XVII Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy

17th and 18th September 2019

On the 17th and 18th of September 2019, the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia (Italy), under the joint patronage of the Italian Society for Political Philosophy and the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, will host the 17th edition of the Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy. The conference is held within the framework of the PhD Program in Philosophy of the North-west Italy Philosophy Consortium (FINO) with the sponsorship of the Compagnia di San Paolo, Torino. This two-day conference is meant to offer graduate students an opportunity to present papers, get helpful feedback in a friendly atmosphere, and exchange ideas both with peers and with leading academics in the field of political philosophy. In addition to parallel sessions devoted to students’ presentations, there will also be two plenary sessions. Plenary speakers in past editions have been: Hillel Steiner, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Peter Jones, Gianfrancesco Zanetti, Jonathan Wolff, Michele Nicoletti, Philippe Van Parijs, Sebastiano Maffettone, Giovanni Giorgini, Andrew Williams, David Miller, Alessandro Ferrara, Valeria Ottonelli, Adam Swift, Gerald Gaus, Serena Olsaretti, Thomas M. Scanlon, Philip Pettit, Carla Bagnoli, Thomas Christiano, Furio Cerutti, Fabienne Peter, Antonella Besussi, Andrea Sangiovanni, Mario De Caro, Cécile Laborde, Luigi Caranti and Margaret Moore. This year’s keynote speakers are:
Cécile Fabre (All Souls College, University of Oxford)
Alessandro Ferrara (Tor Vergata University of Rome)


All plenary and parallel sessions will take place at the Collegio F.ll Cairoli, Piazza Collegio Cairoli 1, 27100, Pavia

17 September 2019

09.30-10.00 Registration, Collegio Cairoli

10.00-11.30 Plenary Session, Aula Magna Collegio Cairoli

Welcome address: Ian Carter, University of Pavia
Chair: Michele Bocchiola, University of Pavia
Keynote Speaker: Alessandro Ferrara, University of Rome Tor Vergata
What is a People, and Who Represents It?

11.30-11.45 Coffee Break, Collegio Cairoli

11.45-13.00 Graduate Session 1

Aula A. Reasonableness and the burdens of judgment

Chair: Carlo Burelli (University of Eastern Piedmont)

Gozde Hussain (Royal Holloway, University of London) The problems with the burdens of judgment
Deven Burks (University of Luxembourg and University of Louvain) The real problem with Rawlsian reasonableness

Aula B Civic duties and power

Chair: Enrico Biale (University of Eastern Piedmont)

Michele Giavazzi (University of Warwick) Epistemic responsibility as the civic duty of voters

Nan Zhang (Sun Yat-sen University) Civic education and Hobbesian conceptualization of power

13.00-14.30 Lunch, Collegio Cairoli

14.30-15.45 Graduate Session 2

Aula A. Political representation in time of crisis

Chair: Francesco Chiesa (University of Trento)

Stefano Merlo (John Stuart Mill College -VU Amsterdam) Freedom as non-domination in the Eurozone: a republican assessment of the Eurozone sudden-stop crisis.

Giacomo Marossi (Università del Piemonte Orientale) Populism as Political Representation: a New Theoretical Approach

Aula B. Rights and Justice 1

Chair: Giulia Bistagnino (University of Milan)

Lars Jorgen Kristiansen Moen (Australian National University) Escaping Consequentialism

Pavel Skigin (European University Institute) Resource rights and climate justice enforcement

15.45-16.15 Coffee Break, Collegio Cairoli

16.15-17.30 Graduate Session 3

Aula A. Rights and Justice 2

Chair: Greta Favara (University of Milan)

Ali Ekmekci (Istanbul Technical University) Regulation of Hate Speech and the Academy

Gloria Zuccarelli (University of Milan) Justice and Injustice: A Problem of Feasibility and Desirability
Aula B. Justice in theory and practice 

Chair: Michele Bocchiola (University of Pavia)

Hallvard Sandven (University of Oxford) The legitimacy of border control: on the applicability of the option set argument

Romy Eskens (Stockholm University) Thanks for Nothing: Gratitude and Partiality in the Context of Unsuccessful Rescues

19.30 Social Dinner

18 September 2019

09.30-10.45 Graduate Session 4

Aula Magna. Morality in buisness and contracts

chair: Federica Liveriero (University of Caserta)

Maria J Pietrini Sanchez (University of Sheffield) Surrogacy contracts, how should a good regulatory framework look like?

Silvia Donzelli (Humboldt University) Business complicity in human rights violations

10.45-11.00 Coffee Break, Collegio Cairoli

11.00-12.45 Graduate Session 5

Aula Magna. Rights and  political theory

Chair: Francesco Chiesa (University of Trento)

Uğur Bulgan (University of Milan) Justice after terrorism: re-inclusion and de-radicalization

Jakob Moggia (Technical University of Munich) Making sense of economic insecurity: stabilising living condition over time as a requirement of justice

María Carolina Jiménez García (University of Geneva) Contemporary Democratic Theory and the Political Effects of Algorithmic Systems behind Digital “Filter Bubbles”

12.45-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Plenary Session, Aula Magna Collegio Cairoli
Chair: Ian Carter, University of Pavia
Keynote speaker: Cecile Fabre, Oxford University
On the Morality of Treason?


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