Conference: Pragmatism and the Political

Paris, France, 4-6 June 2015.
EHESS – Amphi François Furet,
105, bd. Raspail – 75006 Paris

In the last decades pragmatism has steadily and increasingly emerged as an innovative theoretical frame of reference for the study of political life in a plurality of diverse but related fields such as normative theory, international relations, theories of justice and democracy, the sociology of organizations and institutions, theories of collective mobilization and the study of controversies.
In these and other domains of political research, pragmatism has offered new theoretical insights and contributed to the opening of new lines of empirical research. This conference will bring together scholars from a plurality of disciplinary fields to assess the continuing relevance of pragmatism for the study of the political in a thoroughly interdisciplinary perspective.
♦ Thursday, June 4th
Democracy and Institutions
◊ Roberto Frega (CNRS, CEMS-IMM), Steps towards a Pragmatist Theory of Democracy.
◊ Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University), Pragmatism and the Overcoming of Discrete Individualism.
◊ Charles Sabel (Columbia University), Pragmatism and the politics of crisis.
◊ Gregory Pappas (Texas A&M University), The Pragmatist’s Approach to Problems of Injustice.
◊ Joelle Zask (Université Aix-Marseille), The Usefulness of Pragmatism for a Democratic Conception of International Politics.

♦Friday, June 5th
Resistance, Disobedience, and Mobilizations in the Public Space
◊ Christopher Ansell (California University at Berkeley), The Protective State and the Problem-Solving State.
◊ Daniel Cefaï (EHESS, CEMS-IMM), Public Arena: A Pragmatist Concept of the Public Sphere.
◊ José Medina (Vanderbilt University), Pragmatism, Racial Frictions and Epistemic Injustice.
◊ Just Serrano Zamora (Frankfurt University), Inquiring from below? Exploring the Democratic Value of Situated Inquiries.
◊ Albert Ogien (CNRS, CEMS-IMM) – Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Democracy as Claim and as a Form of Life.
◊ Francis Chateauraynaud (EHESS, GSPR), Environmental Issues between Regulation and Conflict. Pragmatic Views on Ecological Controversies.
♦Saturday, June 6th
Pragmatism as a Critical Project
◊ Torjus Midtgarden (Bergen University), Dewey’s Publics Reconsidered: Process Ontology, Communication and Vulnerable Agents.
◊ Molly Cochran (Brooks College Oxford), The Pragmatism of Jane Addams: International Justice and the Ethics of Social Radicalism.
◊ Emmanuel Renault (Université Paris-Ouest), Dewey’s Pragmatism and Frankfurt Critical Theory as Social Philosophies.
◊ Claude Gautier (Triangle, ENS Lyon), Dewey: Political Action, Social Knowledge and the Possibility of Critique.
◊ Bénédicte Zimmerman (EHESS, Centre Georg Simmel), How Critical can Pragmatism be? On Some Pragmatist Foundations for Critical Sociology.