PPE-Related Conferences

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We are delighted to announce the CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 4th annual PPE Society Meeting, which will be held March 12-14, 2020, in New Orleans at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel.

The form for submissions is now live! Visit our website HERE to make a submission, and note the following three options for proposals:

  • Select SESSION if you are proposing a session composed of three speakers and three separate papers on a single topic.
  • Select PANEL if you are proposing a panel of three speakers not giving separate papers, but carrying on a single connected discussion (i.e. Author Meets Critics, pedagogy discussions, etc.).
  • Select PAPER if you are proposing a single-topic paper.

We are especially grateful for and will give priority to full session proposals that have three speakers on a single topic, with a strong preference for diversity across a number of dimensions.

Of course, not everyone is in a position to organize full sessions, so we have identified twelve topics (based on responses to a questionnaire we sent out), which we’ll use to organize sessions of single-paper submissions. Our aim is to maximize quality, encourage diverse voices, attract new participants, and provide opportunity for all to present and engage.

The priority deadline for conference proposals is September 1, 2019; our plan is to limit people to two appearances on the program (as a speaker or moderator/chair). At the same time, we place no limit on the number of proposals from an individual and encourage you to put together sessions comprised of others speaking on (and moderating) PPE topics of interest. Proposals and abstracts should be under 500 words.


Please consider submitting papers and panels for the International Political Theory section of the ECPR General Conference, the largest gathering of political scientists and political theorists in Europe. This year the theme of the section is Global Public Reason (description below). The section co-chairs are Dr. Carmen Pavel (KCL) and Prof. Peter Niesen (Hamburg).

ECPR General Conference Wrocław, Poland 4-7 September, 2019.

The deadline for Papers and Panel proposals is February 18, 2019.

  • To submit a Panel which includes 3-5 Papers, click here.
  • To submit an individual Paper, click here.

Even if you do not consider participating in the general conference in Wrocław this year, become a member of the International Political Theory Section and other theory sections of ECPR. We circulate conference announcements and announcements about other professional opportunities throughout the year. Membership is free.

Global Public Reason

In the public reason tradition, political institutions must be justifiable to all persons over whom they have authority. International institutions must also meet this high standard of justifiability: their rules can be justified only if such rules can be endorsed by all individuals or peoples to whom they apply. But how can such endorsement take place when, given the variety of histories and cultures across the globe, we witness vast disagreements about moral, religious, and political ideals? This question was made more tractable in the domestic realm by assuming an overlapping consensus on widely shared political values such as freedom and equality, in other words by assuming a shared liberal democratic political culture. But such an assumption is ill suited as a starting point for the justification of global political institutions. Thus, the question arises: what are the assumptions and arguments which global public reason theorists can advance in order to make progress on the question of how to justify the legitimacy or authority of international institutions and rules to diverse peoples and persons?

We invite submission that deal with this question from a variety of perspectives which have been the hallmark of the international political theory section in previous years: analytical and critical perspectives, comparative political theory, empirically informed normative studies, and legal theory broadly understood. Papers and panel submissions can engage the emerging global public reason debate along two dimensions. The first one refers to the procedural standards and decisions rules which international institutions must adopt in order to be acceptable. For example, are some form of supermajoritarian decision-making preferable to either consensus-based or simple majoritarian voting? And how should political representation be organized at the global level to satisfy demands for accountability, fairness, and the inclusion of a board range of interests of the individuals affected? The second dimension refers to the substantive rules which could be justified at the international level given persistent disagreement among the world’s individuals and peoples. What list of human rights, rights and duties for states, or principles of global distributive justice, migration, and environmental protection would meet the standards of global public reason properly conceived? These two dimensions are not meant to be exhaustive, so any other topics related to the global public reason debate, including critical assessments of the public reason framework from feminist, sociological, or postcolonial perspectives,  are welcome.