Past Programs

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 21-22, 2017

Friday, April 21

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast & welcome from organizers

9:30am - 10:45am
“‘The Liberty to Know, To Utter, and To Argue’: Rethinking the Liberty of Conscience in John Milton’s Political Prose” (Amy Gais, Yale University)
Chair: Chloé Bakalar | Discussant: Paul Baumgardner

10:55am - 12:10pm
“Unrecoverable Intentions: A Skinnerian Reading of the Battle of Iwo Jima and the Paradox of Intentionality” (Chungjae Lee, University of California, Irvine)
Chair: Sally Nuamah | Discussant: John DiIulio

12:10pm - 1:10pm
Lunch

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Keynote address: "The Political Theory of Capitalism" (Corey Robin, Brooklyn College/CUNY)
Chair: Alex Ades

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Coffee break

2:45pm - 4:00pm
"A Free Lunch? Democratic Theory and Central Bank Independence" (Isak Tranvik, Duke University)
Chair: Melissa Lane | Discussant: Ardevan Yaghoubi

4:10pm - 5:25pm
"Must Rhodes Fall? The Significance of Commemorative Practices in the Struggle for Social Equality" (Johannes Schulz, University of Frankfurt)
Chair: Minh Ly | Discussant: Dongxian Jiang

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner on Nassau St.

Saturday, April 22

9:15am - 9:45am
Breakfast

9:45am - 11:00am
"A Move Towards Global Distributive Justice: The Structure of Coercion & Cooperation" (Elizabeth Hupfer, Rice University)
Chair: Desmond Jagmohan | Discussant: Lucia Rafanelli

11:10am - 12:25pm
“Social Freedom and Its Value” (Harrison Frye, University of Virginia)
Chair: Stefan Eich | Discussant: Erin Miller

12:25pm 
Lunch & Farewell

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 15-16, 2016

Friday, April 15

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast & welcome from organizers

9:30am - 10:45am
"Global Legal Pluralism and the Territorial Principle" (Anna Jurkevics, Yale University)
Chair: Annie Stilz | Discussant: Lucia Rafanelli

10:55am - 12:10pm
"Tocqueville on Doubt and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship" (Alex Arellano, University of Texas)
Chair: Charles Beitz | Discussant: Alexander Ades

12:10pm - 12:25pm
Coffee

12:25pm - 1:25pm
Keynote address: "Absolving God's Law: Thomas Hobbes's Scriptural Politics" (Alison McQueen, Stanford University)
Chair: Isi Litke

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lunch

2:30pm - 3:45pm
"Epistemic Authority and Evidentiary Standards" (Zeynep Pamuk, Harvard University)
Chair: Stephen Macedo | Discussant: Suzie Kim

4:00pm - 5:15pm
Princeton political theory graduate panel: Adam Kern, Shuk-Ying Chan, Johan Trovik
Chair: Gabrielle Girgis

Saturday, April 16

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:45am
"Edmund Burke and the Deliberative Sublime" (Rob Goodman, Columbia University)
Chair: Eva Hausteiner | Discussant: John DiIulio

10:55am - 12:10pm
"Death is a Drag: Queering Heidegger Towards an Existential Phenomenology" (Connor Steele, University of Ottawa)
Chair: TBD | Discussant: Isi Litke

12:10pm - 1:10pm
Lunch

1:10pm - 2:25pm
"What Is an Agent?: A Multidisciplinary, Post-Enlightenment Approach"
Chair: Kim Angell | Discussant: Benjamin Hofmann

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 10-11, 2015

Friday, April 10

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast & welcome from organizers

9:30am - 10:45am
"The Case Against Practice-Dependence" (Florian Ostmann, University College London)
Chair: Johann Frick | Discussant: Ted Lechterman

10:55am - 12:10pm
"The Structural Presence of the Unjust Past" (Alasia Nuti, University of Cambridge)
Chair: Jan-Werner Müller | Discussant: Isabella Litke

12:10pm - 1:10pm
Lunch

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Keynote address: "Post-Representative Democracy" (Hélène Landemore, Yale University)
Chair: Isabella Litke

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Coffee break

2:45pm - 4:00pm
"Kant on Earth Citizenship" (Jakob Huber, London School of Economics)
Chair: Charles Beitz | Discussant: Benjamin Hofmann

4:10pm - 5:25pm
"Overcoming the Institutional Deficit of Agonistic Democracy" (Manon Westphal, University of Münster)
Chair: Andreas Schmidt | Discussant: Emilee Chapman

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner on Nassau St.

Saturday, April 11 

8:45am - 9:15am
Breakfast

9:15am - 10:30am
"African Feminism(s) and Women's Rights: An Igbo Critique of CEDAW's Conception of Equality" (Heather Swadley, London School of Economics / SOAS)
Chair: Desmond Jagmohan | Discussant: Erin Miller

10:40am - 11:55am
"The Automaton, the Actor, and the Sea Serpent: Leviathan and the Politics of Metaphor" (Rebecca Ploof, University of Chicago)
Chair: Alison McQueen | Discussant: Trevor Latimer

11:55am - 12:20pm
Lunch

12:20pm - 1:35pm
"Structuring Fugitive Democracy: Archê, Common Good and Non-Hierarchy in Occupy and Porto Alegre" (Kevin Pham, University of California Riverside)
Chair: Minh Ly | Discussant: Alexander Ades

1:45pm - 3:00pm
"Liberal Integrity and Foreign Entanglement" (Shmuel Nili, Yale University)
Chair: George Kateb | Discussant: John DiIulio

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 11-12, 2014

Friday, April 11

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:45am
“Seeking the man in the child...”: Rousseau's Use of Development in His Political Theory
Alexandra Oprea, Duke University | Discussant: Amy Hondo | Chair: Alan Ryan

10:55am - 12:10pm
Beyond Recognition: Habermas’s ‘Constitutional Patriotism’ as a Response to Exclusion from the Public Sphere
Emma Mackinnon, University of Chicago | Discussant: Isabella Litke | Chair: Stephen Macedo

12:10pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote Address: Music, Cultural Development, and the Demotion of Politics in Rousseau
Bryan Garsten, Professor of Political Science, Yale University

2:45pm - 4:00pm
Toleration in Context: Understanding Locke’s Secular Project
Nathaniel Mull, Columbia University | Discussant: Gabrielle Speach | Chair: Alan Patten

4:10pm - 5:30pm
Existential Risk Reduction — A Rawlsian Duty of Justice to Future Generations?
David Schroeren, Oxford University | Discussant: Lucia Rafanelli | Chair: Charles Beitz

5:30pm - 7:00pm 
Break

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner - Nassau Sushi, 179 Nassau Street

Saturday, April 12

10:00am - 10:30am
Breakfast

10:30am - 11:45am
Government for the People: the Primacy of Substance in the Justification of Democracy
John Halstead, Oxford University | Discussant: Jake Zuehl | Chair: Anna Stilz

11:55am - 1:10pm
Penalty and Revenge in Plato's Laws: Book 9
Eli Friedland, Concordia University | Discussant: Geoff Sigalet | Chair: George Kateb

1:10pm
Lunch and farewell

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 5-6, 2013

Friday, April 5

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:40am
Adam Smith on Impartiality and Seeing Oneself From Another Point of View 
Alexander Prescott-Couch, Harvard University | Discussant: Emilee Chapman | Chair: Professor Alan Ryan

10:55am - 12:10pm
Hume’s Low Road to Toleration
Greg Conti, Harvard University | Discussant: James Linville | Chair: Professor Alan Ryan

12:10pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote addressCirculating Authority: Plato, Politics, and Political Theory
Jill Frank, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia

2:45pm - 4:00pm
What Is Justice? An Obituary for the Rawls-Cohen Debate
Micha Glaeser, Harvard University | Discussant: Jake Zuehl | Chair: Professor Alan Patten

4:10pm - 5:30pm
"Nothing is Really Equal": Nietzsche on Democracy and Self-Creation
Jennie Ikuta, Brown University | Discussant: Christopher Ro | Chair: Professor George Kateb

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Break

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner - Nassau Sushi, 179 Nassau St.

Saturday, April 6

10:00am - 10:30am
Breakfast

10:30am - 11:45am
Affirming Dignity: Expressive Actions and Moral Wrongs
Amneris Chaparro, University of Essex | Discussant: Amy Hondo | Chair: Professor Stephen Macedo

11:55am - 1:10pm
Aristotle’s Division: Prolegomenon to a Theory of Penal Justice as Corrective Justice
Andrei Poama, Sciences Po / Yale University | Discussant: Benjamin Ewing | Chair: Professor Stephen Macedo

1:10pm
Lunch and farewell

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 6-7, 2012

Friday, April 6

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am
What's Wrong With Using Stereotypes?
Erin Beeghly, UC Berkeley | Discussant: Tom Dannenbaum | Chair: Professor Stephen Macedo 

10:45am - 11:45am
Scepticism about the Authority and Legitimacy of Immigration Law.
Caleb Yong, University of Oxford | Discussant: Brookes Brown | Chair: Professor Anna Stilz 

11:45am - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote address: Extinction and Democracy: Species Conservation and the Limits of Politics
Professor Elisabeth H. Ellis, Texas A&M

2:45pm - 3:45pm
Marxism, Humanism and History in the Political Thought of Hannah Arendt.
Waseem Yaqoob, University of Cambridge | Discussant: Chris Ro | Chair: Professor George Kateb 

4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Tragic Art of Crowd Pleasing.
Tae-Yeoun Keum, Harvard University | Discussant: Ted Lechterman | Chair: Sara Cotterill

Saturday, April 7

9:30am -10:00am
Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am
Containing the Aristoi: John Adams's Anti-Aristocratic Theory of Balanced Government.
Luke Mayville, Yale University | Discussant: Ben Ewing | Chair: Michael Lamb

11:15am - 12:15pm
Kant's Dynamic Theory of Justice.
Jacob Weinrib, University of Toronto | Discussant: Sarah Goff | Chair: Professor Charles Beitz 

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lunch

1:15pm - 2:15pm
What We Owe to the Hypocrites: Moral Contractualism and the Speaker-Relativity of Justification.
Johann Frick, Harvard University | Discussant: Trevor Latimer | Chair: Professor Philip Pettit 

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Jean Améry's Resentments: A Principled Disruption of Politics.
Grace Hunt, The New School | Discussant: Emilee Chapman | Chair: Matthew McCoy

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 8-9, 2011

Friday, April 8

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am
Property, Unity, and the Threat of the Private: Wealth and Corruption in Plato’s Politics
Jacob Eisler, Harvard University | Discussant: Julie Rose | Chair: Melissa Lane

10:45am - 11:45am
Inclusive Institutions and Relational Equality
Govind Persad, Stanford University | Discussant: Trevor Latimer | Chair: Genevieve Rousseliere

11:45am - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote addressAfter Power
Patchen Markell, University of Chicago

2:45pm - 3:45pm
Political Theory in the Modern World
Hugo El Kholi, Sciences Po | Discussant: Brookes Brown | Chair: Alan Patten

4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Localism and Loneliness: How Tocqueville’s Treatment of Townships Suggests Remedies to American Loneliness
Rachel Blum Spencer, Georgetown University | Discussant: Matt McCoy | Chair: Jan-Werner Mueller

Saturday, April 9

9:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am
Prophetic Witness in the Liberal Public Sphere
Benjamin R. Hertzberg, Duke University | Discussant: Michael Lamb | Chair: Christopher Ro

11:15am - 12:15pm
The Kantian Idea of Human Rights
Ariel Zylberman, University of Toronto | Discussant: Sarah Goff | Chair: Charles Beitz

12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lunch

1:15pm - 2:15pm
The Mark of Sovereignty: Carl Schmitt’s Finanzpolitik
Adam Lebovitz, Harvard University | Discussant: Teresa Davis | Chair: Julie Rose

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Who Bears Responsibility for Post-Colonial Poverty?
Maeve McKeown, University College London | Discussant: Jess Flanigan | Chair: Brookes Brown

Princeton Graduate Conference in Political Theory, April 9-10, 2010

Friday, April 9

9:00am - 9:30am
Breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am
“What’s Wrong with Theories of Justice Demanding More Than We Can Will?” (Dana Howard, Brown University)

10.45am - 11.45am
 “Justice and Legitimacy: Rawls and Schmitt on the Fact/Value Distinction” (Charles Olney, UCSC)

12pm - 1.30 pm
Tanner Lecture on Human Values: "The Coming Crisis of Constitutional Legitimacy" (Professor Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School)

2.30pm - 3.30pm
“Knowledge and Property in Workplace Democracy” (Iñigo González, University of Barcelona, visiting student at NYU)

3.45pm - 4.45pm
“Arendt, Jaspers, and the Politicized Physicists” (Cara O’Connor, SUNY at Stony Brook)

5:00pm - 6.30pm
Reception

7:00pm
Conference dinner

Saturday, April 10

9:30am - 10:00am
Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am
“How Privatization Threatens the Private” (Chiara Cordelli, UCL and British Fellow, J. Kluge Center, Library of Congress, Washington DC)

11.15am - 12.15pm
"Intuiting Equality" (Christopher Nathan, University of Toronto)

12.15pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 2.30pm
Keynote address: “The Body in Action: Material Agency and Democratic Politics” (Professor Sharon Krause, Brown University)

2.45pm - 3.45pm
“Onora O’Neill and John Rawls on Kantian Constructivism” (Tim Smartt, University of Sydney)

4:00pm - 5:00pm
“Religion as a Social Contract in the Political Theory of Thomas Hobbes” (Will Selinger, Harvard)