Registration for the virtual conference Jan 7-8 is now open.

Here is the programme. To register please go to our ‘conference’ page. Registration free for all; donations to the APT to support our website and admin expenses very welcome!

Thursday Jan 7: 11am-1230pm  The Politics and Ethics of Autonomy (chair: Kate Townsend, University of Exeter); Herjeet Marway (University of Birmingham) ‘Multidimensional Accounts of Relational Autonomy and Transnational Feminism’; Gulzaar Barn (New College of the Humanities)‘The Limits of Consent to Harm: The Case of Uterine Donation’; Arianne Shahvisi (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) ‘Choice for the West, Culture for the Rest: How Racism Demarcates Autonomy’; Allyn Fives (NUI Galway) ‘Obligation, Reason, and Freedom.’

1:30-3pm Early Modern Histories of Civilization: A Cross-Cultural Enquiry Leigh Jenco (LSE) ‘Different Strands: Defences of Otherness in mid- to late-Ming China;   Signy Gutnick-Allen (LSE)   ‘Nature, Artifice and the End of Government: Mary Wollstonecraft’s An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (1794)’; Julia Schneider (University College Cork) ‘Concepts of Civilisation: The Qianlong Book Inquisition (1772–1788)’ ; Shiru Lim (University of Gottingen)   ‘What’s so Civil about Civil Society? Rousseau, Rancière, and other people on Disagreement, Dissent, and our Unequal Capacities to be Civil’

3-4:30pm  First Book Workshop The Politics of Misery: Political Agency and the Medicalization of Negative Emotions by Dan Degerman (chair: Mihaela Mihai, University of Edinburgh); Featuring comments from Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed (Birkbeck, University of London) and Andrew Schaap (University of Exeter), and response from Dan Degerman (University of Bristol)

Friday January 8th 1030am-1200 Race and Political Theory I: Historical perspectives  Adrian Blau (King’s College, London) ‘Racist Political Theory and Quentin Skinner’s Mythology of Coherence’: Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College, London) ‘Race, Caste, Ethnicity and quom: Racism in South Asian thought’; Sophie Lauwers (University of Aberdeen) ‘Asking the “Christian question” in Europe’s Political Secularism’; Sarah Wilford (Universidad de los Andes, Chile) ‘Race, Family, and Liberty in Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America

12 noon BIAPT Annual General Meeting At this meeting, the association will hold its election of officers and award its 2020 early- and mid-career prizes. All conference attendees are warmly invited to attend!

Friday 1:30-3pm Race and Political Theory II: US Perspectives Alan Coffee (King’s College, London) ‘Slaves to Individuals or Slaves of Society:  Frederick Douglass, Republican Theory, and the Invisible Chains that Bind Us’;  Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh) ‘Racial Realism and the Arbitrary Set: How Bell’s ‘Racism is Permanent Thesis’ Explains America’s Social Dominance Orientation’;  Emma Mackinnon (University of Cambridge) ‘Malcolm X, Draft Resistance, and the Politics of Conscription’

Friday 2-3:30pm The Intellectual History of Liberal Catholicism in Europe c. 1789-1922 I  Helen Rosenblatt (City University of New York)  ‘Benjamin Constant, Madame de Staël and the Problem with ‘Liberal Catholicism’; Aude Attuel-Hallade (Université Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle) A Divine Curse or Blessing ? T.B. Macaulay, Edmund Burke and the French Revolution’

 Friday 4-5:30pm The Intellectual History of Liberal Catholicism in Europe c. 1789-1922 II (chair: Franck Lessay, Université Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle); Arthur Herrison (Ecole francaise de Rome)  ‘Les rapports entre Eglise et Etat dans la pensée de Charles de Montalembert’;  Colm O-Siochru (Dulwich College)   ‘Liberty Consecrated’: the Political Theology of Ultramontanes in England, ca. 1835-50’ ; Frederic Libaud (Institut Catholique de Strasbourg)  ‘Newman: un anti-liberal’


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