Conference Call for Papers

Justifying Power and Decisions in the 21st Century: Rethinking Legitimacy from a PPE perspective

Witten/Herdecke University, 6th – 8th May 2016

How can political science, economics and philosophy contribute to shedding light on the current discussion of legitimacy in the 21st century? What are the latest research topics and hotly debated issues – and what is currently missing on the agenda?

The challenges facing modern society do not respect academic or national boundaries. In the highly complex and mutually interdependent societies of the 21st century, the most convincing and lasting impetus comes from individuals who think in interdisciplinary terms and know how to integrate economic, political and philosophical perspectives. Thus, the topic of “legitimacy” lends itself particularly well to our debate as it brings together a plethora of the yet-to-be-answered questions about what it actually means for a society to operate a morally legitimate, politically stable and economically viable social arrangement.

The aim of the conference is to give advanced undergraduate, graduate and PhD students working in the field of PPE an opportunity to present and discuss their projects with peers, receive feedback for work in progress, and build a wider community of interdisciplinary students across Germany, Europe and beyond.

The conference will consist of five keynote speeches and a series of paper sessions, organised by the scientific committee.

Keynote speakers:

Lisa Herzog, Goethe University Frankfurt

Dr. Karen Horn, Humboldt University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Fabienne Peter, University of Warwick

Dr. Robert Lepenies, Freie Universität Berlin

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Tremmel, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Call for Papers from December 1 until February 29, 2016

The scientific committee will consider all topically relevant submitted papers, which fulfill our submission guidelines. Based on the presentations at the conference, the scientific committee will give out an award for best paper and invite a selection of authors to contribute to a book published in 2016.

We particularly encourage you to develop your own thoughts on the theme, to connect your current seminar work with the conference topic … and to submit your own paper! We are looking forward to your ideas!

Your PPE Conference 2016 Team

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Scientific Committee

Laura Bickel and Anselm Houswitschka