opponent: Andreas Føllesdal)
15.00 – 15.45:  Andreas Føllesdal: Appreciating the Margin of Appreciation (opponent: soon available)
Friday- 18. 1
9.15 – 10.00: Erik Lundestad: Amartya Sen: an introduction (opponent, Jonas Jakobsen).
10.15- 11.00:  Melina Duarte: Can, in a cosmopolitan perspective, open borders be compatible with territorial rights? (opponent: Hallvard Fossheim)
11.15 – 12.00: Information about PluriCourts: Andreas Føllesdal
12.00 – 12:30: Closing session and Research planning for 2013-2014.



Workshop on "Justice in Conflict"
20-21 October at the University of Tromsø
Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice  

9:15 – 10:00: Erik Christensen : Bioethics committees, consensus and human nature.

Commentator: Melina Duarte

10.15 – 11.00: Thomasz Jarymowicz: Religious Reason Revisited

Commentator: Jonas Jakobsen

11. 15 – 12.00: Andreas Føllesdal: Two Democratic Concepts of European Public Spheres.

Commentator: Øyvind Stokke

12.00 – 13.00: Lunch

13.00 – 14.00: Kjersti Fjørtoft: Rawls on Humans Rights

Commentator: Tomasz Jarymowicz

4.15 – 15.00: Tor Ivar Hanstad: Can Trust Override Fear?

Commentator: Erik Christensen

19. 30: Dinner at 4 roser Restaurant



10. 00 – 11.00:  Jonas Jakobsen: Between ‘Enlightenment Fundamentalism’ and ‘Radical Multiculturalism’

Commentator: Andreas Føllesdal

11.15 – 12.15: Melina Duarte: Reassessing Human Rights: An Interview with Seyla Benhabib

Commentator: Tor Ivar Hanstad

12.15- 13.00: Lunch   

13. 00 – 14.00: Øyvind Stokke: The Rule of Law Reconsidered

Commentator: Kjersti Fjørtoft

14.00 – 15.00: Information and discussion / Kjersti Fjørtoft

Invitation to conference on "Realizing Global Justice: Theory and Practice" to be held in June 2013 at the University of Tromsø.

Further activities.

Norwegian Science Week
Språk, filosofi og litteratur i byen!
Language, philosophy and literature in the city
Thursday, 27th of September
7 p.m. at Tromsø Public Library and Archive
The philosophical debate will be conducted by two members of the PDJ Research Group:
Jonas Jakobsen: "Islamofobi" eller "kritikk av religion"?
Tor Ivar Hanstad: Responsibility to Protect (R2P) i Libya og Syria - Den moderne versjonen av vestlig imperialisme eller et humanistisk fremskritt?
Thank you for your participation!


Contemporary Themes in Ethics and Political Philosophy III
International Workshop                                                       
24 – 27 August 2012                                              
University of Tromsø                                                           
TEO H1 1.343
Friday, 24 August 2012
9:25 – 9:45 WELCOME
9:45 – 13:00 FIRST SESSION: Deliberation and Free Speech
Chair: Erik Christensen
Jonas Jakobsen, University of Tromsø                                                                                         
(Dis)respect and Free Speech in Norway after 22.7
Tomasz Jarymowicz, University of Tromsø                                                                                        
The Limits of Free Speech: Deliberative Democracy and Viewpoint Absolutism
Paloma García Diaz, University of Granada                                                                                        
Is It Possible to Listen without Prejudice in Socio-technical Controversies?
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 SECOND SESSION: Education, Deliberation and the Science of Society
Chair: Roar Anfinsen
Jan Harald Alnes, University of Tromsø                                                                                    
Education and Democracy
Inger-Elin Øye, University of Tromsø                                                                                       
Education, Deliberation and Democracy: German Lessons
Rosario López, University of Málaga                                                                                             
The Language of Experimental Sciences in John Stuart Mill’s Science of Society
Saturday, 25 August
9:15 – 12:30 THIRD SESSION:Political Realism and Normative Issues
Chair: Manuel Toscano
Arne Overrein, University of Tromsø                                                                                      
Historical Experience, Moral Learning and International Law
José María Rosales, University of Málaga                                                                            
Parliamentarism Through the Lens of Constitutional Debates: Spanish Parliamentary Politics, XIXth to XXth Century
Rafael Cejudo, University of Córdoba                                                                                             
On the Foundations of “Half-measures”: Discussing J.S. Mill’s Pluralism
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:45 FOURTH SESSION: Individual and Group Rights and Collective Agency
Chair: Jan Harald Alnes
Sarita Friman-Korpela, University of Jyväskylä                                                                          
Implications of Human Rights Rhetoric to the Politics of Roma in Finland: Given or Authentic Rhetorical Strategy?
Manuel Toscano, University of Málaga                                                                                          
Should Language Rights Be Considered as Human Rights?On the Concept of Language Rights
Irene Boragno, University of Málaga                                                                                          
Shared Intentions and Actions
Sunday, 26 August
9:15 – 12:30 FIFTH SESSION: Cosmopolitan Themes
Chair: José María Rosales
Tor Ivar Hanstad, University of Tromsø                                                                                
Justification of Western Warfare after the Cold War: Realism, Cosmopolitanism or Light-nihilism?
Marta Postigo, University of Málaga                                                                                             
The Post-National Europe and the European Union as a Cosmopolitan Project
Melina Duarte, University of Tromsø                                                                                           
Right of Hospitality and Right of Membership: A Critical Review of Kant’s and Benhabib’s Cosmopolitan Accounts on Immigration and Borders
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:45 SIXTH SESSION: Ownership, Values and Development
Chair: Tor Ivar Hanstad
Øyvind Stokke, University of Bergen                                                                                            
The Rule of Law Reconsidered: In Defense of Collective Property against the Plunder of the Neoliberal State
Tore Kristian Haaland, University of Oslo                                                                                      
Who Owns It? Land Claims in Latin America: Their Moral Legitimacy and Implications
Fabian Scholze Domingues, UFRGS/Brazil                                                                                           
A Normative Reflection about the Development Process: The Perspectives of Amartya Sen and Celso Furtado
Monday, 27 August
9:15 – 11:30 SEVENTH SESSION:Public Reason and Citizenship
Chair: Marta Postigo
Ana Isabel Dapena Sieiro, University of Santiago de Compostela                                                               
Ethical Limits on the Category of Citizenship
Kjersti Fjørtoft, University of Tromsø                                                                                      
Public Reason as an Ideal of Democratic Citizenship
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
Pluralism, Democracy and Justice Group, University of Tromsø
The Civic Constellation Project (Spanish R+D Plan, FFI2011-23388)
 Jan Harald Alnes (University of Tromsø) and Manuel Toscano (University of Málaga)

Workshop in Sommarøya: 14-15 May 2012

The research group "Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice" invited Professor Beatrix Himmelmann from University of Tromsø to join the group on the Workshop at Sommarøya in Norway. She will present a paper on Perpetual Peace Does this Idea allow for Necessary or even Desirable Conflict? (See the program below)

We look forward to discussing our projects with her!



Monday - 14.05

10.30: Departure from MIX kiosken, UiT 

12.00: Lunch

13.00 - 14.00: Jonas Jakobsen: Secularism, Deliberative Democracy and Islam in Europe.

14.10 - 15.10: Beatrix Himmelmann: Perpetual Peace Does this Idea allow for Necessary or even Desirable Conflict?

15.20 - 16.20: Melina Duarte: Educating citizens for humanism Nussbaum and the crisis of education.

16. 30 - 17.30: Thomasz Jarymowicz:  Robert Posts Theory of Freedom of Expression Coherency Issues

19.00: Dinner

Tuesday - 15.05


9.15- 10.00: Øyvind Stokke: The rule of law reconsidered: In defence of collective property against neoliberal plunder

10.10 11.00: Tor Ivar Hanstad: Dude, Dont Forget the Political A Critique of Appiahs Cosmopolitanism

12.00: Lunch

12.45 -13.30: Kjersti Fjørtoft: Public reason as an ideal of democratic citizenship

13.30 - 14.30: General information and discussion about the forthcoming activities.  “Justice in Conflict”: Collaboration, workshops and conferences (Kjersti Fjørtoft and Jan Harald Alnes)

14.30: Arrival in Tromsø  

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The research group "Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice" invite you to participate on the Symposium:

Secularism, Tolerance, and Religious Minorities

Are Western liberal democracies too secular to include “the religious other”, such as religious minorities and immigrants? Must democratic debate rely on secular arguments, and, if so, does that prevent religious groups from raising their voice and speaking their minds? What are the practical and theoretical forces, limits, blind spots and problems of current conceptions of liberal tolerance? Which normative, political and analytical problems are we facing in a climate of increasing European Islamophobia and fear of Muslims? These and other questions will be discussed at this conference.





8.45 – 9.00: Coffee, room B1005, SVHUM

9.00 – 9.15: Welcome and general information, room B1005, SVHUM

9.15 – 11.00: Catriona McKinnon (Keynote speaker). Professor of Political Theory, University of Reading: Political Toleration in the Liberal State. Room B1005, SVHUM


12.15 – 14.00: Andrew March (Keynote speaker). Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University: Assessing the Inclusivist Case for Religious Reasons in Politics. Room B1005, SVHUM 

14.30 – 15.30: Yolande Jansen. Assistant Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Amsterdam: A few points of contact in current debates about postsecularism, civic integration and freedom of speech. Room E0104, SVHUM

Dinner at restaurant Fiskekompaniet


9.00 – 10.00: Sindre Bangstad. Post.doc in Anthropology, University of Oslo: What is wrong with freedom of expression? The cul-de-sacs of contemporary Norwegian discourses on freedom of expression and its limits. Room E0104, SVHUM

10.15 – 11.15: Kristian Ekeli. Associate professor of philosophy, University of Stavanger: Freedom of Expression and Advocacy of Terrorism. Room E0104, SVHUM

11.30 – 12.30: Espen Gamlund. Associate professor of Philosophy, University of Bergen: Liberalism, Education and Anti-Liberal-Democratic Groups. Room E0104, SVHUM


14.00 – 15.00: Rosemarie Van der Breemer. Research Fellow at the Theological Faculty and the interdisciplinary research network PluRel at the University of Oslo: Why humanists are like Muslims: an institutional comparison of religious governance on the graveyard in Norway and France. Room E0104, SVHUM


9.00 – 10.00: May Thorseth. Professor of philosophy, University of Trondheim: Drawing the Limit of Tolerance between Real and Fictitious Publics – the Case of Anders Behring Breivik and July 22, 2011.

10.15 – 11.15: Kjersti Fjørtoft. Associate professor of philosophy, University of Tromsø: Tolerance and public deliberation


12.30 – 13.30: Erik Christensen. Associate professor of philosophy, University of Tromsø: Liberalism, Religion, and Equal Opportunity. E0104, SVHUM

13.45 – 14.45: Jonas Jakobsen. Research Fellow in philosophy, University of Tromsø: Is secular deliberation a special problem for Muslims? Some reflections on Habermas’ postsecularism. Room E0104, SVHUM




Submission deadline: 15 May 2013




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