CFP: POLEMO Symposium

Submission deadline: August 13, 2018

Conference date(s):
September 28, 2018 - September 29, 2018

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Conference Venue:

Central European University
Budapest, Hungary

Topic areas


The POLEMO Research Group (Political, Legal and Moral Philosophy), a joint endeavor between the CEU Political Science and Philosophy departments, is honored to organize its first international symposium. 

We welcome submission related to political, legal, and moral philosophy broadly understood. Papers dealing with topics that are original and surprising or that propose new approaches to old debates, as well as fostering interdisciplinarity will be especially valued. 

Here are some general topics that we find particularly interesting, followed by an example of a related question: 

·      Asylum and immigration. Is the open/closed borders debate still relevant? 

·      Ethics and economic, business ethics. Are junior Academics and Adjuncts exploited? What is the role of Labor Unions in the contemporary world? 

·      The political and moral theory of crypto-currencies. Are Bitcoins a welcome haven of safety from government regulation? Or should money be controlled democratically rather than through the market? 

·      Gender and family justice. What family arrangements are most conducive to gender equality?

·      Political disenfranchisement and enfranchisement. Should there be an upper age limit to the right to vote? Should rich/poor people be deprived of their right to vote?

·      Taxation and justice. Is tax evasion really wrong? And how should tax-dodgers be dealt with? 

·      Discrimination and affirmative action. What makes it wrong? 

·      Social/distributive egalitarianism. Does equality require a distribuendum? Is the ideal of equality better captured in relational terms?

·      International legitimacy/global democracy. What would be the normative foundations of a more democratic European Union? 

·      Just War Theory. What is the liability for harm? Can civilians ever be liable for harm in war?

These should however only be taken as an indication and not as a rule. 

Papers should be suitable for a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussion. 

Deadline and submission:

Please send your abstract (400 words maximum) to Stanislas Richard on no later than Monday August 13th. All Abstract must be in a pdf format and anonymised so as to be suitable for blind review. In the body of the email, include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the 28thof August. The call is open to all researchers and graduate students.


Stanislas Richard, PhD Candidate (convener), and Andres Moles, Associate Professor, (main referee).

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