Cosmopolitanism and Conflict

 John Cabot University, Rome, October 11-13 2013john-cabot-logo2

Contemporary global politics is increasingly marked by conflicts. One thinks of conflicts over institutions and authorities, resources and citizenship, military force and climate change, religion and ideology. Yet prevailing cosmopolitan theories of global politics tend to abstract from conflict, through idealizing presuppositions about rights and authority, rationality and society. This conference will therefore consider the constructive roles that concepts of conflict might play in theorizing global politics. It will focus particularly on how cosmopolitan theories might be enriched and reformulated by such concepts, and thus better respond to the challenges of contemporary global conflicts.


 Speakers include:

 Jennifer Ang (SIM, Singapore), ‘Kant and R2P’

Daniele Archibugi (Birkbeck and CNR, Rome), ‘Crime and Punishment in a Cosmopolitan Society: The Effectiveness of Emergent International Criminal Justice’

Robert Bernasconi (Penn State), ‘Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, Racism’

James Bohman (St. Louis), ‘Cosmopolitan Republicanism: Non-domination without States?’

Garrett Brown (Sheffield), ‘A Responsibility for the Symptom or the Cause? Jus ante Bellum and Reevaluating the Cosmopolitan Approach to Humanitarian Intervention’

Hauke Brunkhorst (Flensburg), ‘Law and Revolution in the Cosmopolitan Age: The Kantian Mindset as Normative Constraint on Evolutionary Adaption’

Tamara Caraus (Bucharest), ‘Cosmopolitan Adversaries: Exploring the Cosmopolitan Potential of Chantal Mouffe’s Adversarial Model’

Costas Douzinas (Birkbeck), ‘The End of Cosmopolitanism: Metaphysics, History, Politics’

Robert Fine (Warwick), ‘Blasting Open the Continuum of History: Arendt’s Troubled Cosmopolitanism’

Antonio Franceschet (Calgary), ‘Kantian Theory and Nuclear Proliferation’

Kevin W. Gray (Sharjah), ‘Practice Dependence, Cosmopolitanism and Conflict Avoidance’

Patrick Hayden (St. Andrews), ‘Camus’s Rebellious Cosmopolitanism: Contradictions, Conflicts and Limits of the Cosmopolitan Disposition’

Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen), ‘Kant, Conflict and Colonialism’

Kostas Koukouzelis (Crete), ‘Contestatory Cosmopolitan Citizenship’

Sebastiano Maffettone (LUISS, Rome), ‘Justice in War and Military Intervention’

Kanchana Mahadevan (Mumbai), ‘The Cosmopolitan Condition, Discourse Ethics and Migrant Women: Rethinking Constitutional Patriotism’

Darrel Moellendorf (San Diego), ‘Why Global Justice: The Case of Crisis Transfer Mechanisms’

Sankar Muthu (Chicago), ‘Countervailing Powers, Unsocially Sociable Connections and Productive Resistance: Enlightenment Conceptions of Globalization and Cosmopolitan Society’

Lars Rensmann (John Cabot), ‘Cosmopolitan Norms and Local Conflict: A Theoretical Framework’

David Rose (Newcastle), ‘A Brief Sketch of the Possibility of a Hegelian Cosmopolitanism’

John Rundell (Melbourne), ‘Contesting Sovereignty and Citizenship: The Cosmopolitan Imaginary’

Ronald Tinnevelt (Radboud), ‘The Institutional Implications of Moral Cosmopolitanism’

A provisional program is here. Practical information is available here.
Please register by emailing Tom Bailey at He will also circulate the speakers’ papers among participants before the conference.
Organized by Tom Bailey (John Cabot University) and Martine Prange (University of Leiden) and funded by John Cabot University and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the research programme, Between Deliberation and Agonism: Rethinking Conflict and its Relation to Law in Political Philosophy.

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