PGR student papers & keynote Professor Frank Furedi "After Arendt - Fear of Judgment & the downsizing of Tolerance in Western public life"
The conference is organized for the PGR community but open to all students, staff and guests
PGR Research Panels
Keynote Emeritus Professor Frank Furedi
"After Arendt - Fear of Judgment and the downsizing of Tolerance in Western public life"
The conference aims to re-articulate the foundations that are being called into question by the contemporary voices.
10.00 – 11.10 Panel I
Challenging liberal oppressions
Rachelle Bascara, PhD Philosophy, Liberals and the concept of oppression
James Hicks, PhD School of Politics and International Relations, Take a Left? The viability and substance of contemporary Western leftist movements
Pedro Rubio, PhD Political Science, State and social violence in the neoliberal order: The case of EU-Bangladesh relationship
11.20 – 12.30 Panel II
Collective spectralities in contemporary art practices
Dimitra Gkitsa, PhD Visual Cultures, Affective commoning: Arts collaborations in times of crisis
Portia Malatjie, PhD Visual Cultures, The spectre: Ghosts as black ontological and temporal critique
Tom Trevatt, PhD Visual Cultures, Pragmatic normativity: The role of art in the construction of collective freedom
13.00 – 14.00 Keynote lecture
Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor
After Arendt - Fear of judgment and the downsizing of tolerance in Western public life
Outwardly the liberal ideal of tolerance remains one of the sacred values of Western society. However in practice tolerance has been redefined to mean acceptance and non-judgementalism. Yet for liberal thinkers from Bayle and Locke onwards tolerance demanded an act of judgment. And as Hannah Arendt argued, judgment is an essential component of public life. Without judgment, tolerance becomes emptied of meaning. More importantly the quality of public and political life becomes diminished as no dialogue is possible without judgment. In this discussion, Furedi explores the implication of the sacralisation of non-judgementalism for the future of freedom and democracy.
Dr. Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent and UCL.
Author of 20 books with "How Fear Works: The Culture of Fear in the 21st Century" coming in June 2018.
14.20 – 15.30 Panel III
Overcoming false goodness
Ekaterina Rozanova, PhD Politics, Irreligion and the collapse of foundations
Matthew Stemp, PhD Religious Studies, Only religion (without religion) can save us: Climate change, Caputo and the death of God(s)
Ville Takala, PhD Sociology, The purpose of hope by Jari Ehrnrooth – A book review
15.40 – 16.50 Panel IV
Politics in times of abstraction
Tristam Vivian Adams, PhD Visual Cultures,What’s the difference between Facebook and The East India Company?
Henrik Siljebråt, PhD Computing/ Psychology, Society divided – The gamification of democracy
Michael Theodosiadis, PhD Politics, Pragmatic universalism: The value of particularism and the quest for friendship
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