CfA: Summer School on Methods and Approaches in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy

Summer School on Methods and Approaches in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy. Please note that the deadline to apply for financial support is May 31 (details below).

Applications are invited for the Summer School on Methods and Approaches in Normative Political Theory/Philosophy, sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), to be held from July 4-15 2016, at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

The summer school is co-organised by the ECPR Standing Group in Political Theory, the ECPR Standing Group in Kantian Political Thought, and the Social Justice and Public Ethics Research Cluster at the University of Limerick. It is primarily aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working in the fields of moral and political philosophy/theory and it gives them a unique opportunity to exchange research and teaching ideas with colleagues from other universities and research institutes.

Ten taught sessions over two weeks will be led by international experts. There will also be student presentations, social events, and opportunities to explore the surrounding tourist attractions (e.g. the Cliffs of Moher).

This is the provisional programme for this year:

Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto) – Private and public law in Kant

Adina Preda (University of Limerick) – Rights and their role in moral theory…
Gopal Sreenivasan (Duke University) – Public goods, human rights, and third party benefits
Andrew Shorten (University of Limerick) – Representation and Democracy
Jessica Begon (Oxford University) – Disability, impairment, and inclusion in philosophy
Carl Fox (University of Leeds) – Public reason in political theory
Stephanie Collins (University of Manchester) – Collective and individual duties
Peter Stone (Trinity College Dublin) – Intuition Pumps
Brian Carey (University of Limerick) – Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory
Alexa Zellentin (University College Dublin) – Climate justice between ideals, ambition and realism

 Deadline for application/registration:  June 20th, 2016

To apply please submit your CV and a brief statement of interest to either Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 20th when the registration closes.

 Cost: €670. This includes the delegate fee, 12 nights en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation on campus, lunches, one formal dinner, and a weekend trip. Please contact the organisers for alternative options.


Funding: Two grants covering the registration fee are available. The deadline for applying for these is May 31st.Please contact the organisers if you wish to apply for funding and please note that you will be required to produce evidence that you are unable to secure other funding and attend all sessions of the summer school.


Further details are available at our webpage:


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